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THEORY OF EVERYTHING

 


Theory of Everything covers the complex relationship between famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, and his wife, Jane. Hawking contracted motor neuron disease while they were seeing each other in college and this beautifully, intelligent and intimate biographical romance drama entrenches itself in the domestic politics of their lives and the career successes and honours along the way.

Why you need to see it: Eddie Redmayne's Oscar is a good enough reason, in addition to an elegant British drama from James Marsh and an equally adept performance from Felicity Jones.

THE REMAINING

 


This action-packed supernatural horror thriller follows a group of friends who gather at a wedding, until the celebration is shattered by terrifying apocalyptic events forcing them to examine life, love and faith as they must choose between redemption and survival. The film stars Johnny Pacar, Alex PenaVega and Shaun Sipos and is directed by Donnie Darko and A Walk to Remember producer turned director, Casey La Scala.

Why you need to see it: If the idea of a found footage, disaster and religious end of the world movie jammed with special effects appeals to you, you should see The Remaining.



 
SAFTAs 2015 - Film Nominations and Predictions

The SAFTA (South African Film and Television Awards) 2015 nominees were unveiled at a star-studded ceremony in Johannesburg last night... here's a list of the film category nominees. One major snub was that Zee Ntuli's film Hard to Get, arguably the best action movie to come out of South Africa, didn't garner a Best Feature Film or Best Director nomination. It wasn't to be for Leading Lady and Henk Pretorius either, who could just as easily been nominated in those categories too. Somehow Cold Harbour and City of Violence didn't get any nominations in a year dominated by crime drama thrillers.

In the acting categories, Brümilda van Rensburg deserved a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Leading Lady and it's strange that Israel Makoe was nominated for Hard to Get ahead of an equally impressive turn in iNumber Number. Perhaps we can put it down to the cinematography, which made him look towering and even more intimidating than usual. Spare a thought for the villains this year with Fana Mokoena, whose chemistry with Tony Kgoroge made for some great moments in Cold Harbour, Regardt van der Berg and his hulking presence in City of Violence and then Paka Zwedala's sinister role in Hard to Get.

In terms of script-writing, it's unfortunate that Etienne Fourie's imaginative and compelling Die Windpomp didn't get a nomination. Another surprise was that Warren Batchelor's hard-hitting, seedy yet entertaining documentary about Brett Kebble's death, 204: Getting Away with Murder, didn't get a nod in the Documentary category.

In terms of predictions ahead of the SAFTAs awards ceremony this year, Spling has added an asterisk to the nominees, who he believes will win their respective category. Four Corners was selected as our official entry for this year's Academy Awards and with 13 nominations, it's difficult to imagine it not scooping most of the awards. Faan se Trein is the dark horse and comes in with 12 nominations, which will make for some interesting competition in many of the same categories. iNumber Number has 6 nominations in most of the big categories, while Hard to Get picked up 6 nominations in technical and acting categories. The field of strong contenders at this year's SAFTAs is very promising for South African film-making in general.

Best Feature Film

iNumber Number
Four Corners*
Faan se Trein

Best Achievement in Directing

Donovan Marsh - iNumber Number
Ian Gabriel - Four Corners*
Koos Roets - Faan se Trein

iNumber Number SAFTAs

Best Actress in a Lead Role

Thishiwe Zuqubu as "Skiets" - Hard to Get*
Erica Wessels as "Helena" - Alles wat Mal is
Elzette Maarschalk as "Aletta" - Seun
Donalee Roberts as "Amore" - Pad Na Jou Hart

Best Actor in a Lead Role

Jezriel Skei as "Ricardo" - Four Corners
S’dumo Mtshali as "Chili Ncgobo" - iNumber Number
Pallance Dladla as 'TK" - Hard to Get
Willie Esterhuizen as "Faan" - Faan se Trein*

Faan se Trein SAFTAs

Best Supporting Actress

Mary Twala as "Sarah Novuka" - Leading Lady
Marga Van Rooy as "Tannie Marietjie" - Die Windpomp
Nicola Hanekom as "Beatrice" - Faan se Trein*

