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SA Director Darryl Roodt on his Movie 'Winnie'

Winnie director Darrell Roodt (Sarafina!; Cry, the Beloved Country) took some time out for an interview with blackfilm.com to discuss the film’s influences, distribution prospects, the rough edit screening at Cannes, Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard's preparation for their iconic South African roles and protests the film received from Winnie Mandela herself.

The controversial film featured at the Toronto International Film Festival in mid-September and has received mixed reviews from critics so far... 

"Fred Topel: How is a Winnie Mandela biography not some studio’s prestige awards season baby?

Darrell Roodt: Well, it’s an independent film. We made it independently because we wanted to make the film. It’s a very hard film to try and finance through a studio if you know what I mean, but hopefully a studio or whoever can just pick it up and try and get it further out there because I think it’s got some merits."

Full Darrell Roodt interview with Winnie images...

"What's your favourite scary movie... poster, Sidney?"

Horror movies have become known for their posters and tag lines - designed to create suspense, fear and uncertainty in the eye of the beholder.

The art of a great movie poster is in the details and as you'll see from TotalFilm's 40 Greatest Horror Movie Posters: Scary One-Sheets to Give You the Shivers, some have managed to be even scarier than the horror film's they represented!

Halloween's just around the corner, so it's time to brush up on some horror with a couple of classics! From Suspira, Halloween and Evil Dead to Saw 3, Funny Games and The Human Centipede... see the movie posters that frightened you as a child and then disturbed you as an adult.

Counting from 40 down, which horror movie poster takes the coveted number one spot? See if you agree and fill in some gaps along the way. 40 Greatest Horror Movie Posters...

Local Director, Tim Greene, to Compete with World's Best...

Tim Greene
is best known as the film-maker who convinced 1000 people to each invest R1000.00 in his first feature film, Boy Called Twist. With the finance raised through ‘crowd-sourcing’ – which at the time had not been done before in South Africa - the film was released to critical acclaim and went on to screen at Cannes and festivals around the world.

With his second film SKEEM, Greene will be rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of international directors when the film has its World Premiere at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival on 16th October 2011.

A classic caper movie that follows a mile-a-minute chase after a cardboard box full of cash, SKEEM has been selected to compete in the Showcase section, alongside films by such acclaimed directors as Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh, Werner Hertzog and Terry Gilliam.

“It is a great honour to be included,” says producer Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat, “To be considered good enough to be in competition with these films is a dream come true. I cannot describe how proud I am to see Tim Greene's name in the roster with these directors.”

Disney Back Leon Schuster's Next Movie Venture

Leon Schuster has dominated the South African film market with his slapstick, candid, SA culture brand of character comedy over the last few decades from You Must Be Joking! to Schuk's Tshabalala's Survival Guide to South Africa. The SA film-maker has been the driving force behind three of South Africa's highest grossing films of all time... Mr. Bones 2, Mr. Bones and Mama Jack, so it was only a matter of time before he struck a deal with international entertainment giant Disney.

Schuster has managed to draw fans from across race and age in the rainbow nation, something that few others have achieved. The movie, which Gray Hofmeyer and Leon Schuster have been working on for three years, is inspired by Hans en die Rooinek, a Jamie Uys film. Schuster now has considerable pressure to make a good film with Disney backing the new untitled venture.

After a long negotiation period, reviewing Schuster's previous films and the script - they decided to give the full support of their marketing and distribution infrastructure, showing their recognition of the SA entertainment industry. While they can't guarantee sale of the film overseas, Schuster is quietly confident in the strong script and believes that with a solid team effort they will succeed. White Wedding and Tsotsi actor, Kenneth Nkosi will star opposite Schuster with appearances from Tanit Phoenix and Alfred Ntombela. (Source: Channel24)

Universal UK picks up 'Spud' for International Distribution

takes on the world! After a successful release in South Africa in December 2010 which saw it top the summer box office ahead of international blockbusters like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the film adaptation of one of South Africa’s best-loved books has made massive international strides with distribution deals in place to release it in the UK, Ireland, the Middle East, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia.

The deal to distribute the film in the UK was announced at the Toronto Film Festival this past weekend by the film’s international sales agent, The Little Film Company, and will see Universal UK handling theatrical, home entertainment and television rights, with the cinema release set for early 2012. Universal UK is the British & Irish arm of Hollywood studio NBC Universal.

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