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It’s almost time for Fire Starters from across the world to gather around the fire once again for the MTN Bushfire #KeepTheFireBurning Digital Festival!

Inspired by the festival’s #BRINGYOURFIRE call to action for positive change, the #KeepTheFireBurning digital festival is part of MTN Bushfire’s COVID-19 response to support our beneficiaries, Young Heroes and boMake Rural Projects.

 

Instead of gathering in person our traditional festival weekend, on Saturday May 30th, MTN Bushfire fans can still enjoy a wide and diverse array of music and related programming via an immersive two-way virtual experience.

 

Immerse yourself in our renowned authentically African and globally-infused programme as we recreate the unique atmosphere of the MTN Bushfire festival including some of your favourite artists performing from home, along with highlights from previous festivals, and other MTN Bushfire festival experiences including the KidZone, Bring Your Fire Zone, House on Fire and Firefly stages.

 

With Howler’s innovative technology, we’ll be sharing the festival’s multi-dimensional experiences through exciting themed Zoom Rooms, all for a worthy cause.

 

Register now for free access to the online festival here: https://mtnbushfire.howler.co.za/keepthefireburning

 

ARTIST APPEARANCES

In keeping with the kind of globally diverse and stylistically eclectic range of music that is synonymous with MTN Bushfire, a range of artists from across Africa and the globe will be bringing their fire to this exciting digital festival.  Stay tuned throughout the week as more artists will be added to the various stages.

 

Some of the initial confirmed artists for the MTN Bushfire #KeepTheFIreBurning Digital Festival include:

 

Oki Dub Ainu Band (Japan) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KmYF2RmCzc

This act that nearly burned down the House on Fire stage when they performed. All the way from Japan, The Oki Ainu Dub Band plays mostly traditional Ainu songs in an electric style which mixes dub rhythms with tonkori playing.

 

Ain the Machine (Germany) https://www.ainthemachine.com/video/musica-biotronica-live/

Ain the Machine, hailing from Brazil and Germany is an AudioVisual storyteller with a clear goal, Ain aims to transform the way we interact with music. It is music without instruments. A concept he calls, Musica Biotronica. Musica Biotronica takes sounds from the body, voice & everyday objects, and with the help of technology, transforms them into music.

 

Bholoja (Eswatini) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0eDrPdFyDg

Eswatini’s own Bholoja has wowed MTN Bushfire audiences many times over with his multi-colored, intrepid voice and a talent for writing songs that reflect on the daily life and unique culture of the people of his homeland.

 

Habib Koite (Mali) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnFae6JSYlE 

Habib Koite is a Malian musician, singer, songwriter and griot and member of the West African supergroup Bambara. He is an internationally recognised artist and considered a treasure of African music.

 

Dizraeli(UK) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMdJ4-5aN90

Hailing from the UK, Dizraeli is Dizraeli is a rapper, multi-instrumentalist and sometime singer taking hiphop to new terrains.

 

Mokoomba (Zimbabwe) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHLxtppcrR0

One of the most exciting bands to come out of Africa in recent times, Zimbabwe’s Mokoomba play infectious and irresistible dance music.

 

Alune Wade  (Senegal)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yqk9iW10wIM  –

Senegal’s Alune Wade brings a deep-rooted soulfulness to the African jazz scene.  He has collaborated with the likes of Marcus Miller, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, Bela Fleck and Bobby McFerrin.

 

Sands (Eswatini) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVMx2Kgdcn4

Eswatini’s own Sands needs no introduction to regulars of the MTN Bushfire Festival. This home-grown talent is one of the country’s most loved exports. Having won multiple awards, he is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist. We are very happy to once again showcase this amazing talent for the global audience he deserves.

 

Donovan Copley (South Africa)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkVITcupQKs

Donovan Copley, perhaps best known as the frontman of Cape Town Afro-pop band Hot Water, has been busy during this lockdown period. He recently released a single, Home, to raise funds for the Covid-19 Feed a Child Coalition.

 

Mehdi Qamoum (Morocco) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxf8GlwyZ3Q

Mehdi Qamoum is a versatile composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Agadir. A traditional gnawa musician, Mehdi has mastered numerous folk instruments including guembri, outar, karbaou, bendir and a custom guembri four-string electric bass which he built himself. Aside from his own compositions, Mehdi is well known for his work as a sideman and band leader, and has performed in the the house band for the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot Center. In addition to his formidable instrumental talents, Mehdi is also an adept songwriter and his original songs often confront pressing social issues like poverty, diaspora and discrimination.

 

Mario Batkovic (Bosnia) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDJ6tBkvbh4

Mario is a composer who is also well known as a solo accordion player. BATKOVIC’S mission is to explore the sonic possibilities of the accordion, without effects or loops, rather through a mutualist symbiotic relationship between man and instrument. challenging, hypnotic, and grandiose; Batkovic’s single-handed symphonic vision is certainly unique.

 

Albert Frost (South Africa) https://www.facebook.com/neil.frye.71/videos/10156038888532152/

Dubbed the “Jimi Hendrix” of South Africa, Albert Frost has been wowing audiences with his blues guitar talent since he was a child. He has toured around the world and won multiple awards. He has toured with the likes of REM and Simple Minds.

 

Staceyann Chin (Jamaica /USA) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHrYfdK2pW4

Strongly rooted in the activist spoken word tradition, Staceyann Chin s a spoken-word poet, performing artist and LGBT rights political activist whose work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post. However, it’s her live performances that express her real power- her fire – that she brought in 2017 to MTN Bushfire where her powerful words moved so many people.

 

Red Robyn (South Africa) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnxJqJX0vSQ

Red Robyn excites the alternative music scene as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and actress – currently based in Cape Town , South Africa where she is also part of Indie Pop band ‘The World Of Birds’.

 

Velemseni (Eswatini) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVMx2Kgdcn4

Coming back home – Eswatini’s own Velemseni is a rising talent whose music reflects an aesthetic of jazz, rock, and neo soul. A singer, songwriter and guitarist she is an artist to keep an eye on as she heads for international success.

 

Register now for FREE by visiting https://mtnbushfire.howler.co.za/keepthefireburning. If you wish to donate, you can do so when you register or during the digital event.

 

Stay tuned to our website www.bush-fire.com and follow us on our social media pages @MTNBushfire for more updates on this unique experience.

 

WHO AM I DONATING TO?

 

The postponement of the 14th Edition of the MTN Bushfire festival has greatly affected our beneficiaries’ ability to keep their doors open and continue serving the Eswatini communities at a time when it is needed the most.

 

With the daily increase in COVID-19 cases in the Kingdom of Eswatini, the threat on our health and livelihoods puts those with already compromised immune systems and inadequate access to potable running water and sanitation facilities at an even higher risk.

