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Review: NOEM MY SKOLLIE, South Africa's Deserving Oscar Submission

Noem My Skollie (Call Me Thief) is Daryn Joshua's emphatic debut and Dann-jacques Mouton's breakout performance, but the heart of this year's South African Oscar submission belongs to its writer, John Fredericks, on whose life growing up in the townships...

JAGVELD: Deon Meyer Delivers A Fresh South African Thriller

Already an international brand in literary circles with his hugely popular crime novels translated into 28 languages around the globe, South African novelist Deon Meyer is making a significant step into the film world as well as a producer on...

Refn's AVENGING SILENCE Among Selections At Inaugural Crouching Tigers Project Market

The first edition of the International Film Festival And Awards Macao kicks off next month and a major part of the event will be the industry focused project market, Crouching Tigers, which will run in parallel. Designed specifically to help...

Toronto After Dark 2016 Review: FROM A HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET Frustrates As It Keeps Its Distance

Four kidnappers get more than they bargained for when they kidnap Katherine, the daughter of a diamond broker. They take her to an abandoned factory and prepare to hold her for a ransom. However, trouble starts brewing when they cannot...

Criterion in January 2017: HIS GIRL FRIDAY, FOX AND HIS FRIENDS, SOMETHING WILD, BLACK GIRL

Criterion will begin the new year by releasing four films, one from the 1940s, two from the 60s and one from the 70s. His Girl Friday leads the pack, and it's an interesting choice for a company known for its...

Margaret Mead 2016 Continues to Innovate In Its 40th Year

The 40th edition of the Margaret Mead Film Festival, screening at the American Museum of Natural History through October 16, continues its mission of bringing audiences artful and fascinating global perspectives on the most pressing issues of our time. Women's...

Maverick Movie Awards 2016 Winners Announced

The Maverick Movie Awards just announced their 2016 winners, which include Gabrielle Rose (The Birdwatcher), Mary Testa (The Mother), Branko Tomovic (Red) and KylieRae Condon (Chippy) for their 13th edition. Past winners include great filmmakers and actors as Robert Redford, Sophia...

Catch A Glimpse Of Soweto's Extreme Music Scene With Documentary Short BLACK BLACK METAL

There are a whole host of assumptions about what sort of music, fashion and other cultural accoutrements black people like here in North America, and really all around the world. 'Urban' is the usual code word, and 'urban' in the...

Springbok Cinema Review: Homeward Bound With THE BOERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Richard Finn Gregory's The Boers At The End Of The World (in its native Afrikaans: Boere Op Die Aardsdrempel) was the finest South African documentary of 2015, and easily made my Springbok Cinema list of the country's best work. Following a...

Toronto 2016 Review: MESSAGE FROM THE KING Mixes Old School And Global Contemporary Masculinity Into Neo-Noir

Arriving fresh into LAX with only the clothes on his back, some cash in his pocket and a South African passport, Jacob King is given the full interrogation by the customs officials, "Are you working? Are you staying with family?...

Blu-ray Review: Aussie Classic ROAD GAMES Arrives In HD

Fans of Mark Hartley's groudbreaking documentary Not Quite Hollywood will be very familiar with Road Games. This Australian exploitation classic, directed by Richard Franklin, features in that documentary in a big way, largely because of the fact it was one...

South African Western FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES Wraps Production, Release Another Trio Of Gorgeous Images

We've been keeping a close eye on Michael Matthews' upcoming South African western Five Fingers For Marseilles for some time now and with word that the film wrapped principal photography at the end of last week comes a further trio...

HUM: Watch The Trailer For Dark South African Thriller

We've become increasingly convinced in recent years that South Africa's film industry is one to watch, a young generation of intriguing talent very much on the rise throughout the country. And as we build our list of names to keep...

Gritty South African Drama In VAYA Trailer

South Africa's Akin Omotoso is on something of a hot streak. Already a well known and respected actor seen in titles such as Blood Diamond, Shake Hands With The Devil and Lord Of War, Omotoso came to international attention as...

Frontières@Fantasia Celebrates Massive Eighth Edition

On Monday morning in Montreal you would not have guessed that a few hundred industry professionals (and some guy with a pen and a notepad) had their way with the city that weekend. But by Monday evening it was even...

More Fabulous Images From South African Western FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES

It was in the middle of last week that we posted a first quartet of images from director Michael Matthews and writer-producer Sean Drummond's upcoming South African western Five Fingers For Marseille. Well, the production team is not being stingy...

Frontières@Fantasia 2016: International Spotlight - Where Speed Dating And Speed Pitching Collided

On the second day of the Frontières market, still determined to cover everything that I could which involved potential new projects I went to the International Spotlight: Speed Pitch Session. Had I paid a bit more attention to the details...

FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES: First Gorgeous Images From The South African Western

It was all the way back in 2011 that we first came across the South African filmmaking duo of director Michael Matthews and writer / producer Sean Drummond. The occassion was their fabulous retro scifi short film Sweetheart - you...

Watch The Trailer For South African True Crime Drama CALL ME THIEF (NOEM MY SKOLLIE)

South African director Daryne Joshua - writer of stellar short film Nommer 37, which we covered in these pages a while back - makes his feature debut with the upcoming period set crime drama Call Me Thief (Noem My Skollie)....

Morten Tyldum To Direct Adaptation Of Lauren Beukes' THE SHINING GIRLS

Variety has reported that The Imitation Game's director Morten Tyldum will direct the adaptation of The Shining Girls by South African novelist Lauren Beukes.   The story in the novel was about a serial killer who stumbles into a derelict...