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South Africa’s ‘inxeba’ Bags A String Of Awards Ahead Of The Durban International Film Festival

South African film ‘Inxeba’ (known internationally as ‘The Wound’) has won the Best Film Award in the International New Talent Competition, at the  current Taipei Film Festival ahead of its African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival at The Playhouse next week (14 July).

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This is a latest in a string of awards for the film, which explores tradition and masculinity, and the clash between age-old rituals and modernity. Described by Variety magazine as “a milestone in South African cinema”, the film stars musician and novelist Nakhane Touré as Xolani, a lonely factory worker who joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When Kwanda (Niza Jay Ncoyini), a defiant initiate from the city, discovers his mentor’s secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel.

At Cinema Jove, the Valencia International Film Festival, held in Spain from 23 June to 1 July, ‘Inxeba’ was awarded the Luna de Valencia for Best Feature Film, as well as the Best Actor Award for Nakhane Touré.

At one of the world’s longest-running film festivals, the Sydney Film Festival, held from 7 to 18 June, ‘Inxeba’ won the Audience Award for Best Feature, with ScreenDaily describing it as “a measured consideration of class, race, self-loathing and self-assertion”.

At the 41st Frameline, San Francisco’s international film festival, held from 15 to 25 June and where 147 films were screened, ‘Inxeba’ won the First Feature Award.

Shortly before that, it was awarded the prize for Best Feature Film at the 32nd Lovers Film Festival, an LGBTQI festival held in Turin, Italy from 15 to 20 June.

In April, the film received the Jury Prize for Best Narrative at the 19th annual Sarasota Film Festival in Florida, in the US. The festival is known as a world-class platform for thought-provoking films from some of the best known and emerging independent filmmakers. At the MOOOV International Film held in March 2017, in Belgium, it garnered a Special Mention.

‘Inxeba’, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and later opened Berlinale Panorama, was a 2014 Durban FilmMart project. This initial pitch enabled the team behind it to obtain funding from a number of international financiers, resulting in a co-production between South Africa, France, Germany and The Netherlands.

According to a Sundance review, “John Trengove’s hard-edged but beautifully wrought study of clashing Xhosa models of masculinity will be an eye-opener to outsiders — and some South Africans too.”

‘Inxeba’ is the first feature from writer-director John Trengove, and is co-written by Trengove, Thando Mgqolozana and Malusi Bengu. The Xhosa initiation ritual which forms the landscape of the film is also the subject of ‘Inxeba’ co-writer Mgqolozana’s novel, ‘A Man Who Is Not a Man’.

‘Inxeba’ will continue to travel around the world, having been sold to 19 countries for theatrical release thus far, and will be distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution.

“The release strategy for South Africa ensures that the film will qualify as a strong contender to represent the country in the Foreign Language Film nominations for the 2018 Oscars,” says Helen Kuun, MD of Indigenous Film Distribution. “We are excited about ‘Inxeba’ as it is an authentic South African story that has gained traction globally.”

Director John Trengove, lead actor Nakhane Toure, some of the cast as well as co-producer Cait Pansegrouw, will be in attendance at the premiere.

‘Inxeba’ will be screened at 6pm on Friday, July 14 at The Playhouse, 8pm on Tuesday, July 18 at Sterkinekor Gateway, 2.30pm on Saturday, July 22 at Sterkinekor Gateway. Bookings for the Playhouse are through www.computicket.com, and for Sterkinekor on www.sterkinekor.com. For more information about the Durban International Film festival go to www.durbanfilmfest.co.za


Videovision Entertainment To Premiere Four Films At The 38th Durban International Film Festival

Videovision Entertainment’s Director of Acquisition and Distribution Sanjeev Singh, announced today that the company will premiere four films, at the 38th Durban International Film Festival which runs from 13 to 23 July.  Leading the line-up is the Opening Night film, SERPENT produced by Enigma Films, Plastic Soldiers, and Videovision Entertainment, followed by BELOW HER MOUTHTHE KILLING FLOOR and VICEROY’S HOUSE.

“As a proudly Durban-based company, we are delighted to be continuing our close relationship with the Durban International Film Festival and to have the South African premieres of our films at the Festival, and to have writer/director, Amanda Evans present her debut feature SERPENT as the Opening Night film,” said Sanjeev Singh. “Of special significance to Durban is THE KILLING FLOOR, the first film from the Durban production company, KZF.  BELOW HER MOUTH is a ground-breaking film with an all women crew, while VICEROY’S HOUSE explores the role played by Britain’s last Viceroy to India, Lord Mountbatten in negotiating independence and handing India back to its people in 1947,” concluded Singh.