Best Supporting Actor

Irshaad Ally as "Gasant" - Four Corners
Brendon Daniels as "Farakhan" - Four Corners
Israel Makoe as "Mugza" - Hard to Get
Deon Lotz as "Dr Dippenaar" - Faan se Trein*

Four Corners SAFTAs

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting

iNumber Number - Donovan Marsh
Faan se Trein - Pieter Fourie
Four Corners - Hofmeyr Scholtz*

Best Achievement in Editing

Four Corners - Ronelle Loots
Hard to Get - Nicholas Costaras*
Faan se Trein - Nicholas Costaras
iNumber Number - Donovan Marsh

Hard to Get SAFTAs

Best Achievement in Cinematography

Four Corners - Vicci Turpin
iNumber Number - Tom Marais
Faan se Trein - Amelia Henning
Hard to Get - Tom Marais*

Best Achievement in Art/Production Design

Faan se Trein - Waldemar Coetsee
Winnie Mandela - Emelia Weavind
Four Corners - Chris Bass*

Leading Lady SAFTAs

Best Achievement in Original Score

Four Corners - Markus Wormstorm*
Leading Lady - Benjamin Willem
Hard to Get - Christopher Letcher

Best Achievement in Sound

Four Corners - Barry Donnelly*
Leading Lady - Jim Petrak
Faan Se Trein - Barry Donnelly

Winnie Mandela SAFTAs

Best Achievement in Costume Design

Winnie Mandela - Pierre Vienings*
Faan se Trein - Diana Cilliers
Four Corners - Sylvia Van Heerden

Best Achievement in Make-up and Hairstyling

Faan se Trein - Theola Booyens
Winnie Mandela - Megan Turner*
Four Corners - Carla Fourie

Die Windpomp SAFTAs

Best Documentary Feature

I, Afrikaner 
The Vula Connection 
Miners Shot Down

Best Student Film

Ana, Patrick & Nicholas - AFDA 
The Other Woman - AFDA 
Resilience - AFDA 
Courier - City Varsity

Best Short Film

Security - Mannequin Pictures
Keys, Money, Phone - Muti Films
Picture Perfect Heist - Benchfilms

 
Movie Review: Theory of Everything


Theory of Everything is a "star-crossed" romance drama and biopic about the relationship between famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, and his wife, Jane. This is a film from James Marsh, the Oscar-winning Man on Wire documentary-maker who also directed IRA thriller, Shadow Dancer. His latest film, Theory of Everything, put him in touch with the Academy Awards again after the film garnered 5 nominations, winning Best Actor for Eddie Redmayne's take on Stephen Hawking.

This is a beautifully crafted drama, taking authentic and emotive snapshots of Hawkings' journey adapted from Jane Hawking's book, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen. We're transported to Hawking's college years, where he and his professors are only starting to realise his genius as a physicist. This also happens to be the setting where he meets and falls in love with Jane, only to discover he has motor neuron disease.

Eddie Redmayne's award-winning portrayal of Stephen Hawking is a vocal, physical and emotional transformation. Redmayne is able to carry an emotionally resonant performance that is respectful, accurate, tender and peppered with humour. He's able to contort his body to represent the slow degeneration phase-by-phase, without losing the nuances of a fine-tuned, vulnerable and deeply human performance.

Theory of Everything - Movie Review

"I'll make love to you. Like you want me to. And I'll hold you tight. Baby all through the night."

He's counterbalanced by Felicity Jones, a young British actress with an incredibly bright future, whose strong performance also earned her a Best Actress nomination. She undertakes the role of Jane Hawking, playing a caring and stoic woman, who decides to marry Hawking after learning of his disease, only to truly discover the length and depth of her love for him. Jones is old beyond her years in Theory of Everything and turns in an equally complex and nuanced performance opposite Redmayne.

