Elysium And Q&A With Brandon Auret


In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet.  The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land.  The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium.  With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.

Elysium will be released nationwide on 9 August 2013.

Q&A With Brandon Auret

Brandon, thank you very much for taking the time to answer our Q&A.

You play Drake, in the upcoming action / sci-fi Elysium with Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley, one in a number of action / sci-fi movies in your filmography. Are these genres ones that resonate with you? What other genres do you enjoy?

Well, considering that some of my all time favourite films are, Return of the Jedi, Platoon and Rambo (First blood), its easy to say that from a young age I’ve been drawn to and had a love for action and sci-fi films. As for other genres, I tend to enjoy horror films as well as a good drama which tells a gripping story! I’m also driven by great characters.

Tell us a little bit about Drake? As actors, the characters we see on screen, draw from personal aspects of their lives. Are there any particular traits in Drake that mirror you?

Drake is the right hand man of the character ‘Kruger’ who is played by, Sharlto Copley. He is  ex 32 battalion, and to put it in a nut shell is a full on killing machine. He does as he’s told by Kruger, no questions asked.

As an actor, I try and get lost in whatever role I’m playing but in some way there’s always a bit of “Me” in my characters. There really are no comparisons to Drake and I except for the fact that we both get a kick out of blowing shit up.

How far are your current movie roles from your days on South African television? How big a leap was the move?

After playing “Duppie” in Isidingo for 8 years, I left in 2004 because I felt that it was time to further my career and pursue my dream of becoming a film actor. Two years went by after leaving the soapie, where I then finally landed my first movie called, “Catch a fire”. In the last 9 years I’ve shot 16 feature films and two short films.

What led you to the film and television industry? When did you know you wanted to be part of it?

Like I said before, one of my all time favourite fiIms is ‘Return of the Jedi’ and this was actually the movie that inspired me to become an actor. In  fact, what I wanted most was to be a Jedi Knight, and truth be told, I still do. The journey of trying to perfect the art of acting started when I was 9 years old though, where I took up speech and drama classes with the amazing Mrs Edna Peck. By the age of 13, I landed my first lead role in a amateur dramatic show called, Bugsy Malone. I carried on performing through out High School and after doing my national service, I went on to study drama at Pretoria Tech. This is where I met the most amazing acting coach called Mr Rene Tredoux. He was not only my mentor but my friend too and he played a very influential role when its come to my acting career. He taught me that if I wanted something bad enough, I would have to work hard to get it and I feel that after all these years, filled with blood, sweat and tears, I’ve done just that.

You have a two your old daughter. Are you able to spend enough time with her when on location, and is it easy to make the transition from action man to father when you’re not shooting?

There’s one thing more important to me than my career and that is my daughter, Talia. Regardless of whether I’m working or not, I will always find the time to spend with her. For instance, whilst shooting Elysium in Canada I would make sure I got to Skype her on a regular basis. I guess you could say that when I’m with her I make the transition from action man to ‘action dad’. She’s the best thing that has ever happened to me and has changed my life in more ways than one. I can truly say, I am blessed beyond words.

You have worked with Sharlto Copley and Neil Blomkamp. Tell us a little about filmmaking with these fellow South Africans.

Where to start… Both Neil and Sharlto are unbelievably passionate and professional about what they do. They are simply the nicest guys you will ever meet and I  am exceptionally proud of their achievements and honoured to have worked with both of them.

The list of skills you have acquired is rather impressive, from martial arts, to weapons, diving to singing. Tell us a little on how you bring those to your roles.

With the skills I have acquired, its been a great help in certain roles I have had play. For instance, my love for martial arts has helped me in many of my ‘fight scenes’ that I’ve had to do as well as my knowledge of weapons which has been a huge help when it’s come to scenes that involve the shooting of guns etc… We live and we learn. I think that the older I get, my skills set just continues to improve.Right now I’m training with a boxing coach, Kyle ‘The Saint’ Bothma for an upcoming movie about a boxer who loses everything and finds redemption in underground gage fighting.I love the world of Mixed martial arts.

South Africans took priding in almost claiming District 9 as a South African production, and it did a lot to put SA on the film map. How do you see future and progression of South African Filmmaking?

