Khumba: Review

Khumba The Movie

From Triggerfish Animation Studios, Cape Town, the talent that brought you Zambezia, comes an adventurous romp through the Great Karoo of South Africa with Khumba, the zebra.

Khumba, a half-stripped zebra, is rejected by a superstitious herd who think his lack of strips is the reason for a long-running drought. Khumba ventures outside the safe confines of the zebra’s fenced in watering hole in a bid to earn his stripes, and so the adventure begins. Pursued by a ferocious leopard, Phango, Khumba meets a whole host of weird, wonderful and mysterious animals, beasts and critters along the way.

Khumba draws you in to the adventure, and doesn’t let go until the last moment as Khumba and Phango face off, enthralling you with tense moments and moments of laughter.

The animation talent at Triggerfish has grown in leaps and bounds, the story of Khumba is engrossing, and the voice talent bears a list of some of Hollywoods top talent (Steve Buscemi, Loretta Devince, Laurence Fishburne and Richard E. Grant, to name a few), as well as several local South African voices.

Support South Africa’s growing animation sector, and see Khumba – a fun adventure for both young and old.

Visit the Khumba website.

Winners At The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards

The winners of the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013

  • Outstanding Comedy Series – Modern Family
  • Outstanding Drama Series – Breaking Bad
  • Outstanding Miniseries or Made for Television Movie – Behind the Candelabra
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a  Drama Series – Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie – Michael Douglas for Behind the Candelabra
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Claire Danes for Homeland
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie – Laura Linney for The Big C
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Tony Hale for VFeep
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Bobby Cannavale for Boardwalk Empire
  • Outstanding SUpporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie – James Cromwell for American Horror Story
  • Outstanding Support Actress in a Comedy Series – Merritt Wever for Nurse Jackie
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Anna Gunn for Breaking Bad
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie – Ellen Burstyn for Political Animals
  • Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series – The Colbert Report
  • Outstanding Reality Competition Program – The Voice
  • Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program – Huidi Klum, Tim Gunn for Project Runway
  • Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series – Modern Family, Gail Mancuso (Arrested)
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series – House of Cards, David Fincher (Chapter 1)
  • Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special – Behind the Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh
  • Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series – Saturday Night Live, Don Roy King
  • Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series – 30 Rock, Tina Fey, Tracey Wigfield (Last Lunch)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – Homeland, Henry Bromell (Q & A)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series – The Colbert Report
  • Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special – The House, Abi Morgan

Call For Entries: Indie Fest

Call For Entries – Indie Fest, for film, television and New Media
Deadline 11 October 2013

A showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices.

The Indie Fest is an independent, top-tier international awards competition. We invite entries from filmmakers, television producers, videographers and new media creators.

The goal of the Indie Fest is to help independents advance their careers and gain publicity.

Awards go to those who produce high-quality, stand-out productions.

Each year: Fast Focus Short Film Public Television Award; In-kind $1500 production studio opportunity, In-kind $10,100 post production opportunity, humanitarian award, and free $375 Indie Fest statuette to Best of Show winners.

The Indie Fest receives entries from all over the world: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malta, Martinique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.

Entry Form  Website  Email

The Write Journey Weekend Workshop For Screenwriters

The Write Journey Weekend Workshop for screenwriters

Cape Town – September 28 and 29

With the explosion of the local film industry it has never been a better time to be a screenwriter in South Africa, and if you’re a storyteller with a vivid imagination whose ideas are larger than life, The Write Journey weekend workshop for screenwriters is guaranteed to turn words into big screen action in Cape Town on September 28 and 29 from 10am until 6pm on both days.

Within ONE WEEKEND budding screenwriters will understand the principles of writing for a visual medium and what it takes to be screenwriter in South Africa.

The Write Journey looks at mastering the art of plotting your story, defining and developing your premise, concept, theme and characters and taking ownership of the writing process.

This motivational and inspirational workshop explores the art of visual narrative and the fundamentals of successful storytelling. It is ideal for ANYONE with an idea for a story. If there is something or someone you want to write about this is your opportunity to turn thoughts into words.  Ideas are transformed into concepts that will be reworked into visual narrative filled with action, description and vibrant characters.

