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Stroomop now available on DVD and DSTV Box Office!

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The adventure film, Stroomop (Ivan Botha’s directorial debut) that was watched on the big screen by over 116 000 people and earned R7 434 677 at the local box office, is now available on DVD at selected retailers as well as on the DStv BoxOffice.

“Stroomop had an exceptional run of 11 weeks on circuit and is up to date the biggest South African film at the box office for 2018,” says Pieter Geldenhuys from Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd.

This film is about more than just life and death, it tells the story of five women – Lana (Donnalee Roberts), Vivian (Simoné Nortmann), Adrie (Chanelle de Jager), Diona (Ilse Klink) and Nixie (Carla Klassen) – who are being tossed about by life’s rough waters and drowning in their own lives. Coincidence takes them on an adventure on the Orange River. Here the unthinkable happens when their boat capsizes, the river guide goes missing and they find themselves in a battle for survival in the wilderness.

The journey irrevocably changes their lives as they struggle through the pain and fear together. Themes which the film explore include self-discovery, forgiveness, acceptance and healing.

Armand Aucamp, famous for his roles in Ballade vir ’n EnkelingDie Boekklub 1 and 2 and Knapsekêrels stars as the river guide, Guy. He is joined by a number of other familiar faces.

Stroomop was really one of the biggest adventures of our lives. It is our absolute privilege that the characters and story can now live on in people’s homes. We look forward to sharing this epic and emotional journey on the Orange River with more people. We would like to thank all those who have already supported Stroomop on the big screen and for all the wonderful feedback. We tell stories and make films for the people, so there is nothing more special than receiving someone’s sincere and heartfelt feedback. Relax, sit back and enjoy!”  said Ivan Botha and Donnalee Roberts.

Watch the film trailer here.

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Ellen, Die Storie van Ellen Pakkies to open kykNET Silwerskermfees

Ellen, Die Storie van Ellen Pakkies, which delves into the psyche of a family destroyed by drugs, in one of the most dangerous local communities, has been selected as the opening film at the kykNET Silwerskerm Festival on 22 August 2018 at The Bay Hotel in Campsbay.

“We are truly honoured that kykNET Silwerskerm Festival has chosen Ellen’s story to open the festival. This film speaks and highlights the plight of so many who are suffering”, says executive producer, Paulo Areal.

The heart-wrenching story of Ellen Pakkies caught the attention of people around the globe when she was accused of murdering her drug-addicted son, Abie, in 2007. While the court case that followed kept people on the edge of their seats, the film adaptation promises to do the same, and so much more!

Award-winning director, Daryne Joshua, best-known for his debut film Noem My Skollie, alongside producers Schalk-Willem Burger and Paulo Areal, is at the helm of this impressive project. The script was crafted by Amy Jephta, with input from Ellen Pakkies herself. Pakkies also helped recreate scenes for the movie, which was shot in her home, to ensure that they are as authentic as possible.

Jill Levenberg, who has played several parts in films and on television, including GenadekansNoem my SkollieLeemteWhile You Weren’t LookingAbrahamBekkies GevindAs Ek Huistoe KomFluit-FluitAtlasUitvlucht and the popular kykNET soapie, Suidooster,  is brilliant in the role of Ellen Pakkies and did a lot of research to make her interpretation as honest and accurate as possible.

Jarrid Geduld plays the role of Ellen’s son, Abie. “It is always a challenge to tell someone’s true story, especially one that is so relevant. I lost a lot of weight and really tried to get into the character in the hope that it would provide some insight into what goes on in the mind of an addict,” says Geduld, known for his roles in local and international productions such as Black Sails, Zulu, 10 000BC and A Lucky Man.

This gripping true story was produced by The Moving Billboard Picture Company in collaboration with M-Net, kykNET Films and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and will be distributed by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd. The film will start showing countrywide from 7 September 2018.

