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25% Covid-19 Discount On All Term 2 Short Courses – ACT Cape Town

Our hands-on intensive short courses provide the skills necessary to springboard you into the film industry.

Acting for Film I – The Actor and the Self

4 May – 10 June / Mon & Wed / 5:30pm-8:30pm

  • Understanding the self is fundamental to authentic performance.
  • Coaches incorporate various exercises and techniques including those of Uta Hagan, Stella Adler, Ivana Chubbuck and Sandford Meisner to help the actor build a solid acting foundation in preparation for performance on film.

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Acting for Film II – Finding Emotional Truth

5 May – 11 June / Tues & Thurs / 5:30pm-8:30pm

  • Harness emotional truth and deliver dynamic performances.
  • Using techniques and exercises developed by Lee Strasberg, Susan Batson, Sanford Meisner and other master practitioners, allow students to further explore, develop and deepen their understanding of textual analysis, acting and performance.

Click here to find out more about your AFF II coach, Nicola Hanekom.
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Auditioning for Camera

23 & 24 May / 9am – 1pm

  • This course explores all aspects of a film audition. It includes the step-by-step breakdown of an audition script, the call back, acting technique and the practical exploration of the audition process. The course culminates in a mock audition for playback and review.

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Television

All The DStv Shows To Look Forward To In May 2020

There will be no slowing down when it comes to entertainment on DStv in May. In fact, it’s going to be one of the most exciting months of the year in terms of new series and seasons. Here are just a few of the highlights that DStv customers across the spectrum of packages can look forward to.

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When it comes to international series, M-Net (101) is on fire this month. Brand new shows include Shrill, about a curvy young journalist trying to increase her self-worth despite what society has to say about her weight; Carol’s Second Act, starring the ever-hilarious Patricia Heaton as a 50-year-old medical intern; The Plot Against America starring Winona Ryder in an almost-true-to-life story about a celebrity-turned-president (sound familiar?) whose woeful ways capture the imagination and votes of the masses and On Becoming a God in Central Florida, which has been called “the best TV series of the year” and stars Kirsten Dunst as a working class mom who claws her way up the pyramid scheme that left her family broke. Then there’s tear-jerking family drama Council of Dads, which has been compared to This is Us, and is about a dying father who enlists his best friends to look after his family.

Returning favourites include Hawaii 5-0 S10 and the second season of Magnum PI.

My Brilliant Friend was a massive hit last year and now the series about Italian friends Elena and Lila returns for a second season. Cult-hit American Horror Story’s new season is called 1984 and the action takes place in a summer camp. There are also new seasons of the highly regarded A Million Little Things and Tell Me A Story.

BBC First (119) has some great series on its line-up, including White House Farm, a six-part drama about one of Britain’s most notorious murder cases – a family of five all shot to death on their estate in Essex. The second season of Liar promises more secrets and drama, as the mystery deepens.

On the documentary side, BBC Earth (184) brings Easy Ways to Live Well with celebrity chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (River Cottage) and Steph McGovern (BBC Breakfast) who test the latest health hacks. Anomaly: The Bermuda Triangle in Space looks at a possible Bermuda Triangle in Earth’s orbit. Tigers: Hunting the Traffickers is a fascinating and saddening under cover look at the cruel confinement and butchery of tigers in South East Asia. The absolutely fabulous Joanna Lumley returns with another travel show, Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haiti where she finds secret gems in unlikely places.

The Sunday night M-Net movies this month include Stuber, an action-comedy starring Dave Bautista that sees an Uber driver and a cop team up to solve a crime. POMS is a heart-warming comedy about two women in a retirement home who start a cheerleading squad and stars Diane Keaton. The highly rated Us, starring Lupita Nyong’o, is a horror directed by Oscar-winning director Jordan Peele. Cold Blood sees French hitman Jean Reno (Leon: The Professional) return to our screens as Henry, a recluse murder-for-hire gunman. John Wick 3 features Keanu Reeves once again as a reluctant hitman. This time around John is declared excommunicated and fair game for bounty hunters.

