Shake hands with the Devil @ First Wed Film Club
Oct30

Shake hands with the Devil @ First Wed Film Club

We just checked and it’s been nearly 5 years since the First Wednesday Film Club was started by John Barker and Ziggy Hofmeyer with Johnothan at Atlas Studio’s – and as we’ve always said, if you live in Jozi and love film, you should be going at the beginning of every month… in fact, the first Wednesday of every month. This month features the Canadian drama “SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL” and the actors will be present NOGAL for questions. GO GO GO DIRECTOR:  Roger Spottiswoode GENRE:  Drama STORYLINE: Shake Hands with the Devil is a Canadian drama feature film starring Roy Dupuis as Roméo Dallaire, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in August 2007. Based on Dallaire’s autobiographical book Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, the film recounts Dallaire’s harrowing personal journey during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and how the United Nations failed to heed Dallaire’s urgent pleas for further assistance to halt the massacre. FILM NOMINATIONS: The film received 12 nominations at the 28th Genie Awards and tied with the film Eastern Promises for most nominations. ADDRESS: 33 FROST AVE, MILPARK      TEL: +27 11 482 7111      EMAIL:  INFO@ATLASSTUDIOS.CO.ZA    WEB:...

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If it’s month-end it must be Coalstove
Aug27

If it’s month-end it must be Coalstove

Celebrate month-end Sundays in an arty way with a bunch of enthusiastic film-loving supporters at the jaw-dropping Private Practice rooftop venue in Jozi inner city. They’ll be showing three films made by emerging South African film makers.  Sold? If not, read on for Coalstove‘s description, if yes, read on anyway: From the rip-roaring to the ravishing, the energizing to the engaging… FINEST SHORT FILMS BY EMERGING YOUNG FILMMAKERS FROM JOBURG & BEYOND. SUNDAY, 30TH AUGUST 2009 ENTRY R20 6.30 PM FOR 7.00 PM @ PRIVATE PRACTICE NO. 195 JEPPE STREET (ENTRANCE ON BREE…See map below for directions) Kamakastig Land The South African entrant ‘Kammakastig Land’ which was written and directed by Brandon Oelofse, tells the story of Fourie (H.O.Meyer), a young Afrikaans man who sets out on a journey from Johannesburg to Cape Town to scatter his fathers’ ashes into the ocean at Cape Point. Fourie journeys the distance finding along the way a true sense of the man his father was, and by confronting the past ultimately finds his future in the process. The film is said to be a meditation on the current identities that have emerged out of the transition towards the new South Africa and in particular the psyche of the White Afrikaans Male. According to the filmmakers the narrative uses a number of devices – the classic American Western, the Road Movie and parallel narratives to guide its translation, meaning and style. The film was completed in 2007 and as an AFDA honours graduate film garnered ten awards at the AFDA Johannesburg film awards including for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. Dir: Brandon Olofse & Prod: Anthonie van der Walt & Peter Adolphis Nine Miles Beautiful Rebuilding faith, love and family is the long journey home. After a stint in jail, Darren arrives at his run-down family home to confront the aftermath of the tragic event that tore his family apart 18 months ago. He finds a resentful brother confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, a worn-down mother at breaking point and the rusting wreck of the car that he was driving when their lives changed forever. Now Darren must find a way to bridge the gap between guilt, anger, despair and forgiveness to bring his family together again, and begin the journey towards healing they must all share. Prod: Peter Blackburn Prod: Graham Young Love in The Time of Blackouts Directed by : Thabang Phetla FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE For more information: Call 011 836 8911 Cell: 083 280 1181 Email: info@coalstove.co.za Visit...

