SA rhino documentary wins top international awards

Susan Scott and Bonné de Bod STROOP

The South African feature documentary STROOP – journey into the rhino horn war has won the coveted Best Documentary award at the prestigious San Diego International Film Festival held this past weekend.

ALSO READ: SA Film Wins Award Ahead Of World Premiere At US Festival

Hollywood’s Mudbound producer Kyle Tekiela presented the award to filmmakers Bonné de Bod and Susan Scott saying, “documentaries tell stories that bring big issues to light and the jury felt this was one of the biggest of them all, that poignantly conveys the struggle the world’s rhinos are having to remain alive for the next decade.”

The weekend was a winning one for the filmmakers as they also scooped an additional two awards – from the LA-based Glendale International Film Festival where they picked the Best Female Filmmakers award (a huge accomplishment given that over 130-films across fiction and documentary were in competition, which meant that STROOP was given the nod across all genres). And – also in LA – from the city’s premiere film festival, LA Femme, which supports women producers from around the world, De Bod and Scott were awarded the Special Documentary of Focus Award.

The previous weekend, the film received another nod in the form of Best Documentary award at the San Pedro International Film Festival, also held in Los Angeles, and last month, STROOP was handed the 2018 Green Tenacity Award by the judges of the San Francisco Green Film Festival.

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Terry Pheto rocks the cover of Sandton Magazine

Terry Pheto cover of Sandton Magazine

The October/November Sandton Magazine is out now and actress Terry Pheto rocks the cover. Sandton Magazine is a digital lifestyle magazine based in Johannesburg, it covers fashion, beauty, home, food, and entertainment.

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Terry Pheto, who is best known for her leading role as Miriam in the 2005 Oscar-winning feature film Tsotsi, has appeared on several magazine covers including Marie Claire, Moziak Magazine and Get It this year.

The star recently took to social media to announce that she’s been featured on the Sandton Magazine cover. Pheto looks gorgeous as she shows off voluminous curls with a French phrase “bon voyage.” The phrase is used to express good wishes to someone about to set off on a journey.

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WATCH: Fan emotionally breaks down after meeting actress Pearl Thusi

actress Pearl Thusi

Actress, model, radio, and television personality Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi is without a doubt one of the most multi-talented celebrities in South Africa.

ALSO READ: Pearl Thusi Graces Cover Of Sawubona And Shares Her First Flight Experience

The 30-year-old actress visited the Mangosuthu University of Technology earlier this week and one student emotionally broke down over meeting her.

Thusi took to Instagram explaining that the entertainment industry has taught her to be tough sometimes but the overwhelming love from the fan did not go unnoticed.

“I don’t take your love for granted. I never know how to react to such pure emotion because this industry has forced me to put my guard up and toughen up in so many ways. No one is as strong as they look.  But moments like these melt and chip away at that icy wall that’s built up over the years,” – she wrote.

She went on to explain that it’s moments of vulnerability that really show strength.

“With you and God, I’m stronger. Thank you for loving me with my many imperfections and with no promise that I’ll always make you proud. It doesn’t go unnoticed,” – Pearl Thusi added.

Pearl Thusi slays a warrior Nubian princess in the latest edition of the Scorpion King franchise. The movie premieres on 23 October 2018.

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Kajal Bagwandeen announces new feature film, 3 Days To Go

Kajal Bagwandeen 3 days to go film

A class act on South African television screens for years, endeared actress and TV presenter, Kajal Bagwandeen, has announced that she’ll be back on the big screen with a new family drama-comedy feature film titled 3 Days To Go, which she co-produced and was the casting director.

ALSO READ: Official Trailer For New Leon Schuster Film Released!

Kajal Bagwandeen is well known for being the host of Eastern Mosaic and later Mela on SABC. She has also held sought after acting roles on local soapies and dramas such as Isidingo and 7de Laan, and more recently on international shows like Madiba and Netflix’s The Indian Detective just to highlight a few amongst a string of movie and TV credits under her belt.

