adidas reveals Predator 20 Mutator, introducing new DEMONSKIN technology created to maximise ball control

Predator 20 Mutator is the first to feature DEMONSKIN, an innovative layer designed to enhance grip and spin on the ball.Predator 20 Mutator will be worn by some of the world’s best including Paul Pogba, Becky Sauerbrunn and Dele Alli. Locally, it will be worn by Thulani Hlatshwayo and Ronwen Williams.Available for purchase from Tuesday 28 January 2020.

adidas has revealed the Predator 20 Mutator with DEMONSKIN, an all-new technology developed to enhance grip on the ball and maximise control. 

DEMONSKIN is a new breakthrough technology for adidas Football, made up of a textured spike layer on the Predator 20 Mutator upper. Informed by years of data-based research and testing, DEMONSKIN is the result of a computer algorithm being used to create an entirely new interface between boot and ball. DEMONSKIN spikes have been deliberately crafted to wrap the front and side of the boot in a formation that aligns to key contact points with the ball, combining to give players enhanced control and touch on the ball, whilst also promoting spin when striking.

Since its inception, the design of Predator has been informed by nature’s most dangerous creatures – symbolic of the powerful and dynamic tendencies that the boot instils in the wearer to give them an advantage over opponents. Taking cues from the extremes of nature, Predator 20 Mutator sees the boot’s iconic shape re-imagined further, with a striking silhouette centering on a high collar and low-cut front creating a sharp and streamlined design mutation. 

The new Predator 20 Mutator has been designed with maximum movement in mind. The silo features new outsole enhancing control zones, whilst the addition of high-performance polyamide-injected layers help stabilise movement further.

The boot offers a two-plate stud configuration that reduces weight and allows a 360 design where the upper material wraps under the foot. This construction, together with the Sockfit collar that locks down and adjusts to the unique contours of the wearer’s foot, ensures anatomical fit for support. The inclusion of Hybrid studs further amplifies the boot’s level of rotation and traction.

Ben Herath, adidas Football Design Director said, “When we launched the first Predator in 1994, it changed the game. Since then, we’ve been relentless in pushing the boundaries of innovation in its design, ensuring it remains at the forefront of football boot technology. Predator is more than just a boot. It is synonymous with iconic football moments, worn by greats of the game that in their own way have become mythological figures of the sport.

“For 2020 we wanted to unleash Predator to a new generation. We knew we had to create something completely different, go beyond evolution and deliver a new innovation, something that would intimidate opponents. DEMONSKIN is at the heart of this. It truly is a breakthrough innovation for us at adidas Football – something brand-new with tangible benefits to gameplay. This was evidenced in player testing, where many spoke of the immediate difference they felt with the ball at their feet.”

Made iconic by greats of the game like David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane and Steven Gerrard, the legacy continues with a new generation of players making their mark. The all-new Predator 20 Mutator will be worn by Paul Pogba, Becky Sauerbrunn, Dele Alli, Marc-André ter Stegen and Tessa Wullaert.

DEMONSKIN will debut on Predator 20 Mutator and is also set to feature on goalkeeper gloves; empowering players with increased control and enhanced power on punched clearances.    

Predator 20 Mutator will be available instore and online at adidas.co.za and select retailers, from 28 January 2020.  For more information, follow the @adidasfootball, #Predator, #createdwithadidas conversation on Instagram.


An exclusive Interview With Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa

  • What did you enjoy most about working on the short film Lace?The whole experience was amazing. Competing against the very best the world in the 48 hours challenge and placing second overall out of over 5000 submissions was such a proud moment for me as a South African and Actress. 
  • Did you audition for the role or you were approached? I was approached two months before the whole production began. Filmapalooza @ 48 Hour Film Project is an international film festival and competition in which every country is given 48 hours to shoot and produce a film. We were all briefed online and given a film genre to run with, and we got Sci-Fi. We didn’t sleep at all as we had to conceptualise, film and edit the project within a 48-hours. It was such a thrilling experience and one of the reasons I love acting so much.
  • What attracted you to begin a career as an actress? I was inspired by the Sarafina movie. I grew up in Soweto understanding that you had to get a 9 to 5 job in order to have a good standard of life. From watching Sarafina, I just made up my mind and decided that I wanted to be an actress rather than a doctor.
  • When was your first role as an actor? My first role was at Mthunzini.com. I was about 15/16 years old. I actually stole the script while my mother was on set and after reading it, I just knew I wanted to play this character. I secretly auditioned for the role, and I remember the producer shouting, “who’s child is this” and asking me where my mother was. That’s how I got the role, and I have never looked back since.
  • What has been your greatest accomplishment as an actress? I believe as an actress; I haven’t reached my greatest accomplishment yet. My journey has been more of a learning curve. I believe I’m still learning more, and hopefully, God will keep guiding me.  I do have an international award, which is the biggest thing for me but I’m still gunning for an Oscar and more.
  • Describe your acting style; I love acting in films where there is a lot of energy, fun, and a light environment.
  • What kind of roles do you prefer? I love performance rich roles, and I think South Africa still needs to get used to such roles. I believe my character in The Herd is getting there and we started her as a nice girl, but in the end, people will be wondering how did she change. I am enjoying seeing the change in my character, which is a result of the great partnership and understanding I have with the director, Danny Miller. I love working with directors who are like that. He’s amazing!
  • If you weren’t famous, what would you be up to right now? If I wasn’t famous, I would have been a psychologist. I love getting too deep into the human psyche, helping people find solutions to the brokenness. This might be because of my life journey and some of my experiences.
  • Tell me about a time when you had a really bad day but had to perform that night. How did you get through it? When I was shooting a Rockville scene, a tabloid paper had just written a terrible story about me. I remember stepping onto the set and telling myself, so what if people are talking about me, and I need to perform because I know I didn’t do anything wrong.  I just put on my big girl shoes and moved on.
  • What’s your annoying habit? My most annoying habit is that I do not communicate how I’m feeling when my co-actors are not giving me their all.
  • What actor would you rate as a perfect 10? Pamela Nomvete. She is intense and never overperforms, and she has passion in her eyes. I would love to perform with her because I am also passionate, so it would nice just to share the same energy on set.
  • Who is your inspiration? My inspiration is definitely Leleti Khumalo. She inspired me because of how well she told the Sarafina story. She inspired me to become who I am today.
  • What would you like remembered about you? I would love to be remembered for who I am. To be remembered for my smile, for loving people and also for being an artist who never gave up. I would love to be remembered as a philanthropist who in her own way helped changed the perception of South Africa and the continent as a whole.
  • What is one message you would give to your fans? Never stop, keep walking. Fall a thousand times. Sometimes you’re just getting a lesson. Keep walking with those scars. Listen. Keep educating yourself and work hard until you make your dreams a reality.

