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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 www.join-mozart-festival.org. 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.

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Stellar Cast Provides Plenty Of Laughs In New Mockumentary About Ageing Diva

‘To The Power of Anne’, a film in the faux-reality genre, tracks aging stage actress Anne Power’s struggle to revive her career and claw her way back into the limelight. The film shows what happens when Power has a reality television crew assigned to her as she auditions for the lead in a new theatrical production, ‘Woman of a Certain Age’.

“Comedy is at the heart of this film,” says director Robert Haynes. “My preference is for comedy that is awkward and irreverent, in the vein of the HBO series ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’. ‘To the Power of Anne’ is similarly a semi-improvised comedy based loosely on Anne’s life and personality as a star, and designed to poke a bit of fun at her. Another series that inspired me during the making of this film was ‘Modern Family’, which is also presented in mockumentary style, with the characters frequently talking to the camera.”

Director Robert Haynes
Director Robert Haynes

Power herself takes the lead in the film and stars as herself – one of South Africa’s most well-known theatre personalities, deftly and sometimes poignantly exploring what it means to turn 50 and be sidelined. She is supported by sitcom darling Terence Bridgett, who has starred in ‘Isidingo’, ‘7de Laan’, ‘Backstage’, ‘Zero Tolerance’, ‘Snitch’, ‘The Lab’ and the Canadian co-production, ‘Jozi H’. He has also appeared in a number of international feature films.

“Terence is known as a bit of a soap slut,” says Haynes. “He is in fact a delight to work with because he has had so much experience and is extremely professional. He also has an amazing grasp of comedy.”

Also appearing in the film is Wim Vorster, who has been involved in the entertainment industry since 1971 as actor, director, playwright, MC, stage manager and more.

“We are all close friends, so there was a lot of adlibbing throughout the making of the film,” says Haynes. “That has introduced even more comedy into the film than was originally scripted and gave us the opportunity to re-shoot certain scenes in a variety of different ways. As an editor by training, I thoroughly enjoyed the process of being able to choose from a number of different interpretations.”

The music for the film was chosen specifically to drive the narrative and comprises a range of standards and classics like ‘The Rose’ and ‘If You Go Away’, all suited to Power’s potent voice.

“The tracks have been re-worked and are relevant to what is taking place on screen,” adds Haynes.  He says that the film is a strong statement against ageism told in an acerbic and often hilarious way. “There is no reason why a gorgeous woman in her 50s should be unable to find work on the stage or on screen,” says Haynes. “The film highlights the harshness of the world of show business and also how important it is never to lose hope.”

To The Power of Anne will be released by Indigenous Film Distribution at selected cinemas on 29 March 2013.

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Open Casting Call To Star In Afrikaans Film

The much-anticipated start of the Afrikaans film DIE WINDPOMP has commenced in Cape Town, and the producers and Nu Metro are searching for a young natural actress to star in the film.

In its search for new talent, ZenHQ Films is holding open call auditions simultaneously in Johannesburg and Cape Town on February 23. The audition is open to all Afrikaans speaking girls age 16 – 24, with or without acting experience to play the role of the beautiful and free spirited Margot.

Die Windpomp is a quirky, beautiful and endearing Afrikaans love story with an unexpected twist, and will be released nationwide this winter through Nu Metro.

Hopefuls need to first go to ZenHQ Films’ website at www.zen-hq.com, click on the Open Call Auditions icon for more information, and email a recent photo and CV. Those selected will be sent a scene from the script to prepare and will be informed of the secret location of the audition.

ZenHQ Films is an award winning production company based in Cape Town with offices in Los Angeles, and has been involved in such film and TV projects as Stander, Hotel Rwanda, Clifton Shores, Charlie Jade, Darfur and the soon to be released films 3 Pegs and The Forgotten Kingdom.

For more information, and partnering with ZenHQ Films on the publicizing of Die Windpomp’s search for a star, contact Lee-Ann Cotton below in Cape Town.

Tel: 021-790-1737
Cell: 082-855-2529
lee-ann@zen-hq.com

http://www.samdb.co.za/productioncompany/435

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UCT students chosen for Sundance Film Festival

Cape Town, 2013 – Two UCT students, Katey Carson and Dylan Bosman, have been invited to the Sundance Film Festival to have their short films screened at the GFS MasterClass Showcase. They are both presently entering their 3rd year of study at The Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town and are 2 of only 24 students who were selected for the Screen Production stream last year.  Both Katey and Dylan entered short films in a Google Plus initiative, called GFS MasterClass, the brainchild of the Ghetto Film School of LA. Their films, along with 6 other entries have been chosen to be showcased at the Sundance Film Festival this year.  Katey Carson’s The Washing Up and Dylan Bosman’s The Running Girl were the product of four weeks of intense preparation which culminated in two films that are expertly crafted and visually arresting.

The Sundance Film Festival, associated as much with its chairperson, Robert Redford, as the snowy mountain town, Park City, where it is annually held, is one of the biggest films festivals in the United States and a wonderful opportunity to showcase independent talent from America and around the globe. Directors who got their big break at Sundance include Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh and Darren Aronofsky to name but a few. The Ghetto Film School had an exclusive screening on the 17th January dedicated to the 8 GFS MasterClass competition finalists, where a panel of producers, actors and directors could give feedback on their films. The Sundance Festival is running from 17th – 27th January 2013.

Katey Carson (2nd from right) and Dylan Bosman (3rd from right) at the Sundance Film Festival with other young filmmakers from around the world
Katey Carson (2nd from right) and Dylan Bosman (3rd from right) at the Sundance Film Festival with other young filmmakers from around the world
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Fighting 4 Film / Model Academy / Actor’s Gallery workshops

If you take your acting craft seriously, or wish to make a career out of modelling, these workshops are for you.

Fighting 4 Film

Learn the techniques required to become camera ready for those more physical roles. With several successful runs, many of our graduates have gone on to be cast in some great action roles.

Edited disc with class footage, certificate of completion, and a year’s complimentary Gold on SAMDB included.

A 50% deposit is required to secure a booking.

SAMDB workshops
SAMDB workshops

Model Academy

The SAMDB Model Academy was launched in order to provide a grounding for those wishing to enter the modelling industry, and to guide them from a young age. The Model Academy workshop is aimed at teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 (age exceptions allowed,.with prior consultation).

Disc with edited webcast, certificate of completion and a year’s Gold membership on the SAMDB or TAW website.

A 50% deposit is required to secure a booking.

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Actor’s Gallery Shoot

The Actor’s Gallery shoot provides actors with versatile film-scene stills for online presence, armed with the tools to be noticed by  directors and producers.

The shoot includes 4 choreographed / directed scenes, with prior styling advice and edited images supplied by photographer on disc. Accessories can be hired from The Little Hattery / MIL.SPEC. Participants will also receive a year’s Gold membership on the SAMDB or TAW websites.

A 50% deposit is required to secure a booking. Additional deposits may be required in order to secure accessories / props.

Cost

Fighting 4 Film – R1800

Model Academy – R4200

Actor’s Gallery – R3500

Fighting 4 Film & Actor’s Gallery package – R4500

20% discount to all SAGA members.

Date

2 – 6 April 2013

Venue

ACT, Cape Town, Loop Street.

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