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Local actor falls to his death while filming a fight scene

Actor dies while shooting a movie

Police have opened an inquest after a 39-year-old actor from Johannesburg fell to his death at the Sterkspruit waterfall in the Drakensberg.

The actor’s name has not been released to the public.

According to reports, the crew was filming a fight scene when the actor fell at around 5.30pm.

Chief Okhahlamba Fire Emergency Service Fred Halgreen, Okhahlamba Municipal firemen and volunteers spent five hours searching for the man without any results. “We called off the search at around 11pm,” Halgreen told a local newspaper.

The police’s Thulani Zwane said: “This morning our search and rescue team from PMB went to the scene to recover and they managed to recover his body and, therefore, a case of inquest was opened by the police for further investigation.”

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JUST ONE WEEK LEFT TO ENTER SUNDANCE TV SHORT FILM COMPETITION

Sundance TV Short Film competition

ATTENTION all filmmakers! There is now only ONE WEEK left until you have to submit your entries for the 2018 Sundance TV Short Film competition. The last day for submissions is Sunday, April 15 and must be made at www.sundancetv.co.za/shorts.

Films should not be longer than 15 minutes, must be delivered with English subtitles (if English is not the language spoken in the film) and the producer or director of the film must be a South African resident.

Entries will be judged on a number of criteria, including creativity, entertainment value, original storytelling and production values.

The winning film will be announced in May and will go on to premiere at an event during the Sundance Film Festival in London, which takes place May 31 to June 3. It will also be broadcast on SundanceTV (DStv channel 108) later in the year.

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South African actor Keenan Arrison on his ‘Tomb Raider’ role

Keenan Arrison on Tomb Raider movie

South African actor Keenan Arrison stars in the new international hit movie Tomb Raider.

The actor, who hails from Cape Town, South Africa, said this is his biggest highlight yet.

“I was sent the casting brief by my agent. My approach to every casting is the same – get into the room and give it your all. A few weeks later I received a call that I got the job.

“Acting along big names like Alicia Vikander, Daniel Wu, Alexandre Willaume and Walton Goggins has been the equivalent of a master-class every day. Being in London for the premiere and walking the red carpet was a surreal experience. It’s somewhat overwhelming but worth every moment,” he adds.

In the new Tomb Raider movie, that hit the big screen this month, his character Rocket is one of five mercenaries.

This is not the first time Keenan Arrison gets big television roles. 

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All the winners at the 12th Annual SAFTAs

All the winners at the 12th Annual SAFTAs

The 12th Annual South African Film and Television (SAFTAs) awards took place at Sun City to honour outstanding achievement in the industry over the past year.

The event was hosted by media personality Thando Thabete and Phat Joe (Majota Kambule).

This year the Saftas also honoured Nelson Mandela’s centenary. The theme of the event was ‘Our Stories Are Gold’ in honour of “those who have captured our hearts, minds and imaginations through the telling of our unique stories.”

Here is the full list of 2018 SAFTAs winners below:

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Best TV Soap
Isibaya

Best Actor – TV Soap/Telenovela
Hamilton Dhlamini

Best Actress – TV Soap/Telenovela
Jo-Anne Reyneke

Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap/Telenovela
Pallance Dladla

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Jerry Mofokeng Wa Makhetha talks about SAFTAs and working with Drake

Jerry Mofokeng Wa Makhetha on Trending SA

Veteran actor and director Jerry Mofokeng Wa Makhetha visited Trending SA where he talked about the SAFTAs abd being featured in Drake’s Apple music exclusive short film, Please Forgive Me.

Talking about how he got the role in the movie, Jerry Mofokeng said his agent called him up:

“My agent calls me and says: ‘Look, these guys are asking for you, they’re inviting you to go do this, would you like to? I mean it’s really nothing big, nothing special but…then I say: ‘It’s gonna be an adventure, let’s do this thing.

I get on set and they don’t have a script, they just have a few lines and the more they see me doing things, the more they increase the dialogue and the scenes and so on…it was great fun, but it was an adventure that’s all that it was,” – Jerry Mofokeng said.

Jerry Mofokeng Wa Makhetha Trending SA

Speaking about the 2018 SAFTAs, Mofokeng, who is also one of the SAFTAs judging chairperson, said choosing the most deserving winner was not easy as they have to do some improvements first. 

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Thando Thabethe to host 2018 SAFTAs

Ntando Thabethe SAFTAs host

Actress and media personality Thando Thabethe will be hosting this years’ South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) together with Majota ‘Phat Joe’ Kambule.

