Khumba Marks First 3D Animated Feature Film To Be Released In Afrikaans

Khumba The Movie

In an exciting first for South Africa, ‘Khumba’, the South Africa film about a half-striped zebra who is blamed for the drought by his superstitious herd and forced to go in search of a magic waterhole, will be released in Afrikaans in cinemas when it opens on 25 October 2013.

‘Khumba’ is the second animated feature produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios, following the successful global release of ‘Adventures in Zambezia’. It features the voice of Liam Neeson as a malicious leopard, as well as the voices of Jake T Austin, AnnaSophia Robb, Lawrence Fishburn and Steve Buscemi. The film is directed by Anthony Silverston.

‘Khumba’ tells a story which is universal, so we are delighted to be able to release it in both English and Afrikaans as it will appeal to a wider audience,” says director, Anthony Silverstone. “It’s a great family story about the struggle to feel comfortable in your own skin and learning to fit in.”

The film tells the story of Khumba, a zebra who has only half his stripes. When he is blamed for the lack of rain by the rest of his insular, superstitious herd, he embarks on a daring quest. In his search for the legendary waterhole where the first zebras got their stripes, Khumba meets a quirky range of characters and teams up with an unlikely duo: Mama V, an overprotective wildebeest, and Bradley, a self-obsessed, flamboyant ostrich. But before he can reunite with his herd, Khumba has to come face to face with Phango, a sadistic leopard who controls the waterholes and terrorizes all the animals in the Great Karoo. It’s not all black and white in this colorful adventure with a difference.

“It’s a delightful story that is beautifully told,” says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution, which is releasing the film locally. “To be able to release a 3D animated film of this quality in Afrikaans is a major achievement for the industry and it’s sure to delight audiences.”

Bush TV Going Online

Bush TV, an experiential eventing and Film and TV production company, whose philosophy is “sparking the imagination of the African child” will be embarking in production in the new-media space; streaming over the internet. We will be starting a daily internet streaming breakfast show over the internet.

As from the 1st of August 2013 Bush TV will be streaming over the internet, initially starting with a 3-hour breakfast show that will stream daily from 6-9 in the morning. The content will focus on selling South Africa internationally as a tourist destination by showing it’s diversity, be a space where youth can find out about empowerment initiatives, a space where artists can reach a wider audience, a partner to creative industries’ events, pioneer in the ICT sphere amongst other things.

The initiative is spear-headed by Khululekile Banzi and Smartie Olifant who both have a history in community TV as well as in Film and TV production. They have put together a team of interested people that range from production, ICT, marketing, legal and administrative team. They are still amassing talent; including sign-language presenters, behind and in front of the screen. They also need to build partnerships, synergies, advertising, sponsorship, and content in the form of events, films, etc.

The Wolverine (3D): Review

Hugh Jackman returns in his sixth outing at Logan, The Wolverine. This incarnation is the first in the series not to carry the X-Men moniker, and this is an aspect that tells in the story. Logan is isolated, having distanced himself from society and the disbanded team after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand.

Logan is battling many demons, having to fight both those of the antagonists, and his inner legion. This time Logan is up against Viper, a mutant in the employ of Kenuichio Harada who’s life he saved many years prior.

The Wolverine does not contain the non-stop action the X-Men and previous Origins movies, nor the slew of special effects. There are some stunning fight scenes, and some stunning abilities displayed by Rila Fukushima, as Yukio.

The Wolverine is a darker, more dramatic look at the character of Logan and his alter-ego The Wolverine, his inner battles, and coming to terms with his purpose in this world. Famke Janssen is back as Jean Grey, part of the past with which Logan has not yet come to terms.

In South African cinemas 26 July 2013, this is one for the fans, and for those who want a bit more drama with their action and special effects thrills.

Disney’s Planes (In 3D)

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Disney's PlanesFrom above the world of “Cars” comes “Disney’s Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. “Disney’s Planes” takes off in theatres on Aug. 16, 2013.

From above the world of “Cars,” “Disney’s Planes” is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure about Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane whose high-flying dream gives a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.

