Well done at Cannes!

I heard over the weekend (thanks to my new twitter addicition that the first Afrikaans film to be shown at Cannes – “Skoonheid” – has won the Queer Palm award – I’m very chuffed for that team – congratulations! Apparently it is about a middle-aged SA man struggling with his latent homosexuality – sounds interestingl…

on making a movie…

My breathing must have stopped for a split second when she said that, as I was trying to figure out how not to ruin the movie. “right, now let’s do it again with a close-up on Simon, and then with a close-up on Ray”. Umhh… I thought to myself… how do you “do it again”…

which of your senses?

if you had to give up one of your senses, which would be the most difficult one to lose? for me, taste or touch would be the easiest; the difficult choice comes with being blind, deaf or mute. it’s a tough choice to decide between one of those 3. it probably boils down to a…

land of thirst

i got home last night with an incredibly painful cricked neck, a car full of compost & window blinds, 2 newly framed pieces of art and a new new haircut. all i wanted was to eat, take the painkillers (“to be taken with food”) , maybe take a bath, and watch an episode of “land…

of rwanda and resignations

i can’t resist a good book sale… especially if it is a 4 for r100 special… i find myself telling myself,  “andré, you shouldn’t” at the same time as, ”mmhh, this looks interesting/fun/whatever”. i came across such a book sale today, and one of the 4 books i bought is entitled “season of blood”, with…

of timbuktu and abba

i had a fabulous day today – immersed in culture and learning and fun.   i started off with a run along the sea point promenade – it’s been very stormy today (it is once again bucketing down as i write!) and i was hoping to see large waves crashing onto the walkway, but i…

war on democracy

we went to the tricontinental film festival tonight and saw john pilger’s movie “war on democracy”. it’s about the role of the “american empire” in latin america over the last few decades, and how they are basically manipulating the will of the people and introducing their own “democracy” so that the various nations to their south…