District 9 is very much a South African production, as it consists of a 80% South African cast and crew. I think it definitely proved to the rest of the world that we as South Africans are more than capable of being world class film makers. I feel that, we as a country have amazing stories to tell.Hopefully long walk to freedom will be the last political story we make.

I just wish that there would be more support not only from the government but from the South African public too. If SAGA is able to bring some change and our audience is expanded, I most certainly see a very bright future filled with lots of potential for South African film making.

Do you find working both in-front of the camera, and behind, brings a better understanding to the projects, and helps your acting and producing all round?

With starting my own production company called ‘A Breed Apart Pictures’ with my best friend, I have most certainly expanded my knowledge as to what all goes into making a film. I have also gained new respect for producers and all the hard working film crew. Anyone who thinks being on a film set is glamorous, has no idea about what film making really is. It’s hard work and needs nothing less than pure dedication. I love film making. Every aspect of it, whether it be in front or behind the camera.

Do you have any tips for aspiring South African actors and filmmakers?

I would say, Do it! Just do it! As an actor do everything you possibly can. Do  musicals, children’s theatre, television, etc…  gain as much experience as possible. Another thing Be nice, because lets face it, nobody likes a pre-madonna. As for the film makers out there, get that story right because if it’s not on the page it’s not on the stage.

What’s next for you, as actor and as producer

Next I’ll be shooting Neill Blomkamp’s new movie called “Chappie”. We start shooting in September and will finish up in December, which will end off a pretty good 2013 for me. Then as the new year starts, we go into pre production for our first movie called “Shadow Boxer”, in association with Karoo Films. All of it is very exciting and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

The Lone Ranger: Review

A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty “Hi-yo Silver” – the Lone Ranger rides into South African cinemas 12 July 2013.

Lone Ranger poster

Armie Hammer delivers a great portrayal of John Reid / The Lone Ranger, alongside his faithful companion Tonto, played by Johnny Depp.

The film follows the two as they ride their relationship roller-coaster, while thwarting the greedy and corrupt business officials, saving the town, and bringing justice.

There are nods to the original television series, and several tongue-in-cheek one-liners from Depp as Tonto. There are hints of Captain Jack Sparrow that seem to surface in the character, this adds to lighten several moments.

Just as you think it’s time to start wrapping things up, the first notes of The William Tell Overture strike up, and you know that bad guys are in for a rough time.

An enjoyable film, that will introduce the younger generation to an iconic character, and instil in them that gentlemen and just people still exist.

Keep a watch for Hammer in another look back to the past, in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

World War Z

World War ZReview

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn’t heard of story these days, from the many films, to television series, and reality shows of those who prep for the coming apocalypse. World War Z takes this genre, and ramps it up to the big screen, with Hollywood actors, action, and stunts.

World War Z, from the horror novel by Max Brooks (World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War), follows Gerry Lane on his mission to help find a cure to the unknown virus that causes people to turn on each other and begin feeding on other humans.

Brad Pitt gives an enjoyable interpretation of the lead character, presenting a brave Gerry, who seems to have his own hidden issues which are likely the reason why he no longer works as an investigator for the UN. It would have been great to see some further character backgrounds, and development, but at around 2 hours, that would make this a very long film.

There’s tension, and the usual moments that make you jump, however the tension isn’t too strong, so will appeal to horror fanatics and ordinary movie-goers alike. This is not your usual, predictable zombie slaughter-fest, but also an enjoyable story, albeit lacking a little ‘something’ in the depth department.

SAMDB members Dan Hirst and Paul Hampshire were part of the talented team of stunt performers on World War Z.

Treat yourself to a few hours of escapism, and see what’s in-store in the zombie apocalypse.

World War Z will be in South African cinemas Friday, 12 July 2013


Production Notes

On an ordinary day, Gerry Lane and his family find their quiet drive interrupted by urban gridlock.  An ex-United Nations investigator, Lane senses that this is no ordinary traffic jam.  As police helicopters buzz the sky and motorcycle cops careen wildly below, the city erupts into chaos.

Something is causing hordes of people to viciously attack each other – a lethal virus that is spread through a single bite, turning healthy humans into something unrecognizable, unthinking and feral.  Neighbor turns on neighbor; a helpful stranger suddenly becomes a dangerous enemy. The origins of the virus are unknown, and the number of infected grows exponentially larger each day, quickly becoming a global pandemic.  As the infected overwhelm the world’s armies and rapidly topple its governments, Lane is forced to return to his dangerous former life to insure the safety of his family, leading a desperate worldwide search for the source of the epidemic and a means to stop its relentless spread.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Production present, in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films, a Plan B Entertainment/2DUX2 Production, a Marc Forster film, “World War Z.” The film is being distributed worldwide by Paramount Pictures Corporation, a Viacom, Inc. company.

