Aisha Abdool Karim: Attention all Potterheads! Dust of your robes and grab your wands because it’s time to go back to Hogwarts. That’s right witches, wizards, muggles and everything in between. After 2 years with no new developments in the wizarding world, J.K. Rowling has announced a new film series inspired by Harry Potter.
Nina McFall: This cleverly ironic documentary-style film is a hard-hitting critique of the techniques and problems of Western media propaganda. However, the film uses all of the propaganda techniques it critiques to bring across its anti-propaganda message.
The film defies convention when it is ambiguously listed in the Fest guide as “Propaganda (North Korea (possibly) 2012)”. The directors are listed as “Anonymous (North Korea – possibly)” and “Slavko Martinov (possibly).” .
Rhodes University held a documentary screening of Thrown Away, a film commemorating Amina Cachalia. Retracing a journey she made with Helen Joseph, Joe Morolong, and Mildred Lesia - the film honours the banished people of Apartheid.
HEIN PAPENFUS: The aching struggle with writers block coupled with a mildly serious bout of alcoholism that plagues the life of screen writer Marty Faranan is, funny enough, a slice of sanity amongst the mayhem conjured up in Seven Psychopaths. Marty, played by Colin Farrell, is a Hollywood screenwriter battling to write a screenplay entitled: “Seven Psychopaths”. Helping Marty out of his creative doldrums is his best friend, unemployed actor, Billy Bickle (Sam Rockwell) who kidnaps dogs in order to receive reward money after pretending to have found the unfortunate wandering dog.
Nokuthula Manyathi: TWO Witsies have been selected to spend the next three months in Finland making documentary films.
Zama-Afrika Mkhize, 4th year BAPVA, and Margreet Cohen Gouws, 4th BADA, were selected to participate in the North-South–South Exchange( NSSE) programme.
Both Gouws and Mkhize expressed their excitement ahead of their trip to Finland and hoped to gain more skills as film-makers during their three month stay.
Call me lazy, but when I watch a movie, I want the screenwriters to have made the ending obvious. And by that, I don’t mean that I want the ending to hit me over the head screaming “Hello, it’s me you’re looking for”. All I’m asking for is to know the movie has finished before the titles roll up.
Liza Mirò Combrinck: Is the Afrikaans movie business taking over the local film industry?
When people think of Afrikaans movies, the general name that pops up is usually Leon Schuster – known for his brilliant pranks back in the 90s, and for his cringe- worthy, brilliantly bad movies that followed.