International Release For South African Feature Film Angus Buchan’s Ordinary People

The locally produced feature film Angus Buchan’s Ordinary People is set for a worldwide release in March through Sony Pictures International. The film will be releases in Canada on 11th March followed by theatrical releases in the US, Australia, New Zealand and the Benelux countries on 18th March.  It will also be available on DVD and VOD.

Angus Buchan’s Ordinary People is based on true life events of three individuals who experienced the life-changing effects of Angus Buchan’s ministry. The film was produced by Johannesburg-based F.C. Hamman Films and Spotlight Entertainment. The film was released in South Africa in 2012 and was well received by cinema audiences. Director F.C. Hamman attributes the success of the film to the universal nature of the story and the search for enlightenment and spiritual fulfilment.  “The film deals with the very real impact that the ministry of Angus Buchan has had on the lives of the three people depicted in the film.  They are stories that uplift and inspire” says Hamman.

The filmmakers were determined that the film should be able to travel and hoped to take it to an international audience.  Following its theatrical release Angus Buchan’s Ordinary People had a very successful DVD release with over 50 000 units being sold. It also topped the DVD best seller lists for some time.

The international release was made possible by Ster Kinekor Entertainment’s CEO Mario dos Santos who sent the film’s trailer to executives at Sony Pictures International in Los Angeles. “This opened the door for me to talk to Rich Peluso of Sony Pictures International Acquisitions who liked the film and offered us an international deal,” comments dos Santos. “Hopefully this will open the door for other local productions. It also demonstrates that by finding our own style and telling our own stories we can create films that will travel”.


Love, Relationships, Social Issues in February 14

february14thFebruary 14th is a treat to watch, with an exceptional cast and story line, thanks to muli-talented writer, producer and actor Jeremeo Le Cordeur.

Relationship issues, love in all its forms, and social stigma are addressed in this well thought-out, spellbinding production.

The audience is taken through whimsical moments, well timed humour and heart-breaking realisations.

The talented cast bring music, singing and phenominal skill together throughout an intruiging plotline, giving a glimpse into the lives of the characters they so boldly bring to the fore.

February 14th is a must-see production, and we hope that reruns are in the near future.

Watch these news pages for cast and crew interviews.



International Emmy® Kids Awards Winners Announced

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced tonight the winners of the 1st International Emmy® Kids Awards. Winning programs from Argentina, Japan, Norway and the United Kingdom are: Junior High School Diaries: Harmony of Two, (Kids: Series); Energy Survival, (Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment); El Jardín de Clarilú, (Kids: Pre-School); Newsround-My Autism and Me, (Kids: Factual); The Amazing World of Gumball, (Kids: Animation) and Lost Christmas,(Kids: TV-Movie/Mini-Series).

International academy of television arts and sciences

“With this new event solely dedicated to kids programming, the International Academy is proud to be the premiere global platform for excellence in children’s television,” said Academy President & CEO Bruce L. Paisner. “We congratulate tonight’s winners for their outstanding achievements.”

The Emmy® statues were presented on stage by a cast of presenters including: British actor and comedian Eddie Izzard; Canadian actress Vanessa Morgan; Transformer Rescue Bot, Heatwave; Swedish & Danish kids television hosts Ylva Hallen & Jakob Stegelmann; The New York City Children’s Chorus; FDNY firefighter Daniel Glover and Australian Wiggles, Sam Moran. Over 300 international industry executives attended the inaugural event, held at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, in New York City.

The International Emmy® Kids Awards presenting partners are: Shaw Rocket Fund, Hasbro Studios, SVT/DRTV, TV Kids and Ernst & Young.

International Kids Emmy Awards

Kids: Series
Junior High School Diaries: Harmony of Two
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Executive Producer: Masahiro Takizawa
Producer: Hisamaro Furuta
Director: Hiroki Hayashi
Writer: Mikio Sawada
Principal Cast: Keisuke Toyoda, Aguri Onishi

Junior High School Diaries: Harmony of Two is a drama series set in a fictional school. Each episode depicts real-life school struggles and teenage experiences.

Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment
Energy Survival
Fabelaktiv / NRK
Executive Producers: Arild Halvorsen (Fabelaktiv), Unni Ødegård (NRK), Gitte Calmeyer (NRK)
Producer: Marte Mørkved-Romstad (Fabelaktiv)
Director: Rune Sæterstøl (Fabelaktiv)
Writers: Rune Sæterstøl, Truls Pedersen (Fabelaktiv)
Principal Cast: Truls Pedersen (host)

Energy Survival is a reality-based competition for 11-year-old children. Five teams compete in a number of practical tasks and head-to-head duels. Energy and environment are the themes for each task.

Kids: Preschool
El Jardín de Clarilú
The Walt Disney Company Latin America / Triada / Metrovisión
Executive Producers: Cecilia Mendonça, Jorge Edelstein
Producers: Roly Candino, Maria Laura Moure, Juan Rovai
Director: Diego Kantor
Writers: Ines Cuesta, Paula Varela
Principal Cast: Agustina Cabo, Thomas Lepera, Andres Espinel, Sophie Oliver, Leandro Zanardi

In El Jardín de Clarilú, Clarilu and her loyal dog Pencil receive a mysterious letter that presents the premise of the episode. This letter has been written by an anonymous character, and it gives Clarilu two clues. Clarilu must discover who the letter is from.