Nommer 37 wins Best Director award at Fantasia International Film Festival

Director and scriptwriter, Nosipho Dumisa, won Cheval Noir Jury Prize for Best Director at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada, for her debut motion picture, Number 37!

“Nosipho Dumisa demonstrates sensitivity and elegance with her debut feature, a Hitchcockian noir transplanted to the gritty slums of Cape Town. Displaying an assured level of finesse and precision, the direction allows all elements of the film to breathe, and to shine – even at gunpoint,” says Tim Matheson, who presided over the jury at North America’s biggest genre festival.

Originally from Durban but based in Cape Town, Nosipho has directed countless commercials, television pilots, reality TV pilots, lifestyle shows and short films. She is also one of the producers of the hit kykNET soap opera, Suidooster.

“No director makes a movie on his or her own; it’s a concerted team-effort from beginning to end and the journey of Number 37 is no different. My job as director is simply to steward the talents and efforts of all involved. So really, this award is not just for me, but for everyone from the team at Gambit Films, to the actors who gave everything, the incredible crew who trusted me and worked fiercely to see this vision come to life, and those who started the journey with us in the making of the short film. A big thank you also to Jan du Plessis, Kaye Ann Williams and Anneke Villet, who were so generous in their guidance throughout the process of making this film. This award is validation for all of us and I am so incredibly proud of the team,” says Dumisa.

This production, which had its world premiere at the International SXSW Film Festival in Texas, was selected to represent the country at the 18th annual Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) in Switzerland from 6 to 14 July 2018 and also featured at the Sydney Film Festival in June 2018. Dark Star Pictures gained exclusive North American distribution rights for the film earlier this year. The North American screening of the full-length feature will kick off in New York and L.A., followed by an early winter video-on-demand release. Reel Suspects has also managed to clinch distribution deals for the film in China, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan.

Number 37 is based on the SAFTA-award-winning short film of the same name, which was co-directed by Nosipho Dumisa and Travis Taute. The film tells the story of Randal Hendricks, a recent paraplegic, who is given a gift of binoculars by his devoted girlfriend, Pam (Monique Rockman). But he is in financial debt to Emmie (Danny Ross), a sadistic loan shark, and when he witnesses a powerful criminal, named Lawyer (David Manuel), commit murder while observing his neighbours through his binoculars, he initiates a blackmail scheme in an attempt to settle his debt. With deception and greed around every corner, what follows is a thrilling ride that puts both their lives in mortal danger… as the world around Randal deteriorates further and further into chaos.

The film’s cast includes Sandi Schultz, Deon Lotz, Elton Landrew, Ephraim Gordon and Amrain Ismail-Essop.

The film was produced by Bradley Joshua and Benjamin Overmeyer of South African production outfit Gambit Films in association with kykNET Films, M-Net, XYZ Films and the DTI, and was distributed by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd. locally. The DVD will be available for hire on BoxOffice from 3 September 2018 and will be available for purchase from retail outlets from 7 September 2018.

 

kykNET is looking for new comedy writers

Do you have an idea for a TV sitcom? Can you see and hear those characters that you know audiences will relate to? Impossible situations with hilarious results? Now is your chance to propose an idea and it might just be developed further by DStv’s kykNET and GRAPKAS.

GRAPKAS is a new competition with one main aim: To find new Afrikaans comedy writers and give these writers a chance to work with mentors and experts to develop their ideas. The end result might just be a TV sitcom with you in the writers’ chair.

“The last couple of years we have used the kykNET Silwerskermfees, a yearly film festival held in Camps Bay, to develop new talent. It has been a huge success,” says Karen Meiring, MNet: director of kykNET Channels. “A number of new role players in the film industry used the festival as a stepping stone. We now hope to use GRAPKAS in developing a very popular TV genre, namely comedy. It is time to start a platform for comedy and this is our search for these new voices and their chance to start a career for themselves.”

Potential entrants can enter at kykNET.tv. Each entry must consist of a tag line – in other words a short description of your sitcom – as well as a 500 word description of the concept.

