Mediatech Africa Caters To Content Creators

The countdown to Mediatech 2013 has started and anticipation for the top brands and services on offer this year in broadcast, film and production has begun to build. Professionals involved with content creation and production across various mediums through to transmission can look forward to a dynamic experience and an opportunity to engage with the latest in cutting edge technology.

Mediatech equipment

“Mediatech is the only real broadcasting event of its kind that provides a good forum to network with virtually the whole broadcast industry. It’s an opportunity to build relationships and introduce customers to product specialists who can talk in detail about topical technologies and the solutions to address their current and future needs.” says Steve Alves, MD of Concilium Technologies who is exhibiting again this year. After NAB, Alves is excited about showcasing new products from Harris, Ross, Telecast, Prodys to name a few, along with some interesting additional products from other partners. “There are just too many great products to mention”, says Alves who encourages attendees to visit their stand to view the exciting array of brands on display.

Mediatech 3D

Confirmed exhibitors in broadcast, film and production for this year include:

Touchvision, African Union Communications, Atos, Concilium Technologies, Gencom, Inala Technologies, Jaycor International, Mac Africa, Macro Video, Media Cloud, Movie Vision, Neotel, Penmac Audio Visual, Questek Advanced Technologies, Telemedia, Case Connection, Movie Mart / Media Film Services, Phoenix Fire, Etere.

Exhibitors, Inala Technologies, Telemedia and MovieVision are among a number of companies looking forward to bringing out some valuable international principles. Broadcasters, producers, cinema owners and post production professionals will be able to engage in product expertise from these highly regarded guests and speakers attending Mediatech Africa in July. Inala Technologies will also be exhibiting and demonstrating the newest products from TVLogic, Harmonic, Aviwest, Riedel and Pebble Beach and some well-known names in the industry such as Associated Press, TSL and MOG will also be present. Telemedia’s Michael Hall, international sales manager for Crystal Vision Ltd, looks after sales in many countries across the world and is excited to showcase products to visitors in broadcasting and teleports. Says Hall: “Mediatech is a busy show with good connections to the local broadcasters.”

An exciting addition to this year’s trade show will be the display of film and broadcast equipment that will take visitors on a journey through time. The Film Museum will show an interesting spread of antique gear, some of which is still in working order, dating back to the start of the South Africa film and broadcast industry. The equipment clearly highlights a rapidly transforming age of technology and aligns with Mediatech Africa’s on-going initiative to deliver the latest in cutting edge technology and trends.

When visitors aren’t being captivated by live outdoor sound demos or exploring ample opportunities to network and rub shoulders with key players in the industry, they are invited to join in on a spread of training presentations and technology workshops.

The exhibition will take place between 17 and 19 July at The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg and visitors are invited to register free at before 7 July to avoid paying R50 at the door.

Videovision Entertainment Makes Early Acquisitions In Cannes

Videovision Entertainment’s Head of Acquisition and Distribution, Sanjeev Singh announced the acquisition of the Cannes International Film Festival Official Selection films which will have their world premieres at the Festival.  The films are The Immigrant and Only God Forgives which are which are ‘in competition’ and Blood Ties which is screening ‘out of competition.’

Directed by James Gray, The Immigrant stars Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner.   The film follows Ewa Cybulski and her sister Magda who sail to New York from their native Poland in search of a new start and the American dream. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, she quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, Ewa encounters Bruno’s cousin, the debonair magician Orlando. He sweeps Ewa off her feet and quickly becomes her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself.

Only God Forgives is set in Bangkok where ten years ago Julian killed a cop and went on the run. Today, he manages a Thai boxing club which is a front for a drugs operation. Although he is respected in the criminal underworld, deep inside, he feels empty.  When his brother murders a prostitute the police call on retired cop Chang – the Angel of Vengeance. Chang allows the father to kill his daughter’s murderer, then ‘restores order’ by chopping off the man’s right hand. Julian’s mother Jenna – the head of a powerful criminal organization – arrives in Bangkok to collect her son’s body. She dispatches Julian to find his brother’s killers and ‘raise hell’.  Only God Forgives stars Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm and is directed by Cannes award winning director, Nicolas Winding Refn.

