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Military Wives To Be Released Exclusively On DStv BoxOffice

If films like Calendar Girls and The Full Monty top your list of all time favourites, you are definitely going to love director Peter Cattaneo’s latest masterpiece, MILITARY WIVES!

He has once again worked his magic to turn the true story of ordinary women who gained unlikely fame into a heart-warming and inspiring film.

The film will be released exclusively on DSTV Box Office by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd. on 2 October 2020.

MILITARY WIVES tells the story of a group of women who turned what was meant to be a therapeutic hobby into a chart-topping success. Written by Rosanne Flynn and Rachel Tunnard as an ode to female unity, the film centres around the attempts of military wives to raise their spirits while their husbands are deployed.

“You see hundreds of war films, but you never see what happens to the families left behind,” explains Cattaneo. “This film pays homage to the wives and girlfriends left behind. Sometimes, the tougher life gets, the more people need to make each other laugh just to survive. This is an honest story about people who like to make each other laugh. It is a film about humanity, and humanity is full of comedy.”

MILITARY WIVES is based on the story of choirmaster Gareth Malone who, in 2011, took a group of military wives under his wing when he was working on the BBC show The Choir. His aim was to help the wives and girlfriends of soldiers deployed on military service to express their feelings through song.

Starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan, MILITARY WIVES shines a light on how women whose partners are deployed fall into a familiar routine while either waiting for their return, or for news they hope will never arrive.

While Kate (Scott Thomas) is all pearls and protocol, Lisa (Horgan) is laid back and unconventional. The two form an unlikely partnership that results in the very first military wives choir, which not only helps the women through some of life’s most difficult moments, but which also results in them becoming a media sensation, setting in motion a global movement in the process.

“It was exciting to bring life on a contemporary military base to the screen through this story of ordinary women in unbelievably testing circumstances, finding courage in the cathartic power of singing together,” says Cattaneo.

Starring alongside Scott Thomas and Horgan are Greg Wise, Jason Flemyng, Emma Lowndes, Gaby French, Lara Rossi, Amy James-Kelly and India Ria Amarteifio.

MILITARY WIVES is a feel-good and inspirational story of friendship, love, and support on the home front. “I hope viewers will come away from watching this film having laughed and cried with the characters, feeling inspired by the courage of the women and uplifted by hearing them belt out some classic songs,” concludes Cattaneo.

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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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A Million Little Pieces On DSTV Box Office Soon

A MILLION LITTLE PIECES is the adaptation of the notorious 2003 bestseller with the same name by James Frey, which offered a visceral account of the author’s time at a rehabilitation centre in the 1990s.

An alcoholic and a drug addict, 23 year-old James has two options: treatment or death.

After waking up on a plane with a smashed up face and no memory of the past few weeks, he heads to rehab where he discovers much more than detox and therapy. As James endures the white-knuckle journey of mending his broken body, he heals his broken soul by connecting with other kindred spirits who also yearn and fight for a better life.

A MILLION LITTLE PIECES is the latest film from acclaimed director Sam Taylor-Johnson and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson in a tour de force performance. Based on the best-selling book by James Frey with a screenplay by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Sam Taylor-Johnson, the film also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Juliette Lewis, Giovanni Ribisi, Charlie Hunnam and Odessa Young.

While A MILLION LITTLE PIECES doesn’t hold back from displaying the harsh and horrible realities of addiction, it is not only a study of addiction, but also of recovery, love, friendship and hope. It aims to offer a realistic look at how a young man pulls himself back from the brink of self-destruction.

“You don’t laugh as hard or cry as intensely as you do when you’re going through recovery,” explains the writer-director. “It was important to think about the balance of that in a way, the balance of the darkness and the light… The biggest thing I’d like is for people to come away with hope and optimism rather than despair.”

A MILLION LITTLE PIECES is distributed by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd. and will be released in South Africa on DSTV Box Office on 3 April 2020.