The closing date is 15 July after which a selection process will start. Under the supervision of the experts and mentors, 20 of the concepts will be produced into a text of 24 minutes. Four of these concepts will then have a pilot episode made and any, or all, of these might stand a chance to become a new sitcom on kykNET.

Nommer 37 now at local cinemas

The acclaimed ‘Hitchcockian’ South African crime thriller, Nommer 37, premiered at local cinemas on Friday, 1 June.

“My hope is that this film will be seen by all South Africans because the story is so universal and relatable, whilst giving us a peek into a world that’s familiar to some but unknown by most through the lens of a voyeur. By the time the audience walks out of the cinema, they will have been thoroughly entertained, surprised and quite possibly (though questionably) looking to buy a pair of binoculars,” says director and writer Nosipho Dumisa, who is also a producer of the kykNET soap opera, Suidooster.

This production, which had its world premiere at the International SXSW Film Festival in Texas, was selected to represent the country at the 18th annual Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) in Switzerland from 6 to 14 July 2018. It was also recently announced that Dark Star Pictures gained exclusive North American distribution rights. The North American screening of the full-length feature will kick off in New York and L.A., followed by an early winter video-on-demand release. Reel Suspects has also managed to clinch distribution deals for the film in China, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan.

Nommer 37 is based on the SAFTA-award-winning short film of the same name, which was co-directed by Nosipho Dumisa and Travis Taute. The movie is set in Haven Mansions, a fictional block of apartments in her imagined suburb of the Cape Flats, New Haven. It tells the story of Randal Hendricks (Irshaad Ally), a recent paraplegic, who is given a gift of binoculars by his devoted girlfriend, Pam (Monique Rockman). But he is in financial debt to Emmie (Danny Ross), a sadistic loan shark, and when he witnesses a powerful criminal, named Lawyer (David Manuel), commit murder while observing his neighbours through his binoculars, he initiates a blackmail scheme in an attempt to settle his debt. With deception and greed around every corner, what follows is a thrilling ride that puts both their lives in mortal danger… as the world around Randal deteriorates further and further into chaos.

The film also stars Sandi Schultz, Deon Lotz, Elton Landrew, Ephraim Gordon and Luke Jansen. It was produced by Bradley Joshua and Benjamin Overmeyer of South African production outfit Gambit Films with XYZ Films.

The film was produced by Gambit Films in association with kykNET Films, M-Net, XYZ Films and the DTI, and is distributed by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment locally, in cinemas across the country.

Watch the trailer of the movie HERE.

Local drama heads to Seattle International Film Festival

The team behind the real-life movie adaptation of one of the most controversial murder cases in South African history, recently announced that the film has been selected to be part of the 44th annual Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in the USA, which will be held from 17 May 2018 to 10 June 2018.

Ellen, Die Storie Van Ellen Pakkies will be one of 400 films, from 80 countries, to be screened at the event. More than 145 000 people are expected to attend SIFF, one of the biggest film festivals in America.

“We are very excited about the film being included in the Seattle International Film Festival. Ellen’s story is unique. She is one of only a few mothers who murdered their own children. But, in a way, her story is also similar to many other mothers across the globe. The sad thing is that there are universal aspects of her story that are still a reality today. Drug abuse, poverty, the flats and family violence. We wanted to take audiences into a world that they think they know, but really cannot begin to understand,” says producers, Schalk-Willem Burger, about this exciting news. “I have always believed that our country is producing top-notch films and television series. We have the technical know-how and a strong work ethic. Our biggest challenge is the small budget we have to work with. But we have seen, time and again, how filmmakers are able to take these limited budgets and create awesome films. We have to continue to push these high quality productions into the international arena and continue to boost the local film industry.”

