South Africa is a country alive with stories, history, evolving themes and diverse characters. In recent years, the local movie industry has been producing work that stems from our uniquely South African environment, adding new voices and perspectives to the international movie industry. This week sees the release of Darrell James Roodt’s latest offering, Stilte. Stilte is an Afrikaans romantic drama that follows the life of a young, beautiful and talented singer named Antoinette. Having experienced a tragic event in her personal life, Antoinette relocates to the quaint Karoo town of Oudtshoorn. Now living with relatives, she is unable to communicate in words and can only break her silence by writing in a notebook. Stilte is
If you are a History Channel devotee who has watched every war movie set in post 1939 Europe, we bet you have never seen anything like this. Nazi’s on the moon are about to invade Earth! It’s time for Iron Sky, screening at The Bioscope from 10 August. Iron Sky is an exhilaratingly entertaining and genre-bending comedy that will be invading Joburg having recently won best picture at the 3rd annual Celludroid Sci-Fi/Anime/Fantasy Film Festival. The movie explains that, in the last moments of Word War II, a secret Nazi space programme evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the rogue Nazis construct gigantic space fortresses with a massive armada of flying saucers.
The way cinemas should be.. In recent decades, cultural attractions have played a prominent role in the development and regeneration of cities. In Joburg, we have two examples in the Newtown and Maboneng Precincts. The latter, positioned just to the east of the CBD, includes the much vaunted Arts on Main complex, Fox Street Studios, the 12 Decades Hotel and Main Street Life. It is on the ground floor of this building that you will find another prime attraction- the independent cinema called The Bioscope. The Bioscope achieves two, often incompatible, things. First, it takes you back to a time when cinemas were smaller and more intimate. Secondly, it does in a non-nostalgic, honest way,