Review: Vaselinetjie - Anoeschka von Meck


Helena “Vaselinetjie” Bosman is a little white girl who lives in a small rural town somewhere in the Northern Cape, with her coloured grandparents who love her dearly. That is until the welfare discovers that Vaselinetjie is not their biological grandchild and she is sent off to a state boarding school outside Johannesburg. Vaselinetjie’s life is drastically altered as she is forced to confront a crueller reality, with damaged children, indifferent caretakers and endless disappointments.

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“Whitewashing” and the Hollywood film industry


“Whitewashing” is a phenomenon that has been around in the film industry for a while, but has recently been gaining more attention due to the increase in film production and access to social media. By definition, whitewashing occurs when white actors are cast in non-white roles. These choices often lead to backlash from fans of films, the media, and parties in the film industry. Perdeby looked at two upcoming films and their controversy.

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Movie Review: Lights Out - David F. Sandberg


In 2013 David F. Sandberg directed a two-and-a-half minute short film that quickly went viral. He was able to scare audiences in a very short space of time, tapping into an almost primal fear of the dark. Three years later a relatively low budget Lights Out is set to scare the world with a skilled cast and clever script, with the help of Conjuring and Saw director James Wan as producer.

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Review: Dora’s Peace Kosta Kalarytis


South African films often avoid the gritty underbelly of South Africa, opting for the polished Hollywood sheen of Sandton or Cape Town. Dora’s Peace, directed by former cartoonist Kosta Kalarytis, takes audiences into the unedited reality of the Hillbrow underworld, providing a glimpse into the lives of the people who inhabit the world of organised crime.

The film follows Hillbrow prostitute Dora (Khabonina Qubeka), whose age and declining beauty are digging into her client base. When her friend and neighbour, drug addict Connie (Hlubi Mboya), suddenly dies, Dora is left to take care of her son Peace (Paballo Koza), an innocent and talented twelve-year old boy. Dora pretends to be Peace’s aunt to keep him out of police custody. He slowly starts to work his way into Dora’s heart, leaving Dora in a difficult position when his life is put in danger. She is forced to turn to her old friend, the sleazy Greek bookie Stavro (Danny Keogh), for help. Hillbrow’s underworld seems to hide many secrets, some that even Dora would rather keep hidden. In order to look to the future, Dora needs to confront her past.

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Marvel vs DC: cinema civil war


If you’re heading to the movies on an upcoming Friday night you might be greeted by a crowd of duelling fandoms. This is due in part to the recent upsurge in comic book-based movie productions and, as a result, there are some things you might want to understand before taking your comic book-enthused friend on in a discussion about this multiverse.

Firstly, why now? Are these movies being brought into production simply because we are able to do bigger and better things with graphics-based software, or are the eight-year-olds from the first generation of Spiderman movies ready for an adult dose of their favourite films? Is the child inside of you that grew up in a Batman cape ready to take their Batman cape-wearing tween sibling to indulge in the same movie franchise that ignited their own imagination? Or is this generation looking for a two-hour escape from dreary day-to-day tasks?

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