WRITERS RETREAT2Join us at the Karoo Writers Retreat in the heart of Prince Albert, the Jewel of the Karoo. The Writing Studio is presenting its first weekend retreat for screenwriters in Prince Albert from 31 August to 2 September, 2018

 

 


Upcoming Film Releases  The Art of Screenwriting and Filmmaking  /  South African Filmmaking     
At The Boxoffice / Behind The Scenes Features, Interviews & Trailers of 2018 Film Releases 
Oscar Winners 2018 / Top Films of 2015 /   Top 20 Films of 2016   / Top Films of 2017

What’s Showing from 17 August

FAREWELL ELLA BELLA For Ella (24), the death of her alcoholic father leaves her with nothing but debt and the bitter memory of a complicated past. Abandoned by her mother at a young age, she has sacrificed her life, opportunities and love to care for a man she resents, but is now left adrift in the world after his passing. The re-emergence of her nomadic godfather, Neo (46), at her father’s cremation, gives Ella the opportunity to discover a better future for herself in Johannesburg. She also decides that she will bury his ashes at her childhood home in Jo’burg. Written and directed by Lwazi Mvusi. Cast: Jay Anstey, Sello Maake Kancube, Lionel Newton, Katlego Danke, Mary-Anne Barlow, Noluthando Meje. Trailer 

DOWN A DARK HALL Five emotionally fragile teens are committed to Blackwood, a mysterious school for gifted girls. Mesmerized by the intense head mistress Madame Duret, they think they have found a place where they can finally flourish academically and artistically. The mystery deepens as they break through layer after layer of misdirection to discover the true, horrifying purpose of the school. Kit Gordy, a new student at the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School, confronts the institution’s supernatural occurrences and dark powers of its headmistress. Directed by Rodrigo Cortés, starring Isabelle Fuhrman, Uma Thurman, Anna Sophia Robb. Read more / Trailer

ALPHA While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group during the Ice Age, a young hunter is injured and left for dead. Awakening to find himself broken and alone – he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack,he learns to rely on it, and they become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds to find their way home before the deadly winter arrives.  This historical drama is directed by Albert Hughes and written by Dan Wiedenhaupt. The film stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela and Jens Hultén. Trailer Read more 

Feature: An old-fashioned story of survival set 20,000 years ago

GOLD Gold set in 1948 tells the historic story of the Hockey team that won the first Olympic medal for India as a free nation on the 12th of August 1948. The same date this year commemorates the 70th anniversary of this historic feat. The story of Gold highlights India’s emergence from the shadow of the British Empire as it meets the British hockey team on the field, this time as a nation in its own right. Gold is an inspirational story of a team that fought against all odds to bring their nation hope, pride and respect. Read more / Trailer 

THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME A pair of friends embark on an espionage adventure after one of them finds out her ex is a spy. Directed by Susanna Fogel, starring Justin Theroux, Mila Kunis, Sam Heughan. Read moreTrailer 

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THE MEG A 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon seeks revenge in this science fiction action thriller, an exhilarating adventure that director Jon Turteltaub says “takes you into a world you have imagined but have never seen. And that is exactly what’s fun and exciting about movies.”A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean…with its crew trapped inside.  With time running out, former deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is drawn out of self-imposed exile by a visionary Chinese oceanographer, Dr. Zhang (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter, Suyin (Li Bingbing), who thinks she can rescue the crew on her own.  But it will take their combined efforts to save the crew, and the ocean itself,from this seemingly unstoppable threat—a prehistoric 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon.  Thought to be extinct, the Meg turns out to be very much alive…and on the hunt. Feature:  Jurassic Park meets Jaws / Trailer