 

About 90 per cent of the families supported by Young Heroes are cared for by elderly women who have no source of income. Their needs have been further stretched by the closing of schools, where feeding schemes give the children a meal or two each day.

 

BoMake empowers nearly 800 rural woman artisans, subsequently benefiting their families and their communities. The pandemic has caused a collapse in their traditional sources of income and has put their families at risk.

 

Our donation target is firstly to support MTN Bushfire’s neighbours in the Lobamba Lomdzala Constituency, where the festival is held. Both BoMake and Young Heroes operate nation-wide, so any further support will be used to extend their impact across the country. Last year, we raised R330,000 for our beneficiaries and we hope that this event will ensure that in 2020, with your support, we are able to continue to support these organisations when they need it most.

 

Check out the amazing work that these organisations are doing: www.bomake.org and www.youngheroes.org.sz

                                                                              

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Huawei Enterprise Business Group (EBG) (https://e.huawei.com/) will host the Huawei Southern Africa FSI Summit online 2020 (https://bit.ly/2XwKFL0) on May 29th, from 10.00am – 12.00pm, with the theme of “Accelerating Digital Transformation, Enable Business Growth Again”.

The online summit will include presentations from Chen Lei, President of Huawei Southern Africa Region, and Chen Kun Te, Huawei Chief Digital Transformation Officer. Speaking on Huawei’ experience in working with corporate leaders on their digital transformation, Mr Lei said “The world is still battling against the Coronavirus. The pandemic not only threatens the humanity but the global economy. This transformation is happening when the banking sector is shifting from phase 3.0 to 4.0, where Banking is Everywhere, Never at a Bank. ”

 

Brett King, Author of Bank 4.0, will also speak on “How Mobile will Lead Banks out of COVID-19”. C-suite executives from the African and Chinese banking sector also presenting include Joshua Oigara Group CEO & MD, KCB Bank Group, Chair of the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) and Xia Zhiyuan Director of Big Data & AI lab, ICBC, China.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global black swan which has severely impacted the global economy. The banking sector is also undergoing challenges from sharply declined economic activities, decreased deposits and loans, as well as higher unemployment rates and non-performing loan ratios. In the crisis, banks will quickly shift from offline operations modes, such as branches and merchants, to online modes including mobile banking.

 

In this new normal, emerging technologies are used to upgrade business scenarios such as account opening, approval, credit, and risk control. The pandemic will accelerate the digital transformation of the banking sector. When traditional offline services are affected, FinTech becomes prominent. The pandemic prevention and control efforts help move offline services to online platforms. Financial institutions have increased financial IT investment, strengthened mobile banking service capabilities, and accelerated innovation to drive digital transformation. Huawei firmly believes that digitalization will be rapidly and widely used in this process.

Please join us at the Huawei Southern Africa FSI Summit online 2020. (https://bit.ly/2XwKFL0)

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The borders are closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore your continent this Africa Day, thanks to this starter guide to classic African films on Showmax.

BOTSWANA: 

 

A United Kingdom (2016)

 

The year before South Africa formalised Apartheid in 1948, King Seretse Khama (two-time Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo) of the neighbouring British protectorate of Bechuanaland married a British white woman, Ruth Williams (Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike). This upset both their families, not to mention the governments of South Africa, South West Africa, Rhodesia and the United Kingdom, who tried to declare Khama unfit to rule.

 

The opening film of the 2016 BFI London Film Festival, A United Kingdom is more than just a heart-warming true story of love overcoming all odds: it’s also the story of Botswana’s independence, its transition to democracy, and its fight to retain the rights to any diamonds found within its borders.

 

Director Amma Asante (The Handmaid’s Tale) won the Black Reel Award for Outstanding World Cinema Motion Picture; Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky) won a British Screenwriters’ Award for Best British Feature Film Writing; and South African actress Terry Pheto (Tsotsi) was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Seretse’s sister, Naledi Khama.

 

A United Kingdom has an 84% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Guardian hailing it as “a beautifully shot, crowd-pleasing gem.”

Watch and embed the trailer: https://youtu.be/pX5vI4osR50

BURKINA FASO: 

Mooladé (2004)

Ousmane Sembène’s Mooladé is set in a village in Burkina Faso, where four young girls flee their ritual ‘purification’ to the household of Colle’ Ardo Gallo Sy, a strong-willed woman who has managed to shield her own teenage daughter from female genital mutilation.

 

Colle’ invokes the time-honored custom of moolaadé (sanctuary) to protect the fugitives but the ensuing stand-off pits her against the village traditionalists, both male and female, and endangers her daughter’s upcoming marriage.

 

Mooladé won Un Certain Regard and a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes in 2004. The movie has a 99% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus calls it, “A vibrant, powerful, and poignant glimpse into the struggles of women in modern Africa.” It’s been included in The New Yorker’s list of the Top 25 Films Of The Century So Far,  the BBC’s list of the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century, and Steven Schneider’s 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

Watch and embed the trailer: https://vimeo.com/159338258

 

CAPE VERDE

Nha Fala / My Voice My Voice (2002)

Flora Gomes’ Nha Fala / My Voice My Voice follows Vita, a young woman from a family in Cape Verde that has been cursed: any woman in the family who sings will be struck dead. But while studying in Paris, she falls in love with a musician and becomes an international star. Convinced she’s proved the curse isn’t real, she returns to Cape Verde to convince her family.

 

Nha Fala / My Voice My Voice won six international awards, including the Laterna Magic Prize at Venice in 2002, and was the only film from Africa to compete at Berlin that year.

 

Grammy-nominated Cameroonian star Manu Dibango, who tragically passed away from Covid-19 in March 2020, wrote and produced the film’s music.

 

Watch and embed the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTvM9s7rbSM

EGYPT

Bab El Hadid / Cairo Station (1958)

In Bab El Hadid / Cairo Station, Youssef Chahine both directs and stars as Qinawi, a crippled newspaper vendor who falls for a lemonade seller, Hanouma, who is engaged to another station worker, Abu-Serih. As Abu-Serih tries to unionise the station workers, Qinawi’s fixation on Hanouma crosses the line from innocent crush to dangerous obsession.

 

Cairo Station was included in The Story of Film, the definitive history of cinema, and Chahine went on to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Cannes in 1997.

 

The movie has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Time Out praised it as “a great overlooked masterpiece”, The Guardian as“unmissable”, The Hollywood Reporter as “a jewel of a film” and BBC as “an excellent thriller, and one that anticipates the serial killer genre that Hitchcock’s Psycho kick-started a few years later… a cinematic triumph.”