For the kids, Nick Jr (307) brings Rusty Rivets, to inspire those with an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths through the accomplishments of two young inventors.

The Adventures of Paddington is an animated show about the Peruvian bear, perfect for four-year-olds and up.

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1Magic (103) sees the start of Guess Who? This local drama tells the story of family, life, love and everything in between. And speaking of love, The Oprah Winfrey Network brings you Love & Marriage: Huntsville S1, a reality TV series that’s going to serve straight up realness. Three high-powered black American couples come together to help the thriving city of Huntsville Atlanta. Then there’s Power S6 about wealthy nightclub owner James “Ghost” St. Patrick who secretly runs a drug operation. Reality show Growing Up Hip Hop S2 looks at the next generation of hip-hop royalty. Are they now ready to step out of the shadow of their parents?

Lovers of true-life stories are in for a real treat with the Lifetime (131) line-up this month. Movies include The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel, the story of the highest-selling gospel group of all time; When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story about a 16-year-old teen mom who falls in with the wrong company; and Bobbi Kristina, about the tragic life of Whitney Houston’s daughter.

HISTORY (186) brings some riveting documentaries to life, including America on Fire, focusing on the American militia movement, Lost Relics of the Knights of the Templar, which attempts to establish a link between some old relics and the mythical Knights, D-Day: The Untold Stories about the key events of the Allied invasion of Nazi-held Europe and Alone: The Beast, a survival series showcasing three strangers attempting to survive for 30 days in the wilderness.

More documentaries are in store for true crime fans, who will be obsessed with the new season of The Real Prime Suspect and Murder for My Man on CBS Justice (170)which focuses onstories about women who would do anything to please their men ­– even murder.

Reality sees brand-new series The Funny Dance Show make its debut on E! Entertainment (124). Two teams of comedians compete in a series of comedic dance-offs each week. Total Bellas S5 again focuses on life and love outside the wrestling ring. Comedy Central (122) sees the start of sketch show Alternatino with Arturo Castro S1, focusing on Latino people living in America.

Hey Duggee on CBeebies (306) is a preschool series perfect for children and parents to watch together as it can lead to important conversations about experiences that youngsters might encounter on a daily basis. Dogs Loves Books is an adorable new cartoon that tells the story of Dog who loves books, loves reading them and loves collecting them. Nickelodeon (305) features SpongeBob SquarePants Best Escape Ever Marathon, as well as the Kids’ Day Marathon, a special day for children everywhere that will have them spoilt for choice with a day dedicated to their favourite Nickelodeon shows.

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The superhero universe is alive on M-Net City (115) this month. Favourites Supergirl and The Flash, and new series Batwoman started at the end of April and joining them in May is Arrow, who returns for an eighth and final season. Also on M-Net City is the second season of Charmed, in which Mal, Macy and Maggie must use their magic powers to ward off monsters and demons.

Mzansi Magic (161) boasts its usual line-up of local series, and adding to the list are a collection of local movies, which will be screened every Saturday night. Viewers can look forward to movies such as Uyangenza, Umlingisi and Monate Mpolaye.

There’s also plenty of movie action on Studio Universal (112). Offerings include Bulletproof Monk, about a monk chosen to protect a secret scroll, and Blood Brother, about a man who was arrested 15 years ago and is now seeking revenge on his friends who set him up.

On National Geographic (181), documentaries include Stonehenge Decoded: Update which looks at new theories on who actually built the ancient monument;  Airport Security: Peru & Brazil which focuses specifically on drug smugglers in these regions, Heroes of the Sky: The Real Mighty Eighth which examines the Eighth Air Force and the role it played in bombing Germany during World War II; Saving Notre Dame, which takes a look at the rebuilding of the iconic French church; and X-Ray Earth S1, which uses new technology to reveal incredible information about our planet.

Stacey Dooley may have won the UK’s Strictly Come Dancing, but she’s better known for her real job as a hard-hitting journalist who always asks the right questions. This month you can see her on BBC Brit in Stacey Dooley: Bounty Hunters; Stacey Dooley: Face to Face With Arms Dealers; Stacey Dooley: Isis Brides and Stacey Dooley: Inside Spain’s Narcos War.

