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Cape Town film festival to feature LGBTQ films

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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.

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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 (https://www.kanariefilm.com/) 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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THE RISE AND RISE OF CLAYTON BOYD

Clayton Boyd from Generations

Clayton Boyd is currently starring in the hit South African soap opera Generations: The Legacy, one of the country’s most popular series with nearly nine million viewers, which has also been broadcast in countries such as India and Jamaica.

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He will also soon be seen in Patrick Garcia’s horror film Hell Trip – which premieres at Comic Con Africa on September 14 in which he stars alongside Jonathan Boynton-Lee, Jay Anstey and American actor Stevel Marc.

Says Boyd about his role in Generations: The Legacy: “I play teacher Robert Carlson. There are things about to happen that will change his life forever. I can’t reveal too much at this stage but the subject matter is explosive and topical.”

Boyd has an impressive resume which includes roles in a host of popular TV series including Isidingo, Binnelanders, The Wild, Thola and MTV’s Shuga as well as the BBC series Leonardo.

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Cape Town born Clayton achieved a double major BA in Psychology and Theatre from San Diego State University before moving to the University of Alabama and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for his Masters degree. In 2006 he received his MFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Shakespeare.

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Watch warrior princess Pearl Thusi slays in new Scorpion King trailer

Pearl Thusi Scorpion King Book of Souls

Actress and television personality Pearl Thusi will be starring alongside American actor Zach McGowan in the latest edition of the Scorpion King series.

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Last year, Pearl Thusi announced that she bagged a role of a female warrior named Tala, the sister of the Nubian King, in the upcoming Scorpion King: Book of Souls. In the film, she teams up with the King (McGowan) in search of the ‘Book of Souls’ – an item they need to bring an end to an insurgent dictator.

“ANOTHER ONE!!!! Are you ready!??,” – she captioned the video clip.

Part of Book of Souls was filmed in Cape Town, South Africa.

In an interview with The Juice, Pear said: “You’re going to get a fast-paced, younger and edgier version of the Scorpion King franchise. It’s a good story with beautifully structured characters. For women, men and young children.”

The movie is set to be released on the 23rd October 2018.

Watch ‘Scorpion King: Book of Souls’ trailer below:

Image Courtesy: hypeavenue.com

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Feel the force with e.tv and Star Wars

Star Wars movies on etv

For the first time on e.tv, the Star Wars saga will be kicking into hyperdrive and blasting onto your screens from this Saturday, 18 August 2018.

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Feel the force with e.tv and watch the Star Wars saga every Saturday night, from 18 August. The saga concludes on Sunday, 30 September with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The iconic movie collection is one of the most popular movie franchises in the world, and e.tv viewers will get to know and love all the iconic characters including Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader, C3PO, R2D2 and many more.

The Star Wars saga on e.tv will feature all the films from Episode I to Episode VII, kicking off with Star Wars: A New Hope this Saturday at 9:35PM on e.tv.

Marlon Davids, MD of e.tv, has his lightsaber charged up and is ready for audiences to experience the epic saga that is Star Wars. “Star Wars is one of the world’s biggest film franchises, and e.tv is extremely proud to bring the action, drama and laughs of the saga to e.tv audiences for the first time. The force will be strong with e.tv and Star Wars this August and September,” says Davids.

Movie dates: 

Saturday 18 August at 9:35PM – Star Wars: A New Hope
Saturday 25 August at 10:25PM – Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
Saturday 1 September at 9:40PM – Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi
Saturday 8 September at 9:35PM – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Saturday 15 September at 9:25PM – Star Wars: Attack of The Clones
Saturday 22 September at 9:50PM – Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith
Sunday 30 September at 8PM – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Image Courtesy: Syfy.com

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Mampho Brescia announced as Brand Japan Ambassador

Mampho Brescia Brand Japan Ambassador

Multi-award nominated South African Television, Film and Theatre actress, and prominent media personality, Mampho Brescia, will formally be announced as the first ever Brand Japan Ambassador for South Africa this Friday, 27 July 2018 in Pretoria at the official residence of the Ambassador of Japan, Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki.

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The announcement of naming Mampho Brescia as Brand Japan Ambassador is a highly fitting one due to her background of having studied in Japan. Her celebrity status alongside her knowledge of Japan and Japanese culture has positioned Mampho Brescia as the ideal ambassador to be a bridge between South Africa and Japan.

“Being appointed as Brand Japan Ambassador is a full circle moment for me. I had the opportunity to experience Japan as a student and I discovered an entirely different world. It’s such an honour to now be in a position to represent the beautifully rich and colourful Japanese culture to South Africa,” expresses Mampho Brescia.