 

Watch and embed the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOJpiUZphTE

 

ETHIOPIA

Harvest: 3000 Years (1975) 

Haile Gerima’s feature film debut, Harvest: 3000 Years, is set in Ethiopia and follows a slow-boiling feud between a wealthy land-owner and a protestor who feels he is mistreating his labourers.

 

Shot during the Ethiopian civil war, Harvest: 3000 Years won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Silver Leopard at Locarno in 1976.

 

Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) presented a restored version of Harvest: 3000 Years at Cannes in 2006 and at Tribeca in 2008. As he wrote for Tribeca, the film “has a particular kind of urgency which few pictures possess. This is the story of an entire people, and its collective longing for justice and good faith. An epic, not in scale but in emotional and political scope.” The Tate Modern also honoured the film with a special screening in 2015.

 

Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th) has hailed Gerima as a “a giant of cinema. A giant, I say.”

ESWATINI

Liyana (2017)

Liyana is a genre-defying documentary that tells the story of five children in the Kingdom of Eswatini who, with some guidance from South African storyteller Gcina Mhlope, turn past trauma into an original fable about a girl named Liyana, who embarks on a perilous quest to save her young twin brothers. The film weaves Liyana’s animated journey together with poetic documentary scenes to create an inspiring tale of perseverance and hope.

 

Winner of over 35 awards, Liyana is the directorial debut of Swaziland-born-and-raised Aaron Kopp, with his wife Amanda. Before moving into directing, Aaron shot the Oscar-winning documentary Saving Face and the Oscar-nominated The Hunting Ground.

 

Liyana is executive produced by Emmy winner Thandie Newton (Westworld), produced by Oscar winner Daniel Junge (Saving Face), and edited by Davis Coombe (Chasing Coral, Chasing Ice). Nigerian Shofela Coker created the stunning animated artwork, while South African Philip Miller composed the score.

 

Entertainment Weekly hailed it as “gorgeous. Unlike any documentary you’ve ever seen,” while The Hollywood Reporter praised it as “A lyrical work, as bright and captivating as it is poignant.”

 

Watch and embed the trailer: https://youtu.be/CjT9RtV9gs4

 

KENYA

Supa Modo (2018)

Jo (Stycie Waweru) is a witty nine-year-old obsessed with Jackie Chan movies. She’s also terminally ill. When she is taken back to her rural village to live out the rest of her short life, her only comfort is her dream of being a superhero – a dream her rebellious teenage sister Mwix (Nyawara Ndambia), overprotective mother Kathryn (Marrianne Nungo) and the entire village of Maweni think they can fulfil…

Directed by Kenyan Likarion Wainana and produced by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Perfume, Babylon Berlin), Supa Modo has won over 50 international awards, including Best European Film For Children at the European Children’s Film Association Awards in 2019, a Children’s Jury Special Mention in the Generation 14Plus category at Berlin in 2019, and the Audience Award at Children’s Film Festival Seattle in 2019.

 

Supa Modo has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes: Variety called it “a tender, bittersweet fable,” while The Seattle Times wrote, “I’m glad movie theatres are dark because I ugly-cried my way through all 74 minutes of Supa Modo. I straight-up bawled my eyes out… Brutal and beautiful, melancholy and joyous, Supa Modo is simultaneously crushing and uplifting.”

 

Watch and embed the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK6JwllJTRY

 

MALAWI: 

 

Buddha in Africa (2019)

In a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa, a Malawian teenager finds himself torn between his African roots and Chinese upbringing. Once the star performer with dreams of becoming a martial arts hero like Jet Li, Enock is now in his final year of school and has to make some tough decisions about his future. Will he return to his relatives in his home village or study abroad in Taiwan?

 

Directed by South African Nicole Schafer, Buddha in Africa was praised by Variety as “a complicated portrait of what’s been described as the latest chapter in Africa’s long struggle against colonization.”

 

Buddha in Africa screened at IDFA 2019, arguably the world’s top documentary festival, as part of their prestigious Best Of Fests line-up, after winning Best South African Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival. At the 2020 SAFTAs, Buddha in Africa won both Best Documentary and Best Directing.

 

Watch and embed the trailer: https://vimeo.com/327736704

 

MALI:

La Vie Sur Terre / Life on Earth (1998)

 

Abderrahmane Sissako’s 1998 film La Vie Sur Terre / Life on Earth follows Dramane, who returns from France to visit his father in a village in Mali.

 

Life on Earth is ranked joint fourth on the Tarifa-Tangiers African Film Festival’s list of the 10 best African films of all time and won 10 international awards, including the Grand Prix at Fribourg, where the FIPRESCI critics jury also gave the film a Special Mention “for the high level of the director’s political debate and the loveable, poetic and ironic view on the everyday life of his characters.”

 

Sissako went on to direct Timbuktu, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2015 and named one of the Top 25 Films of the 21st Century by The New York Times, among other honours.

 

Watch and embed the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw9wnztETMo

 

SENEGAL: 

 

Hyènes / Hyenas (1992)

In Djibril Diop Mambéty’s 1992 classic Hyènes / Hyenas, an exorbitantly rich woman returns to her poor Senegalese village and forces it to choose between her patronage and her old flame, now the mayor.

 

Hyenas was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1992 and was ranked joint fourth on the Tarifa-Tangiers African Film Festival’s list of the 10 best African films of all time.

 

The Hollywood Reporter called it “a wicked skewering of both the rich and those who seek their handouts… Mambety’s beautifully shot and colorfully performed fable entertains, but its final frames are no laughing matter.”

Watch and embed the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqO9FFwIAGA

 

Other African classics on Showmax include:

  • Idrissa Ouedraogo’s breakthrough 1989 film, Yaaba / Grandmother, is the story of two children in Burkina Faso who make friends with an old woman who has been outcast as a witch by her village. At Cannes in 1989, Yaaba shared the FIPRESCI Critics’ Prize with Steven Soderbergh’s  Sex, Lies and Videotape and also took a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2swWIqEA3s

 

 

  • Ousmane Sembène’s debut 1966 film, La Noire De… / Black Girl, the story of a young Senegalese woman who is employed as a governess for a French family in Dakar and moves with them to the Riviera, where her comfortable duties as a nanny in a wealthy household are replaced by the drudgery and indignities of a maid. Black Girl won the Tanit d’Or at Carthage in 1966, among other prizes; was ranked joint fourth on the Tarifa-Tangiers African Film Festival’s list of the 10 best African films of all time; and was hailed by Oscar winner Martin Scorcese (The Irishman) as “an astonishing movie.” Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPx68M_T4u8

 

 

 

  • Ousmane Sembène’s Camp De Thiaroye, about the treatment of the French West African Armed Forces after they fought to defend France in World War II.  Camp De Thiaroye won six awards at Venice in 1988, including the Grand Special Jury Prize.

