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SAFTA Film Nominations, Predictions and Winners 2013...


This year's SAFTA film nominations are dominated by several films: Die Wonderwerker (10), Semi-Soet (8), Otelo Burning (7), Material (8), Little One (3), A Million Colours (2) and Adventures in Zambezia (2). With one of the most tightly contested years to date, it's going to be interesting to see who takes home the most coveted accolades.

Best Director is anyone's guess with Katinka Heyns delivering Die Wonderwerker, Craig Freimond hitting comedy gold in Material, Darrell Roodt serving up South Africa's Oscar representative in Little One and Wayne Thornley breaking new ground in Adventures in Zambezia. Best Actor will probably be a battle between a wistful Dawid Minnaar (Die Wonderwerker) and a charming debut from stand-up comedian, Riaad Moosa (Material). A powerhouse "supporting" performance from Vincent Ebrahim in Material should have Best Supporting Actor sewn up. Best Actress features several excellent performances, while Best Supporting Actress is anyone's guess with three equally deserving performances.

The big match-up of the evening is undoubtedly Die Wonderwerker and Material for Best Feature Film. Both films feature strong performances, firm direction and solid writing. Die Wonderwerker's cinematography and production values make it entrancing and visually-captivating, but Material's well-balanced comedy drama and heart should give it the edge. Surprisingly, Little One, South Africa's submission hasn't garnered a nomination in this category.

The SAFTAs ceremony commenced on 15 and 16 March with a live broadcast on SABC 3 on March 16, including highlights from the previous day. The winners are highlighted in bold.

 
'Zero Dark Thirty' Pre-release Screening with Spling (7 & 13 Feb)


Stephen "Spling" Aspeling will be hosting special screenings of the Best Picture nominee, ZERO DARK THIRTY, by Kathryn Bigelow, Academy award-winning writer and director of The Hurt Locker. Ster-Kinekor Movie Buffs screenings will take place at 7:30pm for 8pm on 7 February at Cavendish Square and then on 13 February at Tygervalley, Cape Town. Book Movie Tickets for Zero Dark Thirty

About the film

ZERO DARK THIRTY is a gripping drama and thriller based on the greatest manhunt in history, starring Jessica Chastain and directed by Kathryn Bigelow, award-winning writer and director of The Hurt Locker. "A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011. (IMDB)".

About the event

The special screenings will be held at Ster-Kinekor cineplexes at Cavendish Square and Tygervalley shopping malls. As your host, Spling will introduce the ZERO DARK THIRTY preview, which will then be screened and followed by a discussion for those wanting to explore the film further. Normal ticket prices and discounts apply and several movie goers will go home with prizes.

About the host

Stephen "Spling" Aspeling has been a film fanatic since he first watched the psychedelic elephant dance in Dumbo in the early '80s and a movie critic since 2007. More About Spling

 
Final Curtain for Cinema Nouveau, Cavendish Square...

 

Ster-Kinekor has confirmed today, 04 January 2013, that it will close its Cinema Nouveau theatres in Cavendish Square in Cape Town. The last trading date at Cavendish Nouveau will be the 17th January 2013. Tim Smal, a local Cape Town musician and regular patron of Cinema Nouveau, Cavendish was so moved by the decision that he created this tribute video.

“It is with regret that we have to share this news with our valued cinema audiences who have been so supportive of Cavendish Nouveau over the years. The closure of the theatre complex was a decision made by the mall owners who have decided to allocate the space used currently by Cinema Nouveau to an alternative retailer instead.

 
'Life of Pi' 3D Pre-release Screening with Spling (13 Dec)


Stephen "Spling" Aspeling will be hosting a special screening of the much anticipated 3D film, Life of Pi, 7:30pm for 8pm on 13 December at Cavendish Square, Cape Town as part of Movie Buffs, a new Ster-Kinekor initiative. Book Tickets | Facebook Event Page

About the film

Lif of Pi is a breathtaking adventure, directed by Ange Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Brokeback Mountain) and stars newcomer Suraj Sharma with Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain. "A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor ... a fearsome Bengal tiger. (IMDB)".

About the event

The special screening will be held at Ster-Kinekor's Cavendish cineplex at Cavendish Square shopping mall. As your host, Spling will introduce the Life of Pi preview, which will then be screened and followed by a discussion for those wanting to explore the film further. Normal 3D ticket prices and discounts apply and several movie goers will walk home with prizes. Book Tickets Online

About the host

Stephen "Spling" Aspeling has been a film fanatic since he first watched the psychedelic elephant dance in Dumbo in the early '80s and a movie critic since 2007. More About Spling

 
Spling to host 'Looper' pre-release screening, 29 November (CPT)


Stephen "Spling" Aspeling will be hosting a special screening of the much anticipated film, Looper, 7:30pm for 8pm on 29 November at Cavendish Square, Cape Town as part of Movie Buffs, a new Ster-Kinekor initiative. Book Tickets

About the film

Looper is a fascinating sci-fi actioner, written and directed by Rian Johnson (The Brothers Bloom, Brick) and stars Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt. "In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by transporting back Joe's future self. (IMDB)".

About the event

The special screening will be held at Ster-Kinekor's Cavendish cineplex at Cavendish Square shopping mall. As your host, Spling will introduce the Looper preview, which will then be screened and followed by a discussion for those wanting to explore the film further. Normal ticket prices apply and several lucky movie goers will walk home with prizes.

About the host

Stephen "Spling" Aspeling has been a film fanatic since he first watched the psychedelic elephant dance in Dumbo in the early '80s and a movie critic since 2007. More About Spling

 
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