Kids: Factual
Newsround – My Autism and Me
CBBC – In House
United Kingdom
Executive Producer: Owenna Griffiths
Producer: Daniel Clarke
Director: Victoria Bell
Principal Cast: Rosie King

13-year-old Rosie takes us into her world to show us what it’s like to grow up with Autism, a condition which affects how children see life and the way they relate to others.

Kids: Animation
The Amazing World Of Gumball
Cartoon Network Europe / Dandelion Studios / Boulder Media / Studio Soi
United Kingdom
Executive Producers: Ben Bocquelet, Daniel Lennard, Michael Carrington
Producer: Joanna Beresford
Director: Mic Graves
Writers: Ben Bocquelet, Andrew Brenner, Jon Foster, Mic Graves, James Lamont
Principal Cast: Logan Grove, Kwesi Boakye, Kyla Rae Kowalewski, Teresa Gallagher, Dan Russell

The Amazing World of Gumball follows the misadventures of Gumball and his family in the weird and wonderful town of Elmore. Set in a recognizable small town setting, the cast of characters includes a banana, a T-Rex, and a cheerleading peanut.

Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series
Lost Christmas
Impact Film & Television Ltd / BBC / Ketchup Entertainment / Hyde Park Imagenation
United Kingdom
Executive Producers: Sue Nott (BBC), Jeremy Bolt (Impact Film & Television Ltd), John Hay (Impact Film & Television Ltd), Artur Galstian (Ketchup Entertainment), Gareth West (Ketchup Entertainment), Vahan Yepremyan (Ketchup Entertainment), Connal Orton, Eddie Izzard, Ashok Amritraj (Hyde Park)
Producer: Elliot Jenkins
Director: John Hay
Writers: David Logan, John Hay
Principal Cast: Eddie Izzard, Larry Mills, Jason Flemyng, Geoffrey Palmer, Steven Mackintosh, Christine Bottomley

Lost Christmas is an urban fairy tale set in Manchester about how a series of tragic events are reversed one Christmas Eve, giving a young boy and those around him the happy ending that they were destined to have.

About The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 50 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology. The Academy’s yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards Ceremony held in New York, The International Digital Emmy® Awards at MIPTV and a series of industry events such as Academy Day, The International Emmy® World Television Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics. The Academy was chartered with a mission to recognize excellence in television produced outside of the United States and it presents International Emmy® Award in the following twenty categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Current Affairs; Comedy; Documentary; Drama Series; News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; TV Movie/Mini-Series; Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction; Digital Program: Non-Fiction; Kids: Preschool; Kids: Animation; Kids: Factual; Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment; Kids: Series; Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series. For more information, go to


Lobola – Coming Soon

SAMDB had the priviledge of attending a preview screening of Lobola recently.

The film is a heart-warming look at cross cultural romance, and the difficulties that need to be overcome through such a union. It also highlights how far we, as South Africans, have come on our path towards colourblindness.

The music narrates the screen story, being responsible for some of the many laughs throughout.

Although the subject matter is heavy, innuendos and racial jokes are extremely well timed. Each side has it’s dig, and allows us all to have a good laugh at ourselves.

The leads were well cast, their acting superb, all the way holding the audience captive with their on-screen chemistry.

This film not only makes one look at one’s self, but highlights that anything can be overcome if your heart is in it, and you put your mind to it.

It’s refreshing to see that the South African movies of late can now be held to the same high standards and regard as the international blockbusters we are all so addicted to.

Lobola, a true South African film, that will appeal to everyone!



2013 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival sells-out

With four days of Festival still remaining, organisers are pleased to announce that all remaining concerts for the 2013 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival are sold out.

We’ve had an unprecedented demand for tickets for all the concerts – the big ones sold out within 24 hours.” said Festival Director Richard Cock.

The Festival, which this year embodied the theme “Se vuol ballare – If you would dance” has been an enormous success. Some of the highlights this year have included the Viennese pre-Concert, which had to be repeated to due to popular demand; performances by visiting guests Sir Roger Norrington (conductor) and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, in collaboration with the South African National Youth Orchestra; the debut performance of a new composition by Composer-in-Residence Bongani Ndodana-Breen and the forthcoming choreographic explorations at the Wits Art Museum.

This year, the Festival expanded to include 4 new venues – St Columba’s Church, The Fringe at Joburg Theatre, Wits Art Museum and King Kong in Troyville, so far with very positive responses from audiences.

“We have had fantastic audiences for this year’s Festival. I am thrilled that the dance theme and the various exciting events have gone down so well.” said Artistic Director Florian Uhlig.

With a range of concerts from intimate recitals; to innovative sound and dance improvisation demonstrations; chamber and symphony concerts, school outreaches and even the popular Orchestra from Scratch; the Festival continues to expand on its mandate to invite people of all backgrounds and ages to join in and be united in the enjoyment and celebration of music.

The Festival begins each year around 27 January, which was Mozart’s birthday. For more information on the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF), see For any further enquiries please contact (011) 447 9264. Join the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival page on Facebook for regular updates on Festival happenings and competitions.

Originally organized in 2006 in commemoration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 250th birthday anniversary, the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival has developed into a highly successful and well-loved annual classical music event, with popular conductor Richard Cock at the helm as Music Director, together with concert pianist Florian Uhlig as Artistic Director.