Blood Ties which stars Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis and James Caan, is directed by Guillaume Canet.  The film tells the story of Chris Pierzynski has just been released after years in prison for his part in a gangland murder. Waiting reluctantly outside the prison gates is his younger brother, Frank, a cop with a bright future. Chris and Frank have always been different, and their father, who raised them alone, has always favoured Chris – despite all his troubles. Frank has known this since they were kids, and it eats at him like nothing else. But blood is the tie that binds – Frank gives his brother a chance: he shares his home, finds Chris a job, helps him reconnect with his kids and ex-wife. When Chris meets Natalie, the promise of a new life beckons, but his past quickly catches up with him, and his return to a life of crime is inevitable.

In February this year, Videovision also acquired The Cannes Film Festival Closing Night film, Zulu, which was shot on location in Cape Town, stars Orlando Bloom and Forest Whittaker and directed by Jérôme Salle.  Zulu is set in Cape Town, 2010 when a mutilated corpse is found in the city’s botanical gardens.  As chief of police, Ali Neuman investigates the mysterious circumstances surrounding the macabre murder of the daughter of a former rugby champion. In the process, he makes a startling discovery – a new drug, the composition of which is unknown, appears to be the cause of the homicide.

Commenting on the acquisition, Sanjeev Singh said, “We are delighted to have acquired The Immigrant, Only God Forgives and Blood Ties for distribution in South Africa.  These high profile films are much sought after, especially as a result of them being chosen for the Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection and to have concluded the deals for these films prior to the commencement of the Festival.  We are also delighted to have acquired Zulu before it was completed and prior to its selection as the Cannes Closing Film. The films will be released theatrically in South Africa by United International Pictures (South Africa) for Videovision later this year.”

Disney On Ice Presents Passport To Adventure

Disney on Ice - Passport to AdventureFeld Entertainment’s action-packed ice spectacular, Disney On Ice, returns to South Africa in an all-new captivating show, the enchanting Passport to Adventure. This year there are more shows, more family-sized enthralling entertainment with an all-new seating plan, designed to maximise the action-packed fantasy journey.

Produced by Hunta Live, the ice spectacular visits Johannesburg
from 21 June for 19 performances at The Coca-Cola Dome. This following a successful 2012 season where Disney On Ice sold out for eight shows in one weekend, a first for Africa’s largest indoor arena. The production then moves to Cape Town from 3 July for 13 performances at the Cape Town International Conference Centre. Tickets to both runs of the show go on sale Tuesday 7 May 2013 from Computicket.

Disney on Ice - Ont o Neverland

Embark on the ultimate sightseeing holiday with all your favorite Disney characters in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure. Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the magical worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Lilo & Stitch. Explore the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa; voyage under the sea with Ariel and all her aquatic friends; tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy, before flying to Never Land; and travel to Hawaii to visit Lilo and Stitch.

Disney On Ice - Meet in Hawaii

Upbeat music, loveable characters and exciting destinations make Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure a holiday you’ll never forget. Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a colorful set that captures all four unique worlds. Audiences will be entranced as they experience this exciting excursion — one that will fill the arena with magic, music, and best of all, Mickey and Minnie!

The adventure runs from 21 – 30 June in Johannesburg and continues in Cape Town from 3 – 7 July with tickets starting from R195. Tickets are available exclusively from Computicket ( or 0861 915 800.  Fans can discover more about Disney On Ice by visiting or

Mondays – Fridays:                 R300, R270, R230, R195
Saturdays & Sundays:              R330, R295, R240, R195

Johannesburg, Coca-Cola Dome

Day Date Times
Friday 21 June 2013 19h00
Saturday 22 June 2013 11h00, 15h00, 19h00
Sunday 23 June 2013 11h00, 15h00, 19h00
Monday 24 June 2013 15h00
Thursday 27 June 2013 15h00, 19h00
Friday 28 June 2013 11h00, 15h00, 19h00
Saturday 29 June 2013 11h00, 15h00, 19h00
Sunday 30 June 2013 11h00, 15h00, 19h00