Opening Night film, SERPENT, explores a romantic escape into nature which becomes the ultimate moment of reckoning when a husband and wife are trapped in a tent with a deadly black mamba. Unable to escape and with certain death looming, the tent becomes a heated confessional to a cataclysmic truth. Betrayed, the couple finds themselves spiralling into a dark and dangerous game of survival, where the truth can do anything but set you free.  SERPENT is the first feature from director, Amanda Evans and stars Sarah Dumont and Tom Ainsley.

BELOW HER MOUTH is a bold, uninhibited drama that begins with a passionate weekend affair between two women. Dallas, a roofer and Jasmine, a fashion editor, share a powerful and immediate connection that inevitably derails both of their lives., BELOW HER MOUTH is directed by April Mullen and stars Canadian actress, Natalie Krill and Swedish model, Erika Linder in her first acting role.

THE KILLING FLOOR follows a sequence of events while a vigilante group orders a hit man to execute the first of four drug dealers, Melvin Poon sits in his magistrate friend Billy’s offices and reflects on his life. He has no choice but to concede that he has failed. As a writer, as a farmer… as a man. Not one of his five novels, his five ‘canon’s of truth’, have been picked up for publication. He’s also in the process of losing his inheritance; a magnificent sugar estate that’s been passed down from generation to generation of Poon men. The film is written and directed by Philip Gardner and features Jonathan Pienaar, Patrick Ndlovu and Durban’s Themi Venturas.

In VICEROY’S HOUSE we see the last Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change. This year marks the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from Britain as well as the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947.  The film stars Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Manish Dayal and Om Puri, and is directed by Gurinder Chadha.

Videovision Entertainment also proudly returns as a sponsor of the Durban FilmMart for the eight consecutive year. The company has sponsored the “Best South African Film Project” prize since the inception of the FilmMart.  Valued at R75 000, the prize guarantees the winning film a commercial release once it is completed and includes marketing and distribution support from Videovision Entertainment. The Durban FilmMart runs from 14 to 17 July.


2017 Simon Mabhunu Sabela Awards nominees announced

The Kwazulu Natal Film Commission last night announced the nominees for the 2017 instalment of the Simon ‘Mabhunu’ Sabela Film and Television Awards. The event, attended by the ‘who’s who’ of the film and television industries, stakeholders including government officials and media was held at a special dinner at Musgrave Exhibition Centre in Durban.

Simon ‘Mabhunu’ Sabela Film and Television Awards are an initiative of the Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission and are endorsed by the Sabela Family. The Simon ‘Mabhunu’ Sabela Film and Television Awards are scheduled to take place in July during the Durban International Film Festival.

Topping the list of nominees is Isibaya with nine (9) nominees, followed by Uzalo with eight nominations. The highly contested categories; Best Actor and Best Actress – TV, saw big giants Siyabonga Twala and Menzi Ngubane competing against rising stars Kay Sibiya, Nay Maps, Sifiso Simamdue and Sdumo Mathe; while Cebile Mlaba, Nomzamo Mbatha, Leleti Khumalo, Dawn Thandeka King, and Thembi Nyandeni contest the Best Actress category.

In recognition of films showcasing KZN as the best location, the nominees for Best use of KZN location are Trust No one, Imbali ka Baba, Inkinga Isibongo; while films that proudly highlight Zulu in their production are Buchitheke bugayiwe, This Love, Ebuhleni  Nasebubini are nominated for Best isiZulu.

The awards also honour and celebrate the province’s biggest film and television contributors through its Lifetime Achievement Award category. The recipient of this award will be revealed on the night of the awards.

The Simon ‘Mabhunu’ Sabela Film and Television Awards, now in its 5th year, have grown from 5 categories to 21 categories and are aimed at celebrating the craft of television and film making and have since 2013 celebrated heroes, legends and veterans who have made a mark in the industry.  The awards also encourage Production companies, accredited Film schools, Film Association and other Film bodies to participate.

The awards have been scheduled to take place on the 15th of July 2017 at the Durban Convention Centre, where all the winners will be revealed. 23 awards will be handed out to winners who were carefully selected through an extensive adjudication process.

