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Fantasia 2018 Review: NUMBER 37, Neo-Noir Crime Thriller Raises the Stakes

Many films either overtly or covertly play homage to other films. And it certainly takes a lot of courage to make a film that is an overt homage to a film as iconic as Rear Window. But then, South African...

Fantasia 2018: All The Short Film Programs at This Year's Festival

Hot on the heels of the announcement of the final wave of feature length films at this year's Fantasia International Film Festival came the lineup of this year's short film lineup.     Hardly ever ones to let short films...

FrightFest 2018: THE RANGER Opens, CLIMAX Closes Record-Breaking 19th Edition, Full Line-Up Announced

The full line-up for Arrow Video FrightFest 2018, the 19th edition of the London-based horror extravaganza, has just been announced and it is bursting at the seams with epic fear-infused awesomeness. Jenn Wexler's post-modern punk slasher The Ranger will open...

Oak Cliff 2018 Review: I AM NOT A WITCH, A Superb Film From A Prodigious New Talent

A young girl, unremarkable in any way, is walking down a path in rural Zambia. Suddenly, a woman walking ahead of her carrying a large bucket or water falls to the ground, losing her load. As the fallen woman looks...

Oak Cliff Film Festival 2018: Feature Film Lineup Announced! Live Scores, TIGERS, & BAD REPUTATION, Oh My!

The 7th annual edition of the Oak Cliff Film Festival has announced its lineup and the programming for this event continues to be some of the most adventurous and interesting of any film fests in the Southwest. Hosted at the...

Five Fingers for Marseille secures USA release!

Five Fingers for Marseilles tells the story of a group of young men who stand up to brutal police oppression in Marseilles, a town in the rugged badlands of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The film made its world premiere at...

Tribeca 2018 Preview: Ten Notable Fest Selections

The 17th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, running through April 29, is once again packed with films, talks, and moving image work beyond film such as VR, television, online work, and gaming events. The opening film is Lisa D'Apolito's Love,...

FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES: Watch The Full Theatrical Trailer For The South African Western

We've written quite a lot about the Michael Matthews directed South African western Five Fingers For Marseilles in these pages as the film went on a wide spread and successful international festival run. And with the picture now gearing up...

South Africa Enters The Streaming TV Revolution With TALI'S WEDDING DIARY

The moving to streaming video services continues to have repurcussions around the globe and that shift is reaching South Africa now with upcoming comedy series Tali's Wedding Diary. The first ever original series from African streaming service Showmax, Tali's Wedding...

Crowdfund This! Help Send Kelsey Egan's THE BULL To The World!

There's a wave of talent cresting in South Africa right now and while the film may be a short what we are able to see of Kelsey Egan's The Bull already makes it clear that it'll make an out sized...

FELICITE Director Alain Gomis on His New Drama: "Let It Happen"

After winning the Grand Jury Prize at Berlin early this year, Alain Gomis's Félicité played as part of the slim but always robust Main Slate at the New York Film Festival. Featuring the great Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu in the...

New York 2017 Review: In FELICITE, a Glimpse of a Modern Woman's Life in Kinshasa

Félicité is not another downbeat film about Africa steeped in miserablist tendencies. Gomis and company don't lose the sight of happiness in the daily lives of its ordinary citizens. There is much humanism and culture and joy to be had in Félicité and I am grateful for it.

JESUS SHOWS YOU THE WAY TO THE HIGHWAY: Marvel At The Latest Madness From The Director Of CRUMBS!

We prize the unusual and unique above almost all else around these parts so it carries a certain kind of weight when I say that there is no director in the world today quite like Miguel Llanso. But I say...

FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES: Watch This Clip From South African Neo-Western

Michael Matthews' South African neo-western Five Fingers for Marseilles recently bowed here in Toronto and continues on its merry way on the festival circuit. A clip from the flick has surfaced, which you can watch below. And rewatch the trailer...

Review: THE WOUND, An Essential South African Masterpiece

This week South Africa must decide which of its films to submit for the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category. Likely, it’ll come down to a choice between The Wound, which has the advantage of having collected a plethora of...

WIZARD (MATWETWE) Trailer: Get High With The South African Crime Comedy

South African comedian turned writer-director Kagiso Lediga has had himself a busy year. His feature debut - the Engish language romantic dramedy Catching Feelings, in which he also starred - had its world premiere at the LA Film Festival and...

Toronto 2017 Review: FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES, Cowboys & Corruption, South Africa Style

The western genre, long associated either with American film and the lone cowboy holding fast to independence in a changing landscape, or the spaghetti western, in which European directors examined more forcefully the often insidious nature of the more corrupt...

The End Is Here! Watch The Full APOCALYPSE NOW NOW Short Film Now!

We've been keeping a close eye on South African urban fantasy Apocalypse Now Now here for some time now [perhaps just a tiny bit because I'm one of the producers on it] and now following the release of the trailer...

APOCALYPSE NOW NOW: Check Out The New Poster Art For The South African Urban Fantasy

It was just under two weeks ago that we shared the first teaser for South African urban fantasy Apocalypse Now Now - adapted from Charlie Human's novel by director Michael Matthews and writer-producer Sean Drummond (the creative team behind upcoming...

HIGH FANTASY: Watch The Trailer For Toronto Selected, Body Swapping, South African Indie

It was back in 2014 that I was raving in these pages about South African director Jenna Bass and her debut feature, Love The One You Love. An entirely improvised romantic drama with thriller overtones, Love The One You Love...