The film, which has already been showcased at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, tells the story of Ellen’s (Jill Levenberg) troubled relationship with her twenty-year-old drug-addict son, Abie (Jarrid Geduld). In 2007, his death caused a stir worldwide when it was revealed that his mother was the one who murdered him. It is the harrowing account of a woman put through the penal system, tried for murder and driven by an unflinching love for her son. It delves into the inner psyche of a family ravaged by drugs in one of the most dangerous communities in South Africa. A scourge that extends beyond the Cape Flats and highlights a systematic failure to protect the poorest of the poor.

“I play the role of the drug-addict son, Abie Pakkies, who grew up in the Cape Flats. It is always a big challenge to tell someone else’s story, especially when it is still so relevant today. In preparation for this role, I decided to lose weight and do a lot of internal transformation, allowing myself to think in a way that was pretty much unhealthy but in a controlled and meticulous manner. I hope that my portrayal will educate and provide insight into the mind and internal destruction and deterioration of an addict,” shares Jarrid Geduld. “It is wonderful to hear that the film is creating a buzz, locally and abroad, and that it will be screened at the Seattle International Film Festival. Ellen’s story deserves to be shown all over the world, so we can revisit the conversation about drug abuse and begin to implement change.”

Ellen, Die Storie Van Ellen Pakkies was produced under the watchful eye of acclaimed director, Daryne Joshua (Gambit Films), who is also the man behind the local blockbuster, Noem My Skollie. The script was created by Amy Jephta with the help and input of the real Ellen Pakkies. “We hope that someone with influence sees this film and hopefully make a meaningful change in these communities. We filmed on location in Lavender Hill, in Ellen’s house, where the murder took place and went out of our way to ensure we show the viewer the real world that this woman lived and still lives in,” says Burger.

Jill Levenberg (Genadekans, Noem my Skollie, Leemte, While You Weren’t Looking, Abraham, Bekkies Gevind, As Ek Huistoe Kom, Fluit-Fluit, Atlas, Uitvlucht and Suidooster) stars as Ellen Pakkies and has already received positive feedback on her outstanding performance. The film also showcases the talent of actors like Elton Landrew, Shimmy Isaacs and Kay Smith.

This captivating tale of a stormy relationship between mother and son, drug abuse and murder, is an intriguing film that will not only captivate audiences of all ages but will also impress movie critics across the globe. It was produced in association with M-Net, kykNET Films, the DTI and The Moving Billboard Picture Company (TMPBC) and will be released and distributed, nationwide, on 7 September 2018, by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment.

SA true-crime film to compete at Rotterdam International Film Festival

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What do you get when you combine a troubled mother-son relationship, drugs and murder? An intriguing film of one of the most controversial South African murder cases to ever hit the big screen.

Just like the gripping circumstances surrounding the true events which this film is based; Ellen, Die storie van Ellen Pakkies has also managed to cause quite a stir in the international movie arena. It has already been selected to be screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival on 27 January 2018 and is set to be an even bigger hit with local audiences.

“I am humbled that by international standards, a small film has managed to be recognised by such a prestigious festival. We are truly humbled and just want to say thank you to everybody who made it possible, especially Ellen Pakkies,” says executive producer, Paulo Areal.

Told across two timelines, the movie shares the story of Ellen’s (Jill Levenberg) stormy relationship with her 21-year old drug-addict son, Abie Pakkies (Jarrid Geduld). In 2007, his death caused a stir worldwide when it was revealed that his mother was the one who murdered him. When advocate Adrian Samuels (Clint Brink) takes on the case, he is determined to prove that Ellen had no choice. But what compelled her to stop seeking help? How does a mother become desperate enough to take her own son’s life?

Award-winning director and founder of Gambit Films, Daryne Joshua, known for the success of his debut feature film, Noem My Skollie, is the creative mind behind this production, that is produced by Schalk Burger. The script was created by writer and producer, Amy Jephta with input from Ellen Pakkies herself. Ellen also helped to recreate some of the scenes in the movie, which were filmed at her home, where the actual events took place.