Full List of the Simon ‘Mabhunu’ Sabela Awards Nominees

Best Emerging Director
1. Kundai Vera  – Stranger Danger
2. Jabu Dlamin  – This Love
3. Sphamandla Mngoma – Prince

Best Actress – TV
1. Cebile Mlaba – Alliance
2. Nomzamo Mbatha – Isibaya
3. Leleti Khumalo – Uzalo
4. Dawn Thandeka King – Uzalo
5. Thembi Nyandeni      Isibaya

Best Actor – TV
1. Siyabonga Twala – Isibaya
2. Kay Sibiya – Uzalo
3. Nay Maps     – Uzalo
4. Sifiso Simamdue – Alliance
5. Menzi Ngubane – Isibaya
6. Sdumo Mathe – Isibaya

Best Supporting Actress – TV
1. Gugu Gumede – Uzalo
2. Gugu Zulu    – Alliance
3. Gcina Mkhize – Isibaya
4. Sihle Ndaba – Uzalo

Best Supporting Actor – TV
1. Abdul Khoza – Isibaya
2. Ntokozo Dlamini – Uzalo
3. Ashish Gangerpersad – Alliance
4 Andile Mxakaza – Isibaya

Best Newcomer
1. Londeka Mlaba – Uzalo
2. Linda Mtoba – Isibaya

Best Student Film
1. Amandiya
2. Stray
3. Affirmation in Smoke
4. Renaissance

Best Documentary
1. The Scar of Seven Day War
2. Durban Beach Rescue
3. Doc-u-mentally
4. Masihambisane

Best use of KZN location
1. Trust No one
2. Imbali ka Baba
3. Inkinga Isibongo

Best IsiZulu
1. Buchitheke Bugayiwe
2. This Love
3. Ebuhleni Nasebubini

Best Screenplay
1. This Love
2. Umfelokazi
3. Imbali ka Baba
4. Ebuhleni Nasebubini
5. Buchitheke Bugayiwe

Best Microbudget
1. Mashaya
2. Ikhaya Lami
3. Stranger Danger

Best Feature
1. Happiness is a Four-letter Word
2. Shepherds and Butchers

Best Newcomer Actress ( Film)
1. Ayanda Mngoma – Imbali ka Baba
2. Zikhona Mkhize – Izwi lofileyo
3. Thando Ngcobo – The swallow falls on
4. Xolile Gumede        – Ebuhleni Nase bubhini


Fantastic Prizes on Offer in #VodacomRedDash4Cash competition

It’s all systems go for the Vodacom Durban July 2017, the most prestigious event on the local horseracing calendar scheduled to take place at the Greyville Racecourse in Durban on Saturday 1 July, 2017.

This year marks the 15th anniversary that Vodacom, South Africa’s leading telecommunications network, has been principal sponsor of the race, and “July fever” has already gripped the nation in anticipation.

This year’s Vodacom Durban July certainly will not disappoint with all the power, speed and style we have become accustomed to. Through the Vodacom Durban July, Vodacom will be connecting people through exclusive entertainment, great customer experience offerings along with creating opportunities for people to interact and network.

When it comes to great benefits, customers can always ‘Expect More with Vodacom’, such as Vodacom’s Red price plan which offers a premium service desk, retail priority queuing, fantastic rewards and a like for like operating system devices when yours is in for repairs among other convenient perks.

To celebrate the 2017 Vodacom Durban July, Vodacom has teamed up with Huawei and East Coast Radio to offer Durbanites a chance to walk away with great prizes from the #VodacomRedDash4Cash competition valued at over R250 000. As a loyal Vodacom client, you can always Expect More with Vodacom Red by standing a chance to win your share of R150 000 during the week and still stand in line to win the R100 000 Grand Prize. Each day for the duration of the week leading up to the big race, radio listeners can win amazing spot prizes, courtesy of Vodacom and Huawei.

In addition to the Huawei P10 spot prizes up for grabs, Vodacom subscribers are exclusively eligible to win fabulous cash bonuses every day:

Monday 26 June to Thursday 29 June – A Huawei P10 smart phone valued at over R10 000, plus R10 000 cash if the winner is a Vodacom subscriber.

Friday 30 June – A Huawei P10 smart phone, plus R30 000 cash if the winner is a Vodacom subscriber.

Saturday 1 July – At the Vodacom Durban July within the Vodacom Red Town, there will be two spot prizes up for grabs. The first spot draw prize will be a Huawei P10 smart phone, plus R30 000 cash if the winner is a Vodacom subscriber.  The second spot draw prize will be a Huawei P10 smart phone, plus R50 000 cash if the winner is a Vodacom subscriber.

To enter, listeners must tune into East Coast Radio and monitor the station’s Twitter and Facebook pages (using the hashtag #VodacomRedDash4Cash) to obtain daily details of a pre-determined location where they must go and take a selfie in front of the Vodacom Red stand, and then post it on Twitter and Facebook. Each selfie counts as a separate individual entry for the Grand Prize so the more landmarks visited and selfies posted, the greater the chance of winning the R100 000.

The competition has been running from Monday, 26 June through to Saturday, 1 July 2017. The winner of the #VodacomRedDash4Cash Grand Prize of R100 000, plus a Huawei P10 smart phone, will be revealed live on air on Wednesday 5 July 2017 on East Coast Radio.

Expect More Power, Speed and Style.


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