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Shield and Spear | DIFF 2014

by Matt Vend / 25.07.2014
Shield and Spear tells the story of the dreams and aspirations of local artists and musicians in post-apartheid South Africa. Mzansi is a country still torn and divided, still suffering
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Beti and Amare | DIFF 2014

by Kavish Chetty / 24.07.2014
The Ethiopia of Beti and Amare has the slumberous atmosphere of a world that has long since surrendered to the apocalypse. Director Andy Siege, a young man who lived his
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From Hard Drive to The World

by Hagen Engler / 20.06.2014
There is a grim scene about halfway through Ernest Nkosi’s Thina Sobabili that just makes your skin crawl. It is one of the most horrific, outrageous and disgusting pieces of
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March of The Gods

by Jon Monsoon / 04.04.2014
Despite a brittle association to blues music, heavy metal is very much a white man’s gig. And yet, not exclusively so. For just as you’re sure to find a pasty
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Four Corners

by Kavish Chetty / 31.03.2014
Four Corners is set out on the blistered ganglands of the Cape Flats where young Ricardo (Jezriel Skei) is a fatherless youth trying his best to resist the tethers of
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I, Frankenstein

by Kavish Chetty / 14.03.2014
“Frankenstein is a myth; a horror story to scare children,” says the cute blonde scientist at the beginning of I, Frankenstein. This is the lie at the heart of the
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Dallas Buyers Club

by Kavish Chetty / 28.02.2014
Matthew McConaughey acts with anguished intensity in Dallas Buyers Club. Ron Woodroof (McConaughey) Woodroof lives rough in mid-80s Texas: whiskey, prostitutes, cocaine – and he is suitably gaunt, gruff-throated and
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The silver screen in Sunnyside

by Dennis Webster / Illustration by Sasan / 24.02.2014
Near to where I live in Sunnyside, Pretoria, is a shopping centre called Sterland. The Ster-Kinekor there seems to be the exception to all rules. Even in Steve McQueen’s emotive
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The Monuments Men

by Kavish Chetty / 21.02.2014
George Clooney had perhaps hoped that The Monuments Men would pose aching questions about civilisation and sacrifice. What he appears to have discovered instead is that if you core all
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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

by Kavish Chetty / 14.02.2014
Ron Burgundy and his greasy cohorts have come blistering back after a decade of solitude. After his phoenix-like ascent to television news stardom, the bristle-moustached news anchor’s psychotic masculinity came
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