Molly & Wors – Die Movie

Willie Esterhuizen and Lizz Meiring stars as Wors and Molly in Willie and Pieter Esterhuizen’s hilarious new Afrikaans family comedy “MOLLY & WORS – DIE MOVIE.”

Molly And Wors PosterWors is a loyal husband to Molly for the past 26 years. He is also father of two, Vaatjie (Gerhard Odendaal), his eldest who had to marry his pregnant girlfriend Shardonay (Cherie van der Merwe), and Blapsie (Karien Botha) his youngest who is almost engaged to boyfriend Hardus (Albert de Villiers) but not quite yet. Wors works at F1 Fitment Centre in Johannesburg. He is in line for the “Salesman of the Year” award. Not for the first time mind you, but he has yet to won the coveted award.

His two best friends are Melvin (Alvin Bruinders) and Neville Naidoo (Jai Parkash) who also happens to work with Wors at F1 Fitment Centre and his greatest supporters in his quest to become “Salesman of the Year”. Molly has her reservations about him winning, whilst his mother Ella (Marga van Rooy) only goes along for the free food and drinks at the award function. She knows for a fact that Wors won’t win. According to Ella Wors is “always the bridesmaid, never the bride”.

It comes as no surprise when Wors once again fails to win “Salesman of the Year”. He is so disappointed that he ends up in the loo. It is then that the CEO of F1 Fitment Centre announces their “Salesman of the Decade” winner. None other than Wors Visagie. Together with the Golden Battery trophy he also wins a trip to their new battery factory in Amsterdam, Holland.

One Banana Airways ticket is business-class and one is economy. Both Molly and Wors assume the business-class ticket is theirs. Ella refuses to speak with Wors because she should have been the chosen one. The only way Wors can keep her happy is by sending her off to Sun City for the week, something he is going to regret doing.

Melvin and Neville agrees to a “bon voyage” send-off party for Wors. Their venue of choice is a local strip club, the Lollipop Lounge. Wors gets caught up in the action, forgets about the time and only gets home way past midnight. From the Lollipop Lounge straight into the dog-box, no sweat.

Across town Bokkie Botha (Lelia Etsebeth) agrees to be Ace (Aubrey Mmkola) and Gawie’s (JC Snooke) drug mule. This is her first, but before her flight the air hostess Hester (Karen Wessels) advises her to dump the handbag with the drugs in the toilet.

Both Molly and Wors have a fear of flying and to counter that they take schedule six prescription medication, given to them by Molly’s boss Dr Proctor (Jurgen Helberg) to knock them out for the duration of the flight. Unfortunately their flight gets delayed and Wors just about makes it to his seat. Molly does not. She is found fast asleep in the ladies loo, with her head resting on a handbag full of drugs. Everyone assumes it is hers. Molly therefore wakes up, not in a business class seat on her way to Holland, but in a Kempton Park holding cell.

Nobody believes her story, least of all her arresting officer Sakkie (Danie Putter) and Thoko, the female police officer (Pumla Ndlazi). The judge (Joey Rasdien) sets Molly’s bail at R30,000. No one has that kind of money and she remains in jail.

Wors arrives in Holland and discovers that Molly has missed her flight. What he doesn’t know is that Molly is in jail. He can’t reach her or his family on their phones, but Melvin assures Wors that everything is hunky-dory and that he must enjoy his stay in Holland.  He takes his friend advice and does just that.

Whilst on a factory tour with the Dutch supervisor (Gerrit Schoonhoven) Wors is informed about the true state of affairs. He is sick with worry. He starts drinking and progress to smoking dope and ends up with not one, but two escorts in his hotel room. He rushes home in a state of shock.

He bails out Molly who holds him responsible for her being locked up in jail. She also discovers some incriminating photographic evidence on his cellphone about his escapades with the Dutch ladies. Molly tries to shoot Wors, but he manages to escape. Stark naked on his son’s scooter.

Molly wants a divorce as soon as she can get herself acquitted on the drug mule charge. Her lawyer (Marcel van Heerden) gives her lousy advice and it is only when Blapsie takes action, that they manage to get the charges against Molly dropped. She is proved innocent and is free to go.