 

  • Youssef Chahine’s Alexandria Why?, about an Egyptian teen who escapes his country’s tense political climate during World War II through his love of American film. Alexandria Why? took home the Special Jury Prize and the C.I.D.A.L.C. Diploma at Berlin in 1979. Chahine went on to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Cannes in 1997.

 

 

 

  • Mbithi Masya’s Kati Kati, about a young amnesiac who wakes up in the middle of the wilderness with no idea how she got there. The Kenyan film won the the FIPRESCI Critics Prize at Toronto in 2016; was named Best East African Film at the 2017 Africa Movie Viewers Choice Awards; and won the New Voices/New Visions Award Special Mention at the Palm Springs International Festival, among other accolades. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORXo9AtKqEk.

 

 

 

  • The Nest Collective’s Stories of Our Lives, an anthology of five short films about the queer experience in Kenya. Stories of Our Lives won seven awards, including the Teddy Jury Award at Berlin in 2015, where the jury hailed its “brave and beautiful filmmaking, based on true stories that cannot fail to touch each one of us.” Trailer: https://youtu.be/KxDr1ue-lHc
    • Moussa Sene Absa’s Madame Brouette, about a single mother in Senegal who sells goods from a wheelbarrow but dreams of opening a canteen. Madame Brouette won four international awards, including Best Music at Berlin.  Trailer: https://youtu.be/5h2b7bOyX0U

 

  • Flora Gomes’ Po Di Sangui / Tree of Blood, set in a Guinea-Bissau village where the trees planted upon the birth of each child begin falling rapidly and mysteriously. Tree of Blood competed for the Palme D’Or at Cannes in 1996 and won a Silver Tanit at Carthage, among other honours. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTdKO6cl1lU
    • Raoul Peck’s Lumumba: Death Of A Prophet, about the assasination of the first prime minister of the post-colonial Democratic Republic of Congo. Lumumba won the Procirep Award at Cinema du Reel in 1992, among other international accolades, while Peck went on to earn an Oscar nomination for I Am Not Your Negro in 2017.
  • Dyana Gaye’s Deweneti, which follows Ousmane, a seven-year-old beggar in Senegal, who decides to write a letter to Santa Claus. Deweneti won six awards, including  the Special Jury Award at Clermont-Ferrand, arguably the top short film festival in the world.
    • Njue Kevin’s 18 Hours, based on the true story of a rookie paramedic and his driver who spent 18 hours fighting to save the life of a road accident victim who was denied admission at multiple hospitals in Nairobi. In 2018, 18 Hours became the first Kenyan film to win Best Movie Overall at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. Trailer: https://youtu.be/DqTAsS-wwFs
    • Also look out for FESPACO Grand Prize winners like Mweze Ngangura’s Identity Pieces | 

 

 

Pièces d’identités (DRC, 1999), Gaston Kabore’s Buud Yam (Burkina Faso, 1997), Roger Gnoan M’Bala’s Au Nom Du Christ (Cote d’Ivoire, 1993) and Kwah Ansah’s Heritage Africa (Ghana, 1989), as well as Wanuri Kahiu’s Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Film winner From A Whisper (Kenya, 2009).

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA / the Authority) has resolved to grant the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and all other television as well as radio services an exemption from complying with the specific programming licence conditions and local content quotas.

Television broadcasting service Licensees are exempted from compliance with the local television content quotas and specific advertising and programming requirements in terms of licence conditions during the National State of Disaster.

However, the exemption, which is valid for a period not exceeding 3 months after termination of the National State of Disaster, does not exempt television and radio services from complying with local music content quotas as provided for in the South African Music Content Regulations of 2016.

 

In coming to its decision, the Authority considered the following matters:

1. Licensees are enjoined by the Minister’s Directions and the Authority’s ICT COVID-19 Regulations to prioritise specific COVID-19 related and educational programming.

2. Television production houses have also been impacted by the lockdown which means that very little, if any local content has been produced in the last few weeks of the lockdown.

3. The Authority further considered that production houses may need some time to put in place the social distancing and safety requirements as set out in the National Disaster Regulations as published by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

 

It is for this reason that the Authority took a view that the exemption would give broadcasters the flexibility required to attend to COVID-19 programming requirements as well as time to acquire local content when the lockdown restrictions are lifted.

 

It is important to note that the exemption does not mean that Licensees and/or the SABC is given permission to broadcast international content only or will not broadcast programming that falls within the specified genres. It also does not mean that broadcasters will not acquire content that is developed from local production houses.

 

It is of critical importance to further note that the purpose of monitoring compliance of licensees is centred around the public interest principles and in doing so ensures that local cultures and languages are preserved through various means including music.

“This exemption, therefore means that during the compliance monitoring period, broadcasters will not be penalised for not meeting the minimum quotas as specified in the regulations and licence conditions”, concludes ICASA Acting Chairperson, Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng.

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SABC 24hr News Channel now leads the market

Posted by radio On May - 7 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is once again thrilled to note the substantial growth that SABC News continues to register across its various platforms. Boasting an increase in its market share, the SABC News Channel now leads the 24-hour news market in the country. The latest Broadcast Research Council (BRC) data shows an improved market share performance of 42% and 40% in the national (including DTT) and DSTV news markets, respectively.

Considering that four years ago the SABC News Channel accounted for only 14.7% audience share, with the main competitor at 54%, the current performance data is a demonstration of growing public trust and confidence in the public news service. Additionally, COVID-19 coverage and targeted updates on the global pandemic certainly attracted audiences across SABC News platforms. This is at the heart of the SABC’s public mandate as the primary carrier of public messaging and information, to enable citizens to take necessary precautionary measures to protect themselves and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

 

News and Current Affairs Group Executive, Phathiswa Magopeni, says, “As the country’s public news service, SABC News is unswerving in its Independent and Impartial journalistic ethos, whose obligation and loyalty is to the citizens. It continues to reengineer itself to respond swiftly to the rapidly evolving news and information needs of the citizenry.

This is crucial for public participation in enriching and strengthening the country’s democracy”. With regard to free-to-air television news audiences, eight of the 10 most viewed news products nationally are broadcast on SABC 1 and SABC 2. That means SABC News contributes 80% of the Top 10 news broadcasts. IsiXhosa and IsiZulu news bulletins continue to lead the pack with more than 4.5 million viewers. The two news services have
also started publishing their content on their SABC News YouTube microsites, Iindaba and Izindaba.

