And you thought awards season was over…

Posted by · 8:11 am · April 20th, 2010

Well, you were right. But for the true completists among you — we do promise awards coverage “this deep,” after all — here’s a suitably obscure nugget to wrap up the 2009 parade. The Ivor Novello Awards supposedly honor the finest in British music composition, and while they receive a reasonable amount of press in […]

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Hollywood, Johannesburg

Posted by · 12:36 pm · November 9th, 2009

In January 2005, exactly one week after I left my birth town of Johannesburg to study film in the brighter lights of London, Darrell James Roodt’s earnest AIDS drama “Yesterday” became South Africa’s first Oscar nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Only a month later, the rather better “uCarmen eKhayelitsha” took the Golden […]

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8/19 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:51 am · August 19th, 2009

• “Skin”: An apartheid story no one would screen. [The Independent] • Robin Wright Penn files for divorce from husband Sean Penn. [CNN] • Noah Forrest picks 10 films you should be excited about this fall. [Movie City News]

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‘Skin’ takes the Santa Barbara Audience Award…but where are the buyers?

Posted by · 7:35 am · February 2nd, 2009

One of the films I caught during the recent Santa Barbara International Film Festival but neglected to mention was Anthony Fabian’s “Skin,” the true-life story of Sandra Laing, a black girl born to white parents in Apartheid era South Africa. The film has been bouncing around the festival circuit — Toronto, Rio de Janeiro, AFI […]

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