This outcome-based workshop examines the principles of writing for film or television and explores the writing process, developing characters and mastering the art of structure.

It is a basic workshop that explores the art of storytelling and the craft of writing a universal story that reflects the uniqueness, history and culture of South Africa and Africa.

The workshop is ideal for novelists, journalist and writers who would like to master the art of adapting stories into a visual medium.

Following the workshop, the writers will be guided through the process of developing their screenplays through The Write Agency, and get their drafts shaped for the international film, television and publishing markets.

The workshop is presented by Daniel Dercksen, a local writer, playwright, movie journalist and Education, Training and Development Practitioner. As a freelance journalist for more than 30 years, and published playwright, Dercksen is a qualified ETD Practitioner (Education, Training and Development) – accredited by SAQA (The South African Qualifications Authority) – working in accordance with the principles of the Department of Education and focusing on outcomes-based education, training and development.

Following in the tradition of 19 years of workshop throughout South Africa, including guest lectures at this year’s 48 Hour Film Project,  masterclasses at the Sithengi Film and TV Market’s Talent Campus, the 2012 International Kunjanimation Animation Festival, and community workshops at the  Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre in Kwa Mashu, graduates of previous workshops include award-winning playwrights Neil Coppen (winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre, 2011, as well as the Naledi Award for Best South African Play, Abnormal Loads, 2013), filmmakers John Barker (Spud 3: Learning to Fly, Bunny Chow and How To Steal a Million), and Henk Pretorius (Bakgat, Fanie Fourie Se Lobola), novelists Lauren Beukes (Zoo City, Spinning Girl), Gary Hirson (The Magic That is Ours and Calm in Storm), and Consuelo Roland (Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award and received an Honorary mention for the Olive Schreiner Prize for her novel The Good Cemetery Guide).

The weekend workshop for screenwriters in Cape Town on September 28 and 29 takes place at The Writing Studio in Cape Town.

To register and for the full agenda, visit or email


Red 2: Review

Retired C.I.A agent Frank Moses is back, along with his team of RED (Retired and Extremely Dangerous) friends Marvin (John Malkovich), Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) and Victoria (Helen Mirren). This time they are drawn in to a search to find a missing portable nuclear device, created by a brilliant physicist, Bailey (Anthony Hopkins).

As you can expect, the performances from the stellar cast do not disappoint, and one gets the sense that the characters enjoy each of the many scenes of destruction; all except Frank, who is looking to settle down with Sarah, keep her safe, and avoid the life of international spy.

The action will thrill audiences, the tongue-in-cheek humour will most certainly bring many laughs, and the story will entertain. There are enough twists in the story to keep the audience guessing, and plenty of stunning sights to see as the team tours the big cities on its mission to save the world.

Red 2 infiltrates South African cinemas 20 September 2013.

Red 2 Blu-Ray review, by SAMDB

R.I.P.D: Review

R.I.P.D takes and old formula, and switches it up, to the max. We begin with two cops, Nick (Ryan Reynolds) and Hayes (Kevin Bacon) who are skimming evidence secured on raids. Nick begins to experience the twinges of guilt, and is promptly killed by Hayes.

Normally, the problem would end there, but Nick is recruited into the R.I.P.D (Rest In Peace Department), sent back for a 100 year tour Earth to hunt down escaped evil souls, and as the various plots twist and intertwine, he finally has the opportunity to go after Hayes with new undead partner Roy (Jeff Bridges).

R.I.P.D mixes the genres, you get a feeling of the Old West from Roy, and modern action from Nick, leading to many extremely funny moments as the two learn to deal with each others differences, and their own personality problems.

R.I.P.D is an action, comedy, crime, fantasy, mixed in with modern life, a piece of the past, and a bunch of the supernatural. A movie that stirs in all the ingredients of fun and serves up an entertaining mix that anyone should enjoy.

R.I.P.D manifests on South African screens 4 October 2013

The Smurfs 2: Review

Smurfs 2Those little blue people are at it again. The Smurfs return with a new adventure, this time to rescue Smurfette from the wizard Gargamel before he can learn the secret that will turn his latest creations, the Naughties, into real Smurfs, allowing him to extract their essence for his own evil purposes.