 

Furthermore, SABC News programming on radio and digital platforms has continued to enable convenient up-to-the-minute access to news and current affairs content, and extensive audience engagement opportunities. It is through sheer determination and commitment of the public broadcaster’s journalists that we have been able to achieve this level and quality of performance. Magopeni says, “SABC  News journalists continue to work diligently in exceptionally challenging circumstances, to ensure that the public news service delivers unquestionably on its mandate, and resolutely pursues its ethos in providing incisive watchdog public service journalism in South Africa”.

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African culture proud, multiple award-winning rapper and singer Sho Madjozi and actor, comedian and social media sensation Prev Reddy scooped the 2020 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards for Favourite African Star and Favourite African Social Media Star respectively. The channel is set to premiere the Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together, on Friday, 8 May at 16:10. (CAT) on NickToons (DStv 308).

 

The Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together will be hosted by Victoria Justice (Victorious) and will be jam-packed with stars, surprises and slime. Kids around the world cast millions of votes for their favourite celebrities, movies, games and more, this year’s virtually produced show will reveal the winners through some of the most creative orange-blimp acceptances in KCA history.

 

 

Celebrities scheduled to appear on Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together include: Dwayne Johnson, Ariana Grande, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Camila Cabello, Millie Bobby Brown, Ellen DeGeneres, BTS, Shawn Mendes, Lil Nas X, Dove Cameron, Tom Holland, David Dobrik, Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, SSSniperWolf, and more.

Monde Twala, ViacomCBS Networks Africa Senior Vice President and General Manager commented: “This incredible win comes at a crucial time for us as the continent observes and celebrates Africa Month. Nickelodeon puts kids first in everything that it does, and the kids have spoken and voted for their favourite stars. We would like to congratulate our African winners Sho Madjodzi and Prev Reddy for flying the African Flag high at this global event. Millions of viewers can expect lots of fun, surprises and laughter from the 2020 Kids’ Choice Awards”.

 

 

Sho Madjozi was nominated alongside Shekhinah, Teni and Patricia Kihoro in the Favourite African Star category. Prev Reddy was nominated in the Favourite African Social Media Star category with Anne Kansiime, DJ Cuppy and Chané Grobler.

 

 

With appearances from cast members of The Avengers: Endgame (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner), and a sneak peek of Nickelodeon’s new live-action series The Astronauts, from Imagine Entertainment, Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together will also feature segments unlike any other awards show including: JoJo Siwa discovering slime secretly placed in every area of her home; a performance by recording artist and actor Asher Angel of his chart-topping single “All Day”; and an exclusive look at Nick’s Slime in Space voyage.

 

 

The ecstatic Sho Madjozi said “Our job is to work, move forward and never reverse, Nickelodeon thank you for this amazing award and to everyone that voted. I am so excited”, she added “World we have one message for you, Africa is coming and we are coming for you.”

Commented Prev Reddy, “Yes we did it, thank you so much to the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards for nominating me in this category most importantly thank you to the kids that voted and to my fans who’ve become like my family and for making one of my biggest dreams come true, I am sending all the love and positivity during this difficult time.”

During this year’s show, NBA champion and global icon LeBron James received the 2020 Generation Change Award, honouring his commitment to creating real and lasting change through education. The LeBron James Family Foundation’s ground-breaking I PROMISE School serves his hometown’s most at-risk students and their entire families with the support, programming and wide-ranging resources they need to succeed in the classroom and at home, creating a new model for urban, public education.

 

 

As part of its longstanding connection and dedication to kids, Nickelodeon will support the mission of No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to end childhood hunger in America, and present within the show a $1 million donation in support of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Every day that schools are closed, kids in need miss nearly 34 million school meals. No Kid Hungry is working to ensure every kid gets three meals a day during this time of crisis and all year long.

 

 

The following are Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together winners:

 

TELEVISION:

FAVOURITE KIDS TV SHOW
Henry Danger

FAVOURITE FAMILY TV SHOW
Stranger Things

FAVOURITE REALITY SHOW
America’s Got Talent

FAVOURITE TV HOST
Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games)

FAVOURITE ANIMATED SERIES
SpongeBob SquarePants

FAVOURITE FEMALE TV STAR
Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven, Stranger Things)

FAVOURITE MALE TV STAR
Jace Norman (Henry Hart / Kid Danger,Henry Danger)

FILM:

FAVOURITE MOVIE
Avengers: Endgame

FAVOURITE MOVIE ACTRESS
Dove Cameron (Mal, Descendants 3)

FAVOURITE MOVIE ACTOR
Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw; Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Jumanji: The Next Level)

FAVOURITE SUPERHERO
Tom Holland (Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Far From Home; Spider-Man, Avengers: Endgame)

FAVOURITE ANIMATED MOVIE
Frozen 2

FAVOURITE FEMALE VOICE FROM AN ANIMATED MOVIE
Beyoncé (Nala, The Lion King)

FAVOURITE MALE VOICE FROM AN ANIMATED MOVIE
Josh Gad (Olaf, Frozen 2)

MUSIC:

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST
Ariana Grande

FAVOURITE MALE ARTIST
Shawn Mendes

FAVOURITE MUSIC GROUP
BTS

FAVOURITE SONG
“bad guy”- Billie Eilish

FAVOURITE MUSIC COLLABORATION
“Señorita”- Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

FAVOURITE BREAKOUT NEW ARTIST
Lil Nas X

FAVOURITE GLOBAL MUSIC STAR
Taylor Swift (North America)

OTHER CATEGORIES:

FAVOURITE MALE SOCIAL STAR
David Dobrik

FAVOURITE FEMALE SOCIAL STAR
Annie LeBlanc

FAVOURITE GAMER
SSSniperWolf

FAVOURITE VIDEO GAME
Minecraft

FAVOURITE SOCIAL MUSIC STAR
JoJo Siwa

FAVOURITE FEMALE SPORTS STAR
Alex Morgan

FAVOURITE MALE SPORTS STAR
LeBron James

 

Highlights from Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together include:

A $1 Million donation to No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to end childhood hunger in America, in support of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic;

NBA champion and global icon LeBron James receiving Nickelodeon’s 2020 Generation Change Award, in honor of his commitment to creating real and lasting change through education, with his charity The LeBron James Family Foundation’s groundbreaking I PROMISE School, which provides his hometown’s most at-risk students and their families with educational resources and support;

A special appearance from the cast members of Avengers: Endgame (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner);

sneak peek of Nick’s new live-action series The Astronauts, from ImagineKids+Family;

JoJo Siwa discovering slime secretly placed in every area of her home and ultimately getting slimed herself;

David Dobrik doused in slime;

A performance by recording artist and actor Asher Angel of his chart-topping single “All Day;”

An exclusive look at Nick’s Slime in Space voyage;

And celebrity appearances from Dwayne Johnson, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Camila Cabello, Millie Bobby Brown, Ellen DeGeneres, BTS, Shawn Mendes, Lil Nas X, Dove Cameron, Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, SSSniperWolf, cast members of Stranger Things (Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin, Sadie Sink), the cast ofHenry Danger (Jace Norman, Riele Downs, Sean Ryan Fox, Cooper Barnes, Ella Anderson, Michael D. Cohen) and more.