Jill Levenberg, who had several roles in films and television series like Genadekans, Noem My Skollie (South Africa’s official entry for the 2016 Oscars), Leemte, While You Weren’t Looking, Abraham, Bekkies Gevind, As Ek Huistoe Kom, Fluit-Fluit, Atlas, Uitvlucht and Suidooster (for which she received a Huisgenoot Tempo Award nomination in 2017) stars as Ellen Pakkies and has already received positive feedback on her outstanding performance. The film also showcases the talent of actors like Elton Landrew, Shimmy Isaacs and Kay Smith.

“Rotterdam International Film Festival is one of the most prestigious International Film Festivals. So obviously, I am overjoyed that our humble South African project has risen above probably thousands of submissions from around the world and made the Official Selection for 2018. A big congratulation to the producers and crew – I thank you from the bottom of my heart, we should be proud of this great achievement. Now on a world stage, hopefully, the film can help bring an understanding and context to the remarkable story of Ellen Pakkies,” says Daryne Joshua.

Ellen, Die storie van Ellen Pakkies is the harrowing account of a woman put through the penal system, tried for murder and driven by an unflinching love for her son. It delves into the inner psyche of a family ravaged by drugs in one of the most dangerous communities in South Africa. A scourge that extends beyond the Cape Flats and highlights a systematic failure to protect the poorest of the poor.

This kykNET Films production was produced in association with M-Net, the DTI and The Moving Billboard Picture Company (TMPBC). It will be released in cinemas, nationwide, on 7 September 2018, and is distributed by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment.

Schoolkids to benefit from kykNET & DSTV Family Talent Mentorship

kykNET & DSTV Family Talent Mentorship initiative aims to develop promising
local talent and empower learners within the Western Cape

A school holiday arts mentorship programme is set to benefit 150 learners this week
in the Western Cape – by equipping them with first-hand training, exposure and
empowerment in the arts community.

The kykNET and DSTV Family Talent Mentorship project, alongside local media
company, The Domingo Effect, is partnering with the WCED Metropole South
Education District for the first time to bring together 150 learners from various high
schools in the Southern Metropole next week to unearth some of the district’s hidden
talents in the arts, music and entertainment field.

Learners, who show promising talent for a career in the acting, dance, music and
writing disciplines, are transported to Strandfontein High daily this week, until Friday
6 October 2017, where they will be tested on their abilities – while learning valuable
insight from industry insiders.

Attendees are divided in to various groups throughout the programme and gain
valuable insight from arts and entertainment heavy weights, including: Loukmaan
Adams (drama), Frazer Barry (music), Lee Sophia Piedt (dance) and John Fredericks
(writing).

The five-day event will also be attended by the likes of top SA actors Irshaad Ally and
Gantane Kusch from Suidooster, as well as actor and TV presenter, Hannes Van Wyk
from Kwela.

A talent showcase will be held on Friday 6 October, the final day of the programme, at
Strandfontein High from 19h30 to 21h00, and tickets will be on sale at the door at
R10 each, whereby all members of the public can support this initiative in the
developing the future generation of artists and performers.

The three most promising young actors from this programme will each receive an
acting screen test as well an appearance on the kykNET soapie, Suidooster. The most
promising new musical and dance talent is set to perform at the Mitchell’s Plain
Festival in December this year.

Shihaam Domingo, from The Domingo Effect, says this talent mentorship programme
kicked off in April last year when a kykNET talent showcase at Standfontein High was
launched by The Domingo Effect and kykNET to expand on the reach and visibility of
the renowned theatre festival, Suidoosterfees, of which kykNET is a sponsor.

“Sandy Schuter from the Strandfontein Community Police Forum (CPF) got in involved
at our first event last year to stabilise the talent from the area along with logistics for
the day. I conducted a 2-hour consultation with each of the performers who entered
the talent showcase, to guide and connect them within the scope of what they
required to move forward,’ she says.