STROOMOPAward-winning actor, screenwriter, producer and television presenter  Ivan Botha’s long-awaited directorial debut Stroomop tells the story of five women being tossed about by life’s rough waters and drowning in their own lives. Together they not only have to fight tears, fears and pain, but they must also fight for survival in this exciting white river rafting adventure on the Orange River. The film offers hilarious laugh-out-loud moments that make you realise that sometimes you simply have to accept your circumstances and make the most of it. In fact, sometimes you will have to swim against the current to discover that you are more than enough, and that you possess everything you need to overcome what the river of life may float your way. Donnalee Roberts plays Lana, a surgeon with a tragic past. Simoné Nortmann is Vivian, a data analyst living a lie. Adrie, played by Chanelle de Jager, has tons of potential, but she has lost herself somewhere between marriage and motherhood.  Ilse Klink plays Diona, a strong-willed family lawyer, who has spent years helping other families, but have neglected her own in the process. Armand Aucamp, famous for his roles in Ballade vir ’n EnkelingDie Boekklub 1 and 2 and Knapsekêrels stars as the river guide, Guy.  Read more / Trailer

GEURNSEY2Based on the internationally bestselling novel of the same name, The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society tells the story of Juliet Ashton (Lily James), a free-spirited, successful writer living in post-war London.Despite the success of her recent novel and support from her dear friend and publisher Sidney (Matthew Goode), she struggles to find inspiration for her writing after the harsh experiences of the war. Poised to accept a proposal from Mark Reynolds (Glen Powell),  a dashing American GI, she receives an unexpected letter from a Guernsey farmer named Dawsey Adams (Michiel Huisman).As Juliet and Dawsey become close, she begins to unravel what happened during the difficult years under the occupation and starts to understand why they are so afraid to tell her their story.Her fate now intertwined with the society, Juliet must decide how to help her new friends and follow her heart, knowing that her life may change in ways she had never expected. Feature: A 10-year journey from page to screen / Trailer

SUPERFLYSuperfly — the film that helped define a genre in its characters, look, sound, and feel — is reimagined with Director X, director of legendary music videos (Drake, Rihanna), introducing it to a new generation. The screenplay is by Alex Tse.Cocaine kingpin Youngblood Priest realizes that it’s time to get out of the game after surviving a violent attack from a crazed rival. Hoping for one last score, Priest and his partner travel to Mexico to arrange a deal. The career criminal now finds himself trying to outmaneuver the cartel, two corrupt police officers and all the double-crossers that threaten his path to freedom. Read more Trailer 

CHARMINGThe animated musical comedy Charming explores the untold stories of Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty who discover that they are all engaged to the same Prince Charming. After a fairy spills a large amount of charm dust on Charming, Prince Charming, led by the heroine Lenore, a woman who is incapable of love, must go on an epic journey to find his one truest of loves. Directed and written by Ross Venokur. The film stars the voices by Demi Lovato, Wilmer Valderrama, Avril Lavigne, Ashley Tisdale, G.E.M., and Sia. Read more / Trailer 

 

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN2CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Winnie-the-Pooh and friends reunite with old pal Christopher Robin — now an adult. Directed by Marc Forster, with a screenplay written by Tom McCarthy, Alex Ross Perry, and Allison Schroeder and from a story by Perry. The film is inspired by A. A. Milne’s book Winnie-the-Pooh and is a live-action/CGI continuation of the Disney franchise of the same name. The film will star Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin, with Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, and Mark Gatiss in supporting roles, along with the voices of Jim Cummings, Chris O’Dowd, Brad Garrett, Toby Jones, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, and Sophie Okonedo. Feature: Christopher Robin – Reinventing classic characters and telling a new story Trailer / Win a Fantastic Christopher Robin Movie Hamper

MARY SHELLEYMARY SHELLEY Mary Wollstonecraft’s (Elle Fanning) family disapproves when she and poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth) announce their love for each other. The family is horrified when it finds that the couple has eloped, accompanied by Mary’s half-sister, Claire (Bel Powley) . While staying in the home of Lord Byron at Lake Geneva, the guests are challenged to write a ghost story, which leads Mary to conceive her novel “Frankenstein.”  Directed by Haifaa al-Mansour,  based on an original screenplay by Australian screenwriter Emma Jensen. It is about writer Mary Shelley’s first love and romantic relationship with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, which inspired Mary to write Frankenstein. Feature: Mary Shelley – A coming of age story about a young woman trying to find and own her voice 200 years ago / Trailer 