She goes straight to her lawyer to sue Wors for a divorce. The lawyer suggests group therapy and intervention. Molly reluctantly agrees. There she discovers the true state of her marriage compared to some other poor souls. She and Wors reconcile and decide to go on a second honeymoon. More like their first, because they never had one. . .

The film is a hilarious family comedy, targeted specifically for the Afrikaans movie going audience. It is contemporary and truthful version of life in post World Cup South Africa.

The movie has a star-studded cast. Other actors in the film include Karin van der Laag as Savana the marriage councilor and Ben Kruger as the CEO of F1 Batteries. Wim Beukes plays Vleis, the undercover police officer that has to confiscate Wors’s Jeep to pay off Ella’s gambling debts.

Others include Liane Heyl as Kim, Fanie Cronjé as Hennie, Sulette Minnaar as Susan, Belinda Parkin as Martie, Hugh Mazibenza as Foghile, Peach van Pletzen as Piet Paramedic and Niel Sharim as Dan, the security guard at OR Tambo.

Some of the highlights include scenes which were filmed in and around Amsterdam. Filming also took place in East London, Kempton Park, Pretoria and vibrant and cosmopolitan Jo’burg. Last but not least, Long Beach, California, USA.

MOLLY & WORS – DIE MOVIE is an unpretentious and fun filled film and promise to deliver non-stop entertainment from start to finish.

This film was commissioned by kykNET.

Willie together with his brother Pieter Esterhuizen are the director/ producers.

Release Date : September 2013, nationally. Distributed by Nu Metro Films.

Genres: Afrikaans, comedy.

Disney’s “The Muppets … Again” Kicks Off Production In London

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The filmmaking team behind 2011’s celebrated film “The Muppets” reunites as Disney’s “The Muppets … Again!” kicked off production last week in London. The all-new global Muppets adventure welcomes Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey to the mayhem, along with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Walter and rest of the Muppets. The film is directed by James Bobin (“Flight of the Conchords,” “Da Ali G Show”), who was just nominated for a BAFTA for “The Muppets” (Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer), and produced by the Academy Award®-nominated team of David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman (“The Fighter,” “The Proposal”). With a screenplay by Bobin and Nicholas Stoller (“The Five-Year Engagement”), who is also executive producer with John Scotti, “The Muppets … Again!” will feature music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie (“Flight of the Conchords”), who won an Oscar® for best original song for “The Muppets” (“Man or Muppet”). The new film will hit the big screen March 21, 2014.

Muppets Again International First Look

“It’s great to be back working with the Muppets,” said Bobin, “some of them even remember my name occasionally now. As for the movie, it’s a tip of the hat to the old-school crime capers of the ’60s, but featuring a frog, a pig, a bear and a dog—no panthers, even pink ones—along with the usual Muppet-y mix of mayhem, music and laughs.”

Disney’s “The Muppets …Again!” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais, creator of “Derek” and the Golden Globe®- and Emmy®-winning series “The Office” and “Extras.” The film stars Golden Globe-, Emmy- and SAG Award®-winning actress and writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” “Mean Girls,” “Date Night”) as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Emmy Award winner Ty Burrell (TV’s “Modern Family”) as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

Said Kermit the Frog, “This movie takes us places we’ve never been before. And trust me—this frog has never seen so much international flavor. I think audiences will eat it up—the entertainment, that is.”

Featuring a slew of surprising celebrity cameos, Disney’s “The Muppets … Again!” will shoot on location in London and in Hollywood, as well as in the famed Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, just outside of London.

Forensic pathologist Lorna J Martin Presents ‘Dying To Begin’ At GIPCA

Professor Lorna J Martin, internationally acclaimed researcher and Head of the Division of Forensic Pathology at the University of Cape Town, will discuss her experiences in the autopsy room as part of the Medical Humanities public lecture series on Thursday 1 August 2013. Presented by UCT’s Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), in association with the Department of Social Anthropology, these new public lectures take place in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre on Hiddingh Campus.

