Content In Brief
- The low budget Afikaans teen comedy Bakgat! continues to make good at the South African box office, having amassed just over R2m in its three weeks of release. It was in seventh spot in the week 25 April to 1 May
- South Africa’s first ever daily soap, Egoli – Place of Gold, produced by Franz Marx Films for pay-TV channel M-Net, has been renewed until the end of March 2010. The soap is recorded daily at Johannesburg’s Sasani Studios.
- The Human Bondage Project, a series of feature films, documentaries and TV series about slavery told from the African perspective, to be produced over a period of five years, was launched on 8 May The Project is being done in collaboration with the UNESCO Slavery Project, the Thomson Foundation, the Amsterdam-based Binger Institute and South African public broadcaster SABC.
- Young filmmaker Chris dos Santos' short film At Thy Call will be screened at the Cannes International Film Festival, which opens on 14 May. At Thy Call examines young men's experiences of the border war, which took place during the apartheid years.
- After weeks of watching tortured souls trying to sing themselves to fame in seven different countries, the real thing is finally here.Up this Sunday is Group 2, which includes the first of only two Ugandans, Faycal. By contrast, Zimbabwe has eight in the Top 24, Zambia has seven, Kenya has six and Botswana one.