Antonio Banderas is coming to South Africa!

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Spanish actor, director, singer, and producer, Antonio Banderas is coming to South Africa.

According to a press statement, the actor will spend an undisclosed amount of time in the country this spring, promoting his fragrances as well as visiting charities around Johannesburg.

“After achieving much success across the world – the Spanish Superstar will now visit South Africa to promote his fragance and his private collection of photography,” the statement reads.

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First Teaser Trailer for ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’


Ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month, the first trailer has arrived online for the upcoming neo-Western thriller Five Fingers for Marseilles. The film marks the feature debut for South African filmmaking duo Michael Matthews and Sean Drummond, and stars Vuyo Dabula, Hamilton Dhlamini, Zethu Dlomo, Kenneth Nkosi, Mduduzi Mabaso, Aubrey Poolo, Lizwi Vilakazi, Warren Masemola, Dean Fourie, Anthony Oseyemi, Brendon Daniels and Jerry Mofokeng;

Apartheid South Africa: The community of Railway, attached to the remote town of Marseilles, are the victims of brutal police oppression and only the young “Five Fingers” are willing to stand up to them. Their battle is heartfelt but innocent, until hot-headed Tau kills two policemen in an act of passion. He flees, leaving his brothers and friends behind, but his action has triggered a conflict that will leave both Marseilles and the Five Fingers changed.

Twenty years later, Tau is released from prison, now a feared and brutal outlaw, “The Lion of Marseilles.” But scarred and empty, he renounces violence and returns home desiring only to reconnect with those he left behind. At first, Tau finds Marseilles seemingly at peace – the battle for freedom was won, and now the remaining Five Fingers are prominent leaders of their town. However, after reuniting with childhood love, Lerato, and her fiery son, Sizwe, it becomes clear that Marseilles is caught in the grip of a vicious new threat and to Tau’s dismay, his childhood friends themselves may have allowed it in.

When he and his loved ones become direct targets, he is reluctantly compelled to fight once and for all. Calling on partners-in-crime, both old friends and new, the Five Fingers rise again. Standing against once-allies and new enemies alike, they must put their lives at risk for the sake of Marseilles. It’s their duty to protect it. Even from each other.

Five Fingers for Marseilles features a cast that also includes Toka Mtabane, Vuyo Novokoza, Ntsika Tiyo, Sibusiso Bottoman, Abongile Sithole, and Qhawe Soroshi.

Watch Five Fingers for Marseilles below:

Source: Flickering Myth

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Top 5 South African Movies

Top 5 South African movies

This is our list of the top 5 South African movies ever made! There are many other movies more interesting than the ones we chose.

Movies, also known as films, are a type of visual communication which uses moving pictures and sound to tell stories or inform (help people to learn). People in every part of the world watch movies as a type of entertainment, a way to have fun. For some people, fun South African movies can mean movies that make them laugh, while for others it can mean movies that make them cry, or feel afraid.

The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

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A comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries. (109 mins.). Directed by Jamie Uys and Stars: N!xau, Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, and Louw Verwey.

Mr. Bones (2001)

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A medicine man is sent looking for the son of his tribal king, and brings back an American golfer and a host of goons intent on keeping him in the golf tournament. (110 mins.). The movie is Directed by Gray Hofmeyr and Stars: Leon Schuster, David Ramsey, Faizon Love, and Robert Whitehead.

Tsotsi (2005)

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Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader. (94 mins.). Directed by Gavin Hood and Stars: Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Makoe, and Terry Pheto.

Blood Diamond (2006)

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A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond. (143 mins.). Director is Edward Zwick and Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly, and Kagiso Kuypers.

Invictus (2009)

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Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. (134 mins.). Director: Clint Eastwood and Stars: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, and Patrick Mofokeng.



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Mmabatho Montsho and Nomzamo Mbatha’s silent film wins over American audiences

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According to Sundayworld, Akin Omotoso’s Pan-African silent film A Hotel Called Memory ‚ which stars South African actresses Mmabatho Montsho and Nomzamo Mbatha‚ won over audiences in America‚ taking home the Audience Award for Favourite Experimental Film at the 6th Annual Blackstar Film Festival in Philadelphia‚ America recently.