“I’m very excited about the film, 3 Days To Go. Being part of the creative process as casting director and co-producer and then seeing the film come together is extremely rewarding. Although I’ve been busy behind the scenes, I loved being in front of the camera again as part of the ensemble cast,” expresses Kajal Bagwandeen.

Kajal Bagwandeen adds: “3 Days To Go holds a special place in my heart as the stories in the film are women centric. Both myself and director Bianca Isaac are advocates of bringing more women of colour to the forefront of South Africa’s film industry and in saying that, Bianca has done a wonderful job on the film which is her directorial debut.”

Kajal Bagwandeen

3 Days To Go tells the story of adult siblings who, after the sudden death of their father, are forced to return to their childhood home – with an assortment of partners, children and issues in tow. Kajal Bagwandeen acts alongside an impressive cast which includes the likes of Leeanda Reddy, Bollywood’s Lillette Dubey, Tumi Morake and Jonathan Boynton-Lee just to name a few.

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Black launches Season 9 of The Walking Dead on FOX

Black The Walking Dead on FOX

South Africa’s premium entertainment streaming service, black, is bringing the much-anticipated Season 9 of The Walking Dead at 20:45, from 8 October on FOX Channel 201.

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The new 8 part season of The Walking Dead, available for subscription on FOX through black, follows the survivors a year and a half after the end of the war as they rebuild civilization under Rick’s leadership, but nothing quite prepares them for the coming plot twist.

Subscribers can catchup on seasons 1 to 8 of this renowned series on FOX+ exclusively available to black viewers in South Africa. To ensure an uninterrupted entertainment viewing experience, Cell C in partnership with black continues to provide free unlimited data to stream content on black and this means viewers can binge watch without any data charge for content consumed on the black platform. Cell C has also bundled black into several of its Media Play plans.

“We are very excited to be at the forefront of innovating the way people consume content, not only do we give our subscribers the latest content, choice to create their own bouquet, manage their own viewing patterns and pay for exactly what they want to watch but they also get free unlimited data on Cell C to unlock a fresh viewing experience on the go on multiple devices,” said Surie Ramasary – Chief Executive: black.

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Official trailer for new Leon Schuster film released!

new Leon Schuster film with Themba

Leon Schuster, the South African filmmaker, comedian, actor, presenter and singer, has released the official trailer of his new film FRANK & FEARLESS.

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“An epic adventure between an old man and a loveable young boy, with a captivating storyline and the cutest baby rhino that will make you want to laugh and cry. It is a kickass visual comedy about villains that get outsmarted in the African bush. Come and experience this unforgettable journey on the big screen and don’t forget your tissues!”, says funnyman, Leon Schuster, about his latest quirky comedy, FRANK & FEARLESS, of which the trailer has just been released. The film officially opens at cinemas nationwide on November 23rd, 2018.

Set in Africa, this hilarious movie takes you on the thrilling adventure of four loveable characters in the African bush. Insecure railway chef, Sonny Frank (Leon Schuster), and a ten year old rural boy, Fearless (Themba Ntuli), set out to kidnap the ambassador of a South-East Asian country in an attempt to stop rhino slaughtering. They are joined on this mission by two four-legged friends; Reini, a baby rhino whose mother was killed by poachers and Fearless’ big and faithful black dog called Dog. When things go terribly wrong, they have no choice but to take on a platoon of merciless poachers, who are led by the terrifying ranger turned poacher, Dolf (Kenneth Nkosi), with whom Sonny has a past.

Written by Gray Hofmeyr, Leon Schuster and Geoff Newton, the motion picture was created by a dynamic team of experts, with acclaimed filmmaker Gray Hofmeyr (Jock of the BushveldSweet and Short, There’s a Zulu On My Stoep) as director and André Scholtz and Menzi Thabede as producers. Schuster is absolutely brilliant in the lead role of this captivating and emotional story, which is unlike anything else previously produced by this legendary entertainer whose films, like Mr Bones and Mad Buddies, are some of the highest-grossing local productions with impressive international sales.

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“I am struggling to accept this” – actor Thabo Rametsi says

Thabo Rametsi on Shoki Mokgapa

The death of SA actress Shoki Mokgapa has shocked many South Africans and the South African film and television industry. Actor Thabo Rametsi is struggling to accept. 

