The pre-release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens – in December last year set new records for pre-bookings in Ster-Kinekor’s IMAX theatres across the country.
Now, exactly a year later, the excitement is already building for the exclusive IMAX pre-release event of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, two days before the film’s US release. The special event screening takes place for one show only, at 20:00, on Wednesday 14 December in IMAX 3D, the most immersive cinema experience. Ster-Kinekor opened bookings on Monday, 28 November and, in just four days, more than half the tickets for the IMAX pre-screening on 14 December have already been sold.
“The fan base for the Star Wars franchise across South Africa is huge, and our audiences have been eagerly awaiting the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in IMAX 3D. They appreciate that a movie of this magnitude requires the maximum cinema experience – and that is watching it in one of our seven IMAX theatres,” says Motheo Matsau, Chief of Marketing and Sales at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a prequel to the original Star Wars, and is the first in a series of planned stand-alone films from Lucasfilm and Disney, now that the iconic franchise has been revived on the big screen. It stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Ben Mendlesohn, and is directed by Gareth Edwards.
Set shortly before the events of ‘A New Hope’, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ reveals how the Rebellion got their hands on the designs for the Death Star. The Galactic Empire is at the height of its power, and their ultimate weapon is nearly complete. Along with a team of rebel soldiers, former criminal Jyn Erso sets out on a desperate mission to steal the plans so they can figure out how to destroy it.
The ‘Galaxy Far Far Away’ gets even bigger with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, shining a light on a part of this universe that we’ve never seen before. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things and, in so doing, become part of something greater than themselves.
Enjoy the exclusive Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – the IMAX 3D Experience at all seven of Ster-Kinekor’s IMAX theatres, which are situated at Eastgate in Johannesburg, Cradlestone Mall in Krugersdorp, Mall of Africa in Midrand, The Grove Mall in Pretoria, Gateway in Durban, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth and CapeGate in Cape Town.
Bookings are now open for the pre-screening in IMAX at 20:00 on 14 December. Members of the various Ster-Kinekor loyalty programmes will enjoy all the benefits and discounts offered by the different programmes from SK Club, Discovery Vitality and Edgars Club, when booking tickets for this film.
The IMAX release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of An IMAX 3D Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX’s customised theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are a part of the movie.
View the trailer of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story here: https://movies.sterkinekor.co.za/Browsing/Movies/Details/h-HO00000202
The film releases at all Ster-Kinekor sites countrywide on Thursday, 15 December, in time for the long weekend. In addition to the IMAX cinemas, it can also be enjoyed in the luxury of Ster-Kinekor’s Cine Prestige 3D cinemas at select sites, and in 3D and 2D at all Ster-Kinekor sites nationally. The film’s classification is still to be confirmed, and the running time is 135mins.
Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist
Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.
Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.
The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela. It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.
“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time. We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”
The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba. It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka. The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.
Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.
“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”
This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.
Avengers’ all-time accolade
This past weekend Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War became the second highest grossing film of all time at the South African Box Office.
This means that Marvel Studios now holds the number 2 and number 1 film of all time positions at the local Box Office, following Black Panther’s unprecedented record-shattering run since it’s 16 February 2018 release.
In South Africa, audiences continued to assemble in cinemas to witness the cinematic journey ten years in the making, earning Avengers: Infinity War a current total box office tally of just under R73 million with over 874 000 attendances.
Black Panther’s historic box office journey ended in June and now boasts a final box office total just shy of R107.5 million and over 1.43 million attendances, making it the biggest film of all time at the South African box office and the first to cross the R100m mark. This record builds on Black Panther’s list of achievements on the African continent and is the biggest grossing film of all time not only in South Africa, but also East and West Africa. Black Panther is now available to enjoy on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as to digitally rent or buy from retailers and providers across the continent.
Elsewhere in Africa, Avengers: Infinity War has also raked in a total of Kes 66.9m in East Africa, making it the 2nd highest grossing film of all time behind Black Panther. Similarly, in West Africa, the film hit N450m at the box office, making it the 2nd highest grossing international film of all time, also behind Black Panther.
For Marvel Studios fans, the action and adventure continues as the 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man and The Wasp, hit cinemas this past weekend and created enough buzz to fly into the number one position at the South African Box Office.
“We are thrilled at the response that Marvel Studios’ titles have continued to receive from cinema-goers across the continent,” says Christine Service, Senior Vice President of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “With Ant-Man and The Wasp in cinemas, and both Captain Marvel and the next Avengers film in 2019, we are eagerly anticipating the continuing expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to celebrating with fans.”
On the animated front and with its own super hero theme, Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2, continues to entertain families across the country and is already Disney’s second-highest grossing animated film of all time behind Finding Dory, after only 3 weeks in release.