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Making data relevant to the business

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It’s true, business intelligence (BI) tools and hype slipped sadly into the Gartner Trough of Disillusionment in 2012. It is also true that BI overpromised and underdelivered in many expensive use cases. However, today what stands true is that BI has withstood the tarnish it earned back in 2012 as it has steadily evolved thanks to industry expertise and emergent technology. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have provided BI with that extra edge that is needed to cut through the data and deliver both relevance and value to the organisation. According to Karien Bornheim, CEO of Footprint Africa Business Solutions (FABS), it has become critical to invest in solutions that ensure the delivery of relevant data to the business.

“The challenge for most organisations is that they have too much data,” she says. “Everyone does. This is one of the reasons why BI ended up losing traction and value at one point – it was sifting through every last inch of data, even that which had little to no value. This has led to a fundamental change in how people are using and approaching data today.”

 

The truth is that not all data is interesting, valuable or relevant. The lakes and pools of Big Data are not packed full of insights that can transform the organisation or breathe fresh life into ancient products. Some data is just not going to make any difference to the business. However, there are ways of improving how you leverage, store, approach and manage your data to ensure that you do get the relevant insights.

 

“One of the first steps in ensuring that you invest in relevant data is to improve how you collate and collect the data,” says Bornheim. “The methodology you use to collect and store your data is critical to how the data will serve your organisation. This is defined by the type of data you need – identifying the information that your business can use to further its growth and ensure its sustainability.”

 

The type of data your organisation prioritises will depend on the industry. Retail, for example, would rely on data that reveals shopping behaviours, customer preferences, and customer movements; while in the manufacturing industry, the data would track fleet movement or productivity. At this point in the process, the business requires a strategic view of its goals and a realistic understanding of what the data is expected to deliver. Without a solid foundation that comprises strategy, output, goals, and deliverables, the data will do little more than spew information that has minimal value.

 

“Once you know exactly what you expect from the data, then you need to focus on which data you will be collating and where this will be stored,” says Bornheim. “The data has to be stored and managed meticulously, otherwise it just starts to rot. Not in the physical sense, but in terms of the value that it offers. Data has to be timeous as well as relevant. Thorough data storage will also make it easier to analyse and access which will improve how insights are delivered.”

 

Data is also going to arrive in storage looking less than spotless. There will be typos, errors, low-quality information and dodgy data analysis. At this point, data needs to undergo a thorough and regular cleaning that normalises the information, ensures that the information is of high quality, and that removes glaring errors that could affect the analysis. This is also the point at which the business needs to relook its siloed approach to information sharing and gathering. Silos will minimise the reach and relevance of the data considerably.

 

“If you consider how data from finance could potentially impact performance in sales, it makes sense to pull data through all silos to create a holistic view of the business,” says Bornheim. “You want to know how performance in one area of the business could be impacting on performance in another area. How sales can benefit from customer insights in finance or how production can benefit from insights generated by marketing. These pockets of data can offer the organisation remarkable visibility if they are brought together.”

 

These are just some of the steps that the business has to take before data can offer anything more than hit and miss insights. There are, of course, other factors to consider along the road to highly optimised and relevant data delivery, but these are often specific to the business and the industry and would benefit from collaboration with partners that have an in-depth understanding of data nuances and applications.

 

“Consider collaborating with a company that understands your business and how your data can benefit you over the long and the short term,” concludes Bornheim. “Data can become one of your most valuable resources and the processes that surround extracting and analysing it does not have to be prohibitive or excessively complicated. Just start with a reliable partner that will set you on the right path using a methodology that fits your business and your budget and grow from there.”

 

 

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DStv has launched The Africa We See campaign, which celebrates the excellence and power of Africa, its people and the rich stories that come from the continent

This Africa Month, DStv is excited to announce the launch of The Africa We See campaign, a heart-warming celebration of the excellence and power of Africa, its people and the rich stories that come from the continent.

Now more than ever, Africans are shaping and owning their narrative through stories and music – and this Africa Month, DStv is proud to serve as a vehicle that share these stories far and wide.

“Although the current climate demands everyone to physically isolate it has, in so many ways, called people to come together and unite in celebrating what matters the most: resilience, sense of community, creativity and so much more. Attributes that perfectly illustrate the very essence of who we are as Africans” says Thabisa Mkhwanazi, Executive Head: Marketing at MultiChoice South Africa. “It is in light of this, that we celebrate the distinctively African talent and entertainment on our channels that reflect the stories and lives of our treasured viewers across the continent”

 

A variety of channels that speak to all Africans

With a myriad of stories to be told, diverse audiences to reach and an abundance of talent across the continent, DStv is a platform that bring about impactful and inspiring content across several channels.

The wide-ranging channels provide a variety of content and genres, ranging from telenovelas, reality, drama, comedy, lifestyle, music and movies. DStv, home to the likes of Mzansi Magic (DStv 161), M-Net (DStv 101), kykNET (DStv 144) and so much more, provides enthralling locally-produced content for Southern Africa. Also, home to Nollywood is Africa Magic (DStv 154) that continuously provides viewers with a variety of popular Nigerian series and movies and has become a staple in homes across the continent.

Home brewed talent

With the purpose of promoting local content produced by Africans for Africans, DStv has continued to play an important role in giving local talent a platform to tell African stories and to act as a reflection of African communities and their families, instilling pride not just locally but globally. The launch television promo features famous faces from across the continent, such as the cast of Tinsel, one of the most popular telenovela’s in Africa, Chimange Chinalula of Zambezi Magic’s comedy Shi Mumbi and Jason Goliath from South Africa who can often be seen on Comedy Central. These stars, who have put African narratives on the map, openly express their hopes and dreams for the continent.

Honouring The Africa We See

The Africa We See campaign aims to instill pride in all Africans and awaken the comradery, especially during these unprecedented times that demand that we all pull together. Viewers from far and wide are encouraged to participate in the #AfricaWeSee conversation by sharing messages, pictures and video content in celebration of Africa Month.

Share your unique #AfricaWeSee story with DStv to play your part. Stand tall and be proud to be African!

For more information on DStv local content offering, products and services visit DStv.co.za and to manage your account, download the DStv App. To enjoy all the extra entertainment on the move, download the DStv Now App which allows you to watch from wherever you are.

 

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Another week in lockdown, the music is the saving grace, the gift that keeps on giving and here in our Urban Division we have exciting news for you!

