And the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Winners are…

Waiting for the winners and I feel as nervous as they must be…   Palme d’Or: “Dheepan,” – directed by Jacques Audiard Grand Prix (which is like the runner up): “Son of Saul,” Directed by Laszlo Nemes Best Director: “The Assassin,” Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien for Best Screenplay: “Chronic,” Written by Michel Franco Camera d’Or […]

The Little Prince Fails to Fly

The Little Prince was sadly just a little too little. It had moments that were spectacular, and the animation is truly awesome…but perhaps my expectations were just too much. For me, Mark Osborne’s vision just didn’t quite deliver. I wanted to LOVE it. I walked in and sat down waiting to be mesmerised and transported to my […]

Chronic is Chronic! Tim Roth Nurses His Role Brilliantly

Eish! Chronic is chronic! Like the heading here. There’s no other word to describe it. Of course it’s meant in two ways. Chronic illnesses. And chronic, the concept. The film is by Michel Franco and stars Tim Roth who is brilliant. Roth – who stars in TV series Lie To Me – and who I’ve […]

Goosebumps from Zambian Documentary Chronicling Team’s Comeback

Goosebumps. This film – The e18hteam – will have you in tears. Particularly if you are from Africa. But even from France. The film is a compilation of cuts from several documentaries and news items on world media. It’s a true story. The tragedy of the Zambian National Football team – Chiplopolo  – who lost their […]

SICARIO by Denis VILLENEUVE

This was such an eye opener – many movies have been done on the drug trade and drug cartels but Denis really captures the horror of this war. The scene of when they first enter Mexico is one that won’t leave my mind – driving through a ravaged city with bodies literally hanging from bridges […]

Sjoe – Son of Saul Tugs at Everything

The Son of Saul (Saul Fia) by first time director László Nemes is hard. Very hard. It’s a deep topic. A holocaust drama. A difficult topic. A challenging and well filmed film. But it’s also predictable. And very, very slow. And sometimes not quite clear. Guaranteed to do well because it tackles a difficult subjects rather […]

The South Africa House Party

This is South Africa House Party hosted by the NFVF Foundation is quickly becoming the events to not miss during the film festival. Lots of great South African delicacies with an abundance of wine and champagne and the amazing chocolate fountain for your ice cream desert at the end. The music is always amazing making […]

Love is a Blind Lobster

Wow, The Lobster, clutches you with its claws…takes you in…but um, then lets you go and disappoints. Such a pity. I absolutely loved almost 90 percent of this movie…but the final 10 percent negated all that had come before. It’s a perverse tale where loveless people are punished and turned into dogs and lobsters and […]

Amy by Asif Kapadia

What a talent – what a waste to lose her so young. The world is definitely poorer with her passing. Such an authentic jazz musician who wrote and sang about her life and bared her soul for us all to see. Seeing her journey from that clean and vivacious teenager when she first started out and […]

Irrationally Crazy about Woody Allen’s Irrational Man

I’ve always loved Woody Allen. His take on life. His frenetic-ness to churn out movies so that he doesn’t have to face the fact that he – like everyone – will die one day. And in his latest film Woody Allen does not disappoint. Irrational Man poses the question that so many of us trip up […]