Shaun de Waal

Oy! It’s OIA time again

The Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (OIA) is, this year, in fact two festivals, or is happening in two halves. This is partly a result of the shift from Ster-Kinekor’s Cinema Nouveau to Nu Metro, and to do with conflicts of time with other festivals. The first part took place earlier this…

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Poena’s money: update

Ster-Kinekor’s Helen Kuun informs me that Poena Is Koning has so far taken R1,7-million at the South African box office — and that’s in 17 days. (See my previous post on the topic.) So it is indeed doing well. How that stacks up against what it cost we don’t know: filmmaker Willie Esterhuizen tells me:…

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Gat is koning

On October 3, Ster-Kinekor released the good news about what I described in my review as the crassest comedy I’d ever seen: POENA IS KONING TICKLES SA AUDIENCES’ FUNNY BONE Laughing all the way to box-office success, Afrikaans teen comedy Poena is Koning, starring Robbie Wessels and directed by Willie Esterhuizen, is shooting the lights…

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Adding and subtracting value

Cinema attendances are down in South Africa (as they are in the US), but retail DVD has taken off in the most extraordinary manner. Whether or not these two things are connected, retail DVD in South Africa is now worth about R800-million per year, with an estimated further R100-million being spent on pirated products. And…

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