Whereas most medical disciplines regard death as the enemy to be fought or delayed at any cost, for others it is only the beginning. Forensic Pathology, a branch of medicine that takes its name from the Latin forçnsis (meaning “before the forum”), is as old as the Roman Forum where criminal cases were decided through public presentations and debate. Recognised as a specialist branch of medicine since 1959, the modern discipline of Forensic Pathology has the mandate to investigate the medico-legal causes of unnatural death.

In a lecture titled Dying to Begin, Lorna J Martin will present a collage of experiences and events from her professional career to highlight the intersections of this branch of medicine with the humanities and the arts. Using the public lecture as a forum for interdisciplinary discussion, she will employ the wide lens of forensic pathology to dissect the diverse range of human activity represented at death.

This will include the public health aspects of violence and injury, and how those inform preventative health programs; the policy gains and practical improvements for live patients that have been made by interdisciplinary collaborations; the ‘healing of patients’ through the mandate to investigate unnatural death; and more specific interactions with the arts, in the Pathology Learning Centre, as well as with individual artists and writers.

Professor Lorna J Martin was appointed as Chief Specialist and Head of Division of Forensic Medicine in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences at UCT in 2004, making her the first woman and the youngest person to be appointed as the Head of a Division of Forensic Pathology in the country. She was elected as the Head of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences in 2009. A widely published and award-winning academic, her research interests predominantly focus on combating violence against women and children.

Martin has performed in excess of 8 000 autopsies, examined approximately 2000 rape survivors, 500 drunken drivers and testified in hundreds of court cases. She has also been invited by various organisations across the globe to participate in conferences, steering committees and provide expert opinions on high profile cases.

This event will take place on Thursday 1 August 2013 at 17:30 in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School Building, University of Cape Town (UCT) Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street, Cape Town, and is free. Refreshments will be served from 17:00; no booking is necessary.

Forthcoming speakers in the Medical Humanities public lecture series include prominent researchers from a range of disciplines: Raj Ramesar, head of the Division of Human Genetics, UCT; Catherine Burns, WITS Institute for Social and Economic Research; neuropsychologist and psychoanalyst Mark Solms, Head of the Department of Psychology, UCT; and Elelwani Ramugondo, head of the Division of Occupational Therapy, UCT. For more information on this series, contact the GIPCA office on 021 480 7156 or fin-gipca@uct.ac.za.

Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures Announces Three Major Naming Gifts

Gal Anne Hurd, Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman, and the Simm/Mann Family Foundation each donate $5 million to the Academy Museum

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it has received three $5 million naming gifts from producer and Academy Governor Gale Anne Hurd; philanthropist and CEO of Onex Gerald Schwartz and his wife Heather Reisman; and the family of the iconic film exhibitor Ted Mann—Victoria Mann Simms (Ted Mann’s daughter), her husband Ron Simms and their family. These gifts will help to fund the design and construction of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

“Our plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures are ambitious, and the support of a diverse and committed group of partners will help to make our vision possible,” noted Academy Museum Campaign Chair Bob Iger. “We are incredibly grateful for these vital commitments to the project.” The Academy launched the Museum’s capital campaign in 2012 and has already secured more than half of the campaign’s goal in commitments. The campaign is co-chaired by Annette Bening and Tom Hanks.

Designed by architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali, the Academy Museum will be located next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the historic Wilshire May Company building. Slated to open in early 2017, the Academy Museum will contain nearly 300,000 square feet of state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, theaters, screening rooms, education centers, and special event spaces.

Support from Gale Anne Hurd will fund the creation of Academy Museum’s Demonstration Stage, which will be called The Hurd Stage. The Hurd Stage will host Academy members and other industry professionals who will conduct clinics and master classes tied to the arts and sciences of moviemaking. It also will allow the Academy Museum to highlight the latest technological advancements in cinema and to provide an immersive introductory experience for visitors.

Support from Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman will fund the Museum’s mezzanine lobby and gallery space, which will be called the Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman Mezzanine Gallery. Adjacent to the Academy Museum’s premier theater, this space will be a lively and interactive space that will also serve as a gallery, reception area, and meeting place for Museum visitors and moviegoers.