The young co-leads are supported by a solid ensemble in Harry Lloyd, David Thewlis, Emily Watson and Charlie Cox. Lloyd is well cast as Brian, one of the lads and a loyal college friend. Thewlis is perfectly poised as British physicist and mentor, Dennis Sciama. Emily Watson has a short but sharp role and Charlie Cox brings heart and warmth to the counterpoint character of Jonathan Hellyer Jones.

James Marsh keeps us transfixed on our afflicted genius and the ebb-and-flow of his career from writing A Brief History of Time to his many honours, while turning our attention to his growing family and domestic woes. He uses the tension and ever-widening gap between Stephen and Jane Hawking to keep the drama taut, without ever making us feel sorry for them. The relationship is tested like any on-screen marriage facing an insurmountable obstacle, testament to its great subtlety.

Theory of Everything is a pensive and moving romance drama, but it's also a beautifully shot and stylish film, creating delicate and elemental moments. The production design, wardrobe and props take us on an historical tour of British life keeping in-line with the evolution of computer, medical and text-to-speech technology. The subtle make up deserves special mention, assisting two young actors with the aging process quite gracefully.

Theory of Everything isn't a tearjerker, which is what you'd expect from a film of this nature. Director James Marsh, his cast and film crew have created a fine, balanced and intelligent film with a delicate touch. They hint at story elements instead of spelling them out and exact between-the-lines intimacy in the life and times of Stephen and Jane Hawking. It's a truly special film, carried out with great restraint, authenticity and good humour.

The bottom line: Fine-tuned

 
Top Ten Movies with... Gerard Rudolf


Gerard Rudolf Profile

Gerard Rudolf is an intelligent, honest, soulful and funny South African actor, poet and photographer, who gained notoriety as a gutsy actor and outspoken opponent of the Apartheid regime. He was born in Pretoria and after high school, a year drifting in the United States and two years in military service, he graduated from the Drama school at the University of Pretoria in 1989.

Rudolf went on to join CAPAB, performing in Shakespeare plays before starting his own theatre company, Makeshift Moon in 1991. In this year, he also developed an interest in film, working with Dennis Hopper, Peter Weller and Bryan Brown with roles in Paljas, Styx, Dust and The Piano Player over the next decade.

In 1998, he founded a professional acting school in Cape Town and by 2002 it was time for a change of scenery. He started writing to orientate himself and in 2009, published his first poetry collection, Orphaned Latitudes, which renowned poet Anthony Joseph described as "masterful, mesmerising and controversial" and received high praise from peers and readers.

More recently, Rudolf has returned to the screen appearing in Wolwedans in die Skemer, Layla Fourie, Jimmy in Pienk and Chander Pahar. The man's full of wit and an absolute character, which made getting his Top Ten Movies interview an absolute pleasure...

"The first Lord of the Rings made me sob
because it was so eye-wateringly crap.
.."

I can't watch movies without...

- ...a clear mind. It has been years since I’ve watched movies purely for the sake of ‘entertainment’. I’m rarely interested in movies as entertainment. I want a movie to confront me with something; a new way of seeing an aspect of life, something mysterious and perhaps even a bit profound.

And because movies form a huge part my life I sometimes see a movie for its technical aspects or because it is by a favourite director or because it was photographed by a favourite DP. Having said all that, I must confess to a weakness for Steven Segal movies. Hilarious stuff!

Which famous people share your birthday?

- Napoleon and Adolf Hitler. (20 April)

What is the first film you remember watching?

- I’ve had a few arguments with myself over this one. I remember two films vividly. I seem to recall being about three years old and seeing Camelot with my mother at a morning show in Pretoria. What I recall clearly from the experience was being petrified at Merlin, the dark scenes, the castle’s corridors. I couldn’t cope!

The other film that is lodged in my early memory is The Good, The Bad and The Ugly by Sergio Leone. I remember feeling utterly transported by the surreal landscapes, the dust, that eerie soundtrack by Ennio Morriconi I think it was. And I remember feeling completely exhilarated by the entire experience. I think that was the film that got me hooked and set me on this precarious path. The first record I owned was an album of Morricone’s music from all those spaghetti westerns. I was four. Wore the grooves out.

What's the worst movie you've ever seen?