The “tone poem” film made its world premiere at the same film festival and tells the story of a woman‚ who after separating from her husband in Lagos‚ Nigeria seeks solace in Zanzibar‚ hoping to forget her turbulent past.

Speaking to TshisaLIVE‚ Mmabatho said that she was humbled by audience reaction to the film.

“To shoot any film like this is amazing and gratifying as an actress‚ but to have people respond so well to the film is just humbling. I loved working on the project and with so many other talented people. I guess that passion came through‚” she said.

Mmabatho said that it was difficult to pinpoint exactly what it was that won over audiences but suggested that it may have been the film’s authenticity.

“What I loved about the film was that it was so unique and gave expression in a whole new way. When you love something as much as Akin does‚ it shines through and audiences pick up on that energy and the emotions of the film‚” she said.

The project was filmed in Lagos‚ Zanzibar and Cape Town‚ and sees Nomzamo and Mmabatho play key roles in the film. Mbatho plays the role of a woman who is involved with the main character.

She explained that preparing for a silent film was not much different to preparing for a role on any other film.

“When I read the script I knew that I wanted to be part of the film‚ which meant that I started preparing from that moment. The interesting thing is‚ I didn’t prepare for it in a different way. It was just reading the emotion of the scene and giving it my all. The only difference was that I wasn’t speaking with my mouth. It was more like my heart was speaking. It was beautiful‚” she said.

A Hotel Called Memory will be released in a number of African countries next year‚ including both Nigeria and South Africa.

Source: Sundayworld

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The Lion King Casts Civil War’s John Kani as Rafiki

Lion King’ Rafiki Casting John Kani

John Kani, the actor who played T’Challa’s father, King T’Chaka, in Captain America: Civil Warhas been cast to play the pivotal role of Rafiki in Disney’s live-action version of The Lion King. First released in 1994, the animated classic The Lion King is one of the Mouse House’s most coveted properties, amassing more than $968.4 million at the global box office, and earning a pair of Oscars for Best Original Song (“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” for Elton John and Tim Rice) and Best Original Score (for composer Hans Zimmer).

The story of the young cub, Simba, who disappears from his village after he feels responsible for the death of his lion father, King Mufasa, The Lion King was loaded with stellar voice performances, including Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Matthew Broderick as the young and adult versions of Simba; James Earl Jones as Mufasa; Jeremy Irons as Mufasa’s brother and Simba’s uncle, the villainous Scar; and Moira Kelly as Simba’s eventual mate, Nala.

Also featured in the film was the voice of legendary actor Robert Guillame, who brought life to the baboon Rafiki, who served as Mufasa’s royal adviser and presented the baby Simba on Pride Rock after the cub’s birth. Now, with casting of director Jon Favreau’s live-action version of The Lion King nearing completion, the production revealed the actor who will be assuming the role of Rafiki.

According to The Wrap, Kani has officially been cast as Rafiki, about three weeks after the character was featured in footage at Disney’s D23 Expo. Favreau reportedly dazzled the crowd with the film’s “Circle of Life” opening sequence, which, like in the animated version, concludes with Rafiki hoisting Simba above his head on Pride Rock as he presents the newborn to the denizens of the Pride Lands.


Kani is an excellent choice for the role of Rafiki. Even though he will acting out the role via motion capture, the actor’s commanding voice and stately presence will come in handy in realizing the role of Rafiki. In addition to Captain America: Civil War, Kani’s credits over his nearly four decades in film includes the Michael Douglas/Val Kilmer thriller The Ghost and the Darkness, the titular role in Othello, and General Coriolanus in director Ralph Fiennes’ war thriller Coriolanus. In addition, Kani will reportedly reprise his role (presumably via flashback) in Black Panther next year.

