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'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' poster unveiled at Cannes...

The first poster for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the long-awaited adaptation of Nelson Mandela's autobiography, was unveiled at an event with producer, Anant Singh and Harvey Weinstein at the Cannes International Film Festival. The movie poster features a close-up of Idris Elba and is the first official image of Elba as Nelson Mandela. The colour scheme incorporates the traditional ANC colours of dark green, yellow and black set against a red backdrop with the tagline "It is an ideal for which I am prepared to die". Read more about the film...

'Side Effects' - Ster-Kinekor Movie Buffs Screening

Stephen "Spling" Aspeling will be hosting a special screening of SIDE EFFECTS, directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven, Contagion) and starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum. The Ster-Kinekor Movie Buffs screening will take place at 7:30pm for 8pm on Wednesday 29 May at Tyger Valley, Bellville and Thursday 30 May at Cavendish Square, Cape Town. Book Tickets

GIVEAWAY: Win 1 of 5 sets of double tickets to see the pre-release screening of SIDE EFFECTS at Tyger Valley on Wednesday, 29 May. Call 082 16789 - the first five lucky callers will win two tickets to see the film on the night! Winners announced on fan page.

About the film

SIDE EFFECTS is a gripping psychological thriller that ratchets up the tension as a young doctor tries to reinstate his reputation and career after a patient is implicated in a murder. Soderbergh's slick film morphs from a dark pharmaceutical drama into a psychological crime thriller as a hunch leads a doctor on a trail of breadcrumbs...

Solid performances from a stellar cast, smart storytelling and a compelling crime narrative drive this provocative and deceptive thriller. We're challenged by a complex set of characters, whose ethics and morality are put to the test as a poisonous fog bank clears to reveal a chilling truth.

About the event

The special SIDE EFFECTS screening will be held at Ster-Kinekor's Cavendish Square and Tyger Valley cineplexes. As your host, Spling will introduce the preview at 8pm, 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

Where the Road Runs Out Trailer

Where The Road Runs Out, is directed by Rudolf Buitendach and stars Isaach De Bankole (Casino Royale), Juliet Landau (Ed Wood) and South Africa's very own Stelio Savante (A Million Colours). The drama follows a respected scientist and lecturer (De Bankole), as the death of an old friend helps him rediscover his African roots at a rundown field research station in Equatorial Guinea. Watch Trailer...


Grant De Sousa on the 'Grant De Sousa Film Festival'

Grant De Sousa has checked another item off his bucket list... host own film festival. The young Frieze Films director was lucky enough to win a Cinema Nouveau promotion, in which participants had to guess movie titles by identifying key props from iconic films.

The one-day film festival kicks off this Saturday morning, 27 April at the Cinema Nouveau at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Grant will host the festival, as his personalised selection is made viewable to the general public at R35 per ticket (normal ticket discounts apply). Win 1 of 5 double tickets

The five movie titles that make up Grant’s film festival are: Weird Science (09:45); Raiders of the Lost Ark (12:00 noon); The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (14:15); Fight Club (17:30) and the main feature for the day, Dark City (20:15). Check out his event page

De Sousa watches between 2 and 3 films a week and apparently made his film festival selection before he had even been announced as the winner. A serious contender for one of South Africa's biggest movie fanatics, SPL!NG caught up with Grant to find out more about the director and his film festival...

You must be a movie buff… where did your love for film start?

I have a very distinctive memory of watching films on repeat as a kid. In particular, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and further to that - the making of. I remember as a child in the eighties being fascinated by the makeup, special effects & execution, which I guess triggered my curiosity.

My Star Wars: Return of the Jedi eventually gave in and disintegrated into a nest of magnetic tape. Beyond that my aunt had a post production company and I loved nothing more than coming with her to work and watching the magic unfold.

Tell us about your most prized items in your film collection?

Clockwork Orange, Big Blue, Blade Runner… to name but a few. I'm also a bit of a Star Trek nut so have all the old Next Generation series but that's just the geek in me.

You direct commercials… have you directed any music videos or short films?

I was once shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Jameson First Shot competition and as a result had to do a little short based on a script they supplied us. Other than that I did a few Kwaito music videos back in the day but none to write home about. It is my intention to get involved in long form and narrative specifically at some point in my career but for now my focus is commercials and content creation.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about being a director?

I've worked under a few very prominent directors, who have all offered me a lot of valuable information, some without knowing it... Some of the most valuable things I learnt in that period was just how much of the job isn't film making: it's about relationships and learning to deal with people on a creative level.

Which film directors do you admire most?

David Fincher, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, JJ Abrams...

What’s your take on the South African film industry?

I think the service side of the industry is growing at an astronomical rate. As a result we are growing our studios and facilities. This in itself is creating resources and means for future filmmakers. The industry is in its infancy but I can tell you from first-hand experience there are a lot of exciting projects coming up that I'm indirectly involved with. Provided we nurture it in the correct manner, there is no stopping us as a creative force.

Tell us a bit about what inspired each of your choices… (a two-liner/paragraph each would be great)

I'm sure anyone who loves movies would battle as I did. But it was a challenge I welcomed. I tried the angle of five different genres to offer diversity, as well as help my decisions along.

Weird Science

This is possibly the most selfish choice out of the lot, as it perhaps isn't something as obvious as the rest of the list. This film for me has certain significance in my life. I do believe the humour to be ahead of its time and think it would rival any modern comedy.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Whats to say? How could I not put this in?

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

The greatest Western of all time...

Fight Club

Fincher's greatest film. As one of my favorite directors, I had to have one in there and Fight Club is it!

Dark City

This one is a bit of a cult classic. I still believe The Matrix ripped much from this film. It truly is a wonderful piece of cinema; it's shot and lit so beautifully. What other movies almost made the cut? I had a list of 30 that got whittled down to ten that then got whittled to five. Would you like the list of 30? I will tell you that not having a Star Wars or Tarantino film wasn't ideal.

If you could ‘do lunch’ with anyone in Hollywood… who would it be?

My mom: she's always wanted to go to Hollywood… just kidding. It would have to be JJ Abrams; I would get him very drunk and pry secrets about the up-and-coming Star Wars films.

Host own film festival… so what’s next on your bucket list?

Well, I'm an avid Newcastle United supporter, so I need to watch a game at St. James Park. I'm also a massive Prince fan; I have to see him live. Why? Have you got some tickets for me?

'Trance' pre-release screening with Spling (25 April)

Stephen "Spling" Aspeling will be hosting a special screening of TRANCE, directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) and starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson. The Ster-Kinekor Movie Buffs screening will take place at 7:30pm for 8pm on Thursday 25 April at Cavendish Square, Cape Town. Book Tickets

About the film

TRANCE is a breathtakingly beautiful and surreal new Danny Boyle film. What starts out as a typical art heist crime thriller, in the vein of Spike Lee's Inside Man, deconstructs into something more on a par with Neil Burger's Limitless and Christopher Nolan's Inception as we enter the curious world of art theft and hypnotherapy.

Kaleidoscope colours permeate this enigmatic psychological crime thriller as the audience is transported into the world of a fine art auctioneer suffering from amnesia, as he tries to piece together important memories from his past. TRANCE does exactly that - bedazzling its audience with its vivid colours, captivating performances, sleek direction and jigsaw plot lines as we too slip into an altered state of consciousness.

About the event

The special TRANCE screening will be held at Ster-Kinekor's Cavendish Square cineplex. As your host, Spling will introduce the preview at 8pm, 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

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