A Night Of Pun And Games

ONCE A PUN A TIME a hotel chain manager, a digital marketer, a quirky art teacher and a rugby enthusiast all stepped into an epic culinary battle to see who would walk away with ten thousand bucks…
If you have some THYME on your hands be sure to watch the pun-a-minute sixth episode of Come Dine With Me South Africa on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120), Monday, 15 April 2019 at 20:00, to witness four complete strangers from Durban coming together to be wined and dined in each other’s homes.

Episode 6 airs on 15 April 2019 at 20:00 on BBC BRIT (DStv channel 120).
Episode 6 will be repeated on Wednesday, 17 April at 21:00 and again on Saturday, 20 April at 19:00 on BBC BRIT. Episode 6 features contestants from Durban

CONTESTANT PROFILES:

Name: Dorothy Ann Rossler
Occupation: Primary School Art Teacher
Hosting menu: Starter of avo and salmon stack, mains of Harissa Chicken and a dessert of Tiramisu
What’s the one thing people would be shocked to find out about you? I’m a hoarder of items that are special and sentimental to me

Name: Stuart Cook
Occupation: Hotelier
Hosting menu: Starter of prawns, mains of beef cheeks and banana split for dessert
Why did you audition for the show? My wife and son made me do it. They also want me to do Master Chef and Idols, but I can’t sing

Name: Laureen Nonhlanhla Mxoli
Occupation: Digital Marketing Manager
Hosting menu: Starter of creamy batata soup, mains of tri South African sishebo and a dessert of moist Tipsy Chocolate Shandisi
What’s your cooking style? Through my travels, I enjoy picking up different things and “meshing old + new”

Name: Shantel Queripel
Occupation: Marketing Co-ordinator
Hosting menu: Starters of risotto balls with basil pesto sauce, mains of butter chicken curry with naan bread and cucumber salad and a dessert of green and gold sweeton mess with a shot of Homemade Amarula
How would you describe yourself? Punny, down-to-earth, loud and friendly!

EPISODE 6 SYNOPSIS:

It’s week six of BBC BRIT’s Come Dine With Me South Africa and four Durban hopefuls step into battle to win the coveted R10k cash prize. Witness Chantal, a rugby enthusiast with a penchant for relentless puns, go up against hotel chain manager Stuart, digital marketer Laureen and quirky art teacher Dorothy in this pun-a-minute riot – who will be the host with the most?

Night one belongs to rugby-mad Shantel who hosts a Springbok themed event, complete with green gum-guards and a thousand puns a minute. Literally kicking things off by blowing a referee’s whistle, things go from mad to madder as they sample her starters “Let’s Get the Ball Rolling” (risotto balls with pesto), her mains “Curry Cup” (butter chicken with naan bread) and her dessert “Sweet Victory” (a Green and Gold Sweeton Mess)! If her guests thought Chantal would run out of puns after her night, they had another thing coming.

Night two arrives and it’s art teacher Dorothy’s turn to host, hoping she can woo her guests with her salmon avocado stack starters, harissa chicken mains and tiramisu dessert. With Chantal’s dire hatred for avo and Laureen’s disgust for tiramisu, some would say she gets off to a sketchy start. You would hope her art class entertainment would turn things around, instead it turns into pre-school fights and insults. Oh dear – two more nights to go!

Hotel chain manager and high-flyer, Stuart takes on the hosting hot seat on night three but will his cooking be up to scratch? With Raki-marinated prawns for starters, beef cheeks for mains and Durban craft rum marinated banana’s with rum & raisin ice-cream to finish, he’s in for a good chance. But guess what – Chantal hates bananas and by the end of the evening all the others were wishing she hated puns too!

It’s the final night and Laureen delivers a traditional Zulu menu with a twist, as she hopes her creamy Batata soup, a trio of South African Sishebo (a three-way tripe, chicken and beef stew) and her moist tipsy chocolate shandisi will win over the palettes of the group and score her the prize. Laureen had a few puns of her own up her sleeve, but will it be enough to claim the ten thousand rand?

E! Africa Commissions Celebrity Game Night To Air Late 2019

E! Entertainment Television – NBCUniversal International Networks’ global, multi-platform brand dedicated to all things pop culture – today announced the commission of Celebrity Game Night, for its latest local production in Africa. The series, comprised of ten one-hour episodes, will premiere late 2019 on E! (DStv 124).