HOTEL ARTEMISHOTEL ARTEMIS As rioting rocks Los Angeles in the year 2028, disgruntled thieves make their way to Hotel Artemis — a 13-story, members-only hospital for criminals. It’s operated by the Nurse, a no-nonsense, high-tech healer who already has her hands full with a French assassin, an arms dealer and an injured cop. As the violence of the night continues, the Nurse must decide whether to break her own rules and confront what she’s worked so hard to avoid.Dystopian action thriller written and directed by Drew Pearce, in his feature directorial debut. With Jodie Foster. Feature: Hotel Artemis – An original, high-octane futuristic crime-thriller Trailer 

SICARIOSICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO In Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the series begins a new chapter. In the drug war, there are no rules–and as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border, federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) calls on the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), whose family was murdered by a cartel kingpin, to escalate the war in nefarious ways. Alejandro kidnaps the kingpin’s daughter to inflame the conflict–but when the girl is seen as collateral damage, her fate will come between the two men as they question everything they are fighting for. Feature: An intense and relevant action-thriller propelled by two antihero protagonists / Trailer 

DARKEST MINDSDARKEST MINDS (IMAX) A Young Adult/Sci-Fi Thriller. The world has taken a turn when kids start catching an incurable, mysterious virus.  The kids that don’t succumb to this illness discover that they have acquired unique abilities, which the government authorities have labelled with a color-coding. With over 90% of the kids now wiped out, these remaining kids with special powers are taken to government-run camps where they are studied, controlled, and feared. A group of teenagers escape and embark on a road trip to find a rumoured safe haven created and run by other kids like them.  But once they find it, everything isn’t what it seems. Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Read more / Trailer 

AsinamaliASINAMALI Written and directed by Mbongeni Ngema, the film version of the seminal musical.  The narrative follows a group of prisoners in the 80s as they think back on their pasts and the events leading to their arrest. The hardship of prison life is told through the experiences of the inmates, whose lives are made even more difficult by sadistic prison warder Sergeant Mgwaqaza (Boitumelo Chuck Shisana). At the same time, the prison authorities are under pressure to accommodate Comrade Washington (Mbongeni Ngema), an exiled MK soldier working for Amnesty International, who is running drama workshops with the inmates at the notorious Durban Central Prison.  Through sheer determination he outsmarts the prison authorities, manipulating those around him into allowing him to create a play which depicts how they came to land in prison. It represents triumph over adversity, with the theatrical musical explosion becoming their ticket to freedom.  Trailer / Read more 

Read more about other upcoming film releases in August

New Releases

ADRIFTADRIFT Based on the inspiring true story of two sailors who set out to journey across the ocean from Tahiti to San Diego and sailed directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, with no hope for rescue,  Adrift is the unforgettable story about the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love. Produced and directed by Baltasar Kormákur, and written by David Branson Smith, Aaron Kandell and Jordan Kandell.  Feature: Adrift – A Heartfelt True Story That Inspired a Film / Trailer 

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUTMISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT Written, directed and co-produced by Christopher McQuarrie. It is the sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible film series. Feature: Mission: Impossible – Fallout – The sixth film in a global cultural phenomenon that has grossed more than $2.8 billion worldwide  / Trailer / 

 

 

BROKEN PROMISES 4-EVER - Theshen NaickerBROKEN PROMISES 4-EVER   The fourth instalment in the ‘Broken Promises’ franchise by well-known award-winning director, producer, and scriptwriter, Kumaran Naidu. The film follows the antics of the Padayachee family and all the favourite characters from the previous movies, Amsugi, Reuben, Saras, Bommi, and others are back. Watch trailer 

 

 

ROOM (H) MATESROOM (H) ATES (SOUS LE MEME TOIT) The new French rom-com Room(h)ates (Sous le meme toit) telss of a pair of separated parents forced to live under the same roof. Written and directed by Dominique Farrugia (Bis)  Read review / Watch Trailer 

 

 

SNOW QUEEN 3SNOW QUEEN 3: FIRE AND ICE Kai and Gerda’s family possess a special talent for getting in trouble. When they become adults, Kai and Gerda decide to go in search of Gerda’s parents, although they will have to tackle a lot of problems along the way. Read more / Trailer 

 

 

Teen-Titans-Go-Movie-Release-Date-Summer-2018TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES  A fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream, and is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry.   Read more /  Trailer /

 

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