Oscar-nominated Bombshell: In local cinemas from this weekend!

BOMBSHELL, the award-winning, Oscar-nominated film about the Fox News scandal, will be released in South African cinemas this Friday, 24th January 2020.

Starring South Africa’s very own Charlize Theron, the sensational film is based on the real-life chain of events of the Fox News scandal, which saw multiple women accuse former Fox News CEO and chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.

“One of the most compelling stories of the #MeToo movement is told unflinchingly, empathetically and authentically, with Charlize Theron completely nailing the knotty character of Megyn Kelly,” says Empire Online’s Terri White.

Directed by Jay Roach and written by Charles RandolphBOMBSHELL offers a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time. Focusing on the battle to bring Ailes to justice, it follows the stories of two women in particular – Gretchen Carlson (played perfectly by Nicole Kidman) and Megyn Kelly (depicted by an almost unrecognisable Theron). Starring alongside these heavyweights is Margot Robbie, who has already won the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts International Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role 

Both Theron and Robbie have raked in recognition for their respective roles, including Academy Awards, BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and SAG (Screen Actors Guild) nominations, among others. The film, in general, has garnered several accolades.

Playing Ailes opposite the strong female cast is John Lithgow, while the rest of the star-studded ensemble includes Connie Britton, Allison Janney, Kate McKinnon, Nazanin Boniadi, Malcolm McDowell, Mark Duplass, Douglas Brunt, and Alice Eve.

BOMBSHELL is distributed by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd. and will be released in the following South African cinemas on 24 January:

STER-KINEKOR

Bayside, Bedford Square, Blue Route, Brooklyn Nouveau, Cavendish Commercial, Cedar Square, Cresta, Garden Route Mall, Gateway Commercial, Greenstone Mall, Maerua Mall, Manda Hill, Rosebank Nouveau, Shelly Beach, Somerset Mall, The Grove, Tygervalley, V&A Nouveau, Water Crest and Irene.

NU METRO

Ballito, Bedford, Canal Walk, Hyde Park, Menlyn Park, Park View, Pavilion, The Glen and V&A Waterfront.

INDEPENDENT CINEMAS

Epic Mall@Reds, Epic Northridge, Grandwest Cine Centre, Killarney Cine Centre, Labia Orange St., Midlands Cine Centre, Movies@Emnotweni, Movie@GoldReef, Movies@Hemmingways, Movies@Monte, @Movies@Silverstar, @Movie@TheRidge, Suncoast Cine Centre and Whale Coast Theatre.

Watch the trailer here: 

INTERNATIONAL LINKS

Facebook: @BombshellMovie

Twitter: @bombshellmovie

Instagram: @bombshellmovie

Nuts About Movies: https://www.facebook.com/NutsAboutMovies/


14th Annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) open the call for Discretionary Award Nominations

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture and custodian of the SAFTAs extends a call to the South African film and television industry to nominate nominees for the following awards:

Lifetime Achiever Award:

This award is presented to an experienced individual with an extensive and outstanding contribution to South African film and television, both locally and internationally.

Youth Achiever Award:

This award is presented to a young individual who has demonstrated excellence in their craft.

Outstanding Person with Disability Contributor Award:

This award is awarded to a person with a disability who has achieved excellence in the film and television industry.

Outstanding Provincial Contributor Award:

This award is awarded to an outstanding individual, group or a particular initiative that has contributed significantly towards developing the film and television industry in the respective province.

Emerging Filmmaker Award

This award is awarded to a “new-comer” in the film and television industry that is creating or producing brilliant work.

All nominations must include a profile of the person being nominated, a copy of their CV and must be submitted to staceyl@nfvf.co.za by the 14th of February 2020.


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