Celebrity Game Night is based on the Primetime Emmy Award winning series Hollywood Game Night, hosted by Jane Lynch, and is distributed internationally by NBCUniversal International Formats. In each episode, two teams of celebrity guests will face-off as they play hilarious and outrageous party games that test pop culture knowledge, acting skills and nerves of steel. Adding to the atmosphere, this local commission will feature a local host who will guide African celebrities through their evening and ensure the game night is filled with fun and frolics.

“With outstanding success as an international format, Celebrity Game Night is perfectly placed as the latest local production for E! Africa. I’m excited to bring local nuances to this fun, high-energy series, which will feature the best of African pop culture and celebrity,” commented Lee Raftery, Managing Director, UK Emerging Markets and Chief Marketing & Content Officer, NBCUniversal International. “As we celebrate 15 years of E! in Africa, in partnership with DStv, and follow on from recent success with How Do I Look? South Africa, this commission demonstrates our continued commitment to creating impactful local content which reflects the market.”

Executive produced for NBCUniversal International Networks, Celebrity Game Night is produced by Rapid Blue in Johannesburg. Celebrity Game Night will go into production in July 2019 and the series is set to premiere late 2019 on E! (DStv 124). More details – including host and full line-up – will be announced in due course.

Eighth And Final Season Of The Multi-award Winning ‘Game Of Thrones’ Starts On M-Net 101 This Week

Winter is Here

Every battle, betrayal, alliance and risk, every fight, sacrifice and death has all been #ForTheThrone. The epic worldwide phenomenon Game of Thrones has culminated in a breath-taking conclusion – and M-Net channel 101 is bringing you the stunning final season. With just days to go until the exciting six-part finale, M-Net in partnership with Nu Metro will also be hosting screenings for the premiere episode (episode 1 only) at select cinemas in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban live at 03:00 on Monday, 15 April 2019.

Die-hard fans who won the competition will be notified this week, and are in for one-of-a-kind Thrones experience: these lucky viewers will be dressing in their Westeros best as outstanding GOT outfits and costumes will be rewarded with cool prizes at the screenings. Dedicated couch potatoes can catch the premiere episode at 03:00 on M-Net channel 101 on DStv, or in prime time on the same day at 22:00 and – wait, there’s more – this season will also be available on Showmax at 22:00 alongside M-Net 101. With all the bases covered there’ll be no missing out on the biggest series finale of the year.

Fans who are as vigilant as The Night’s Watch should pay close attention to the channel from tonight, Wednesday 10 April during Prime Time: the channel will be counting down the days by changing up the classic M-Net logo (on the top left corner of the television screen) up until the premiere of the season.

The multi-award winning series’ episode durations have also been confirmed for the final six episodes*:

  • Season 8, episode 1 : Monday, 15 April 03:00 estimated running time 0:54
  • Season 8, episode 2 : Monday, 22 April at 03:00 estimated running time: 0:58
  • Season 8, episode 3: Monday, 29 April at 03:00 estimated running time: 1:22
  • Season 8, episode 4: Monday, 6 May at 03:00 estimated running time: 1:18
  • Season 8, episode 5: Monday, 13 May at 03:00 estimated running time: 1:20
  • Season 8, episode 6: Monday, 20 May at 03:00 estimated running time: 1:20

*Durations are subject to change

Directors for the eighth season include: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik and writers for the final season include: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.

Follow the GOT conversation on M-Net’s Twitter or Facebook pages, and on Nu Metro’s Twitter or Facebook with the hashtags #MNet101 #GameOfThrones #NuMetro. Go to mnet.tv for more information. If you’re still behind on the biggest series of the decade, there’s still time to catch seasons 1-7 on Showmax.

From King’s Landing to Dorne, from North of the Wall to Winterfell, the Seven Kingdoms are preparing for war.

How far will you go #ForTheThrone?

Zee World Africa Receives YouTube Silver Creator Award

Zee World’s YouTube channel has exceeded the milestone 100 000 subscribers, already climbing towards a whopping 150 000 and YouTube has taken note.

The channel was awarded with YouTube’s official Silver Creator Award which the online giant describes as “something very few YouTube creators accomplish”.

“Each and every person who has subscribed to your channel has been touched by what you created. They were inspired, challenged or entertained. You achieved this milestone with hard work, perseverance and probably a healthy sense of humour too” says Youtube.

Zee World’s YouTube content has had almost 25 million views since its inception in February 2015, an incredible achievement no doubt driven by the channel’s fresh, relevant and exciting videos uploaded regularly.