Cape Town, CTICC

Day Date Times
Wednesday 3 July 2013 15h00, 19h00
Thursday 4 July 2013 11h00, 15h00, 19h00
Friday 5 July 2013 15h00, 19h00
Saturday 6 July 2013 11h00, 15h00, 19h00
Sunday 7 July 2013 11h00, 15h00, 19h00

Telluride Short Film Submissions

The 40th Telluride Film Festival will be held this year from August 29 through September 2. We would like to invite you to submit the short films you are currently promoting (produced in 2012 and 2013) for consideration in this year’s festival! Each Labor Day weekend, crowds of passionate filmmakers, film enthusiasts, and scholars flock to the tiny mountain village of Telluride, Colorado for four days of total cinematic immersion at one of the world’s most prestigious and unique film festivals. The Telluride Film Festival celebrates all aspects of the art of cinema with screenings of films from around the globe, and ranges from revivals of obscure masterpieces to short film showcases and feature film world premieres. The festival’s intimate atmosphere and commitment to excellence have made it unique in the world of cinema. For more information, please visit our website:

Would you have a DVD copy of any other films you would like for us to consider, which you could mail express as quickly as possible to us so that we could screen it for possible selection in this year’s Telluride festival? If so, please send one along with a copy of this email invitation to the following address ASAP:

Telluride Short Film Submissions
Wilson Hall #202
Hanover, NH  03755  USA
Phone 603-646-2576

If you would like the DVD’s returned, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped mailing package or special instructions and return shipping costs.

What Do They Of Cricket Know, Who Only Cricket know?

Zen Marie and Andrew Lamprecht consider seminal writings on cricket in a discussion as part of GIPCA’s Great Texts public lecture series, on Thursday 16 May at Hiddingh Hall.

Marie and Lamprecht will examine two books about cricket written over a century apart and very different in intent, style and content, yet in a peculiar way tied together by the narratives and realities of colonialism, class, and agency.

K.S. Ranjitsinhji’s The Jubilee Book of Cricket (1897) and Herschelle
Gibbs’s To the Point (2010) form the basis of their investigation. The
former is a homage to the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria, the ‘Empress of India’, and the noble sport of cricket. It was written by Ranjitsinhji, an Indian prince who played for the English national team, becoming the first ‘non-indegene’ to represent a nation in sport. The latter book, a ‘ghost written’ autobiography, describes a contemporary South African figure who perhaps needs less introduction, having achieved as many accolades as he as courted controversy.

Their presentation will take the form of an exchange of readings and ideas that will seek to go beyond the boundary that cricketing literature conventionally occupies. The cross-readings will tease out connections and contradictions inherent in the form of cricket – and beyond over the hundred years that separate the two books.

The discussion will be framed by the work of C.L.R. James – influential Tinidadian-born social theorist, political activist, historian and journalist. James’s Beyond a Boundary, first published 50 years ago and still considered a seminal work on cricket, asks in the Preface: “What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?”, taking up the challenge of commenting on the game in social, historical and autobiographical contexts.

Zen Marie lectures at the WITS School of Arts, where he tutors senior undergraduate students and supervises Masters students. He studied photography at the Market Photo Workshop and thereafter completed a BAFA degree at the University of Cape Town. Alongside this artistic training, Marie went on to pursue two post-graduate studies: a two year studio residency at de-ateliers in Amsterdam,
and a Masters degree at the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, based at the University of Amsterdam. Marie works on projects and exhibtions, both locally and abroad, that use performance, installation and writing to explore a range of ideas relating to city and nation.

Andrew Lamprecht is a Senior Lecturer in at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. He is well-known as a writer, critic and curator, with a special interest in Contemporary South African Art and the intersection of history and art practice. Lamprecht serves on a number of committees and boards, including the ISANG Acquisitions Committee, SARAH Advisory Committee and as a Commissioner for Freedom of Expression for the Paris-based, UNESCO-affiliated International Association of Art Critics (AICA). As a curator, he has curated three exhibitions for Iziko, most recently, Tretchikoff: The People’s Painter.

