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Table Manners

An affluent housewife has her idyllic life thrown into turmoil when her husband is handed a heavy sentence for tax evasion. After losing her house and possessions, she finds solace in starting a food blog, with the support of her son and her best friend. Table Manners is now out on DVD.

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Table Manners reminded me that when one loses everything, finding hope is the best thing one can do. The film shows how healthy relationships and support helps one get through tough times. For Megan, the housewife and main character of the film, the path to understanding begins with realising that she is enough and all she needs is her family, food and love. Life’s 3 courses made easy.

The film also shows how one can use technology therapeutically. When Megan starts to post her meals on her blog, it provides her with a platform to showcase her passion for food. This, in combination with her support network, helps her process the events that happen around her.

SAFTA Award-winning writer Nkuli Sibeko has crafted a brilliant story about how Megan copes with hardship, and about the importance of a support network, whether it be physical or virtual. Director Leli Maki has represented this emotive story in ways that feel raw and very real. The movie is a must-see for South Africans. – Bryan Turner

Table Manners is distributed by Ster-Kinekor Home Entertainment.

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Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Once again, “everything is awesome”. The Lego movie is back with The Second Part, showing how Emmet attempts to restore harmony to Bricksburg after the Duplo Invaders attack.

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The Lego Movie 2 picks up five years after the first movie ended and brings back all the beloved characters from the first film. Emmet, Lucy, Batman, and Unikitty are in for an even more action-packed adventure that will test the limits of Emmet’s master-building ability and eternal positivity. 

Their beloved Bricksburg is in ruins after a devastating attack of the Lego Duplo invaders from outer space. The very existence of play is at stake. The battle to restore harmony will take the friends to faraway, unexplored worlds in a strange galaxy… Will everything be awesome once more or will creativity fade with the passing of time? 

Find out what happens when imaginations collide in a story that is told in a Lego universe on the big screen, at Ster-Kinekor cinemas.

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Nosipho Dumisa to direct Blood & Water: A South African Netflix Original

Netflix, the world’s leading internet streaming video service, has announced Blood & Water as its second original series from South Africa.

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Blood & Water will be a teen-led drama, which follows a local teen uncovering her family’s secret past and navigating the complicated world of a South African high school. The series will feature an up-and-coming talented South African cast, and will be filmed later this year.

The series will be directed by the award winning South African female director, Nosipho Dumisa. Dumisa has already made her mark globally, with Nommer 37, which earned her the Cheval Noir jury prize for Best Director at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Quebec. She has also been nominated for best picture, among other, in this year’s  SAFTA awards. The Nommer 37 production team will also be onboard, with Daryne Joshua and Travis Taute writing and co-directing with Nosipho, Bradley Joshua and Benjamin Overmeyer as producers and Simon Beesley as lead editor.

Nosipho said: “Gambit Films and I are so excited to be working with Netflix on this explosive young adult drama, with not only a cool look at strong female leads but also a powerful mystery at its core. As a director who loves genre, this series combines the best of so many and isn’t shy to delve into the real issues of youth culture, whilst jam-packing it with twists that will keep viewers guessing.”

Kelly Luegenbiehl, VP of International Originals – Europe, Turkey and Africa, at Netflix, said: “We are delighted to be investing further in African content and to partner with Nosipho and the team at Gambit Films to bring our second original series from South Africa to Netflix.  Great stories are universal, so we expect this gripping teen drama, with its view on contemporary high school life, to appeal to young adults from South Africa, as well as the rest of the world. Following on the heels of Queen SonoBlood & Water is the next step in our further investment in original African content and we’re excited to explore more projects across the region.”

The series is due to start production in 2019 and is expected to launch globally in 190 countries in 2020. 

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