“Our Zee World YouTube channel forms an important part of our commitment to our loyal viewers across the continent. Thank you to YouTube subscribers for this wonderful award” said Harish Goyal CEO of Zee Africa and Asia Pacific

To visit Zee World’s YouTube channel go to: www.youtube.com/zeeworldafrica

Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 14 April 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 14 April 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Reckless Driving Hotline

With South African drivers amongst the worst in the world and soaring annual road deaths – would you send videos of bad driving incidents to a police hotline? The City of Johannesburg has set up a WhatsApp group, allowing motorists and pedestrians to do just that. With the click of a button, videos can be sent directly to the metro police department to help them clamp down on reckless driving. Carte Blanche asks: Could this empower frustrated motorists or encourage road rage and vigilantism?

Producer: Sophia Phirippides
Presenter: Derek Watts
Watch the trailer

Solar Farmers in Limbo

As colder weather sets in, Eskom says electricity demand will spike, and the risk of load shedding returns. Carte Blanche meets farmers who have installed enough solar to power their own operations and feed back into the national grid to relieve the pressure. We sit down with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to examine how the growing number of independent power producers is being regulated.

Producer: Mart-Marie Faure
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Missing Lottery Millions

With a limited annual budget of about R1,4 billion to support deserving charities around the country – and demand outstripping supply – the National Lotteries Commission is in the spotlight as Carte Blanche investigates how a R27,5-milion grant to a Pretoria-based drug rehabilitation centre was spent. Following allegations that the NPO has little to show for the money invested in its upgrade, we unravel the bookkeeping smoke and mirrors.

Producer: Graham Coetzer
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Xolani Luvuno

Xolani Luvuno is an amputee who spent 10 years homeless and addicted to heroin. Three years ago he was rescued from life on the streets and replaced drug addiction with a passion for endurance sports, completing the Comrades Marathon on crutches last year. Last Sunday Luvuno faced his biggest challenge to date: The daunting Iron man triathlon. Carte Blanche meets the inspiring athlete.

Producer: Julian Sun
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
Watch the trailer

Line-ups are subject to change. Stories can be viewed at www.carteblanche.co.za.

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Five Reasons Why ‘Supa Modo’ WIll Be Your New African Film

The multi-award-winning Kenyan superhero film Supa Modo is now streaming first on Showmax in Africa. Jo (Stycie Waweru) is a witty nine-year-old terminally ill girl obsessed with Jackie Chan movies. When she is taken back to her rural village to live out the rest of her short life, her only comfort is her dream of being a superhero – a dream her rebellious teenage sister Mwix (Nyawara Ndambia), overprotective mother Kathryn (Marrianne Nungo) and the entire village of Maweni think they can fulfil…

Here are five reasons we think Supa Modo will be your new favourite African film:

‘Supa Modo’ has won over 50 international awards, including at Berlin

Supa Modo was named Best European Film For Children from the European Children’s Film Association and won a Children’s Jury Special Mention in the Generation 14Plus category at Berlin in 2018, among many, many other awards. Just here in South Africa, it’s won the Artistic Bravery Prize at Durban International Film Festival; the Audience Award at Jozi; and Best New Director at Cape Town.

‘Supa Modo’ has a rare 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes

Variety called it “a tender, bittersweet fable,” while The Seattle Times wrote, “I’m glad movie theatres are dark because I ugly-cried my way through all 74 minutes of Supa Modo. I straight-up bawled my eyes out… Brutal and beautiful, melancholy and joyous, Supa Modo is simultaneously crushing and uplifting.”

‘Supa Modo’ is produced by Tom Twyker

German director (and composer) Tom Twyker is known for acclaimed films like Run Lola Run and Perfume and TV series like Babylon Berlin and Sense8, but his most important legacy may be setting up One Fine Day Films in 2008 with his wife Marie, who’d been teaching art in the schools and slums of Nairobi.

The initial idea was to give African filmmakers an opportunity to write and produce their own stories, and, under the mentorship of experienced filmmakers, reach an international audience. Since then, One Fine Day Films, in cooperation with DW Akademie, has trained over 1 000 filmmakers from 21 African countries, and, with their Nairobi-based partner Ginger Ink, has released six award-winning feature films, including Soul Boy, which won the Audience Award at Rotterdam; the Kenyan box office phenomenon Nairobi Half Life; and Kati Kati, which won the FIPRESCI Critics Prize at Toronto in 2016.

