South Africa: Neill Blomkamp's new video leads fans on a digital treasure hunt

When South African film-maker Neill Blomkamp's strange new short went viral (in Oct 2010) it prompted many questions: is this a clue to Blomkamp's mooted District 9 sequel? Or his forthcoming new sci-fi project Elysium? It said as much about contemporary movie marketing as it did about the director's creativity.

Source: The Guardian

Made in Cape Town: African sci-fi

Far from being a District 9 copy, the new black-and-white sci-fi film from Cape Town-based production company Be Phat Motel has its own dark ambience and unique character that is set to breathe new life into the genre. The self-funded thriller, titled Sweetheart, is not a full-length feature film but still manages to entertain throughout its 26 minutes. It previewed to a receptive audience on 2 December 2010 at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town.

Source: Media Club South Africa

Growth of Nollywood undermined by lack of cinemas and piracy

This summarised version of an article by Richard Seymour in Nigeria’s Compass newspaper offers many interesting insights into the development of the continent’s largest film industry.

Source: Compass Newspaper

South Africa: SABC1 announces highlights for January 2011

SABC1 has announced the highlights of the season starting in January 2011:

Content - In Brief:

-  Extraordinary documentary series "Africa (s), another story of the twentieth century" (« Afrique(s), une autre histoire du XXème siècle ») from Elikia M’bokolo - historian; Philippe Sainteny - journalist and Alain Ferrari, recently broadcast on various channels across francophone territories, has received very positive and enthusiastic feedback from viewers.

SA film makes waves at film festival - A Small Town Called Descent

The South African film “A Small Town Called Descent” has made big waves at the seventh Dubai International Film Festival. It deals with the 2008 xenophobic attacks, in which over 60 people died.

The story sees three Scorpions investigators being sent to a small Karoo town to investigate the killing of a Zimbabwean man. Hlubi Mboya plays the man’s South African girlfriend, who is sexually assaulted for dating him.


Matt Damon in talks to star in Neill Blomkamp's new film Elysium

Matt Damon is in talks to star in the next science fiction project from Neill Blomkamp, whose debut film District 9 was nominated for four Academy Awards earlier this year.

Source: The Guardian

Premier proposes shooting film on Africa lamp project

In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Republic of China Premier Wu Den-yih proposed that the many stories related to Taiwan's decades-long aid to foreign countries could be adapted for film, including the "A Lamp Lighting Up Africa" program that the country is promoting in Burkina Faso.

The films could be shown in 2011 as part of celebrations for the ROC's 100th founding anniversary, Wu said while hosting a dinner for Taiwanese diplomats and expatriates upon his arrival in the West African ally on a one-week visit.


Uganda: Animation Industry Growing Fast

On the busy street of Nkrumah road, hidden at a back office of a big stationery shop, is a group of young men and a lady, armed with a few computers, graphic tablets and an animation table, who plan to turn Uganda's first digital animation studio into the leading animation Studio in the region. Yunus Sebyala, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the little known Xtoons Animations, says it is the first animation studio in the country.

Source: New Vision

SA: Skills, budget hurt SABC digital TV

Paul Vecchiatto, an ITWeb Cape Town correspondent wrote on 24 Nov 2010:

The SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is keeping the digital TV test signal going, but is not expanding the coverage, due to budgetary constraints, says acting group CEO Robin Nicholson.

Source: 30 November 2010Source: Biz-CommunitySource: Issa Sikiti Da Silva
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