Colour Me Crazy 5km Run & Colour Fest Coming Soon

Colour and Music Fest and RunThe Colour Me Crazy 5km Run & Colour Fest will be exploding in Joburg and Cape Town later this year with a kaleidoscope of colour, energy, dancing, music and fun in one crazy event SA has never seen before.

Keep fit and have loads of fun with the 5km run packed with colour ending up in an epic music festival covered in even more vibrant colours.

Get blasted with red, yellow, green, blue and pink coloured powder at each kilometre along the race. Then trade in your running shoes for your party shoes for a massive colour and music festival at the end of the race including performances from the popular SA music acts Goodluck and Mi Casa!

Colour and Music Fest and Run

Individuals of all age and ability are invited to take part in this unique day. Whether you’re in a team or running the race solo – put on a wacky white outfit and get ready to walk, run, skip or dance your way through breathtaking clouds of colour all the way to the end. Don’t want to break a sweat? No worries the run is not compulsory – soak up the awesome tunes and vibrant atmosphere at the festival instead!

Do not miss out on the first Colour Me Crazy 5km Run & Colour Fest and get your tickets today!

Joburg:  21st September, Riversands Farm, JHB North
Performers include – Mi Casa, Locnville, Dean Fuel, Roger Goode, DJ Wags, Household Funk Crazy White Boy

Cape Town: 26th October 2013, Ostrich Ranch, N7
Performers include – Goodluck, Locnville, Dean Fuel, Roger Goode, DJ Mixi (more to be confirmed)

Tickets are R290 or R320 with a T-shirt. Tickets available at www.quicket.co.za.

Colour and Music Fest and Run

Despicable Me 2 Minions Stuart And Jorge At Grandwest

Two of the Despicable Me 2 Minions, Stuart and Jorge, were out and about touring Grandwest on 29 June, posing for photos with their fans, and leading children in a Minion-ised version of The YMCA!

Stuart and Jorge


Already topping international box office lists, Despicable Me 2 is opens 5 July 2013 in South African cinemas. Loved by both children and parents alike, these little yellow critters are responsible for many laughs.

Minions Stuart and Jorge of Despicable Me

Ending a long day of fan interaction at Nu Metro at the Grandwest Casino, they two Minions dished out Minion cupcakes, posters and goodies to all, with loads of yellow faces from the nearby Minion Face Painting stand.

Minion Face Painting


Be sure to catch Despicable Me 2 in cinemas now, and read more on the SAMDB New Blog.

ACT Scholarship Awards Judges Announced

Auditions for the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships Programme, and for the opportunity to MC the Final event in Johannesburg on 30 September 2013, are currently taking place around the country.

Registrations for the Scholarships Programme have closed, but there are still audition slots available in Johannesburg (9 July) and Bloemfontein (13 July) for aspiring presenters to enter the MC auditions. Interested candidates can apply, in writing, to Rahiem at rahiem@act.org.za.

The Final event, which will be hosted by UJ Arts & Culture at the University of Johannesburg, will see six finalists showcasing their acting, dancing and singing abilities to a live audience and an independent panel of judges as they compete to win one of three performing arts scholarships, with a combined value of R315 000.

The 2013 panel of distinguished judges comprises Kgomotso Christopher, Rozanne Bishop, Jennis Williamson, David April, Nacia Kruger and Themi Venturas.

She may be best-known to South African audiences as Katlego Sibeko on SABC3’s Isidingo, but the glamorous and graceful actress Kgomotso Christopher is also a voice-over artist, MC and academic and has extensive international experience behind the scenes in the television industry.

Rozanne Bishop/McKenzie is a bilingual presenter, MC and voiceover artist based in Johannesburg. She is an anchor on Dagbreek, a daily live Afrikaans breakfast show and is also a field presenter on the popular Afrikaans magazine show Kwêla, both on Kyknet.