Mampho Brescia will be travelling to Japan on 21 September 2018 as the official Brand Japan Ambassador to meet with Japanese role players in areas such as entertainment, tourism and public services.

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The local entertainment sector grapples increasing risks

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The Allianz Risk Barometer 2018 reveals that cyber incidents are a top concern for the entertainment industry with 33% of 39 respondents pointing to the worrisome risk. 

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Natural catastrophes with the same 33% of responses occupy the #2 spot since 2017. Political risks and political violence are at #3 with a 31% response. Business interruptions are a new risk in the sector at 28%. The report is published annually by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS).

South African entertainment producers are adjusting their models in line with the shifting consumer preferences. User experience has become a key competitive advantage as businesses in the sector seek to harness technology and data in order to engage and retain users. This reliance on technologically advanced platforms such as live streams, pay per view and on-demand services presents the sector with cyber risks. IT failure, data breaches are the biggest risk in the sector as participants in the sector are now relying on technology to deliver entertainment content. 

Natural catastrophes also present the sector with risks similar to cyber incidents. Adverse weather conditions such as floods and heat waves often disrupt filming schedules, concerts and festivals. When filming equipment is hired and charged at an hourly rate, companies incur losses as hours of production are lost. The same losses are incurred in the form of low turnout as adverse weather conditions make it difficult to attend outdoor entertainment events.

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Terry Pheto stars in lead role in international movie, FACES

Terry Pheto in international movie, FACES

International award-winning South African actor, Terry Pheto, has been announced to star in a new international feature film titled FACES as a lead actor.

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FACES will have its exclusive world premiere in South Africa at the 39th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) this Sunday, 22 July 2018.

“It’s always great to work with incredible actors and talented film makers from all parts of the world. I don’t take it for granted what a privilege it is to grow my global footprint which such amazing story tellers. FACES is a movie that addresses universal issues that will resonate with all,” shares Terry Pheto.

Terry Pheto further adds: “Having the FACES world premiere in my home turf is truly special.”

FACES is a multi-narrative film set across four storylines that follow a group of characters as their lives begin to unravel. The feature film was shot in London and directed by the award-winning British-Nigerian director, Joseph a. Adesunloye.

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SARAFINA! perpetuates the legacy of the youth of 16 June 1976 this Saturday on e.tv

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Producer Anant Singh announced today that the legacy of the youth activists of 16 June 1976 will be honoured with the broadcast of the film SARAFINA! on e.tv and its sister channel eMovies.

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Produced by Singh and directed by Darrell James Roodt, the film stars Leleti Khumalo, Mbongeni Ngema, John Kani, Robert Whitehead, Miriam Makeba, Somizi Mhlongo and Academy Award Winner, Whoopi Goldberg.

SARAFINA! will be broadcast on Youth Day, 16 June on e.tv (OpenView Channel 104 and DStv Channel 194) at 3.55pm, and then on eMovies (OpenView Channel 106 and DStv Channel 138) on 17 June at 8pm and on 18 June at 10.55am.

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Question and answer session with Ian Morgan

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Cape Town based filmmaker Ian Morgan was the winner of the first SundanceTV Shorts Competition for South Africa, with his short film Good Mourning

Ian Morgan, who won a trip to London to premiere his film at the Sundance Film Festival, returned this week excited, elated and inspired. Here he answers a few questions:

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Tell us about your winning film Good Mourning?
Good Mourning is a dark comedy about Ted (played by Paul Snodgrass), a professional mourner, who loves his job to death. Until one day he is challenged by a disbeliever, Sandrine (Skye Russell), who questions his morals and ethical standpoint and the conversation take an unlikely turn.

What made you decide to enter the competition?
Paul (Snodgrass) suggested it and sent me a link to the SundanceTV Shorts Competition site. We had been entering the film into a number of local and international film festivals and thought we’d try our luck with this one.

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Did you know Trevor Noah made a ‘Black Panther’ cameo?

Trevor Noah Black Panther cameo

Comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and ‘The Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah had a cameo in Black Panther movie and everyone missed it. 

While many people focused on big stars such as Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o, the South African-born comedian Trevor also managed to play a role in the blockbuster film too.

According to Vanity Fair, in the movie’s end credits, as noted by comicbook.com and other Comic Book Movie News websites, Noah is listed as the voice of the character “Griot”—better known as the sleek, Shuri-invented A.I. system that guides Martin Freeman’s character in a virtual plane during the battle scene.

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Some people on Twitter spotted his name but they were not sure if it’s really Trevor. But Vanity Fair confirmed that it is really him.

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Watch Trevor’s scene below:

Image Courtesy: twitter.com/Balmain

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