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Rocketman – Now streaming on Showmax

The Golden Globe-winning musical-biopic about Sir Elton John, Rocketman, is now streaming on Showmax.

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Rocketman, the fantastical musical biopic on Sir Elton John, is now available to stream on Showmax. The film won the Oscar for Best Original Song for I’m Gonna Love Me Again, co-written by Elton and his long-time lyricist Bernie Taupin.  

This was Bernie’s first Oscar nomination and win, and the fourth nomination and second win for Elton, after his 1995 Oscar for Can You Feel The Love Tonight from The Lion King.

I’m Gonna Love Me Again had already won the Golden Globe and the Critics Choice Award, among other accolades.

Rocketman is the story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture, of how shy piano prodigy Reginal Dwight transformed into international superstar Elton John.

This rapid transformation came at a high price: while Elton has been sober for over 28 years now, the opening scene of Rocketman is set in an AA meeting, where he admits, “My name is Elton Hercules John and I am an alcoholic, and a cocaine addict, and a sex addict, and a bulimic, and also a shopaholic who has problems with weed, prescription drugs and anger management.”

Beyond the music, Rocketman is also the story of Elton’s friendship with Bernie, which helped him through. Accepting the Oscar, Elton praised Bernie as “the constant thing in my life, when I was screwed up, when I was normal.”

At the Oscars press room afterwards, Elton dedicated the award to Bernie. “This is for him. This is for my partner of 53 years. Without him, I wouldn’t be here. He starts the process. He gives me the lyrics. Then I go ahead. Without the lyrics, I’m nobody.” 

“What you see in the film is what you get,” said Bernie in the press room afterwards. “The basic theme of the whole movie is love and trust and believing in the person you’re working with. It’s like a marriage – it really is – and one of the things that makes it work is being different, having different lives and leading different lives. But we always come back together for the music and the music is the thing that has run through our veins ever since we first met.”

As Elton, Taron Egerton won the Golden Globe and was nominated for BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, People’s Choice and Teen Choice awards. Even Elton himself is a fan. “Taron Egerton, what a performance,” he said, accepting the Oscar.

In the press room afterwards, Elton called out Taron’s Oscar snub. “He should have been, I think, nominated as one of the best actors. For me, he was the best performance this year.”

Rocketman also stars BAFTA winner Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool) as Bernie;  Golden Globe winner Richard Madden (Bodyguard, Game of Thrones) as Elton’s first manager, John Reid; Golden Globe nominee Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World) as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother; and BAFTA winner Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’ Diary) as his grandmother Ivy. 

Watch Rocketman on Showmax: https://www.showmax.com/eng/movie/dim6qxmc-rocketman

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The horror! First Showmax Original movie for SA

The first ever Showmax Original movie, Rage, has arrived in South Africa this week, with its sights firmly set on fans of horror movies.

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The story revolves a group of school-leavers who descend on a tiny coastal town to celebrate their freedom. It is clearly inspired by the Rage festival that goes down in December ever year at various South African coastal resort towns, in an annual display of drunken and disorderly behaviour by teenagers who have just completed their final year of school.

Roxy, Sihle, Kyle, Leon, Tamsyn and Neo party on the beach and drink themselves silly every night. Two townsfolk, Hermien and her son Albert, are welcoming – too welcoming. To make matters even weirder, the 70-something Hermien is heavily pregnant. 

On a psychedelic trip on the beach, the friends witness a disturbing birth ritual, which could be a hallucination, or not. Soon, fertility figurines start to appear at random places. What is supposed to be the best holiday of their lives, turns to horror as the teenagers are picked off … one by one.

Rage is directed by Jaco Bouwer, a multi-award-winning theatre director who’s one of three Best Director nominees in the drama series category at the 2020 SAFTAs, for Dwaalster. His short film, this country is lonely, premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2018. He also directed Die Spreeus, one of the 10 most-watched local series on Showmax in 2019.

Nicole Fortuin, whose previous film, Flatland, opened the Berlin Panorama, stars as Tamsyn. The Girl From St Agnes’ breakout stars Jane de Wet and Tristan de Beer are Roxy and Kyle; two-time Silwerskerm winner Carel Nel (Dwaalster, Hum, Slaaf) is Albert; Sihle Mnqwazana, who co-wrote and acted in The Fall, a New York Times critic’s choice play, plays Neo; Shalima Mkongi (IsithembisoNkululekoKeeping Score) is Sihle; and Fiesta, Kanna and Fleur du Cape nominee David Viviers (Kanarie) plays Leon.

Rage is available to stream now on Showmax.

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Netflix premieres its first Saudi animation

Masameer the Movie, the first Saudi animation on Netflix, is based on a popular YouTube series.

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Netflix has started streaming Masameer the Movie, the first Saudi animated movie. It is based on a popular YouTube series that has captured the imagination of its audience for years, also produced by Myrkott. 

Following its success in theatres, Netflix is now streaming the movie with subtitles in over 30 languages, making it available to more than 167 million viewers in 190 countries. 

The Saudi animation sees Dana, a Saudi girl with a passion for robots and artificial intelligence, embark on a journey to create good in the world, using robotics. Meanwhile, three friends, Saad, Saltooh and Kalb, hit rock bottom and go on a journey of their own to prove themselves to society, by becoming crime-fighting superheroes. 

Masameer the Movie is directed by Malik Nejer and produced by Abdul Aziz AlMuzaini. Voiceover artists include Abdulaziz AlShehri, Mazroa AlMazroa, Ibraheem AlKhairallah, Shahad AlAhmari and Yusuf AlDakhil. 

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