The Smurfs 2 takes you not only on an adventurous ride, but tells a tale of loyalty and family, showing that the good in a person will triumph over the evil inside, and if you stick together as family, you can overcome any obstacle.

Although the film has its exaggerated ‘younger moments’, this is a story to see with family and friends. The Smurfs 2 will keep you smiling from beginning to end.

The voice talent is perfectly cast, with the likes of Katy Perry, Christina Ricci, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin, John Oliver, Jeff Foxworthy, Aloan Cumming, Adam Wylie, Shaquille O’Neal and Jimmy Kimmel, to name a few. The animation, mixed in with the real world is superb, and the characters of the Smurfs come alive in a way that will thrill the younger audience, and entertain the older.

The Smurfs 2 starts 20 September 2013 in South Africa.

Teen Beach Movie: Review

Teen Beach Movie

A mix of Grease and Pleasantville, with a dash of High School Musical, Teen Beach Movie is set to be the next Disney craze that will have kids and adults singing and dancing, and perhaps a few our surfing.

Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell are both young actors heading for the Disney ‘big time’. Talented as actors, dancers and performers, the two stars of Teen Beach Movie provide plenty of entertainment.

There are laughs, songs, dances, and a story for both young and old. The young-ones will enjoy the dancing, and surfing, while parents can reminisce over Grease as the biker and surfer gangs vie for control of their favourite hangout spot on the beach, right up to the point that members of each gang develop feelings for each other, and we’re treated to a song and dance, switching between the two, as guy and girl express their hearts romantic desires.

For the safest, and most enjoyable after school and weekend fun, Teen Beach Movie will be one the kids will be watching over and over again.

See Teen Beach Movie on DStv channel 303 (Disney channel) on Friday, 20 September 2013, at 17:00

Long Walk To Freedom Takes Toronto By Storm

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom had its first international screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, 7 September 2013.  The stars of the film Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Riaad Moosa, Terry Pheto, Deon Lotz and Lindiwe Matshikiza surprised throngs of fans when they stopped to pose for pictures with them before taking to the red carpet.  The screening ended on a high note with an unprecedented eight minute standing ovation from a visibly moved audience.

Riaad Moosa (Ahmed Kathrada), Lindiwe Matshikiza (Zindzi Mandela), Deon Lotz (Kobie Coetsee), Terry Pheto (Evelyn Mase), director Justin Chadwick , Naomie Harris (Winnie Madikizela-Mandela), Idris Elba (Nelson Mandela) and producer, Anant Singh. - (Photo credit:  Haidee Malkin – courtesy of Videovision Entertainment)
Riaad Moosa (Ahmed Kathrada), Lindiwe Matshikiza (Zindzi Mandela), Deon Lotz (Kobie Coetsee), Terry Pheto (Evelyn Mase), director Justin Chadwick , Naomie Harris (Winnie Madikizela-Mandela), Idris Elba (Nelson Mandela) and producer, Anant Singh. – (Photo credit: Haidee Malkin – courtesy of Videovision Entertainment)

South African Short, MINESH, Officially Selected For 70th Venice Film Festival

Short film Minesh, written and directed by Shalin Sirkar of Chalia Films has been selected into the Orizzonti Short Films Competition of the 70th Venice Film Festival. The film highlights the psychological plight of children who are exposed to domestic violence.

Shot in Kylemore, a small rural community outside of Stellenbosch, this 12minute film tells the story of Minesh (6), played by Tristan De La Cruz. When Minesh sees his father assaulting his mother, he is shocked, afraid and runs away.

MineshMINESH is a South African‐German‐Danish co‐production, with Producers, Karl Baumgartner and Thanassis Karathanos of Pallas Film, (Germany), Peter Aalbæk Jensen of Zentropa Entertainment, (Denmark) and Shalin Sirkar of Chalia Films, (South Africa).

Shalin Sirkar, formerly of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa completed a BA in Psychology and Legal Studies at the University of Kwa‐Zulu Natal and a BA(Hons) in Philosophy at the University of Cape Town before working as a production assistant and Producer in the local film industry. MINESH is her directorial debut and she is currently in development with 2 feature films, PAUL and HOME SWEET HOME.

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