Following the early announcements of Donald Glover’s casting as Simba, Jones as Mufasa, and Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner as Pumbaa and Timon, respectively, casting for the remainder of the The Lion King cast finally started to fall in the place the last few weeks. Talk show host John Oliver recently joined the cast as Zazu, Chiwetel Ejiofor is in talks to play Scar, and on Monday, Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard was cast to play Simba’s mother, Sarabi. At this rate, more casting announcements are bound to be announced soon, and moviegoers will find out whether Favreau’s wish for Beyonce Knowles to play Nala has been granted.

Original Source: Screenrant

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2017 Simon Mabhunu Sabela Awards winners announced

2017 Simon Mabhunu Sabela Awards

Hard work does pay off.  After months of hard work by the judges, going through just over 100 entries from the industry, the Simon “Mabhunu” Sabela Film and Television Awards winners were announced last night Saturday 15 July, during the 5TH Annual Simon Sabela Film Television Awards, a glamorous event held at The Playhouse in Durban.

The awards were attended by the crème de la crème of the film and television industry including celebrities and representatives from the African continent such as Kenya and Nigeria, as well government officials from other provinces.

“We would like to congratulate the 2017 winners of the prestigious Simon Sabela awards. The Sabela’s continue to grow from strength to strength, an indication that the KZN film industry is moving in the right direction.  The amount of support from our partners has been phenomenal, in addition the newly formed partnership with LUX, will go a long way in ensuring that women filmmakers get motivated to excel in their craft. Once again, congratulations to all the winners, we look forward to another exciting instalment in 2018 where the stakes will be even higher, especially in categories such as best use of KZN as a location as we have seen a lot of funded productions coming out on circuit in 2017.”says CEO Carol Coetzee.

The following emerged as winners in 2017

Best Emerging Director  Kundai Vera Stranger Danger
Best Actress – TV  Nomzamo Mbatha Isibaya
Best Actor – TV Siyabonga Thwala        Isibaya
Best Supporting Actress – TV Gcina Mkhize Isibaya
Best Supporting Actor – TV Andile Mxakaza Isibaya
Best Newcomer   Linda Mtoba Isibaya
Best Student Film  Amandiya
Best Documentary Feature  The Scar of Seven Day War
Best Documentary short  Durban Beach Rescue
Best use of KZN as a location Inkinga Isibongo
Best IsiZulu Film Buchitheke Bugayiwe
Best Screenplay Umfelokazi
Best Microbudget Film Ikhaya Lami
Best Feature Film Happiness is a Four-letter Word
Best Newcomer Actress (Film) Ayanda Mngoma   Imbali ka Baba
Lifetime Achiever Mikhail Peppers

The Simon “Mabhunu” Sabela Film and Television Awards are an initiative of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs and are implemented by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission.

About KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is a provincial state entity, under the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa established in terms of the KwaZulu-Natal Commission Act, 2010 (Act No 3 of 2010). Its mandate is to facilitate support throughout the value chain to the local and international film industry through creating opportunities and also growing the KwaZulu-Natal film industry.

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Barnard the movie – celebrating 50 years since the world’s first heart transplant

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Sunday, December 3, 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of what has been called the greatest medical achievement of the 20th century. The world’s first ever heart transplant, performed at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, by the pioneering surgeon Professor Christian Barnard. The story of Barnard’s success is the stuff of legend. Fighting an uphill battle against the apartheid regime, ethical questions over the time of donor death, and a comparatively under-equipped hospital, Barnard performed the successful operation against all odds.

Due to the success of the operation, the world’s media thrust Barnard into the spotlight, making him an international superstar overnight and linking him to prominent figures such as Pope Paul VI, Sophia Loren and Princess Diana.

Now, to celebrate this monumental achievement, South African-owned international production company Karoo Films has announced  – through its CEO, Diony Kempen – that it has started production on a movie about Professor Chris Barnard and his monumental, world-renowned feat.
The film will be shot on location in and around Cape Town, with pivotal scenes taking place inside the original theatre in Groote Schuur Hospital, in which the now famous operation took place and which has been restored to its original condition.