‘Supa Modo’ is a love letter to the imagination

“What’s the harm in a little pretending?” That’s the central question of Supa Modo, which AwardsCircuit described as “a love letter to cinema…”, Toronto International Film Festival called “a stunning reminder of the power of imagination”, and Little White Lies labeled “a love letter to the power of escapism.”

Director Likarion Wainaina says he drew heavily on his own childhood in making this film. “I drew from that time when I was nine years old and I had my first cinema experience in an old shack at the edge of Kibera slums in Kenya. I saw Jackie Chan star in Legend of the Drunken Master and right there and then I knew I wanted to make films. From that moment onwards, films became my solace. Every Saturday I would go back to that shack and for three shillings per movie, I would let my mind be transported to other worlds. Worlds that gave me hope, excitement and fear.”

‘Supa Modo’ is a celebration of life in the face of death

A film about the inevitable death of a nine-year-old girl is not something you’d expect Variety to call both a “crowdpleaser” and “uplifting.” But Supa Modo is the kind of film that will make you cry and cheer in equal measure; a film that is as aware of how cruel life can be as it is of how powerful families and communities can be when they stand together.

A month before production, Likarion went on a research trip to Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. He visited Ward 1E, the special unit where children with terminal illnesses reside. “I went expecting the worst but I was greeted by the most heartwarming, kindest children you will ever meet,” says Likarion. “There was so much life in that small ward.”

He was particularly moved by a boy who told him that all he wished for was “a helicopter, more Chapatis and for his mum to be happy…” As Likarion puts it, “This brave young soul already knew he won’t live long. He just wanted his mother to be happy; her sadness was the only thing he couldn’t live with.”

Likarion realised then why he wanted to tell this particular story. “Because someone somewhere has lost someone. Death has snatched that someone from you but you know that they would want you to be happy. Do not fear death; fear not enjoying life. The heroes at Ward 1E are enjoying theirs. So everything since that day, from the shaping of the characters, to the cinematography, to my directing, to the post production; everything I have done for this film is in honour of those little amazing angels at Ward 1E.”

Stream Supa Modo first on Showmax in Africa: www.showmax.com/eng/movie/3qjyox1e-supa-modo

New Film Skemerson Shines The Light On Depression

Depression is an illness like any other; there’s no shame in seeking help. That’s the message of a new film that treats mental illness with warmth, respect and integrity.

Pietie Beyers

In South Africa, 1 in 3 people will have a mental illness at some point in their lifetime. There are 23 completed suicides in South Africa every day, and a further 460 attempted suicides every 24 hours¹.

Mental illness, and the stigma surrounding it, is a critical issue. It’s the central theme of ‘Skemerson’ (‘Sun Cry Moon’), the new film directed by Phillip Rademeyer and written by Pietie Beyers, which opens nationwide on Friday 3 May 2019.

The film tells the story of a young man, Sella (Beyers) who decides to take his own life. He stands on the 216m high Bloukrans Bridge, the iconic arch bridge located near Nature’s Valley, about to meet his fate, when he hears a young woman’s laugh. When Emma (Anneke Weidemann), her frail mother (acclaimed actress Elize Cawood) and Sella meet serendipitously on the bridge, it’s the beginning of a weekend that changes three lives forever.

The film was made with financial assistance from pharmaceutical company Cipla South Africa, which produces a range of medicines for the treatment of depressive disorders.

Wouter Lombard, Cipla’s Associate Director of Marketing in the Central Nervous System portfolio, says many people are not seeking help or getting treatment out of fear of being stereotyped.

“We’ve created a campaign to destigmatise mental health. The brain is an organ, and like any other organ in the body, your brain can also become ‘ill’. We want to create awareness that help is available, and most importantly, that there is hope. Depression is a medical condition that can be diagnosed and treated. Depression does not simply go away, and there is no shame in seeking help for it.”

‘Skemerson’ helps promote the message that depression can be treated effectively, and that help is always at hand. “We were keen to help fund the movie as part of our goal to fight the stigmas related to mental health conditions,” Lombard adds. “When Neil van Deventer and Pietie Beyers approached us we immediately realised that we had the same objectives – to get the message out there that ‘It’s ok not to be ok’, and that it’s ok to talk about mental health, a subject that needs to be highlighted.”

‘Skemerson’ is a personal story for Beyers and is inspired by true events. “It’s not entirely my own story, but my own experience with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) motivated me to write the script and have the film made. Expressing my emotions in a healthy and productive way proved to be a healing experience for me and I hope that the story will help others too. A key theme of the film is that mental health issues are normal, common, and nothing to be ashamed of,” he says.

