Queen’s Honors for Harwood, Zeta-Jones, Okonedo

Posted by · 3:42 am · June 12th, 2010

Capping what was a pretty decent day for South Africa yesterday, one of the country’s most notable cinematic sons, Ronald Harwood, was accorded a knighthood in yesterday’s Queen Birthday Honors list. The Oscar-winning playwright and screenwriter (“The Pianist,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “The Dresser”) is the only film figure granted that top honor […]

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Jennifer Hudson boards Winnie Mandela biopic

Posted by · 8:17 am · November 18th, 2009

The current vogue for South African-focused cinema continues apace. With Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman applying A-list Hollywood polish to the figure of former president Nelson Mandela, Jennifer Hudson is now set to do the same for his ex-wife. Rumors about this have been circling for some time, but yesterday Variety confirmed that Hudson has […]

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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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