DOWNLOAD/STREAM HERE https://NativeRhythms.lnk.to/Chosi

Singing sensation Buhlebendalo is releasing another track from her forthcoming album.

On Friday, you can stream/download Mdali along with  Ntab’ezimnyama and Iwotshi.

 

The celebrated Afrosoul singer and songwriter speaks to and of God in this melodic, vocally-layered song accompanied by a strong percussion. You have known her from The Soil, Buhlebendalo is carving her own musical journey on her terms with her upcoming album titled Chosi, a musical, spiritual feast. Over a looped bass guitar, “Mdali” functions as a prayer and oscillates between musical and spiritual realms amidst chants, claps and shakers with a transcendental quality. “Mdali” is a peek into Buhlebendalo’s depth and vocal range, with her ethereal voice matching her subject matter perfectly.

WHEN LOVE HURTS, TURN TO GOD!

 

 

There’s nothing as damaging as heartbreak…yes there’s a lesson in everything, but when it hurts, its bad! Megaa seems to know it very well, relatable content! His new single Ilambulo lothandoc speaks of disappointments in love, not being with the person you thought you would spend forever with. With all the heartache one feels, Megaa writes about turning to God for guidance and light. Love seems a little like politics, nothing is permanent!

AFROJAZZ AT ITS BEST! Khokho Madlala ISN’T HERE TO PLAY!

The Voice Season 3 contestant Khokho Madlala is a force to be reckoned with in the music scene. Her vocal prowess is something her peers revere and every producer’s dream. Her new single Ngilethe cements Khokho’s place in the scene as definitely the one to watch. Ngilethe follows previously well-received singles that display her soulful iteration of Afrojazz. This single has a mellow tempo that allows the singer’s harmonies to soar between a guitar-driven sound bed. The combination of gripping vocals and organic instrumentation make for an emotionally-charged listen, revealing Khokho’s ability to move her audience at will.

 

AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH FOR MINNIE!

 

DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW :  https://lowkey.lnk.to/iNtaba

Signed to Prince Kaybee’s Low Key Records label and having been featured on Imbokodo taken from his Crossover EP in 2019, the South African singer Minnie Ntuli is taking up space and taking names.

 

The former Idols SA contestant has teamed up with Prince Kaybee on production and Sykes (on vocals) on a spell-binding track iNtaba, a dance pop jam that will warm these autumn nights. This catchy, upbeat and radio friendly tune is just what you need for these lockdown blues. Minnie is a TV & Radio personality whose music career is just taking off. Hailing from KwaMaphumulo, KwaZulu Natal, she is set to dismantle any mountain standing on her way to stardom and we are here for it!

 

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY WITH OUR VERY OWN MANDE!

DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW https://mande.lnk.to/Kwandza

 

We are celebrating International Jazz Day with our very own Jazz superstar, Mande! Her new single Kwandza is about gratitude to acts of kindness. She is an incredible vocalist and her single is nothing short of greatness. Mande has strong jazz and gospel influences and they come through in her music, which also a celebration of her Swati roots.

 

She has shared the stage with the likes of Ringo Madlingozi, Feya Faku, Ntokozo Mbambo and Benjamin Dube. This International Jazz day, you know what to listen to!

 

THIS WEEK ON DRAGON BALL- ZZZZ PIKACHU IS OUT!

 

DOWNLOAD/STREAM PIKACHU TODAY : https://AmaPiano.lnk.to/Pikachu

Soweto born DJ & Producer Kaygee Da King whom you know for his smash Amapiano hit Kokota is back with another banger titled Pikachu and we know it will do even better than the first.

He features frequent collaborator Bizizi, together they are a match in Amapiano heaven.

 

 

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BAD EDUCATION | Drama

 

Bad Education is based on the real-life scandal that went down at writer Mike Makowsky’s high school, where a student journalist uncovered the single largest public school embezzlement scheme in America’s history.

The movie follows Frank Tassone (Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman) and Pam Gluckin (Oscar winner Allison Janney), whose reign over a prestigious school district is threatened by the embezzlement scandal, forcing Frank to take drastic steps to maintain order and secrecy.

 

The cast includes MTV Movie + TV Awards nominee Alex Wolff (Hereditary), Kathrine Narducci (The Irishman, Godfather of Harlem) and Golden Globe nominee Ray Romano (The Irishman, Everybody Loves Raymond).

 

Bad Education has a 92% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus is, “Anchored by an outstanding Hugh Jackman, Bad Education finds absurd laughs – and a worthy message – in the aftermath of a real-life scandal.”

SHAZAM! | Superhero

 

Billy Batson is a teenage foster kid with a track record for running away and looking out for himself, until he takes a stand against the school bully for his foster sibling Freddy – an act that leads to a strange encounter with an ancient wizard and turns him into grown-up superhero Shazam. Of course, with great power comes the inevitable great enemy, and Billy, aka Shazam, needs to get a handle on his abilities ASAP if he’s to fight the evil Dr Thaddeus Sivana.

 

Shazam! was the 24th biggest box office hit of 2019 and was nominated for a People’s Choice Award for Favourite Action Movie. Asher Angel was nominated for an Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Saturn Award as Billy, while Zachary Levi (Chuck in Chuck, Flynn Rider in Tangled, Fandral in Thor: The Dark World and Benjamin in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) was nominated for MTV and Teen Choice awards as his superhero upgrade. Jack Dylan Grazer (It) was also up for a Saturn Award as Freddy, with Teen Choice winner Adam Brody (The O.C.) as his alter-ego. Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (Korath in Guardians of the Galaxy) plays the wizard, while Mark Strong (1917) was nominated for a Teen Choice Villain Award as Dr Sivana.

 

Shazam! has a 90% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus says, “An effortlessly entertaining blend of humour and heart, Shazam! is a superhero movie that never forgets the genre’s real power: joyous wish fulfilment.”

 

PET SEMATARY | Horror

 

Dr Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, move to rural Maine with their two young children. When their daughter Ellie discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home, Louis is quick to put her at ease. But these woods belong to something else. Something that brings things back from the dead.

 

This 2019 adaptation of the Stephen King novel stars Oscar nominee John Lithgow (The Crown, 3rd Rock from the Sun), Jason Clarke (John Connor in Terminator Genisys), and Amy Seimetz (Eleven’s aunt Becky in Stranger Things), with Jeté Laurence (Sneaky Pete) as Ellie.

 

Pet Sematary was the 66th biggest box office hit of 2019, grossing over $112m worldwide. The horror was also nominated for three 2019 Saturn Awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, for Best Horror Film, Best Supporting Actor (John Lithgow) and Best Make-Up.

 

“The movie honours King by raising fresh hell for a new generation,” says Rolling Stone. ”It will make you jump out of your seat, but what matters are the provocations you take home and can’t shake. That’s the stuff of nightmares.”


