Ster-Kinekor, Cavendish Square is one of the best cinemas in Africa, delivering a world-class digital film experience so that you get to watch GREAT moments at their GREATEST. Here's a selection of what's hot-and-happening at this state-of-the-art cinema complex at Cavendish Square in Cape Town. Visit the SPL!NG Facebook fan page to stand a chance of winning double movie tickets!
If you were terrified by the creepy antics of the doll in James Wan's The Conjuring, you can discover the prequel, Annabelle. While possessed dolls are something Child's Play is famous for, Annabelle is based on a real doll. A couple and their newborn baby begin to experience horrifying supernatural experiences involving a vintage pig-tailed doll after their home is invaded by Satanic cultists.
Why you need to see it: If you enjoy supernatural horror with a creepy back story, get ready for a Halloween movie to put you on edge.
Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner star in The Immigrant, a film by James Gray (The Yards, Two Lovers). Set in 1921, this romance drama is about a Polish woman intent on living the American dream, who is forced into prostitution after some unfortunate circumstances leave her destitute and cornered into a volatile relationship with her conflicted pimp and his romantic cousin.
Why you need to see it: James Gray is a writer/director who is becoming known for his thought-provoking, well-acted dramas and with fine actors like Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix, it's a must.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
A team of losers win the hearts of millions in their quest to pull off the greatest diamond heist ever. If you thought Ocean's 11 and Now You See Me didn't have enough dancing or musical numbers, then you've probably been waiting for this movie all your life. Happy New Year is an action, comedy, crime caper starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Boman Irani.
Why you need to see it: Longtime choreographer and Om Shanti Om's writer/director Farah Khan brings this Bollywood movie to life.
204: Getting Away with Murder is a docudrama that unearths the shocking story behind the murder of Brett Kebble. The title is a little clunky, but don't let it deter you, 204: Getting Away with Murder is an absorbing, gritty, pulpy and layered documentary.
To clear things up a bit, '204' means a full and permanent indemnity from prosecution in exchange for truthful testimony, which is what was afforded to many key individuals in the wake of Brett Kebble's demise. The documentary sets about profiling the characters, organisations, financial climate and events leading up to Kebble's death, and then picks apart the questionable legal proceedings and unresolved matters in the aftermath.
This is a classic rise-and-fall story about a charismatic South African businessman, whose life ended in a hail of bullets in Johannesburg in 2005. Just like the Oscar Pistorius trial, some true stories are stranger than fiction and if it does nothing else, the documentary demonstrates the potential for a Hollywood film somewhere between the dark comedy and true stories behind The Wolf of Wall Street and Pain & Gain.
Was it a failed hijacking, assisted suicide or murder even? By interviewing three self-confessed killers, as well as Jackie Selebi, Glen Agliotti, Piet Byleveld, and the Kebble family, we're able to get a clearer picture of what actually happened from key players and first-hand accounts. Financial analysts, journalists and biographers weigh in on Kebble's tremendous influence and dire financial situation, his enemies and the conditions surrounding his demise, offering their take as director Warren Batchelor builds his case.
"You asked for it."
Yet, Kebble's mysterious murder is only the beginning as motives are explored and a trail of money, fraud and corruption lead us to the highest level. This gritty, hard-hitting documentary has been treated like a mystery thriller with cinematic flair and enough remarkable interview characters to keep us transfixed on the swirling tale. The production is absorbing, entertaining and eye-opening as the film-makers gather momentum lacing vivid news storytelling, informative talking heads and convincing dramatisation together.
204: Getting Away with Murder moves at a quick pace, despite clocking in at 110 minutes, splicing news paper clippings and photographic evidence together without shying away. The elusive truth is what drives Batchelor and us as we drill down with an intimate set of one-on-one interviews with most of the involved parties, including: Mikey Schultz and Nigel McGurk.
What 204: Getting Away with Murder lacks in finesse and consistency, it makes up for in steely-eyed determination, raw passion and sleazy, underground grit. It burns brightly enough to generate renewed interest in this buried court case, shining a light on white collar crime, the South African legal system with its entertaining blend of hard-hitting news and crime story flair.
Writing a screenplay that works Aspirant screenwriters will receive hands-on experience in writing the first 10 pages of their screenplay in The Writing Studio’s 'The Write Journey' workshop that takes place on Saturday November 8 and 15 from 10am until 6pm.
The workshop is presented by Daniel Dercksen, a published playwright and screenwriter, who has been teaching workshops throughout South Africa the past 15 years, with filmmakers like Henk Pretorius (Bakgat, Leading Lady), John Barker (How to Steal a Million, Spud 3) and Sallas de Jager (Roepman, Verraaiers, Stuur Groete aan Mannetjies Roux) as proud graduates of previous workshops. The outcome-based The Write Journey workshop looks at how to conceptualise and explore ideas, amplifying thematic purpose, defining and developing characters, and plotting and structuring the story to make the most of its comedic of dramatic potential.
At the end of the 2-Saturday workshop the writers will write the first 10 pages, and then work individually with trainer Dercksen on on-on-one sessions to develop and complete a draft that will be evaluated by The Write Agency, and then forwarded to potential producers locally and internationally.
The Writing Studio is an independent training initiative that celebrates the art of storytelling and the craft of writing, fostering the talent of proudly South African storytellers and storymakers.
Daniel Dercksen, the driving force behind the successful independent training initiative has been a published film and theatre journalist for 30 years and has been teaching workshops in creative writing, playwriting and screenwriting throughout South Africa the past 19 years.
As a qualified ETD Practitioner (Education, Training and Development) - accredited by SAQA (The South African Qualifications Authority) and working in accordance with the principles of the Department of Education - Dercksen’s workshops focus on outcomes-based education, training and development.
The Write Journey workshop takes place at The Writing Studio in Greenpoint, Cape Town on Saturday, November 8 and 15 from 10am until 6pm.
For registration send an email to
or call Daniel on 072 474 1079. Visit the website www.writingstudio.co.za for more information.
The late Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in A Most Wanted Man, his last completed movie. The tense political thriller is based on a true story and the novel by John le Carré, about a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant, who turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill-gotten fortune.
A Most Wanted Man is directed by Anton Corbijn (Control, The American), who shot much of the film in Hamburg, where le Carré worked for British Intelligence. Hoffman is supported by an all-star cast in Rachael McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright and Daniel Brühl.
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