Manager of Talent Etc™, Jennis Williamson, is thoroughly acquainted with the South African entertainment industry and brings valuable expertise, knowledge and specialist management skills to the table, both in this capacity, and from his experience as an actor and dancer/choreographer.

David April is the Creative Entrepreneurial Officer (CEO) of David April, an arts consultancy for project management, entertainment, fundraising, education and training. April has a reputation for innovation and excellence and is passionate about arts and culture development.

After completing a BA Degree in Tourism & Recreation at the North-West University, Nacia Kruger decided to follow her dream and in 2004 obtained her National Diploma in Musical Theatre from Pretoria Technikon (now Tswhane University of Technology). Nacia is a well-known face in the Musical Theatre circles, works regularly as an actress and voice-over artist, and has also made her mark as a director. Nacia joined The Playhouse in 2011, opening branches in Pretoria and recently in Cape Town.

Themi Venturas has an Honours degree in Performing Arts from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He spent six years as Head of Productions at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre Company at UKZN, followed by four years as the Community Programme Director at the then Natal Performing Arts Council (now known as the Playhouse Company). Venturas has been an independent producer and owner of Themi Venturas Productions since 1993. In 2002 he built his own theatre, the Catalina Theatre at Wilson’s Wharf in Durban. Themi is also a freelance director and has received three Lifetime Achievement awards. He is a Board Member of the Arts & Culture Trust, the CEO of TheatreBIZ and was the PANSA KZN Chairperson for a number of years.

For more information on the Scholarships programme, please visit www.act.org.za.

Smurf Day At Percy Bartley House

June 22nd, 2013 was International Smurf Day, and SAMDB snuck in to see the happenings at Percy Bartley House.

Smurfs Day

Situated in Woodstock, Cape Town, it is a place for up to 25 young men from the streets, or dysfunctional homes, often referred by the court. The primary aim of the non-profit organisation, is seeking to serve the disadvantaged in the community.

Celebrities, media and key partners of Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) helped give the building a once over, brightening the environment of these young men, while adding some fun to a great day.

Smurf Day

“A key message of Smurfs 2 and Global Smurfs Day is to spread love and goodwill. Without the generosity of our promotional partners, this day would not be possible. Thanks must go out to Jack’s Paint and Hardware, Bokomo, Idea Fruits, Checkers, Prima Toys, Sea Harvest, Tropika, UbiSoft, Sony Mobile,  Sony Home Entertainment, Ackermans, Popz Popcorn, Sony Music, Build-A- Bear Workshop and McDonalds for all their support and involvement in making what we certainly hope will be a special day for each of our chosen charities,” say Bashan Govindarajulu, marketing manager, SPRI, South Africa.

View further information on Percy Bartley House.

See more photos of the day in the International Smurf Day Album on the SAMDB Facebook page.

African Gothic – New Film Based On Reza de Wet’s Master Piece – Diepe Grond

African Gothic, a bold new international film version of Reza de Wet’s iconic masterpiece, Diepe Grond, will have its South African and African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival in July.

African Gothic is a gritty, poignant drama set in a decaying farmhouse in the desolate heart of the parched Free State, about a dangerous and passionate relationship between deeply troubled lovers, their benign domestic worker and a hapless lawyer who pays them a visit. The production features two South African-born actors from Johannesburg who play the pivotal roles of Frikkie and Sussie: Damon Shalit plays the menacing Frikkie, and Chella Ferrow plays his beautiful and complex, sweetheart from childhood.

Shalit also wrote the screenplay and produced the film, which is directed by Gabriel Bologna. Shalit performed in the LA premiere of the play in 2005. Shortly thereafter he began writing the screenplay – a process, which was endorsed and supported by de Wet.

“After performing in the play, I felt compelled to embark on the journey to create the film.” says Shalit. “I was fortunate enough to be able to work directly with Reza de Wet in developing the screenplay, a somewhat daunting task as the play is such an iconic piece of theatre. The challenge came in how to take the play, set in one room, and expand it into a cinematic experience. So it was invaluable having her insightful input into this process.”

“When I read the screenplay of which Damon took pangs to stay true to the original text, I was surprised to discover that such a dark milieu and context was completely overshadowed by a deep love story. Aside from the spectacular symbolisms throughout the piece that represent the insidiously complex and dark legacy of Apartheid, there is a remarkable revelation about the nature of love itself: what unites people is not necessarily their common interests and pursuits, but in fact, their grief, their pain,” explains Bologna.