THE HUSTLE | Comedy

 

In this gender-flipped remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Oscar winner Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) and Teen Choice winner Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) are lady con-artists, one high-brow, one low-rent, both masters of the fleece.

 

Josephine Chesterfield (Hathaway) has used her cunning and class to secure a stunning villa and a safe full of diamonds in the south of France, while Aussie Penny Rust (Wilson) flies by the seat of her pants – and the stacks of cash she liberates from gullible marks. They have almost nothing in common, but when tech billionaire Thomas Westerburg (Alex Sharp from How to Talk to Girls at Parties) comes onto their radar, the pair team up for the scam of the year.

The Hustle was the 70th biggest box office hit of 2019 and a People’s Choice nominee for Favourite Comedy Movie.


CRAWL | Horror

 

If the storm doesn’t get you, the alligators will…

Following a Category 5 hurricane, competitive swimmer Haley and her estranged father, Dave, find themselves trapped in the flooded basement of their run-down house, where every shadow conceals the waiting jaws of a brutal apex predator.

 

Four-time Teen Choice nominee Kaya Scodelario (Maze Runner and Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge) and Golden Globe nominee and Emmy winner Barry Pepper (Maze Runner, The Green Mile) co-star as Haley and Dave.

 

This excellent schlock creature-feature horror is a 2020 nominee for both Best Horror Film at the Hollywood Critics Association Awards and Best Wide Release Film at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards. It’s directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) and produced by the legendary Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, 30 Days of Night and Spider-Man).

 

The 71st biggest box office hit of 2019, Crawl has a 83% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus describes it as “an action-packed creature feature that’s fast, terrifying, and benefits greatly from a completely game Kaya Scodelario.” Vulture called it “a perfect horror film for the summer, as much an ode to the cataclysmic, humbling aspects of Mother Nature as it is a love letter to father-daughter relationships.”

WHAT MEN WANT | Comedy

Oscar winner nominee and Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson (Empire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) stars as Ali Davis, a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. She gains an unexpected edge over them when, after a wild night out with her girls, she mysteriously gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts.

What Men Want was the 83rd biggest box office hit of 2019, with Rotten Tomatoes’ critics consensus saying, “Easy to like, What Men Want proves a gender-swapped remake can work – and the odds are substantially improved with Taraji P. Henson in the lead.”

 

 

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR | Romance

 

Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha isn’t in the market for romance. In fact, she doesn’t even believe in love. Also, she’s about to be deported. Then a stranger saves her life on the street and, over coffee, tells her they’re meant for one another. It’s never going to happen, obviously, but Natasha’s willing to give him an hour of her time…

 

The Sun is also a Star is a coming-of-age love story based on the best-selling young-adult novel by Nicola Yoon, who also penned Everything, Everything.

 

Yara Shahidi (Zoey from Black-ish and Grown-ish) and Charles Melton (Reggie from Riverdale, Mr. Wu from American Horror Story: Hotel) both earned Teen Choice nominations last year for their lead roles. Also look out for Golden Globe nominee John Leguizamo (When They See Us, Moulin Rouge) and Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Deuce’s Larry Brown).


THE SISTERS BROTHERS | Western

 

Charlie (Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix) and Eli Sisters (Oscar nominee John C Reilly) are very bad men, who are very good at what they do. And what they do is mostly killing.

 

Infamous assassins in 1850s Oregon, they’re the last people chemist Hermann Kermit Warm (Golden Globe nominee and Emmy winner Riz Ahmed from The Night Of) and scout John Morris (Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal) want on their trail, but with gold rush fever in the air, the West is a dangerous place to be a clever man.

 

Winner of Best Director for Jacques Audiard at both Venice and the César Awards, The Sisters Brothers has an 87% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus calls the Western “a dangerous, witty, and emotionally cathartic exploration of what it means to be a man.”

 

The Sisters Brothers is based on the novel by Patrick deWitt, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize.

 

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM | Action

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment.  Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans, while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

 

As Owen, Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) won Favourite Butt Kicker Kids’ Choice and the Teen Choice Summer Movie Star: Male awards. Golden Globe nominee Bryce Dallas Howard also earned a Teen Choice Movie Star: Female award as Claire. The third biggest box office hit of 2018, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was nominated for a People’s Choice Award for Favourite Action Movie and was up for Best Science Fiction Film at the 2019 Saturn Awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

 

“This is without question the best Jurassic Park sequel,” wrote Salon.com. “Smart, scary, and even emotionally powerful.”

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS | Fantasy

 

10-year-old orphan Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) goes to live with his strange uncle in a creaky old house whose walls contain a mysterious tick-tocking magic. When Lewis accidentally disturbs the dead, the sleepy town comes alive with dark witchery.

 

Based on John Bellairs’ children’s book, The House With A Clock In Its Walls stars Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and Golden Globe nominee Jack Black, as well as Golden Globe winner Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks).

 

It’s the first younger-audience film from gore maestro Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever), who’s called it a “starter horror movie.”  Slate calls it “a bullseye… perfectly balanced between funny and scary.” Common Sense Media recommends it for 11+.

The House With A Clock In Its Walls was the 54th biggest box office hit of 2018, grossing over $130m globally.

NIGHT SCHOOL | Comedy

Star Kevin Hart and producer Will Packer, who partnered for the hit Ride Along and Think Like a Man series, bring their signature style to Night School. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip), the comedy follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend night school in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam to finish high school.

Hart and co-star Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) earned Teen Choice Comedy Movie Actor and Actress nominations respectively in 2019, while Night School was the 62nd most popular box office hit of 2018.

 

JULIET, NAKED | Romcom

 

Juliet, Naked is the story of Annie, the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan, and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded rocker, Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the object of Duncan’s musical obsession. When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself in this comic account of life’s second chances.

 

Directed by Emmy nominee Jesse Peretz (Glow), Juliet, Naked stars Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne (Damages), Emmy winner Chris O’Dowd (State of the Union, The IT Crowd), and four-time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke (Before Sunset, Boyhood).

 

The film is based on the novel by Nick Hornby, who also wrote About a Boy and High Fidelity.

 

Juliet, Naked has a 83% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Los Angeles Times calling it “a charming film… about two very different people trying to press reset in their lives… Comic, heartfelt and smart as they come – a rare combination these days.”

THE SQUARE | Drama

Christian (Claes Bang from Dracula) is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

 

Directed by Ruben Östlund (Golden Globe foreign film nominee Force Majeure), The Square won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2017 and was nominated as Best Foreign Film at both the Oscars and Golden Globes in 2018. Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Golden Globe nominee Dominic West (The Affair, The Wire) co-star.

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