-There are so many. Most musicals. But I am going with the one that pops into my mind right off the bat: Love, Actually. Actually I can’t bloody stand any of Richard Curtis’ films. They are tacky, obvious, oh-so-witty, perfectly crafted, ham acted, sentimental, irritatingly formulaic, shallow, cynically commercial British drivel. Expensive Mills & Boon. Saw it in London on Leicester Square on one of those giant screens. I was in a shit mood for about three days afterwards.

In fact hate all those cutesy British films with cute old people and boys in depressing Northern towns who want to become ballet dancers or male strippers. They bore the crap out of me. The Crying Game was another bad one. How anybody couldn’t see that the ‘girl’ was a guy right from the start is beyond me. Oh, and Yentl for more or less the same reasons.

Which movies have made you tearful?

- The Champ. No contest. I was a boy. John Voight dies. I cried like a little girl. But as I said previously, I don’t really watch films for entertainment and thus I don’t usually get suckered by them. Another one that stands out in my mind is The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988), a film by Ermanno Olmi with Rutger Hauer at the top of his game. Something about that film still haunts me. And the first Lord of the Rings made me sob because it was so eyewateringly crap.

Gerard Rudolf - Top Ten Movies

Who is the most famous movie star you've ever met?

- Because of my job I’ve met and worked with a few of them. I guess I’d go for the late Dennis Hopper. I worked with him on a movie called The Piano Player, a B-Grade American thing that was shot down in Cape Town around 2001. I could choose between two small parts. One would mean I’d have to spend a day or two acting opposite Christopher (Highlander) Lambert, or one entire day on set opposite Hopper. No contest.

Hopper has always been one of my movie heroes. I mean, who can forget Easy Rider? Anyway, I was nervous as hell because of his mad man rep. But when I arrived on set he walked up to me, grabbed my hand and said: “Hi. I’m Dennis. Great to meet you. Let’s go to work.” That energy, man. And we worked and improvised, and he’d drag me off to the monitor after each take and laugh his head off at what we were doing.

It was a great day and I am incredibly lucky for having met him. Just watching him operate on set taught me so much about films in general and film acting specifically. He was a rock star. He was film to the marrow! I loved him as an artist and as a director. He was a great photographer too. A true American original. Sadly they don’t make them like that anymore.

What's your favourite movie line?

- I’m a word man, so it is a hard one to answer. Maybe I shouldn’t go ‘full retard’ on this, so I’ll keep it light. “Charlie don’t surf!”, Robert Duvall’s line from Apocalypse Now is up there. Or Michael Caine in Get Carter when a heavy Geordie gets in his way: “You're a big man but you're in bad shape. For me it's a full-time job. Now behave yourself.” Or Caine again in The Italian Job going: “You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!” Eastwood as Dirty Harry going: “Opinions are like assholes. Everybody’s got one”.

Who would you choose to play you in your biopic?

- Biopics seldom work as far as I’m concerned. But if I have to answer: Jim Carrey maybe. I don’t know why. We don’t even look alike. But I really love him as an actor. There is a darkness to him, a fragility, a sense of sadness and melancholy I can’t quite put my finger on. I really like that about him. He’s not quite of this world. And if Jim won’t do it then maybe a young Bruce Dern, one of the most underrated actors of our time.

And if Bruce can’t then I’d settle for Roberto Benigni or Pee-wee Herman. Shit, I don’t know. It will be short and boring movie no matter who plays me. It will go straight to DVD and then into that Sale bin at Pick ‘n Pay where it will remain unsold and eventually end up as a beer coaster somewhere. My life as a beer coaster...

Gerard Rudolf - Top Ten Movies

If you could produce a movie, what would it be about?

- A BIG question. As I said, I like films that move me, leave me changed somehow, make me see life differently, teach me something, stays with me long after the end credits stopped rolling. Like good novels. It doesn’t have to be serious and dark because some of the most profound movies I have seen are pretty hilarious. So it would have to be a film by one of my favourite directors I suppose.