“What makes Frikkie and Sussie’s bond so strong is the mutual abuses they shared in their childhood – only they and they alone could understand one another, as their love was consecrated by the same scars, both emotional and physical.  Surprisingly, in some strange way, we are all like Frikkie and Sussie – our true search for love lies in finding someone who not only understands our joy, but even more so, our pain,” he said

“Reza de Wet, was one of South Africa’s most celebrated authors, who has won more theatre and literary awards than any other playwright. Though, sadly, she passed away last year, she has left behind a legacy in her native country of leading an artistic war against Apartheid.  When the government censors were clamping down on news, television and film, Reza led a hand-full of playwrights into a thriving artistic movement called, Theatre of the Struggle,” he explains.

“We are passionate about this story, and very excited about it coming to Durban, as it has a meaningful context in South Africa,” says Chella Ferrow who plays Sussie. “Reza de Wet wrote such powerful and courageous stories, and we are so proud to be bringing African Gothic to life on screen. When I think of her writing such a bold and daring piece during a time of so much oppression and secrecy, I am in awe. Her writing is extraordinarily fearless and potent in commenting on the complex nature of society and morality at that time.”

Frikkie and Sussie are carefully-crafted, fascinating characters – complex, intriguing, gritty and feral. Visually and emotionally, they would not be out of place in a Roger Ballen photograph. Their complexity and depth make them a challenge to perform.

Connie Jackson as Alina, the housekeeper, Damon Shalit as Frikkie and Chella Ferrow as Sussie in African Gothic directed by Gabriel Bologna which will have its SA Premiere at DIFF
Connie Jackson as Alina, the housekeeper, Damon Shalit as Frikkie and Chella Ferrow as Sussie in African Gothic directed by Gabriel Bologna which will have its SA Premiere at DIFF

It is hugely significant that this important piece of South African theatre will be seen by a new international audience, and that the pivotal characters of Sussie and Frikkie will be played by South African actors who have carved a career for themselves in Hollywood.

Shalit was born and raised in Linksfield, Johannesburg before moving to Houston with his family in his early teens. Ferrow grew up in Johannesburg and studied psychology through Wits and Unisa. She then moved to London in 1998 to do a post-graduate in acting. She has been living in New York for the past 11 years.

Chella Ferrow as Sussie and Damon Shalit as Frikkie in African Gothic directed by Gabriel Bologna, which will have its SA Premiere at DIFF
Chella Ferrow as Sussie and Damon Shalit as Frikkie in African Gothic directed by Gabriel Bologna, which will have its SA Premiere at DIFF

They are supported by established British actor Jonny Coyne, who plays the ill-fated Mr Grove, who was most recently seen in Hangover Part 3 and Gangster Squad; and  Alina, the housekeeper, played by US singer / actress Connie Jackson who was in Dreamgirls on Broadway and has been a backing vocalist for Phil Collins. The young Frikkie and Sussie are played by youthful Cape Town-born, UK based-actor David Verne, and Los Angeles musical-theatre performer Aviv Gadi. The parents are played by former South African actors, Glen Anthony Vaughan – who spent many years at PACT – and Maria Olsen, who moved from East London to Los Angeles in 2005.

Jonny Coyne as Mr Grove, Damon Shalit as Frikkie and Chella Ferrow as Sussie in African Gothic directed by Gabriel Bologna, which will have its SA Premiere at DIFF
Jonny Coyne as Mr Grove, Damon Shalit as Frikkie and Chella Ferrow as Sussie in African Gothic directed by Gabriel Bologna, which will have its SA Premiere at DIFF

Director, Gabriel Bologna, worked as an actor with the likes of Francis Ford Coppola and Mark Rydeland, Dick Van Dyke, before turning to writing and directing with his most recent film being Black Waters of Echo Pond. He is son of Hollywood legends, Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor.

“Like so much of film making, this has been a true labour of love and remarkable creative collaboration,” says Shalit. “Our film is not mere film adaptation of a play, but a wide-reaching artistic achievement that will hopefully spread global awareness about Reza de Wet, one of South Africa’s greatest playwrights, who died last year.”

African Gothic will have its South African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival. It is a joint SA and US production.  Visit www.africangothic.com for more info.

