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South Africa’s 25% Incentive Beckons Filmmakers

With its multiethnic and multicultural population, spectacular landscapes, diverse and unique flora and fauna, South Africa offers multiple assets to filmmakers. The country also boasts an extensive production infrastructure and a deep and experienced crew base. But most of all, a generous rebate of up to 25% on qualified spend sweetens the appeal and closes … [Read more]



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Nollywood is giving the world a taste of true African glamour

There’s a buzz in Nollywood right now. Last month the romantic comedy The Wedding Party became the first movie from Nigeria’s growing film industry to break 400 million naira ($1.3 million). And in 2016 Nollywood’s combined box office topped 3.5 billion naira ($11.5 million) with 30% of ticket sales generated by local movies. To a … [Read more]



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‘Get Out’ Is The Type Of Movie The Oscars Should Pay Attention To

The same night “Moonlight” won Best Picture, “Get Out” ended its fruitful theatrical debut with $33.4 million in North American grosses, surpassing forecasts that estimated a $28 million opening. Jordan Peele’s horror film is expected to net another $26 million this go-round, remarkable for a genre known for steep second-weekend revenue declines. One week alone … [Read more]



(L to R) Missy (CATHERINE KEENER), Dean (BRADLEY WHITFORD), Rose (ALLISON WILLIAMS), Georgina (BETTY GABRIEL) and Chris (DANIEL KALUUYA) in Universal Pictures’ “Get Out,” a speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of “The Visit,” “Insidious” series and “The Gift”) and the mind of Jordan Peele.  When a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.
 
Cinema Chain Ster-Kinekor Hacked In South Africa’s Biggest Data Breach

South Africa has joined the world’s massive data breaches when the country’s largest cinema chain, Ster-Kinekor, had its website hacked in 2016 exposing over 6-million accounts. This is thought to be South Africa’s largest data breach. Security website Haveibeenpwned.com reported the breach this week, which occurred in 2016, in an email that alerted registered users … [Read more]



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We Shouldn’t Have To Rely Solely On Movies Like ‘Kalushi’ To Teach Us Our History

A good and important true story are not sufficient for an important film. It’s regrettable that we don’t learn more about South African history at school. “Kalushi” is the directorial début of cinematographer Mandla Dube. It tracks the life of Solomon Mahlangu from his time as an ordinary resident of Mamelodi, beginning just before the … [Read more]



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From Brooklyn to South Africa, 8 Filmmakers to Watch

New Directors/New Films continues this week with movies from around the world — ambitious and unusual selections from Cambodia, South Africa, Brazil and Brooklyn. The festival, an annual presentation of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, is among other things a showcase of prevalent styles and influences, a series … [Read more]



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Blaxploitation movies, South Africa style? A lost era of film sees new light

On the surface, Joe Bullet seems an unlikely enemy of the apartheid state. A karate-chopping, knife-throwing 1970s action film hero, Mr. Bullet’s enemies were the chain-smoking gangsters of South Africa’s seedy criminal underworld – not the white government. But in 1973, after just two screenings, the South African government banned the popular action film in … [Read more]



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‘Beyond the River’ a South African movie that we can be proud of

A really good South African movie – in every way! by Steuart Pennington I was privileged enough to get a sneak preview of a wholly produced South African movie- Beyond the River. It’s basically (how we love to use that word here in SA) about a white guy and a black guy who get together to … [Read more]



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SABC on verge of collapse

The SABC is in chaos, with the finances of the state broadcaster in such disarray that a halt has been called to producing new TV shows and staff members fear they won’t be paid. SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said this week that the organisation’s finances were “under pressure, with the SABC now funding its activities … [Read more]



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Kandasamys movie rakes in R4m in 2 weeks 

Keeping up with the Kandasamys broke the R4-million mark during its second weekend (March 10), after raking in a R1.6 million during its opening weekend. The film has taken with an astounding total of R4,049,418 at the box office to date with an attendance of 76 114 people. This rib-tickling, two-sided family comedy affair was … [Read more]



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