Kevin Spacey: kudos to SA film
Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey jetted into Johannesburg, South Africa at the weekend for the Jameson First Shot movie premiere. The campaign was a partnership between Spacey, his business partner Dana Brunetti of Trigger Street Productions and Jameson, in which the aim was to find the next big thing in filmmaking.
The aspiring writers from South Africa, the USA and Russia were encouraged to submit their scripts online. Over 700 people entered from SA alone, but at the end of the day it was Capetonian Alan Shelley who walked away as the winner. Shelley then jetted off to Los Angeles to make the film, which starred none other than the two-time Academy Award winning actor.
Shelley's film made its debut at a green carpet affair in Newtown, Johannesburg on Sat, 12 May. Speaking to Dstv.com, Shelley said he was excited and ecstatic about all of the attention, "I was blown away by the response and I'm over the moon."
The 26 year-old gushed about working with Spacey and the rest of the Trigger Street Production team.
“It was great. Kevin, Dana and the rest of the production crew make you feel very welcome and at home. I never felt like I was an amateur, they made me feel like a professional,” he said.
Check out the video highlights featuring Spacey, Brunetti and other celebs here.
Spacey’s first visit to South Africa was back in 2002 alongside US President Bill Clinton. He said it was good to be back in this "remarkable country" and also so wonderful to be giving back to SA’s film scene which is fast becoming a leader in the industry.
"I just met 10 graduating film students who are about to go out and start making their stories. I'm glad to be able to be a part of giving someone an opportunity to make a film. I hope that an event will like this will energise people to go out there and make films," he said enthusiastically during a green carpet interview.
Spacey said the campaign will continue to run for another two years. Details on this year's competition aren't available yet, but keep an eye on the DStv.com for more details coming soon.
Ghana: Happy FM gets Afia Schwarzenegger
Accra, 9th January, 2012: Never compromising on unrivalled sports, news and entertainment, Happy FM, Ghana’s no 1 sports station has added to its exotic cast of presenters, award winning actress and household favourite, Valentina Nana Agyeiwaa a.k.a. Afia Schwarzenegger, star of the hit TV series Afia Schwarzenegger. The actress and comedienne is now the host of the Sports Station’s Drive Time show, Ayekoo, a flagship programme, filling the airwaves with her intoxicating aura and rapport everyday from 2.30pm to 4pm.
Fitting right into the Happy FM family, Afia explains that “the decision to join happy fm was an effortless one. It is a unique station which gives me the opportunity to be versatile; interacting with my fans and listeners on an entertainment platform every single day. I want to perpetuate the happiness and entertainment the station’s fans enjoy every day. I am thrilled to be here!”
As the only female presenter on that time slot, Afia will be competing with the seasoned voices of her male counterparts for listener’s attention. Seemingly on the winning path, the newly commissioned presenter of less than a week has mitigated a significant rise of members on the Happy FM fan page on various social media sites.
The drive time show on Happy FM just got better with the budding actress and comedienne on the bill. Stay tuned to Happy FM 98.9 to find out why.
People In brief:
Naspers’ CEO, Koos Bekker
Forbes has revealed the most powerful people in African business – and South African CEOs, chairmen and executives dominate the list.
Of the 20 listed businessmen and women, 12 represent South Africa, with Nigera, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Ethiopia being represented by top executives.
Naspers’ CEO, Koos Bekker, described by Forbes as “The Rupert Murdoch of Africa”, is listed for his company’s diverse interests in media and internet technologies, boasting stakes in global internet companies such as Allegro, Buscape, Tencent, Ibibo, Buzzcity – as well as an indirect exposure to Facebook through a Mail.ru shareholding.
Naspers also owns Africa’s largest Pay-TV conpany, DSTV as well as Media24, Africa’s largest newspaper publisher.
This year's ZIFF SWAHILI FILMS will be celebrating the Life of Steven Charles Kanumba (RIP).
The Association of Gambian Comedians recently adopted Esther John Audu, the Nigeria high commissioner to The Gambia as its life patroness.