The Durban International Film Festival takes place in Durban, South Africa from July 18 to 28. African Gothic will be screened at 20 July 12:00 at Musgrave Ster Kinekor; 24 July 15:30 at Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre; 25 July 18:00 at Suncoast Cinecentre. For more info go to www.durbanfilmfest.co.za

Focus Features Sets Release Date for Fifty Shades Of Grey

The global release of Fifty Shades of Grey will start in North America on Friday, August 1st, 2014 with opening dates around the world to be announced. The Focus Features domestic theatrical release will be in theaters nationwide. Universal Pictures International is releasing the movie in the rest of the world.

Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing the highly anticipated film adaptation of E L James’ #1 bestselling book. Fifty Shades of Grey has been adapted into a screenplay by Kelly Marcel. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing the movie version alongside Ms. James.

Universal Pictures and Focus Features acquired the rights to the three books in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy in March 2012. Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal. Fifty Shades of Grey has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever.

Fifty Shades of Grey (first published in 2011) follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. Subsequent novels in the series, Fifty Shades Darker (2011) and Fifty Shades Freed (2012) explore the couple’s deepening relationship. For more information please see the official Fifty Shades of Grey Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fiftyshadesofgreymovie.

Focus Features and Focus Features International (www.focusfeatures.com) comprise a singular global company. This worldwide studio makes original and daring films that challenge the mainstream to embrace and enjoy voices and visions from around the world that deliver global commercial success. The company operates as Focus Features in North America, and as Focus Features International (FFI) in the rest of the world.

In addition to Fifty Shades of Grey, upcoming Focus Features releases include The World’s End, the new comedy reuniting director Edgar Wright with actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost; Closed Circuit, the suspense thriller directed by John Crowley and starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall; the true-life dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger, to be directed by Michael Cuesta and star Jeremy Renner; the comedic fable The Boxtrolls, the new animated feature from LAIKA, directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable with a voice cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, and Tracy Morgan; Black Sea, the adventure thriller to star Jude Law for Academy Award-wining director Kevin Macdonald; and Dallas Buyers Club, the fact-based drama directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, and Jared Leto.

Focus Features and Universal Pictures are part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.

Elocution And Accent Reduction

Elocution is speaking in a polished and professional way. Accent Reduction is when you reduce your current accent (Collard, African, Afrikaans, European, etc.) so that you can sound more neutral English like what you hear in South Africa. The course makes you aware of the sound system (or phonology) of a language or dialect: which include identifying problems in the person’s current speech from the desired accent (such as pronunciation, speech patterns, and speech habits), changing the way one uses the mouth, teeth, and tongue to form vowel and consonant sounds, modifying one’s intonation and stress patterns, and changing one’s rhythm. Using this method, individuals trying to help their communication; will learn how to alter their speech to more closely resemble the accent of neutral English commonly used in SA and abroad, thus enhancing the clarity of their communication within the workplace.

Course Outline:

  • How to develop your voice using posture, relaxation + breathing;
  • Neutralizing any accent – resonance, pitch + tone;
  • Eliminating any/all speech faults – stuttering, mumbling;
  • Birth defects such as cleft palate/ cleft lip;
  • Strengthening weak oral muscles;
  • Reducing any accent: Collard, Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, Zimbabwean, Afrikaans, French; English (England), American etc.;
  • Communication skills in a private, public and corporate setting;
  • Public Speaking and confidence building;
  • Maximizing your vocal capacity giving you versatility and dynamics when speaking;
  • You will have better diction and clarity – articulation and enunciation;
  • Switch board, private and public sector and corporate sector, answering (phones), Front of house sales, etc;
  • You will learn how to gain confidence in speech within your working environment – verbal dynamics;
  • SWOT analysis;
  • Understanding your strengths and weaknesses and developing positive affirmations;

Overcoming all threats (fear, failure, criticisms etc.).


R2900 upfront. OR
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Traveling as per AA rate (R2.09 per kilometer x 2) will be charged if needed to travel to you.

Discounts available on block booking.
5 or more gets a 10% discount.
10 or more gets a 20% discount.


13 weeks at 1hr per week OR 7 weeks at 2 hrs per week


Manual, 13 hrs of tuition, certificate and maintenance programme.


Biebie Productions
Tel: 084 625 4104
Website: www.biebie.co.za
Email: barbara@biebie.co.za

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