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Magic Light and Triggerfish Delight with Roald Dahl's 'Revolting Rhymes'


Having grown up listening to, reading and even performing bits from Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes with my cousins over Christmas as a child... I was eager to see what Magic Light and Triggerfish Studios had done with the animated version. Attending the African premiere at the Design Indaba at Artscape in Cape Town this year, it was an absolute pleasure to see the transition.

Roald Dahl would have been 100 years old by now and would've relished the chance to see this adaptation of his much-loved works, which combines the classic fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella. The film-makers have taken William Blake's cover image of the wolf reading to children and turned it into the storytelling device by which the Revolting Rhymes unfold. While it doesn't feature the Goldilocks tale, Blake's sketches have been lovingly translated into beautifully textured 3D form by Triggerfish, retaining much of Blake's original character design and quirk.

The two half hour TV parts are meticulous and have been directed by Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, both former Annecy winners and Oscar nominees. Lacing Dahl's witty rhymes and maintaining a sinister tension keeps one entertained, while they've made it TV friendly enough for the whole family to enjoy. The Magic Light and Triggerfish collaboration seems to be going from strength-to-strength after working on the award-winning Stick Man and will be teaming up yet again for work on The Highway Rat.

 
Spling's Galileo Pick of the Week: The Dark Knight


Spling's Pick of the Week - The Dark Knight @ Central Park

THE DARK KNIGHT @ CENTRAL PARK (10 Mar)

Christopher Nolan is a perfectionist, a conductor who insists that every instrument at his disposal is finely calibrated and double-checked. This means his films are always beautiful and reinforced by strong writing, powerful music and breathtaking visuals. His clinical precision could be accused of siphoning the warmth, imperfection and joy out of film, but he does tend to work on the colder, darker more serious side of the spectrum as evidenced by The Dark Knight. A legendary superhero match up between Batman and the Joker is given the same epic treatment as Heat, which saw Hollywood legends Al Pacino and Robert De Niro go head-to-head. The Dark Knight represents the pinnacle of superhero films, leaving Tim Burton's original Batman in the dust, a pantomime by contrast. Beautifully shot, pulsating in its dark majesty and enigmatic by virtue of Heath Ledger's maniacal performance , this is a good example of a sequel that managed to top an already excellent Part 1.

This groundbreaking superhero crime saga is showing under the stars at The Galileo Open Air Cinema.

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Spling's Galileo Pick of the Week: The Shawshank Redemption


Spling's Pick of the Week - The Shawshank Redemption at Castle Of Good Hope

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION @ CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE (3 Mar)

Many will be surprised to learn that The Shawshank Redemption is based on a short story from Stephen King, the master of horror. Having authored The Green Mile, another acclaimed crime drama among many horrors, it seems he has a knack for ideas that make great films. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman immortalised themselves in this deeply affecting prison drama about two men who build a friendship on common decency over many years. What's special about The Shawshank Redemption is that it doesn't rely on gimmicks or effects, conveying its story through powerful visuals, strong dramatic themes and solid performances, which link together to transcend the celluloid and touch the soul. It's an absolute rarity for films to do this, which is probably why it deserves a place in hearts of those that see it. Screening this brilliant drama at the Castle of Good Hope will certainly add another dimension to this timeless film.

This monumental coming-of-age drama is showing under the stars at The Galileo Open Air Cinema.

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Spling's Galileo Pick of the Week: Jurassic Park


Spling's Pick of the Week - Jurassic Park at Meerendal

JURASSIC PARK @ MEERENDAL (24 Feb)

In its time, Jurassic Park was at the cutting edge of CGI, bringing dinosaurs to life and setting a new standard in the process. Just like those first visitors, audiences were blown away by the eye-popping visuals and compelled by Steven Spielberg's dramatic realisation. Some 80 years after Arthur Conan Doyle's science fiction adventure, The Lost World, captivated readers resulting in a film adaptation in 1925, Jurassic Park reinvented the genre in blockbuster fashion. Almost 25 years later, Jurassic Park remains a classic, conjuring up nostalgic feelings for kids who sat in wonder at the real-life museum exhibit. The film has aged well, a testament to the excellent film-making, gripping storyline and ceaseless theme park peril that launched a franchise and necessitated the recent reboot, Jurassic World. Where would we be without T-Rex and those pesky velociraptors? Now you can watch Jurassic Park out in the open, just remember to keep a glass of water nearby... you know, just in case!

This spectacular and revolutionary adventure is showing under the stars at The Galileo Open Air Cinema.

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Spling's Galileo Pick of the Week: When Harry Met Sally


Spling's Pick of the Week - When Harry Met Sally at Nooitgedacht Estate

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY @ NOOITGEDACHT ESTATE (14 Feb)

When Harry Met Sally is one of those timeless "romcoms" that remains as relevant today as it was in the '80s. Sure Hollywood darlings, Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, have grown older and updated their wardrobes and hairstyles but this Rob Reiner film is testament to the staying power of indelible screenwriting. The unforgettable and funny quote "I'll have what she's having." is how most people remember this nostalgic film, but there's so much more! Nora Ephron's knock-out script, Rob Reiner's sensitive direction and wonderful on-screen chemistry from two effervescent stars makes When Harry Met Sally a classic. It set a new standard for romantic comedies in 1989 and will linger with you thanks to its equally timeless soundtrack.

This classic romantic comedy is showing under the stars at The Galileo Open Air Cinema.

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