Men are four times more likely to die by suicide, which suggests that many of them suffer from undiagnosed mental health issues. Instances of undiagnosed depression are also substantially higher in men, and it has been shown that they seek mental health help far less than women.2

Rademeyer says he has at times struggled with his own mental health and knows the feelings of shame and isolation it can cause. “Helping to bring this story to life was important,” he says. “With ‘Skemerson’ we hope to convey to audiences the message that mental health issues are common, and nothing to be ashamed of.”

Some of the signs and symptoms of depression include problems concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions, fatigue, feelings of guilt, hopelessness, insomnia, irritability, restlessness, loss of interest in things once pleasurable, overeating or appetite loss, persistent feelings of sadness and suicidal thoughts3.

‘Skemerson’ is produced by Niel van Deventer (Dis Ek, Anna) and Pietie Beyers. The film stars Pietie Beyers (Binneland, Sy Klink Soos Lente), Elize Cawood (Vir Altyd, Die Wonderwerker) and Anneke Weidemann (Die Wonderwerker, Die Ongelooflike Avonture van Hanna Hoekom). It is directed by Philip Rademeyer (Wild, Klippe wat Val).

To assist in destigmatising mental illness in South Africa, Cipla launched a free counselling helpline in collaboration with the South African Depression and Anxiety Support Group (SADAG).

If you are helping a friend, or need help yourself, contact the SADAG Cipla Mental Health Helpline on 0800 456 789, WhatsApp on 076 88 22 77 5, or visit www.sadag.org for more information and help.

‘Skemerson’ is distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution.

Sky Ocean Sings About Love In Retrospect

The popular singer Sky Ocean, just released her single Retrospek Van Liefde, following her first two popular singles, Blackholes and Vlekke.

“When you get lost in your own thoughts or think about your love life – whether your choices were good or bad, it’s still a part of who you are. Retrospek Van Liefde is exactly that – when I think about my love life, it’s in the middle of a romantic comedy and a sad story,” she says.

Retrospek Van Liefde was written by Juan Boucher and Sky Ocean, while Byron Keno produced the song.

“My wildest dreams became a reality one evening when me and a friend visited Juan Boucher for a braai. Juan asked me to sing Ronan Keating’s hit song ‘When we say nothing at all’, while we were sitting around an open fire and he played on the guitar. Needless to say, I was petrified and could not even find the key in which he was playing. For a moment it felt like I didn’t know the song or the melody, but with God’s grace we started writing Retrospek Van Liefde with the next braai,” she says relieved.

“I am truly thankful for Juan’s input and knowledge that he shared with me, as well as his patience with the song-writing process. I especially liked his style of writing with the contrast of words, feelings and how he sees love, hate and hurt,” she added.

She reckons that a variety of listeners will be able to relate to this song, since it represents the positive and negative side of previous relationships, choices and love. It just depends in which love-stage the listener finds himself or herself in at the time.

She has one of those voices that captivate you the first time you hear her voice. It’s a soothing sound that invites you to get lost in her music. She’s a fan of Demi Levato’s music and would like to share a stage with artists such as Elvis Blue and Die Heuwels Fantasties one day.

The music video for this single is already produced and has regular plays on kykNET NOU.

Retrospek van Liefde is part of Sky Ocean’s debut album, Spore Van My Hart which is available on all digital platforms. Buy the album here: itunes.apple.com/za/album/spore-van-my-hart/1360337302

Kunene And The King – The Fugard

The South African premiere. From 30 April 2019.

Eric Abraham presents a Royal Shakespeare Company and Fugard Theatre production of John Kani’s new play, Kunene and the King at The Fugard Theatre from 30 April 2019, hot off its world premiere at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. The production is written by John Kani and is directed by Janice Honeyman.

John Kani stars as Lunga, a headstrong male nurse contracted to care for cantankerous actor Jack (Antony Sher) as he copes with terminal liver cancer. This moving and funny two-hander provides a fitting tribute to mark the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections after apartheid.

The production is currently running at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and will open at The Fugard Theatre on 30 April 2019. Friends of the Fugard benefit from great discounts on certain performances and seats when booking through the box office on 021 461 4554.

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The Kookiest Family On The Block Show Off Their Teaser Trailer

The Addams Family is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, the Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbour.

It has an amazing voice cast – Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll with Bette Midler and Allison Janney

So sit back, relax and watch the awesome teaser trailer below – and you know you’re going to snap your fingers!

The Addams Family is in South African cinemas from the 11th of October 2019

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