Thanks to the significance of the event and continued worldwide interest in Chris Barnard, the movie has attracted a number of international partners. As a result, Karoo Films has secured worldwide distribution through a London based company, ensuring that the movie and the iconic deeds of Barnard will be seen and celebrated globally. In addition, the movie has found a home with a local theatrical movie distributor and is currently being considered by a local television broadcaster.Producer Robert dos Santos and director Byron Davis have announced that shooting will commence in September 2017 and that casting is currently underway. The company has partnered with the Organ Donor Foundation, the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service and the SANBS to raise awareness of blood, organ, and tissue donation, all of which enabled Barnard to achieve the impossible.

Barnard is set for release in 2018. For more information about the Barnard movie project go to

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Terry Pheto bags another international award nod

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Award winning actress Terry Pheto’s grip on the international acting scene continues to firm up, as she has once again put South Africa on the world map with another international nod.

Terry Pheto has just scored another prestigious international award nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category for her stellar portrayal of Naledi Khama in the film A United Kingdom at the National Film Awards UK.

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A United Kingdom is a movie that tells the love story of Botswana’s first president Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams, a London office employee who Seretse married.

The National Film Awards UK is an annual awards ceremony celebrating the achievements of established and independent film makers, actors, actresses, casting directors, production companies and crew who make up the motion picture industry.

This is Terry Pheto’s second international award nomination for her role as Naledi Khama in the film A United Kingdom in the category Best Supporting Actress. This nomination comes just off the back of Terry Pheto’s British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nomination in the same category.

Make sure you vote for Terry Pheto for Best Supporting Actress at the National Film Awards UK

With this nomination Terry Pheto is proving once more that she leads the pack of South African actors who are taking their brand global.

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Terry Pheto to represent SA at the British Independent Film Award (BIFA) this Sunday

Terry Pheto

South Africa’s Leading Lady, Terry Pheto, is set to represent South Africa in London this weekend as she attends the 2016 British Independent Film Award (BIFA) taking place on Sunday, 4 December 2016.

Terry Pheto is nominated in the category for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Naledi Khama in the film A United Kingdom. Having stolen the show at A United Kingdom opening premier in London and made a noticeable impact at all their Southern African premiers, Terry Pheto reminds us of her global stature and why one of Hollywood’s leading talent management agencies signed her this year.

Keep posted to Terry Pheto’s social media accounts to follow her BIFA journey.

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Uga Carlini’s multi-award winning Alison The Movie to screen at The Bioscope and Labia Theatre for 16 Days Of Activism

Alison The Movie

Uga Carlini’s multi-award winning hybrid feature film, Alison The Movie, is back for a second cinema run by popular demand. Alison The Movie will screen simultaneously at The Bioscope in Johannesburg and at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town as part of a special 16 Days Of Activism screening starting this Friday, 25 November 2016 and ending in Johannesburg on 30 November 2016 and in Cape Town on 10 December 2016.

With rave reviews from its Nu Metro cinema run and worldwide festival screenings, make sure to get your tickets to watch Alison The Moviefor the last time on the big screen.

Screening dates: Friday, 25 November 2016 – Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Time: Up to 3 screenings a day
Location: The Bioscope, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg
Cost: R45
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Screening dates: Friday, 25 November 2016 – Saturday, 10 December 2016

Time: 18:15
Location: Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Cost: R50
Purchase tickets here:

Based on the real life story of Alsion Botha, Uga Carlini’s hybrid feature film, Alison The Movie, is a deeply personal and emotional story of triumph and survival. Using a creative and innovative fairytale aesthetic, Uga Carlini’s film is a poetic and insightful exploration of trauma and overcoming that is highly fitting to be showcased during 16 Days Of Activism.

Watch the trailer for Alison The Movie here:

Make sure to get your tickets to watch Alison The Movie at either The Bioscope or the Labia Theatre and watch a truly inspiration film on a real life heroine.

Connect with Alison The Movie:

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Twitter: @AlisonTheMovie
Instagram: @AlisonTheMovie

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