First Glimpse Of Neill Blomkamp's CHAPPIE

A Facebook page for Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, a sci-fi comedy starring fellow South Africans Ninja and ¥o-Landi Vi$$er of Die Antwoord as themselves and frequent Blomkamp collaborator  Sharlto Copley (Wikus in District 9 and Kruger in Elysium) as the titular android Chappie,... More »
  

COLD HARBOUR: Watch The Trailer For The South African Crime Thriller

Carey McKenzie's Cold Harbour won a glowing review from our own Stuart Muller after its world premiere in Durban and if you're wondering why ... well, the first trailer below should give you a solid indication. Here's how the festival... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

The Dream Role Becomes A Nightmare In THE ACTOR Trailer

Oh, the lengths that some people are willing to go through to further their career. In the South African horror flick The Actor, someone is taking their preparation for a potential role a few too many steps too far. Simon (Aidan... More »
  

Durban 2014 Review: COLD HARBOUR Gets Moody About Corruption

Another South African film at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) brings another challenging reflection on the country's modern identity. This time, it's Carey McKenzie tackling corruption with her moody and noirish crime thriller, Cold Harbour, which just had its world... More »
  

Watch The Trailer For Jenna Bass' LOVE THE ONE YOU LOVE

Jenna Bass' debut feature Love The One You Love has quickly emerged as a buzz title - arguably THE buzz title - at the Durban International Film Festival with chatter following the premiere of the gushingly positive variety and for... More »
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Durban 2014 Review: Kenyan Crime Thriller VEVE Is A Damp Misfire

Though it boasts handsome production values and Tom Tykwer amongst its producer team, Kenyan crime thriller Veve is otherwise a catalog of missed and squandered opportunities, a thriller that simply fails to thrill thanks to a script overstuffed with unengaging... More »
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Durban 2014 Review: LOVE THE ONE YOU LOVE Is A Luminous, Perplexing, Engrossing Debut

Kennel worker Sandile and phone sex operator Terri have an unusual problem: Their life together is too good. They're perfect together. Their friends say so, holding the duo up as the ideal to which they aspire. Sandile's mother is pressing... More »
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Durban 2014 Review: BETI AND AMARE Is A Bizarre Ethiopian Oddity

It is 1936 and Mussolini is on the move, the fascist leader's troops pressing into Ethiopia to increase their foothold in Africa. Fearing the worst teenaged girl Beti is sent away from the big city by her mother to live... More »
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Durban 2014 Review: 1994 THE BLOODY MIRACLE

"The true miracle of the 1994 elections, is that they happened at all. If this was a miracle, it was a truly bloody one." John Kani, narrating for 1994 The Bloody Miracle.1994 The Bloody Miracle, a documentary three years in... More »
  

Durban 2014 Review: HARD TO GET Is Easy To Love

Over the past few years there has been an unmistakable sense that South Africa is a film nation on the rise and if that is, indeed, the case then its continued ascent will rest on the shoulders of bright young... More »
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Durban 2014: OF GOOD REPORT, Revisiting Last Year's Banned Masterpiece

Of Good Report is an astonishing South African noir thriller -- I've never seen better South African film making -- about a teacher-pupil relationship that spirals into obsession and violence. The film was selected as the opening film for the 2013... More »
  

Introducing Durban 2014: Seaside South African Cinema At The Durban International Film Festival

Ah Durban! South Africa's cultural melting pot of English, Afrikaner, Indian, and Zulu. Famous for her sunny beaches and busy harbour; infamous for her cauterizing curries and wizardly weed. I grew up in the central green foothills you can see... More »
  

Love Is HARD TO GET In Slick South African Crime Romance

The opening slot at the 2014 Durban International Film Festival belongs to Hard To Get, the debut feature from Zee Ntuli. And while the title promises that the lead actress may be hard to get this one certainly doesn't look... More »
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Intriguing South African Documentary SHIELD AND SPEAR Examines Integration Through Art

We somehow overlooked Petter Ringbom's Shield And Spear when it screened at HotDocs here in Toronto but it returns to our attention now thanks to its selection at South Africa's Durban International Film Festival. And good thing, too, because this... More »
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Cheerily Lo-Fi Ghanaian Crime Musical COZ OV MONI 2: FOKN REVENGE Trailer Charms

A rap musical from Ghana? A crime comedy told entirely in pidgin English? Ghanaian rap duo Fokn Bois broke new ground with their first offering - the original Coz Ov Moni was reportedly the first ever pidgin musical ever made... More »
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Banned South African Action Film JOE BULLET Storms Back To Screens With Restored Release

Produced in 1971, Louis de Witt's South African crime film Joe Bullet was one of the first films from that nation to feature an all black cast. Of course, in 1971 South Africa was also in the grips of the... More »
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Watch: Exclusive Clip From HEATSTROKE, Starring Peter Stormare And Maisie Williams

Evelyn Purcell's thriller Heatstroke will arrive in cinemas and on VOD and iTunes on July 4. The African set thriller stars Stephen Dorff, Svetlana Metkina, and Peter Stormare, who is, of course, the bad guy. Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams... More »
  

Die Antwoord Unleash Rabid PITBULL TERRIER

Die Antwoord will be playing a lead role, as themselves, in fellow-South African Neill "District 9" Blomkamp's upcoming feature, Chappie. They have been involved in that film for a long time, and I suspect we will see their creative fingerprints... More »
  

R.I.P. Malik Bendjelloul: The Real Sugar Man

Malik Bendjelloul, the Oscar-winning director of Searching For Sugar Man, has passed away in Stockholm, according to multiple news reports. Though no cause of death has been given, authorities have said they do not suspect foul play. He was just 36... More »
  

Mike Tyson Stars In Algerian Action Film GATES OF THE SUN. Check The First Poster Now.

An action film from Algeria? With Mike Tyson? It's happened with Jean-Marc Mineo's Gates Of The Sun and we've got the first artwork for you to take a look at. Zakaria Ramdane and Lorie Pester star in this story of... More »
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