In past lives (if those are permitted here) I might have wanted to produce something like Fellini’s 8 1⁄2 , Malick’s Badlands or Days of Heaven, Allen’s Manhattan, Rafelson’s The King of Marvin Gardens, Godard’s A Bout de Souffle, any of Antonioni’s films, the Three Colours Trilogy, Chinatown, Mike Leigh’s Naked... something that might become a classic in future. That would be nice.

Finally, your top ten movies of all-time...

It obviously changes all the time. I have favourite films from different eras, different regions of the world, different genres.

And there are the obvious big ones: Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Sunset Boulevard, The Maltese Falcon, The Great Dictator... So, to save myself days of agonising I’m going to give you the first ten films that pop into my head and leave it at that.

In no particular order:

- BADLANDS (1973), Terrence Malick. (USA). With Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. Because it is a masterpiece of American cinema and because it is the original Natural Born Killers. Breathtaking American landscapes.

- FIVE EASY PIECES (1970), Bob Rafelson. (USA) With Jack Nicholson, Karin Black. I love everything about this film. The powerful scene where Nicholson’s character talks to his wheelchair ridden father, the hilarious scene where Nicholson tries to order a chicken salad sandwich in a diner and losing it completely...Tragic. Great ending.

- THE MIRROR (1974), Andrei Tarkovsky. (RUSSIA). Vast. Poetic. I love all his films but this is the one I come back to every few years.

- WITHNAIL AND I (1987), Bruce Robinson. (UK). Paul McGann and Richard E. Grant. A low-budget gem with a cracking script. Hilarious, cruel, absurd, bleak and tragic all at the same time.

- SHOTDOWN (1988), Andrew Worsdale. (SA). Robert Colman, Danny Keogh, James Phillips, Irene Stephanou, John Ledwaba, et al. The energy and passion in this film always astounds me and it is a great portrait of Joburg during the darkest days of Apartheid. Politically loaded and a big fuck you to PW’s regime. Low budget (is there any other kind of South African film?), passionate, insane. This film deserves a re-release.

- UNA PURA FORMALITA (1994), Giuseppe Tornatore. (Italy/France). Gérard Depardieu, Roman Polanski. Because the film has Polanski as an overworked French detective trying to solve a mystery over the course of one rain soaked night out in the French sticks somewhere. Surreal thriller with a wonderful script and with great cinematography by Blasco Giurato. Watched it about a dozen times.

- DEAD MAN (1995), Jim Jarmusch. (USA). Johnny Depp, Robert Mitchum, Christian Farmer, Crispin Glover. I like all Jarmusch’s films. This is a beautiful, slow black and white film set in the old West of a man’s crazy journey to the afterlife. Christian Farmer’s overweight Native American spirit guide looking at a wounded Johnny Depp and saying: “Stupid fucking white man”. Intense score by Neil Young. The great Robby Müller shot it. One of Jarmusch’s masterpieces.

- LA HAINE (1995), (France). Mathieu Kassovitz. (France). Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui. The sheer energy of this brilliant black and white film simply bounced off the screen and hit me like a ton of bricks. A story of racial tension in Paris. Intelligent, visceral. Everything Reservoir Dogs never was or could be. Brilliant direction and brilliant performances. Worth seeing the scene where Vincent Cassel stands in front of a mirror and does the “Are you lookin’ at me” thing...in French.

- A PROPHET (2009), (France). Jaques Audiard. The film follows the trajectory of a young man through the ranks of the Paris underworld. Heartbreaking. Beautiful. Two things about this film: 1. If you haven’t seen it, see it. 2. Tahar Rahim in the lead is simply astonishing. He should have won all the Best Actor awards that year. Period.

- PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (2002), (USA). Paul Thomas Anderson. Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Luis Guzman, Philip Seymour Hoffman. I like Anderson’s films but this one hit me hard. Cinematography by Robert Elswit (Google him!). A love story done in the right way. To put Sandler in the lead was a stroke of brilliance on Anderson’s part. And of coarse Hoffman being a fat slimeball just works. A gem of a film. Fantastic script too.

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