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1917 – An uninterrupted visceral cinematic experience
Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns discussing a scene during the filming of 1917.
Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director of SkyfallSpectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to 1917, a visceral new epic inspired by the experiences of his grandfather and others who served in World War I. 

Inspired by the fragments of stories from his grandfather Mendes crafted the structure of the story that became 1917

“Like most of the war stories I admired, from All Quiet on the Western Front to Apocalypse Now, I wanted to create a fiction based on fact,” Mendes says.

He reached out to frequent collaborator and screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who, unbeknownst to Mendes at the time, is a self-proclaimed “history nerd” and was ideally suited to the material, and their journey began.
Ladj Ly talks about his politically charged feature debut Les Misérables
Les Misérables is inspired by the Ladj Ly’s own experiences as the son of a Malian immigrant and inspired by 2005 Paris riots that erupted at the foot of the filmmaker’s building.It’s a film that’s at least 15 years in the making, with roots that stretch back to Ly’s activist teenage years.

In a competitive year for French cinema, “Les Misérables” has been a standout. It won the Jury Prize at Cannes, where it received mostly rave reviews, and was selected as France’s Best International Feature Film Oscar submission — marking the first time that France has chosen a film by a black filmmaker to represent the country at the Academy Awards.
Dolittle – A vivid re imagining of an iconic classic
Stephen Gaghan
For almost 100 years, the whimsical tales of Hugh Lofting’s Doctor Dolittle have enchanted readers young and old. The hero’s astonishing ability to master the complex tongues of animals great and small has sparked imaginations of audiences in multiple mediums, including literature, radio, stage, television and film. 

After Thomas Shepherd, Dolittle’s screen story writer, came aboard and adapted Lofting’s book series, the movie began to take shape.

But it wasn’t until Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan (SyrianaTraffic) entered the picture that Dolittle began to be fully realized and the screenplay was crafted by Gaghan and Dan Gregor & Doug Mand (CBS’ How I Met Your Mother).
The Write Journey: 12 Steps To Writing The Perfect Story
Following in the tradition of 20 years of extensive workshops throughout South Africa, and courses internationally, The Write Journey is an interactive course for writers who would like to write a screenplay for feature film or television, and is ideal for novelists and playwrights.It's an intimate and introspective journey into the world of story, empowering writers to take ownership of the creative journey, and creative expression.
A twisted new take of the horror classic The Grudge
When writer-director Nicolas Pesce took on the task of rebooting the 2004 film The Grudge, based on the Japanese horror movie Ju-on: The Grudge, he made it personal, and began piecing together a story drawn from his own life, in particular, growing up in the New York City suburbs, in a small town called Cross River. 

“In any small town, there’s folklore and legends – ‘Oh, you know, I heard that, at that house, this happened’ and ‘Did you hear about so-and-so’s dad?’  It’s fascinating – you look at idyllic places, and behind closed doors, it’s a different world.  There’s horrifying stuff happening even in the most glamorous of places.”  So he pieced together some of those memories and lore and created his own mythology.

The latest Film Releases

Films showing in South Africa from 17 January.
  • At the height of the First World War two young British soldiers race against time, crossing enemy territory to deliver the warning and keep a British battalion of 1,600 men, which includes Blake’s own brother, from walking into a deadly trap in 1917.
  • Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, and Ladj Ly’s short film of the same name, Les Misérables is a provocative insight into the tensions between neighborhood residents and police.
  • Mysterious creatures terrorize crew members aboard a research station located seven miles below the surface of the ocean in Underwater.
  • In The Grudge a single mother and young detective discovers that a suburban house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death.

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