The Simms/Mann Family Foundation will support the creation of an intimate theater on the third floor of the Museum to be named The Ted Mann Theater. The Ted Mann Theater will be a home for retrospectives, screening series, and special programming, and will be embedded within a permanent exhibition devoted to the history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Oscars.

“The outpouring of support for our Academy Museum has been extraordinary,” added Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Each one of these donors has a special connection to the entertainment community and we are thrilled and honored to count them as Founding Supporters of the Academy Museum.”

Upcoming July And August Courses: ACT Cape Town

ACT Cape Town

SATURDAY 27TH JULY
CASTING FOR COMMERCIALS – 1 DAY EXPRESS COURSE

This course will provide participants with an in-depth look at the techniques required to prepare and cast successfully for all types of commercials.
Course will cover:

  • Where the actor / model fits in the commercial world.
  • Preparation for a casting.
  • Translate preparation into an on camera performance.
  • Handling the call back and meeting the client.

Times: 10h00 – 16h00 Cost:  R850 (includes all training material, DVD of final filmed performance and certificate of completion)

THURSDAY 1ST AUGUST
ACTING FOR FILM – LEVEL 1 – 6 WEEK PART-TIME COURSE

Participants work on various acting exercises and techniques to build a solid acting foundation in preparation for performance on film.
Course will cover:

  • Improvisation as a vehicle for harnessing the power of the imagination, being spontaneous and collaborating with fellow actors.
  • Using the body as an instrument, including vocal and relaxation techniques.
  • An introduction to script analysis.
  • Memorizing of lines and blocking.
  • The basics of acting, including finding motivation and uncovering subtext.

Days: Mondays and Thursdays Times: 17h30 – 20h30 Cost:  R4950 (includes all training material, DVD of final filmed performance and certificate of completion)

PLACES ARE LIMITED! CONTACT US ON (021) 419-7007 TO BOOK YOUR PLACE.

WGSA Knowledge Share Session In Johannesburg 27 July 2013

The Process of Seeking and Finding Development Funding: –

So you have a script and it’s good but could be better. You know it could connect with audiences and be a big seller but you need the funds and the guidance to allow you the time to focus on working on the film. This is when you may need development funding.  At the “The Process of Seeking and Finding Development Funding” Producer Rory Downing will share his knowledge on:

  • What is Development Funding.
  • Who needs it?
  • Where to find it locally and internationally.
  • Identifying the audience for your film.
  • Working with Producers.
  • Working with Script Editors.
  • What the process from development to production can look like.

Rory Downing has over 14 years production experience in the South African Film and Television industry. Having spent the first 10 years on international facilitation working on feature films and TV series for networks such as BBC, HBO, ITV and Fox, he then turned his attention to local content. In 2011 he co produced two documentaries for SABC 1 entitled “Why are We So Angry?” and “Whizz kids of Mzansi”. In the same year he completed the first season of a technology show called “Technorati” for SABC3. From this experience Rory brings a high standard of project delivery and quality.

During this time Rory has successfully be involved with securing the Department of Trade and Industry Film and Television Rebates for productions, an amount of over R60 million.  He is the founder of The African Storyteller Development Project, which is an initiative that promotes Writers from previously disadvantaged backgrounds in the Film industry and currently has a collection of 20 local stories in concept and script development stages. Due to lack of funding this initiative has seen little progress in the last few years; however Rory understands the need to develop this area, as a good script is the corner stone of a good film.

Currently he is working on two features; “Magic and Mining” and “The Adventures of Supermama” which are in script development and pre production respectively and a third project in script development “On Call” which is a documentary series, all which have been funded by the NFVF.

Bookings essential admin@writersguildsa.org<mailto:admin@writersguildsa.org>. BOOKINGS will close on Thursday, 25 July 2013 at 17h00.

Entrance cover charge: WGSA members, affiliated members from LAMP and SASFED and Students with a valid student card – R50.  NON-Members   – R100.  All payments MUST be made in advance.

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