More hard-hitting news comes your way in the form of Torn from the Headlines: New York Post Reports on Investigation Discovery (171). It’s a jaw-dropping six-episode series that details some of the Big Apple’s headline stories told by the journalists who broke the story.

On a brighter note, HGTV (177) brings the much-talked about Celebrity IOU to our screens. The Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott help Hollywood A-listers express their gratitude to a special person in their lives. One of the guests is Brad Pitt.

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Moja Love’s (157) got some more local programming to love in May, starting with season 4of Ufelani. Settle in for more South African true-crime stories in the new season of this heart-breaking docu-drama series.There’s also No Excuses Pay Papgeld S5 in whichDr Malinga is once again hot on the trail of deadbeat dads who have ducked and dived when it comes to paying child maintenance.

On the series front, the brand-new crime-buster series Deputy starts on Universal (177). When the busy Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department loses their beloved sheriff, a fifth-generation lawman Bill Hollister (Dorff) takes over the reins. But Bill soon find he has to deal with more than just crime.

New reality series include Fish or Die on Discovery Family (136), followingfour friends who venture into some of the most remote and dangerous places on Earth to go fishing.

Myne vir Joune is abrand-new Afrikaans reality series on VIA (147), that will see two members from two different South African families suddenly find themselves in each other’s homes! There’s also a second season of Afrikaans foodie magazine show Klankbord, also on VIA.

The children are going to love the new shows on NickToons (308). There’s Kingdom Force which will have pre-schoolers everywhere literally jumping for joy as they watch this brand-new animation series. Then there’s  ALVINNN!!! And the Chipmunks S2 and Danny Phantom S3.

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MTV Base (322) will keep the party going this May with Gqom Fridays, featuring thehottest Gqom tracks from the biggest artists. Then, on Saturdays, there’s Breakfast Bangers, in which the hottest music playlists are curated just for you.

Reality will see a very special season of 90 Day Fiancé: Self-Quarantined S1 on TLC (135). This five-episode spin-off will feature over 40 people who’ve formerly appeared on the show, updating viewers on their lives as they stay at home during the Covid-19 pandemic through self-shot footage and remote camera interviews.

There’s also another season of Judge Judy on CBS Reality (132). The much-loved and feared retired Manhattan family court judge will preside over even more eye-popping cases. Also on CBS Reality is a fresh season of Border Security, which sees airport customs officers take on some of the world’s most innovative smugglers.

On the documentary side, National Geographic Wild (182) presents Women of Wild. Every  Wednesday evening will be dedicated to focusing on the strong, resilient, independent, highly-professional and compassionate women who care for the wild.

History of Africa S2 sees presenter Zeinab Badawi return for a second season of her breath-taking exploration of the African continent on BBC World News (400).

The Home Channel (176) will take viewers to the Coolest Places to Stay, focusing on utterly phenomenal getaway spaces. You may not be able to live the dream but you can definitely see it up close in the finest detail.   

The little ones can watch more exciting adventures in the second season of Vampirina on Disney Junior (309); ThunderCats Roar onCartoon Network (301)and Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures S3 on Disney Junior (309).

So sit back, relax and rest assured that DStv’s legacy as your home of entertainment is everlasting!

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Film online

Catch Cut-Out Girls On DStv Box Office

You can’t social distance in a theatre, but many of the latest movies are now streaming, giving us viewers an escape at home.

Among the best local films to watch from the comfort of your lounge on DStv’s BoxOffice is Cut-Out Girls, an important message movie from writer-director, Nicola Hanekom and actor-producer, Grant Swanby. The film is available now and can be downloaded with your PVR decoder and online.

Cut-Out Girls creates social awareness around gender violence issues. Based on Hanekom’s award-winning stage play, ‘Cut-Out Girls’ has been described as, “a small film with a big heart, that knows how to throw a punch”.