Domingo, who is passionate about skills development and youth mentorship, says
Karen Meiring from kykNET was blown away by the variety of entertainment talent on
the day and is working together with the channel to make a difference in our
communities.

“It is important to empower children from our communities – especially those who
want to forge careers in the arts and entertainment arenas. We don’t make any
promises to expand and grow your career but we do try and guide the learners and
connect in a way that enables entrants to take charge of their own future.

“Uitvlucht’ to premiere at kykNET Silwerskerm Festival 2015

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Filmmaker Regardt van den Bergh’s (Faith like Potatoes, Klein Karoo) new feature film, Uitvlucht, will premiere at the kykNET Silwerskerm Festival on 27 August 2015.

Directed and produced by van den Bergh Uitvlucht is a drama that tells the story of Anna (Clara Joubert van den Bergh), a teacher who, through an extramarital affair, loses everything that matters to her in life. In her heartache she finds a job at a farm school called Uitvlucht in the Eastern Cape. As she is confronted with the choices she made in her life she slowly starts experiencing healing and restoration and learns to forgive herself. With the support of the other teachers and Dok (Stian Bam), a kind-hearted and friendly farmer, she finds the courage to re-build herself and others around her.

Uitvlucht is a story of hope, grace in a desperate situation and love that concurs all.

Watch the trailer.

Uitvlucht will open in movie theatres nationwide on 13 May 2016.

SA films debut at fifth kykNET Silwerskermfees

The fifth kykNET Silwerskermfees takes place from 26 to 29 August in Camps Bay,
Cape Town and this year the festival features fifteen debut short films as well as
numerous full length and documentary films. Some of the full length films will have
their premiere at the festival. The final programme will be announced on 28 July.

“It is a very special festival and the kykNET Silwerskermfees has even been called
the Cannes Film Festival of South Africa,’ says Karen Meiring, M-Net’s director of
Afrikaans channels. “At the festival people gather till late at night, new ideas are
formed and then there is time to talk business. And sometimes, just sometimes,
dreams come true.’

A panel of judges oversaw the selection process and as with the festivals of the
previous years, will also decide who the winners in the various categories will be.
The awards ceremony is on Saturday 29 August.

The kykNET Silwerskermfees has been very successful in developing young talent.
In 2012 the short film Buurtwag won two awards: Best Director (Jaco
Smith) and Best Screenplay (Beer Adriaanse). It has since been developed into a
TV-series that will start on kykNET on 30 September. Adriaanse is the director and
screenwriter and the series stars Deon Lotz, Albert Maritz and Albert Pretorius.
Buurtwag is just one of the examples of the success,’ says Meiring.
“The fesitval is an important platform for kykNET to find new ideas and concepts.
Rene van Rooyen, a winner in 2012 for her short film Nantes, is the
director of the new series of Getroud met Rugby. Corne van Rooyen’s
film Hollywood in my Huis became a reality at the festival. Bennie
Fourie, a winner last year for Vuil Wasgoed, is busy working on a
screenplay for a new sitcom for kykNET. He was also a writer on
Sterlopers under the guidance of Deon Opperman.

“Christiaan Olwagen, who’s short film Toevlug won three awards in
2013, is busy with his first feature film, Johnny is nie Dood nie. Then
there is Gambit Films, a winner last year with No 37, that has since
been involved with numerous projects for kykNET and kykNET & Kie. They were
responsible for Ons Stories, a series of 20 television films produced
for kykNET & Kie. They were also chosen after a thorough tender process as the
producers of Suidooster, a soapie that will be seen on kykNET and
kykNET & Kie in November.’

Meiring continues, “Established producers can become involved in mentoring
inexperienced producers until they are strong enough to stand on their own feet. An
excellent example of this is Homebrew Films’ mentoring of Gambit Films.’
Tickets for the kykNET Silwerskermfees 2015 are available at Ticketpro.

For media related queries, contact Ilza Roggeband on 083 448 2102 or
ilza.roggeband@incontext.co.za

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