ROOM Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, Room is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. At once a taut narrative of captivity and freedom, an imaginative trip into the wonders of childhood, and a profound portrait of a family’s bonds and fortitude, Room is a beautifully transcendent experience based on the award-winning global bestseller by Emma Donoghue, who wrote the screenplay, based on her original novel. Director Lenny Abrahamson remains faithful to the novel while bringing Jack, Ma and their entirely singular world to heart-pounding and intensely cinematic life. After 5-year- old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and his Ma (Brie Larson) escape from the solitary, locked, 10”x10” room that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all—his special bond with his loving and devoted Ma. At once a taut narrative of captivity and freedom, an imaginative trip into the wonders of childhood, and a profound portrait of a family’s bonds and fortitude, Room is a beautifully transcendent experience based on the award-winning global bestseller by Emma Donoghue, who wrote the screenplay, based on her original novel. Read more about the film. There are no bonus features.
SOLACE This intelligent supernatural thriller tells the story of a veteran FBI detective (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his younger ambitious partner (Abbie Cornish) who enlist the help of a reclusive, retired civilian analyst, Dr. John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins) to help solve a series of bizarre murders. When Clancy’s exceptional intuitive powers, which come in the form of vivid and disturbing visions, put him on the trail of the killer (Colin Farrell), the doctor soon realizes his gift of second sight is little match against the extraordinary powers of this elusive murderer on a mission. “The story and characters in Solace were unique,” said Flynn, who has produced more than 30 films including the critically acclaimed Choke, Requiem for a Dream and Tigerland and blockbusters such as Journey to the Center of the Earth, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and Hercules. Read more about the film. There are no bonus features.
STATE OF THE NATION If you are a fan of spicy and racy stand-up-comedy and Loyiso Goya, you will enjoy Goya’s third comedy special that was filmed in front of a live audience in Cape Town’s Grand West Casino. His no holds barred musings takes us through issues that include the Oscar Pretorius trials, the differences that separate and divide the Rainbow Nation, and politicians.
THE 5TH WAVE In this alien invasion film about the breakup of one family, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother Sammy. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope – if she can only trust him. Directed by J Blakeson, with a screenplay by Susannah Grant and Akiva Goldsman & Jeff Pinkner, the film is based on the novel by Rick Yancey. Read more about the film. Bonus features: There are some exciting features that include a interesting journey behind the scenes and how the film was made, young Zackary Arthur (who plays Sammy) talking to the creative team about what their job on the film was, and there’s an audio commentary with director J. Blakeson and actress Chloë Grace Moretz.
Win a Vir Altyd DVD
The delightful Vir Altyd (Forever) is a romantic adventure movie that is guaranteed to wow audiences and is an honest and sincere journey into the hearts and souls of two young lovers on the rollercoaster of love and life, it’s a heartfelt film about love and how Cupid’s arrows pierces the hearts of those who want to love but are hopelessly lost on their search for meaning and understanding, and revered conquerors of love celebrating its joy and anguish. Botha and Roberts wrote and co-produced Vir Altyd with Danie Bester, whose Johannesburg-based company, The Film Factory produced three of the top six highest grossing Afrikaans feature films at the South African box office: the very successful teen comedy trilogy Bakgat!, Bakgat! 2 and Bakgat! 3; box office hits Ballade vir ’n Enkeling, Wolwedans in die Skemer, Hoofmeisie and Pad na Jou Hart; as well as the critically acclaimed Roepman and Verraaiers. Read an exclusive interview with darling superstars of the local film and TV industry, Ivan Botha and Donnalee Roberts, who charmed filmgoers in Pad Na You Hart, and sizzle in their latest charmer Vir Altyd (Forever) which they wrote and co-produced. Features: You can view the film in Afrikaans (with the choice of English subtitles), or in English with Afrikaans subtitles. You can also take a look at how the film was made and reached the big screen, as well as a look at the characters of two couple that influences the choices the young lovers make.
If you want to win a VIR ALTYD DVD, tell us who wrote the screenplay and your answer and contact details to us before June 30. Enter the competition.