Kevin and Mike are young men trying to get ahead in the competitive world of tennis. When one of them discovers a dangerous key that can unlock their potential, things get out of hand. Their worlds become intertwined and spiral out of control. A small series of seemingly insignificant moments weave together with devastating consequences. The film delves deep into the notion that in every moment a choice exists.

“The frightening truth is that we all can turn into monsters, from ‘us’ into ‘them’. The trick, the prayer, the hope is that we won’t,” says Hanekom. “With the violence against women endemic in South Africa, ‘Cut-Out Girls’ is inspired by the #MeToo and #AmINext movements and is aimed at creating social change.”

Movie review platform SPL!NG said, “Hanekom is able to leverage the power of the message through: solid performances from a young cast; well-composed cinematography; capturing authentic moments; using her resources wisely and via an eclectic mix of shooting styles … ‘Cut-Out Girls’ remains a brave, important and respectable indie film. Considering the enormous challenge of adapting and bringing this indie drama to life, its sheer existence serves as an achievement in and of itself.”

Hanekom says she wants to tell stories that make a difference and make films that lead to positive change. “I am fascinated by how we all carry the potential for evil inside us, how we can incrementally shift and become unrecognisable to ourselves. We are what we think, say and do. Ultimately, our acts define us. But we can heal. We are not the sum total of what was done to us. We are the beauty we choose to find inside ourselves.”

‘Cut-Out Girls’ stars Joel Rosenblatt, Cody Mountain, Keziah Gabriel, Chloe Papademetriou, Meghan Oberholzer, Ashleigh van der Hoven and Atlanta Johnson.

The film was shot in and around Cape Town in 2017. A portion of the proceeds of the film will go to the non-profit organisation Rape Crisis. The film is produced by Act Cape Town Productions, in association with Haas & Kaas.

‘Cut-Out Girls’ is distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution.

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Moffie Makes South Africa Proud And Tops Digital Sales In The United Kingdom

Following its incredibly successful digital release in South Africa, MOFFIE, has just been released for streaming on CURZON HOME CINEMA in the UK, where it has been met with an overwhelming positive critical response. The film was the most watched film on the Curzon Home Cinema platform in its opening weekend.

The film received 5-star reviews in The Times (5 stars), The Irish Times (5 stars), and major praise in The Guardian (4 stars), The Telegraph (4 stars), Empire Magazine (4 stars) and the Financial Times. Reviewers are calling the film “a breath-taking piece of cinema” and “horribly evocative.” The Guardian described director Oliver Hermanus as South Africa’s “most significant auteur in several generations” and renowned writer and critic, Peter Bradshaw, chose the film as this publication’s film of the week.

The film also blew up on social media when journalist Owen Jones described it as “one of the most stunning and harrowing films” that he has ever seen and actor Josh O’Connor (best known for his role as Prince Charles in The Crown) tweeted “This film is beautiful. I can’t tell you how much I love it”.

The film also blew up on social media when journalist Owen Jones described it as “one of the most stunning and harrowing films” that he has ever seen and actor Josh O’Connor (best known for his role as Prince Charles in The Crown) tweeted “This film is beautiful. I can’t tell you how much I love it”.

In response to this, rapturous response Hermanus said: “Our UK release of MOFFIE has been nothing short of amazing. Our film has been widely and enthusiastically celebrated by the UK press and it makes me, and I’m sure, everyone else who worked on MOFFIE, incredibly proud. We are putting South African cinema and cinema makers firmly on the global stage. It has been truly overwhelming.”

The film – which was nominated for three British Independent Film Awards – is being distributed in the UK by Curzon Artificial Eye. MOFFIE was due to have its theatrical release in the UK on 24 April, but due to the outbreak of COVID-19 the film was released digitally on their Home Cinema service first and will have its theatrical release as soon as cinemas reopen.

Since premiering at the Venice International Film Festival last September, the film has been lauded globally and has created a number of international opportunities for the South African cast and crew involved in the film.

Both Hermanus and the film’s lead actor, Kai Luke Brümmer (Nicholas van der Swart) were snapped up for international representation, and Hermanus has been in talks with a number of US and UK producers about upcoming projects.

