Category Archives: Movies

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon’s first novel, Everything Everything, is about a “bubble girl” – a young woman, Maddie, who is basically allergic to everything.  She lives in her own little sterile world and, miraculously, finds love with a neighbour, Ollie.  Is this … Continue reading

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The Shack (2017) – movie review

I watched “The Shack” (2017) USA today.  Written by John Fusco based on the novel of the same name by William P Young, it is directed by Stuart Hazeldine. Sam Worthington plays Mack Phillips, while Papa is Octavia Spencer (turns … Continue reading

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The Salesman (2016) Winner of the Oscar for the Best Foreign Film

  Members of the media previewed the winner of the 2016 Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Film – The Salesman (2016) is an Iranian movie directed and written by Asghar Farhadi.  It stars Taraneh Alidoosti (Rana) and Shahab Hosseini … Continue reading

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Hedda Gabler – Movie from The National Theatre

The National Theatre movies of plays are not quite as popular as the ballet and opera movies, but they are a marvellous opportunity to see works we wouldn’t usually see in South Africa. Hedda Gabler is an Ibsen play, first … Continue reading

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Shepherds and Butchers win at the SAFTAs

Press release below: Oliver Schmitz, director of the award winning SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS won the coveted Best Achievement in Directing prize at the 11th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) last night. Produced by Anant Singh and Brian Cox … Continue reading

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Devotional thinking about The Nutcracker ballet

   th The current season of seven ballets from Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet company filmed in 2014 is being screened at Ster-Kinekor’s Cinema Nouveau theatres in the big cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.  From Saturday 17 … Continue reading

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Tristan und Isolde

Opera is not an audio experience.  Anyone who has tried aand failed to enjoy Wagner by listening only will nod in understanding when I point out that Wagner himself said that it encompassed many genres (Gesamtkunstwerk).  This is one of … Continue reading

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