Thabethe took to Instagram to express her excitement of being the host of #SAFTA2018.

“Grateful, honored and super excited to host the @saftassa once again…this time alongside the incredible, legendary Phat Joe…tune in this Saturday 8pm on @sabc2 (sic),” – Thando said on Instagram.

Thabethe hosted last year’s ceremony alongside Katlego Maboe! Click here to see this year’s nominees.

The 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) nominees were announced at the Inanda Country Club in Johannesburg. The event was hosted by a radio personality Masechaba Ndlovu.

Catch the 2018 SAFTAs on the 2nd March 2018 at 8pm on SABC2.

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SundanceTV looking for South African short films for TV competition

SundanceTV announces TV competition

SundanceTV announced today the launch of the 2018 SundanceTV Shorts competition. The Jury Prize winning film will be broadcast on Sundance TV later this year and will premiere at an event during Sundance Film Festival: London, which takes place May 31 to June 3.

MultiChoice, SundanceTV’s exclusive affiliate partner in South Africa, will be supporting the competition with a representative joining the panel of jurors alongside Sundance TV and Sundance Institute.

“The Sundance TV Shorts competition reflects the very essence of the channel,” says Geraud Alazard, Senior Vice President of Marketing at AMC Networks International.

“It encapsulates SundanceTV’s unique energy and passion, shining a spotlight on independent storytelling and emerging talent.  We’re incredibly excited to collaborate with Sundance Institute again this year and we’re enormously grateful for the support of our affiliate partner, MultiChoice.”

Submissions to the 2018 SundanceTV Shorts Competition can be made until April 15 at http://www.sundancetv.co.za/shorts. Entries must be submitted by the producer or director of the film who can provide proof of residency in South Africa. Films should be no longer than 15 minutes and must be delivered with English subtitles if English is not the language spoken in the film. Entries must meet SundanceTV’s official rules and technical requirements.

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Catching feelings out in cinemas

Catching feelings movie Pearl Thusi

Locally produced feature film, Catching Feelings, is now showing at various cinemas across the country. The film was written and directed by Kagiso Lediga who also plays a lead role alongside Pearl Thusi.

“Catching feelings is a dark romantic comedy which follows an urbane young academic and his beautiful wife, as their lives get turned upside down when a celebrated and hedonistic older writer moves into their Johannesburg home with them.”

Other actors include Akin Omotoso, Zandi Tisani, Andrew Buckland, Precious Makgaretsa, and Kate Liquorish.

Kagiso Lediga said he wanted to create a film that made fun about Johannesburg because it was a place full of contradictions.

“It is Africa’s business capital and culturally diverse with a very messy recent history. I find it fascinating that the 30-something, black, middle class characters portrayed in this film never existed 20 years ago because it was essentially illegal to be black and middle class and I guess it would also be impossible to engage in angst ridden, existential navel gazing when you’re fleeing tear gas and rubber bullets from the Apartheid cops,” – Kagiso said in a statement.

Watch the trailer below:

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David Oyelowo on black James Bond rumours

David Oyelowo

A British-Nigerian actor and producer David Oyelowo doesn’t know whether there will ever be a black James Bond or not.

David’s highest-profile role to date was as Martin Luther King Jr. in the American biographical drama film Selma.

The 42-year-old Oyelowo admitted he isn’t sure whether the iconic 007 spy will ever be played by a black actor in the future, but understands that audiences are “ready and screaming” for more female actors and actors of colour.

Speaking to Shortlist Magazine, Oyelowo said: “Whether a black actor will end up being James Bond I don’t know, but it’s very clear that the audience is ready and screaming for actors of colour, or women, or just different kinds of people than we’ve hitherto seen, to be front and centre in those kinds of movies.

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Kagiso Lediga is dragged in public over his looks

Kagiso Lediga called ugly

South African stand-up comedian, actor and director Kagiso Lediga is not bothered by women who call him ugly in public.

Speaking on Fresh Breakfast show on Metro FM, Kagiso said he felt comfortable with the way he looked even when some people called him ugly. You can listen to the interview here:

“I have been called ugly a lot by women in public. People would say; ‘that ugly one,” he said. Kagiso further added that he developed a thick skin and the hate did not bother him.

“It’s not a big deal. I don’t have a problem with it. People are surprised how good I look when I arrive in a suit. It doesn’t hurt. It only stings a little when they knock my work.”

Kagiso’s directorial debut, Catching Feelings, opens in local box offices on March 9 and the the film’s producer Tamsin Anderson told news publications that he was excited to see the response from fans.

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