Great Texts lectures will take place on Thursdays for the month of May. This lecture will take place on Thursday 16 May 2013 at 17:30 at Hiddingh Hall, 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. For more
information on the Great Texts series, please contact 021 480 7156 or

Iron Man 3 Smahes In At Number One

With records already broken, Marvel’s Iron Man 3 smashed in at No.1 at the
South African Box Office this past weekend and has become the biggest 5-day opening weekend in history. The film hauled in a massive R13 394 393,00 from Wednesday 1 May through Sunday 5 May, including its R4 169 844,00 taking on Workers Day last week – which is the biggest opening and single day on record.

Iron Man 3

Audiences across the world also flocked to cinemas to see Robert Downey nr’s third outing as the iconic Marvel superhero, including the United States where it opened with a whopping $175.3 million according to studio estimates, giving it the second biggest opening weekend of all time, after 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers. Globally, Iron Man 3‘s Box Office takings have sky-rocketed to reach over $680 million.

Following the superhero mash-up of a lifetime, Marvel’s The Avengers, fans were clamouring to see what had become of Tony Stark after he, together with The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye, The Black Widow and Thor, saved the world from alien invasion. Fans can look forward to more superhero action as Thor: The Dark World releases on 8 November 2013, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy releasing in 2014. 2015 welcomes The Avengers 2. There is certainly much more to come from the Marvel stable!

Marvel’s Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Marvel’s Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968.

Marvel’s Iron Man 3 is currently open country-wide and is available in 3D in
select cinemas.

Iron Man 3 on SAMDB

Iron Man 3 SAMDB Review


Iron Man 3

Robert Downey Jr. returns as super rich playboy Tony Stark in the latest Iron Man, releasing 3 May in South Africa.

The latest incarnation of the Marvel Comics superhero film moves away from the previous two Iron Man movies, adding a touch of darkness and inner-turmoil to the character of Tony Stark; he’s more vulnerable, has to shy away from his nonchalant antics, and dig deep to defeat his latest foe.

The final battle is epic, with a tour-de-force of special effects, and a few surprising additions. It’s great to see Gweneth Paltrow gaining some toughness in this scene too.

Several references are made to the previous movies in the Averngers line-up, including The Avengers. Although not a total must, it does help to have seen these in order to follow some of these plot points.

Iron Man 3 provides some great escapism from our daily lives, impressing with the contants special effects. Go see it.

Iron Man 3 on SAMDB

South African Film WIns Three US Film Festivals

The Forgotten Kingdom, produced by Cape Town based ZenHQ Films and Johannesburg based Binary Film Works in partnership with Black Kettle Films and Strongman in New York, has won the Audience Award for Best Film at the Ashland Independent Film Festival, and the Florida and Sarasota Film Festivals. The film has also been selected into competition at the Seattle International Film Festival and has been selected to screen at the Durban International Film Festival in July.

Written and directed by Andrew Mudge, The Forgotten Kingdom follows the story of Atang, an angry young man who leaves the hustle of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral land of Lesotho to bury his estranged father. The film stars Zenzo Ngqobe (Rhythm City, Tsotsi), Nozipho Nkelemba (Rhythm City, Plein Street), and South Africa’s legendary actor Jerry Mofokeng. It marks the first feature film for Binary Film Works, who was brought into the production by ZenHQ Films.

The Forgotten Kingdom is the first feature film to be shot in and about Lesotho, and is being sold internationally through The Little Film Company, and in South Africa through My Movies Sales.

New Artists Announced For 55th La Biennale di Venezia

The Department of Arts and Culture and the National Arts Festival
recently announced the initial line-up of artists for La Biennale di Venezia which opens at the end of May in Venice.

