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The word “autumn” may just mean a season to most, but for 21-year-old Loyiso Tyobeka it’s an empire. Loyiso Tyobeka, who is the owner of Autumn 95, started his own videography company in 2014. At first it was just a hobby between friends who shared a love for music, but after a while Loyiso’s passion for film-making grew into something much bigger. In February 2017, Loyiso took control of the company with the aim to rebrand the notion of film-making for young directors everywhere. His inspiration for film-making was sparked by his desire for creativity and innovation.
When asked about how he came up with the name Autumn 95 he said, “Apart for my love for the season, I love the fact that in autumn the leaves fall from the trees, and it allows us to interpret them as they fall on the ground. It gives people an opportunity to see the true beauty in things, raw and unscripted. And that’s what I want to reflect in my work. I want people to see the true beauty in the work, and to let the work speak for itself”.
Based on a Deon Meyer short story, Jagveld tells the story of primary school teacher Emma le Roux (Leandie du Randt) as she heads home for the holidays. She hopes to have a quiet holiday at home with her father, ex-special forces soldier Jacques le Roux (Tertius Meintjies), in the Karoo. Along the way, however, she finds a group of men involved in a drug syndicate and witnesses a crime that results in Bosman (Neels van Jaarsveld) the mastermind, Baz (Tim Theron), Jay (Bouwer Bosch), AJ (Danie Putter), Boela (Edwin van der Walt), and Piet (Luan Jacobs), chasing her down in order to leave no loose ends. They make a mistake in chasing Emma, as she has been trained from a young age to protect herself.
Pretoria is the birthplace of a variety of notable public and musical figures dominating the continental and international platform. It is home to the likes of Dr Malinga, a multi-award winning recording artist and dancer, and Matlakala, a top musician in South African gospel. Perdeby explores four other musical acts of similar stature who were also born in the capital city.
Kalushi is a South African film based on the real life events of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, portrayed by Thabo Rametsi. This project took approximately nine years to complete and the hard work can be seen in the outstanding result.
Director Mandlakayise Walter Dube brings to life the story of Solomon Mahlangu who was born and raised in the township of Mamelodi. Mahlangu was a hawker who lived with his mother, Martha Mahlangu (Gcina Mhlophe), and brother, Lucas Mahlangu (Fumani Shilubana). The film follows Mahlangu from his humble beginnings as a hawker, to joining the liberation struggle and being trained by uMkhonto we Sizwe (the armed wing of the African National Congress).
Express Yourself in Nothing but Vernac, a Stuku event, was held on 23 March on the Aula grass. The evening combined the old Expression event, that was last held in 2015, and performances in indigenous languages of South Africa.
Residences set up stalls all along the sides of the Aula grass where they displayed visual art works and literature pieces within the theme of the butterfly effect: a change for the beautiful. Each residence was restricted to seven pieces each. Some residences like Madelief and Olienhout paired up to participate in this event. “Every residence’s own residents would [have] to then create original pieces,” said Thando Mtimkulu, a Stuku EC member. “This year we also included photography pieces,” Mtimkulu added. The artworks ranged from magnificent paintings to simple drawings and touching photos. Kiaat created a scene using playground materials, typical South African snacks and road signs that beautifully represented South African culture. Day students also had a stall to make the event more inclusive to all students and not just for residences as it has been in the past. The original pieces were judged by experts and lecturers in the Visual Arts and Literature departments.