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Represent Interview: Hanneke Schutte
May24

Represent Interview: Hanneke Schutte

Hanneke Schutte is a young South African film director and screen writer that recently got to direct her enchanting short film ‘Superhero‘, thanks to the shedding of much blood, sweat tears and the great fortune of being chosen for an NFVF funding program for women and Black film makers. Bursting out from the starting blocks, Superhero has already been on it’s first international jaunt – to Cannes of all must-be-seen places, Represent found out how she managed to get in the bag with so much panache. Great inspiration for any wannabe film makers… Tell us a bit about your background… what is your backstory? I’m 33 and live in Jo’burg with my husband Slim who’s a commercials director at Egg Films. I studied languages and eventually ended up as a Copywriter in the ad industry. A few years ago I did a post-graduate qualification in Drama and Film and fell in love it. I’ve been lecturing part-time at Vega and writing screenplays since. In a nutshell, what’s Superhero all about? An amnesiac finds himself stranded in the middle of an arid landscape dressed as a superhero. He’s assisted and spurred on by a young black boy who wholeheartedly believes that he is a superhero. But as the man’s memory returns he discovers that he’s been anything but a hero. How did you get to make the film? The screenplay won a competition run by the NFVF aimed at developing Female and Black filmmaking talent – they ended up giving the three winning scripts production funding – the only prerequisite was that the director had to be black or female. How did you find the actors? Anyone really special that you believe your film could change lives for? We went to casting agents and saw a great deal of people. I ended up working with two brilliant actors, Justin Strydom (Snitch, Stander) and Loyiso Gxwala (Red Dust, A reasonable man). The young boy Johannes de Bruyn didn’t have any acting experience, but did a great job. What about the soundtrack – what music do you use and how did you choose? I worked with two good friends Jonathan Beggs and Trevor Sacks who are both creative directors at ad agencies. Trevor plays the lead guitar in The Privates International Band and Jonathan is DJ Badly. They are two amazingly talented musos who brought a great deal to the project. Where did you shoot? We shot the whole film on and around a huge mine dump in Dobsonville, Johannesburg. (Nothing like arsenic rich mine dust to give you nice buzz.) What were the greatest challenges in making the film? We had...

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More rooftop film in Jozi this Sunday
Apr24

More rooftop film in Jozi this Sunday

A(nother) SHOWCASE OF JOBURG’S HOTTEST EMERGING YOUNG FILMMAKERS SUNDAY, 26TH APRIL ENTRY R20 6.30 PM FOR 7.00 PM At Private Practice… (map below) The Crazy Fight Beast Song. This 25 minute collaborative film takes you through a series of hilariously fortunate and unfortunate events. Consisting of four short stories, each of a different genre, the film is written and directed by four filmmakers: Morne du Toit, Stefan Niewoudt, Quinton Weihahn and Pieter Joubert. Burning The Bridges by Simon Makwela. Set in the wake of the 2008 xenophobic chaos that rocked the country, Burning the Bridges traces the journey of a perpetrator who digs a hole for himself and becomes the victim. A compelling story that blurs the lines between fiction and reality. Thembalethu by Neo Ntlatleng and Ksenija Micic. A fictional story set in a South Africa dismantled by a ten year civil war that rages from 1994 to 2004. The story follows Khatu, a young woman transformed into a killing machine who meets an optimistic young prisoner of war. A story of hope in the midst of despair FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE. For more information: Call 011 836 8911 Cell: 072 317 5145 Email: info@coalstove.co.za Visit www.coalstove.co.za PROUDLY SPONSORED...

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Off the Shelf: Rooftop movie night this Sunday
Mar27

Off the Shelf: Rooftop movie night this Sunday

Catch a showcase of up and coming South African film makers in a sublime setting at Off the Shelf, this Sunday 29th March 2009. Entry R20 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm at PRIVATE PRACTICE NO. 195 JEPPE STREET (ENTRANCE ON BREE…See map below for directions) This edition features: ELALINI by Tristan Holmes. Get up close and personal with Tristan as we talk about his Oscar-winning film Elalini and life since. If you haven’t seen it already, don’t miss this opportunity. If you have, here’s your chance to pick his brain about the creative and production processes behind the film. On Target by Andrew MacDonald. A spy, gun-toting action with explosions, Matrix style bullet-time and a hot lead- all set in the Down Town Gauteng. Not to be missed. Biko’s Children by Breeze Yoko. A cutting edge documentary and visual feast. It looks dope, sounds great and has a banging editing feel. A documentary about how the image of Steve Biko is up for sale. FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE. For more information: Call 011 836 8911 Cell: 072 317 5145 Email: info@coalstove.co.za Visit...

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