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Out in Africa: Movie Reviews - 'Albert Nobbs', 'A Marine Story' and 'Imfihlo: The Secret'


Albert Nobbs - Movie Review

Glenn Close garnered an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Albert Nobbs, a butler leading a secretive life of servitude in the hope of opening a tobacco shoppe in Dublin. While beautifully filmed and spurred on by an intriguing premise and great production values, Albert Nobbs lacks focus and leans too heavily on the ensemble's collective talent.

The concept would have possibly worked better if they had veiled it in Gothic horror like Jane Eyre (2011) or applied more claustrophobic and voyeuristic intensity as experienced in Chilean domestic drama, The MaidClose's performance is commendable, but casting a well-known actress leaves very few surprises in this curious, yet stilted drama.


'Otelo Burning' Up with 13 AMAA Nominations...

South African surfing film Otelo Burning scooped the most nominations (13), followed closely by South African film noir How 2 Steal 2 Million (11) and Nigeria’s Benin-set historical epic Adesuwa (10).  Ghana’s civil war film Somewhere in Africa has seven nominations, as does the Nigerian-South African xenophobia-themed co-production Man on Ground, while Kenya’s Rugged Priest has six.

Otelo Burning tells the story of a group of township kids who discover the joy of surfing against a backdrop of brewing conflict between two political groups in 1989. When 16-year-old Otelo Buthelezi takes to the water for the first time, it's clear that he was born to surf. When tragedy strikes, Otelo is forced to choose between surfing success and justice.

Shot in Durban and directed by Sara Blecher (Surfing Soweto), this coming-of-age drama stars Thomas Gumede as New Year with Jafta Mamabolo as the title character, Otelo Buthelezi. The film is described as somewhere between Brazilian crime masterpiece City of God and the teen dream adventures of surfing movie Blue Crush.

The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony for the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) on 22 April 2012, hosted by Heroes star Jimmy Jean-Louis. For the first time, the awards will be held in Lagos rather than Bayelsa in Nigeria. “Our theme this year is Africa Rising,” says founder Peace Anyiam-Osigwe. “Africa’s economies are consistently growing faster than those of almost any other region of the world and our film industries are following suit. With the success of last year’s AMAA winner, Viva Riva!, all of a sudden there’s this great excitement about the potential of the African film industry, which is clearly demonstrated in this year’s diverse nominees.”

Out in Africa - South African Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2012

Triple Oscar nominee Albert Nobbs will have its African première at the first edition of the 19th Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which runs from Friday, 23 March-Sunday 1 April 2012 in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Glenn Close received her sixth Oscar nomination for her titular role as a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th Century Ireland. Janet McTeer, nominated as Best Supporting Actress, also has a cross-dressing role, and the film is up for Best Makeup. Rising star Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre) is the love interest.

South African Film and Television Awards - Nominees and Winners, SAFTA 2012


Best Director

Oliver Hermanus (Skoonheid)*
Timothy Greene (Skeem)
Jann Turner (Paradise Stop)
Khalo Matabane (State of Violence)

Best Actor

Jeremy Crutchley as "Alan Riley" (Retribution)
Dean Lotz as "Francois van Heerden" (Skoonheid)*
Joe Mafela as "Khumbulani Maphosa" (Retribution)
Fana Mokoena as "Bobedi" (State of Violence)

Best Supporting Actor

Motlatse Mafatshe as "Chappies" (State of Violence)
Neo Ntlatleng as "OJ" (State of Violence)
Patrick Mofokeng as "Willie" (Master Harold and the Boys)*
Andrew Thompson as "Hein" (Roepman)

Best Supporting Actress

Michelle Scott as "Elena van Heerden" (Skoonheid)
Jennifer Steyn as "Betty" (Master Harold and the Boys)
Desire Gardner as "Erika Rademan" (Roepman)*

Best Writing Team

Timothy Greene (Skeem)*
Greg Latter (Black Butterflies)
Mukunda Michael Dewil (Retribution)
Khalo Matabane (State of Violence)

Best Cinematographer

Miroslaw Baszak (The Bang Bang Club)
Trevor Calverley (Night Drive)
Miles Goodall (Retribution)
Giulio Biccariu (Black Butterflies)*

Best Editor in a Feature Film

Adam Broer, Tanja Hagen (Paradise Stop)*
Richard Starkey (Retribution)
Ron Sanders (The Bang Bang Club)
Sander Vos (Black Butterflies)
CA van Aswegen (Roepman)

Best Production Designer

J. Franz Lewis (Skoonheid)
Darryl Hammer (Black Butterflies)*
Waldemar Coetsee (Roepman)

Best Music Composition

Phillip Miller (The Bang Bang Club)
Ben Ludik (Skoonheid)
Phillip Miller (Black Butterflies)*
Barry Donnelly (Master Harold and the Boys)

Best Costume Designer

Ree Donnelly (Black Butterflies)*
Pierre Viennings (Master Harold and the Boys)
Marle Drotsky (Roepman)

Best Make-Up/Stylist in a Feature Film

Marli Kruger (The Bang Bang Club)
Julia Rubinstein (Skeem)
Raine Nicholette Edwards (Black Butterflies)*

Best Sound Designer

Philip Miller (The Bang Bang Club)
Barry Donelly (Black Butterflies)
Simon Ratcliffe (Retribution)*

Best Feature Film

Skoonheid (Moonlighting Films)
Black Butterfies (Spier Films)*
Roepman (The Film Factory)

Best Animation

Jungle Beat: This Little Light of Mine (Sunrise Productions)*
In Sickness (The Animation School)
YOTV Mvubu and Friends (Urban Brew - Yotv)

Best Student Film

Umkhumbi Wethu - Our Ship (AFDA)*
Pushers (Bigfish School Of Digital Filmmaking)
Near Life (City Varsity)
Ordinary Life (City Varsity)

Best Short Film

Dirty Laundry (Stealth Donkey Moving Pictures)*
Bomlambo - Those of the Water (AFDA)
Ubuntu's Wounds (Black Drop Productions)

*Category Winner

Marvel's 'The Avengers' - Over 13.7 Million Views in 24 Hours!

Marvel Studios announced on Friday that its new trailer for this winter’s most highly anticipated movie, Marvel’s The Avengers, was viewed over 13.7 million times in the first 24 hours of its debut, setting a new record for the most viewed trailer on iTunes and the iTunes Trailers app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The new trailer, unveiled Wednesday, February 29, exclusively on iTunes, gives fans an exciting look at Marvel's The Avengers - an action adventure of a lifetime - based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series The Avengers, first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since.

In Marvel’s The Avengers the world’s greatest superheroes assemble when Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) join S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to protect the world from the dangerous and powerful villain, Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

An exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects,  Marvel’s The Avengers is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Joss Whedon from a story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon with the screenplay by Joss Whedon.

The Avengers will be released on April 26, 2012 in cinemas nationwide.

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