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Writer-director Christiaan Olwagen talks about
bringing Poppie Nongena to life on film
Celebrated filmmaker, screenwriter and playwright Christiaan Olwagen brings Poppie Nongena to life on film, telling the story of a South African isiXhosa mother, whose life revolves around finding stability for her family when she is deemed by the law to be an illegal resident in her own country.

"It’s concerning that the troubling issues the film deals with haven’t changed at all. Involuntary migration and displacement affect millions daily. Poppie’s story could easily be transposed to a current-day Mexican migrant in USA, a Syrian refugee in Europe or even an African asylum seeker in South Africa . The film serves as a modern-day reflection in an apartheid-era mirror. It’s a cautionary tale. A global reminder of my country’s not so distant past. And an appeal to learn from our mistakes or be doomed to repeat them."

Visionary writer-director Terrence Malick
masterfully shines the spotlight on humanity

A Hidden Life is based on the true story of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian peasant farmer born and raised in the village of St. Radegund, who refused to take the oath of allegiance to Hitler during World War II, sacrificing everything, including his life, rather than to fight for the Nazis.

Franz Jägerstätter’s story was little known outside of St. Radegund, and might never have been discovered, were it not for the research of Gordon Zahn, an American who visited the village in the 1970s.

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Dark Waters – An unbelievable true David vs. Goliath story

Dark Waters sees critically acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes venture into new territory to tell a gripping story based on the explosive exposé that uncovered an urgent public health crisis and corruption at the highest levels.

As both an artist and a globally-minded environmentalist, Ruffalo felt that a film about Bilott’s struggles could represent a convergence of his dedication to his craft and to the environment.

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Write Your Story In Your Own Space
And At Your Own Pace
Following in the tradition of 20 years of extensive workshops throughout South Africa, and courses internationally, our motivational and inspirational correspondence courses are specifically designed to make it easier for storytellers who would like to master the craft of writing and focus on the art of conquering the creative process.

The latest Film Releases

There are six new films showing from 31 January:
  • Poppie Nongena is based on the beloved true story told in Elsa Joubert’s award-winning novel which is regarded as one of the best African novels of the twentieth century.
  • A Hidden Life  tells the unforgettable true story of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian peasant farmer born and raised in the village of St. Radegund, who refused to take the oath of allegiance to Hitler during World War II.
  • An attorney risks everything – his future, his family, and his own life – to expose the truth in Dark Waters
  • Inspired by Henry James’ landmark novella, The Turning takes us to a mysterious, decaying estate where a newly appointed nanny discovers that two disturbed orphans and the house are harboring dark secrets and things may not be as they appear. 
  • In Like A Boss best friends are in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a big buyout offer from a notorious titan of the cosmetics industry puts their lifelong friendship in jeopardy.
  • The computer-animated Mosley tells the story of Mosley, a “thoriphant” who rebels against his life of servitude and embarks on a treacherous journey.

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