ALSO READ: SAFTA Award-Winning Actress Shoki Mokgapa Took Her Own Life

According to a statement released by her management agency MLA (Moonyeenn Lee Associates), Shoki Mokgapa committed suicide on Tuesday after a long battle with clinical depression.

South African actor and a friend Thabo Rametsi, who is best known for playing the lead role of Solomon Mahlangu in the 2016 feature film Kalushi, has expressed how difficult it has been for him to accept Shoki’s passing.

Taking to Instagram, Thabo Rametsi wrote: “I am struggling to accept this. How can it be? Rest In Power sweet Shoki Mokgapa . You were a good person. A talent they should have appreciated more. You were truly special. I will always remember you.”

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The Best in African Film – The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival Pearl Thusi

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFMF) has announced its official selection including 80 Feature Films, 20 documentaries and 61 short films for the 2018 edition of the festival.

ALSO READ: CTIFMF PRESENTS 61 SHORT FILMS Official Selection Announced

Festival screenings are open to the public and will run from 10 – 19 October at various cinemas within the V&A Waterfront, including free family-friendly films at the Amphitheatre.

The program is a cinematic feast with some 120 world-class films on show to the public, festival delegates, and the jury.  The meticulously curated selection include a significant and diverse array of African content amongst the independent feature films, short films and documentaries on show.

Feature films, documentaries, shorts and LGBTQ films have been selected from various countries across Africa including Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Togo, Egypt, DRC, Egypt, South Africa, Niger, Zambia, and Tanzania.

The festival’s Opening Night film is South Africa’s official submission to the Oscars, Jahmil X.T Qubeka’s Sew the Winter to My Skin,  an epic existential-adventure film that has wowed audiences at Cannes L’Atelier 2017, and had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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CTIFMF PRESENTS 61 SHORT FILMS Official Selection Announced

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFMF)

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFMF) has selected 61 short films that will screen across 10 programs at select venues at the V & A Waterfront between October 10th and 19th.

ALSO READ: Cape Town Film Festival To Feature LGBTQ Films

Short films are an integral part of the CTIFMF and Festival Director Leon van der Merwe has always recognized the importance of this genre, “Short films are a necessity to keeping the entire film industry healthy. They fulfill two irrefutable roles,  firstly, they allow up and coming talent the chance to get noticed and refine their style, and secondly, they also help to encourage creativity and originality that includes new ways of telling stories.

The time has come for movie lovers everywhere to support short films. To start with, they should go and watch these films at the festival and onther short film festivals. the industry needs to lobby the cinemas to get short films back into movie theatres. Short films could be shown prior to a feature film as it used to be the case years ago. This would not only justify audiences choosing to watch them but would also help justify local cinema’s ticket prices.”

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Cape Town film festival to feature LGBTQ films

Kanarie movie LGBTQ films

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFMF) has announced that it’s proud to present a series of films focused on LGBTQ stories from around the world.

ALSO READ: Terry Pheto Stars In Lead Role In International Movie, FACES

This diverse selection of films speak to the diversity of experiences from within the LGBTQ community and yet also resonate strongly with universal themes of love, acceptance, and self-discovery.

Two African films, one from South Africa and one from Nigeria, will have red carpet premieres during the festival.

The South African Premiere of the film Kanarie on October 10th at 8:30pm SK Nouveau V&A Waterfront ( The film, directed by Christiaan Olwagen and starring Schalk Bezuidenhout has won numerous awards.

Set in South Africa in 1985 against a backdrop of apartheid, religion, and war, Kanarie follows a teen boy, Johan Niemand, who has always been bullied in his small town for his flair for British new wave music and love of Boy George. After he gets called on by the military and auditions for the Kanaries (the South African Defence Force Church Choir and Concert Group), he believes the choir will be his ticket out of fighting the war, but he begins to see the role he plays in the oppression and injustice around him. On tour, he develops feelings for a fellow Canary and he starts to question everything he knows about himself, leading to a confrontation with his commanding officers.

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