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Catching feelings: Kagiso Lediga

Dinah Ramonyai

Catching feelings is a new South African romantic comedy directed by and starring Kagiso Lediga and featuring Pearl Thusi. The film is Kagiso Lediga’s debut film, and it premiered at the LA Film Festival in June 2017, as well as in New York at the Urbanworld Festival. Although we are only getting it in South African cinemas now, the film has already been nominated for awards and it has done well on the international film scene.

The Johannesburg set movie follows Kagiso Lediga as Max Matsane, a character that can be described as a somewhat bored and cynical former writer and academic who is married to Sam Matsane, a beautiful socialite and journalist brought to life by Pearl Thusi. The film explores the highs and lows of a modern relationship in this new contradictive and fast moving South Africa, and it takes an interesting turn when an older white hedonistic writer named Heiner Miller (Andrew Buckland) moves in to stay with the couple. After spending time in Australia, Heiner brings with him booze and drug filled nights, coupled with wild sexual adventures.

The Johannesburg setting of the film makes it relatable and brings it close to home. Catching Feelings touches on the elements of the lives of the black middle class, and how this class has grown to be accepted in our communities and normalised. The struggles around it and the truth in the narrative are brought into the open by the financial strains and self-identity issues that Max, once a best-selling author, goes through in the film. The elements address real life issues like the reality of having a spouse in the ever expanding Johannesburg who has no desire to be part of a typical suburban family. This exploration of the sides of love, relationships and trust takes place over the scores of music from the likes of Hugh Masekela and Letta Mbuli.

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Hanneke Schutte: Writer and Director of Meerkat Maantuig

CLAUDINE NOPPE

The Afrikaans film Meerkat Maantuig is set to be released on the Friday 16 March in cinemas country wide. Meerkat Maantuig was adapted from the youth novel Blinde Sambok by Riana Scheepers and tells the story of a 13 year old girl who thoroughly believes that her family is cursed. Perdeby caught up with UP Ulumna, director and screen-writer of Meerkat Maantuig, Hanneke Schutte.

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Movie Review: Inxeba (The Wound) - John Trengove

Carina Kloppers

After John Trengove’s Inxeba (The Wound) had its world premiere at the Sundance Festival on 22 January 2017. The film picked up a multitude of awards and even created some Oscar buzz. With its nationwide release a year later, the same film’s controversial subject matter caused local outrage that sent the cast and crew into hiding. Some cinemas in the Eastern Cape had to cancel screenings of Inxeba (The Wound) due to the protests, but the film’s producers lodged an official complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) because of this. Perdeby decided to take a look at the story behind the story.

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The evolution of the musical

 

NAOMI-LISA KOBBIE

The musical film first made its debut on American screens in the late 1920's, and is characterised by its ability to intertwine song and music into a film’s storyline. Songs were used in place of dialogue or to express characters innermost thoughts and were usually accompanied by dancing. American Theatres first explored the idea of modern stage musicals, which often wanted to separate themselves from the opera of the time. The growing popularity of films and the development of sound technology meant there was a natural advancement in the way stories could be told. This lead to the Golden Age of Musical Theatre in the early to mid-1900’s in which classical musicals of the era such as Mary Poppins, West Side Story, and The Wizard of Oz were made.

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Oh Hi Mark: The art of awful

RICARDO TEIXEIRA AND GEORGINA GLASS
Without a doubt the worst film ever made, but undeniably a brilliant film. Written by Tommy Wiseau. Produced by Tommy Wiseau. Directed by Tommy Wiseau. Starring Tommy Wiseau, and Greg Sestero, co-author of the best selling book The Disaster Artist, which tells the story of The Room’s creation. With an IMDb rating of 3.6, it’s clear that the film is horrible, in fact so horrible that many people refuse to believe that Wiseau is not some sort of genius.

The Room has become the poster child for the film term “it’s so bad it’s brilliant”. The plot of the film is shaky, with various subplots that are never resolved and which appear at random throughout the film. The film is intended to be a drama with Wiseau starring as a classic tragic hero, betrayed by his lover and best friend. This betrayal culminates in what Wiseau intended to be a tragic suicide scene. However, the unintentionally comedic nature of the film, stemming from the bad acting and ridiculous plot, is what has made the film a favourite. Originally released in June of 2003, it’s theatrical run only lasted two weeks, in hopes that it would qualify for the academy awards (yes, really). Fifteen years later, it is still one of the most talked about films.

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