Jane Taylor Considers What Happened “After After Cardenio”

Acclaimed novelist, playwright, curator and cultural critic Jane Taylor will discuss the creative process behind her research and staging of After Cardenio, created in relation to the so-called ‘missing’ Shakespeare play, at the Anatomy Lecture Theatre on Hiddingh Campus, on Thursday 9 May 2013 as part of GIPCA’s Great Texts public lecture series.

Commissioned by Renaissance scholar Stephen Greenblatt to create a work in hypothetical relation to the so-called ‘missing’ Shakespeare play, Cardenio, Jane Taylor first staged After Cardenio in 2011 at Hiddingh Campus’s historical Anatomy Lecture Theatre. In ‘After After Cardenio’, a lecture which brings together visual studies, performance studies, the history of medicine, the origins of neurology, and the history of philosophy, Taylor not only discusses the creative process behind this project, but also considers the volatility of creative engagement with archives.

After Cardenio’s playtext arose from a scholarly engagement with the story of a seventeenth-century woman, Anne Greene, hanged for infanticide, whose body was given over for an autopsy at Oxford University. Greene revived on the anatomy table, and Taylor’s research led her to explore the startling events in relation to the history of neurology and the intersection of Philosophy and Natural Science in the early days of
Natural Philosophy at Oxford. In After Cardenio, Taylor explores the obsessions with the body/soul split, theorised by Descartes, who died the same year that Anne Green was hanged, using distinctive puppetry idioms (with a puppet created by sculptor Gavin Younge).

Tracing a link between the research of key seventeenth century thinkers, Taylor considers the significance of this episode on the thinking of John Locke, who became one of the great theorists of identity in the seventeenth century. Thomas Willis and
William Petty were the anatomists involved in the ‘Anne Green episode’. Willis subsequently invented the term ‘neurology,’ and worked with Christopher Wren (who was to become the celebrated architect of St Paul’s) to produce the first modern illustrations of the human brain. Wren was a student at Oxford at the time of these events, and wrote a piece of poetry about the young woman who seemed to come back to life after death.

Jane Taylor is Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and Mellon Research Advisor at the University of the Western Cape, and a member of the Board of Handspring Puppet Company. She is a published novelist and playwright, curator and cultural critic.  Taylor has been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford and at Cambridge
Universities in the UK; and has been recipient of Mellon and Rockefeller Fellowships. She has recently been appointed Wole Soyinka Chair of Theatre at University of Leeds.

Great Texts lectures will take place on Thursdays for the month of May. This lecture will take place on Thursday 9 May 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. For more information on the Great Texts series, please contact 021 480 7156 or


The Lone Ranger Rides Again – July 2013, South Africa

The team that brought you the epic genre-defining ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ presents THE LONE RANGER – starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Gore Verbinski.

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From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humour, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

“The Lone Ranger” also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper,
James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.

A Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films presentation, “The Lone Ranger” is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski, with screen story by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Justin Haythe and screenplay by Justin Haythe and Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. “The Lone Ranger” releases in S.A. theatres on July 12, 2013.

Standby to go west in a way you never have before.


First Film Ever Premiered On Social Network Opens At Cinemas On 12 April

A Lucky ManA Lucky Man’, a new film based on the real life story of legendary former South African gangster Ernie ‘Lastig’ Solomon, opens in cinemas on 12 April. Shot in Cape Town, the film charts Solomon’s violent rise from childhood in the slums of Cape Town to one of the country’s most infamous gangland bosses. It traces Ernie’s quest for identity as he collides with both family and society.

Producer Mark Fyfe and director, writer and co-producer Gordon Clark have become the first filmmaking team in the world to premiere a full-length feature film exclusively on a social network prior to its general cinema opening. Since 18 February, Mxit users have been able to download the movie using the newly-launched Cinemo app. ‘A Lucky Man’ was broken into 18 four-minute episodes, with a new episode uploaded every weekday at 10am.

“We are keen to take advantage of every cinema platform available, especially as mobile platforms become ubiquitous, and the team behind ‘A Lucky Man’ were open to experimenting, which has been a real achievement,” says Kuun. “More than 120 000 downloads have already take place.”

Kuun says it is critically important for independent filmmakers to be knowledgeable about advancing production technologies. “Digital technologies have changed the way filmmakers produce their craft over the last few years, but now they also have to become more familiar with digital distribution. We are very proud to have partners with the team that made ‘A Lucky Man’ and to have been able to premiere the film on Mxit. There has been a great response to this campaign, and we are looking forward to seeing how that impacts the in-cinema opening weekend of the film.”

She adds that consumers are becoming increasingly adept at using technologies readily available to them – from computer laptops to cell phones to tablets and apps. “It’s important for South African filmmakers and sitributors to be comfortable with digital distribution, if we are to remain current and meet growing demands from film fans.”

“A Lucky Man’ is a story of intrigue and a convoluted cultural ethos based on gang structures,” says Fyfe. “It details what happens in a backyard that we all know so little about. Very few people understand what plays out in the Cape Flats on a daily basis. The opportunity to release the film on Mxit has enabled us to get conversations happening around the social issues raised in the film. These chats are being used to raise awareness about drug abuse and to direct users to Mxit communities and services where they can get help should they need it.”

“Today”, says Fyfe, “Ernie has devoted his life to breaking the hold that gangs have over the youngsters on the Cape Flats, extremely active in keeping the peace amongst rival gangs and his life is constantly under threat as a result.”

The film is written, directed and co-produced by world renowned stills photographer and commercials director Gordon Clark, who has extensive experience working on the Cape Flats and has worked with
Ernie Solomon on a photographic exhibition called The Ernie Lastig Occurrence’.

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Little One Receives Best Actress Award At The SAFTAs

United International Pictures and Azari Media have announced that its independent movie LITTLE ONE’s leading lady, Lindiwe Ndlovu, has been given her first SAFTA Award.

The 7th Annual South African Film and Television Awards were held at Gallagher Estate on Friday, 15 March and Saturday, 16 March. During the gala evenings where South Africa’s TV and film personalities, writers, directors, make-up and costume professionals came together to celebrate the best in South African film and television, Lindiwe Ndlovu was awarded South Africa’s Golden Horn for Best Actress in a Feature Film.

American actor Samuel L Jackson congratulated Lindiwe on her SAFTA award in Midrand on Saturday night.Little One wins SAFTA

Little One hits South African screens 26 April.


The Host

The Host, directed by Andrew Niccol, is a sci-fi, love adventure, exploring the mutliple levels of relationships we find ourselves intertwined in.

Planet Earth has been invaded by an alien race who now live in a parasitic relationship with humans, using their bodies to achieve a physical form. Life on earth is peaceful, but the gift of free will no longer exists.

The heroine, Melanie (played by Saoirse Ronan), resists the alien inside her, and so begins the journey of love and sacrifice. Saoirse’s character provides not only the main thread to the film, but also some of the films lighter moments with conversations between the inner alien, and her inner monologue.

The antagonist comes in the form of The Seeker (played by Diane Kruger), who creates a rather polite and subdued enemy, with hints of her violent humanity begining to surface.

A great film for a relaxing evening, or when you’re in a pensive mood.

The Host opens Friday 12 April.