There have been some additional artists that have been added to
the impressive original list that will now form part of the 2013 South African Pavilion at the 55th La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition is entitled Imaginary Fact – Contemporary South African Art and the Archive.

Gerhard Marx, Maja Marx and Philip Miller recall The Truth and
Reconciliation Commission, through the creation of an installation of seven films with audio; using the source material from their theatre production Rewind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape and Testimony.

James Webb will translate and transform T.Rex’s 1972 glam rock hit,
Children of the Revolution into a South African protest song for

Zanele Muholi has recently made headlines for winning the international Freedom of Expression Index Award in cknowledgment
of the significance of her work in the field of black queer visibility. She will exhibit the entire archive to date, of her seminal Faces and Phases.

In addition to the exhibition mounted on the first level of the
Sale D’Armi in the iconic Arsenale; Venetian authorities have granted permission for an exciting series of public performances to take place within public spaces of the city. Athi-Patra Ruga, Donna Kukama, Kemang wa Lehulere and Nelisiwe Xaba will each interrogate, in some way, the critical concerns of contemporary
archival practice. Kukama and wa Lehulere will adapt existing work specifically for the occasion of the Biennale. Ruga will present his latest incantation of The White Women of Azania, with 4 performers sourced from Venice; and Xaba will perform an extention of her Saartjie Baartman project, entitled Venus in Venice.

Exhibition curator Brenton Maart says “We are pleased to have
finalised the list of artists, and the addition of important photography, multi-media installations and performances will help South African cultural production within these three significant developments in international contemporary art”.

The full list of South African artists taking part includes Andrew
Putter, Athi-Patra Ruga, Cameron Platter, David Koloane, Donna Kukama, Gerhard Marx, Maja Marx, Philip Miller, James Webb, Joanne Bloch, Johannes Phokela, Kemang wa Lehulere, Nelisiwe Xaba, Penny Siopis, Sam Nhlengethwa, Sue Williamson, Wim Botha and Zanele Muholi.

The 55th International Art Exhibition will take place in Venice
from 1 June to 24 November 2013, and the South African Pavilion is curated this year by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. The title chosen by Exhibition Director Massimiliano Gioni for the 55th Biennale is Il Palazzo Enciclopedico / The Encyclopaedic Palace.

The Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary 2013: Call For Applications

The Theatre Arts Admin Collective invites applications for the 2013 Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary. This year, 2 bursaries are on offer, supported in partnership with the Baxter Theatre Centre and Distell.

The Bursary offers an emerging theatre director a mentor, a small
budget, a month’s rehearsal space and a week of performance at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective. It is recommended that directors work with already existing scripts as the month-long period has proved insufficient for devised work.

Previous winners of this bursary include Amy
Jephta, Tara Louise Notcutt, Asanda Phewa, Leopold Senekal, Pusetso Thibedi, Kim Kerfoot, Tsepo wa-Mamatu, Thando Doni, Nicola Elliott, Lidija Marelic and Khayelihle Dom Gumede.

“It is so rare to have a space dedicated to one’s growth as a young director, let alone one which provides the close support required to foster growth within individuals,” said Khayelihle Dom Gumede, one of the 2012 winners. “With the bursary I was faced with a unique opportunity to immerse myself in the creative process and deal with the pragmatics of the production rather than extraneous elements” he added.

“Now there aren’t many spaces that can grant you that freedom to just do a show and also learn while working, because the bursary does not only teach you how to put up shows; but there are other aspects that are involved such as budgeting, casting, basically running a show on your own which is what the industry is like in
reality” explained Thando Doni, another 2012 winner.

The 2013 bursaries will run over two periods:
Bursary 1: 15th July – 17th August 2013
Bursary 2: 28th October – 30th November 2013

The Bursary is specifically designed for emerging theatre directors who have had some experience in directing and whose passion is to have a career as a theatre director.

If you are an emerging director and would like to grab this opportunity please submit: a 1-page creative proposal; your CV including 2 references with contact details; and indication of your preferred date to by Friday 10th May 2013. The Bursary winners will be announced on Friday 24th May 2013.

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