MOFFIE has been available for streaming in South Africa since 31 March and was made available for streaming in Namibia on 28 April due to public demand. The film is set for release in other global markets in the course of 2020.

Local distributor, Penzance Films, has been blown away by the incredible response from South African audiences. With the outbreak of the coronavirus they had to quickly make a plan to release the film online and according to co-producer Theresa Ryan – van Graan, the success of the streaming service has surpassed all their expectations. “Both the local and international response has been incredible. MOFFIE has placed South African cinema centre stage”.

MOFFIE is available for streaming in South Africa and Namibia: bit.ly/MoffieSA

And in the UK at bit.ly/MoffieUK

Read more reviews here: www.moffiefilm.com/reviews

MOFFIE is directed by Oliver Hermanus and stars Kai Luke Brümmer, Hilton Pelser, Matthew Vey, Stefan Vermaak, and Ryan de Villliers. It is produced by Eric Abraham, Jack Sidey and co-produced by Theresa Ryan- van Graan.

MOFFIE is produced by Portobello Productions and Penzance Films.

Read the SAMDB review of Moffie.

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Missing Sports? Netflix Has You Covered!

Missing your favourite rugby, basketball or soccer games and being unsure of when they will return is a bummer. But don’t fret it; Netflix has you covered. Since its debut on 20 April 2020, and every Monday thereafter on the streaming service, The Last Dance, has captivated sports enthusiasts and kept them on the edge of their seats with play by play action. The riveting 10-part documentary series on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ quest for a sixth NBA Championship in 1998 is produced by Mandalay Sports Media, in association with NBA Entertainment and Jump 23.

The series is directed by Jason Hehir (“The Fab Five,” “The ’85 Bears,” “Andre the Giant”) and features never-before-seen footage of the team as it pursued its sixth NBA championship in eight years.

In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and head coach Phil Jackson agreed to let an NBA Entertainment film crew follow the team all season long. The result would be a remarkable portrait of an iconic player and a celebrated team – a portrait only now being revealed, more than two decades later, in The Last Dance.

While you wait for new episodes of The Last Dance to launch, here’s a list of content to keep you entertained, now streaming on Netflix:

Formula 1: Drive to Survive

The drivers, managers and team owners in Formula 1 live life in the fast lane — both on and off the track. This docuseries gives viewers exclusive, intimate access to the people in one of the world’s greatest racing competitions. “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” reveals the true story of the high-octane sport, which goes beyond the fight to be No. 1. There’s also a battle for the heart, soul and direction of the multibillion-dollar business. Storylines include changes that a team undergoes after an ownership change and the pressure felt to outperform other drivers.

Icarus

When filmmaker Bryan Fogel sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller. Dirty urine, unexplained death and Olympic gold are all part of the exposure of the biggest scandal in sports history.

Basketball or Nothing

This docuseries follows the Chinle High basketball team in Arizona’s Navajo Nation on a quest to win a state championship and bring pride to the isolated community.

Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians

Following the Mumbai Indians through an IPL season as they go on an emotional journey; profiling the players, staff and owners beyond just the cricket field.

Ronda Rousey Story: Through My Father’s Eyes

This documentary chronicles former Olympian and UFC champion Ronda Rousey’s ascent to iconic status in the world of mixed martial arts.

Anthony Griezmann: The Making of a Legend

Antoine Griezmann: The Making of a Legend is a 2019 documentary film directed by Alex Dell, following Antoine Griezmann’s path from Real Sociedad in Spain, to Atletico Madrid, and all the way to winning the FIFA World Cup with France in 2018.

First Team: Juventus

This docuseries follows some of the compelling stories and characters of the renowned football club Juventus as the squad makes its way through the 2017-18 Serie A season. The show spends time with players on and off the field, at home, and other places where cameras can capture how they live their lives away from the pitch. “First Team: Juventus” brings the team’s fans and supporters closer to some of their favourite players, including Federico Bernardeschi, Giorgio Chiellini, Douglas Costa and Gonzalo Higuaín.