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Gert van der Westhuizen resenseer Mitch: The Real Story deur John Mitchell en Gavin Rich

Mitch: The Real StoryUitspraak: wortel

Tog is dit die moeite werd om Mitchell se verhaal te lees. Hy lig byvoorbeeld die eerste keer die sluier oor die aanval op hom in Johannesburg toe gewapende rowers by sy blyplek toegeslaan het.

Op rugbygebied leer ’n mens heelwat oor die moeilike oorgang van amateur- na professionele rugby.

Dit is ook interessant om te lees wat Mitchell te sê het oor rugby in die verskillende lande waar hy afgerig het. (Hy was ook betrokke by Clive Woodward se Engelse span, hoewel hy en dié sir kwalik as beste vriende uitmekaar is.)


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Proteas Slide into Semi Final Round of 2015 ICC World Cup

The Proteas have lifted their World Cup curse by beating Sri Lanka, with 9 wickets to spare, in the quarter final round of the international competition, giving them an easy slide into the semi final round later this month.

“Victory meant the Proteas had, after several heartbreaking reverses that started at the SCG with a rain-affected semi-final loss to England in 1992, finally won a knockout match at the World Cup.

They will face the winners of Saturday’s match between New Zealand and the West Indies in an Auckland semi-final on March 24,” AFP reports.

Read the article and listen to a podcast of a discussion of this epic match on Jacaranda FM:

JP Duminy took a hat-trick as South Africa’s bowlers set up a crushing nine-wicket World Cup quarter-final win over Sri Lanka in Sydney on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka, who won the toss, were bowled out for just 133 on a good Sydney Cricket Ground pitch.

Prakash Govindasreenivasan has been running a live blog for NDTV Sports of all the latest cricket news, including today’s Protea victory. They also spoke to some of our key players, including captain AB de Villiers who said he is “quietly confident” and believes they are “going to go all the way”:

I didn’t have to say much, we were very motivated for this game. The guys were in a really good space and they rocked up mentally. I was going to bat first but I would have backed the batters to do a good job out there. It was incredible the job the bowlers did up front. De Kock has been going through a tough time, you go through patches in your career, the coaches kept backing him, for him to pull it off with a really special knock and a couple of catches. Spinners came in at a crucial stage, we kept them back until the 14-15th over, so for the two of them to come on against a subcontinental team at a crucial stage was really impressive. I’m quietly confident, I like to believe in big things. I truly believe we’re going to go all the way. For now we’re just going to enjoy a beer and think about what’s to come.

The Art of LosingThe Extraordinary Book of South African CricketHowzat!The ProteasPotent Pastimes
CoachBouch100 South African Sporting LegendsTo the PointThe Pacemen

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Catch Jonathan Jansen, Zapiro, Mandy Wiener, Jo-Anne Richards and Many More at the Knysna Literary Festival 2015

Knysna Literary Festival

Alert! The sixth annual Knysna Literary Festival kicks off on 18 March, featuring a diverse range of authors and talks. With a Young Writers Awards Ceremony, events around the untold stories of Nelson Mandela and Reeva Steenkamp, discussions of politics, history and sport, and a chance to mingle with the award-winning author Jo-Anne Richards, the programme has something for everyone.

Here are some of the books by authors that will feature at the festival:

To Quote MyselfBehind the DoorCall It Like It IsDragons and ButterfliesThe Great Run
Here I AmOpposite MandelaHow to Fix South Africa's SchoolsIt's Code Red!The Imagined Child

Featured authors include Khaya Dlanga, Mandy Wiener, Jonathan Kaplan, Shani Krebs, Braam Malherbe, PJ Powers, Tony Leon, Graeme Butchart, Jonathan Jansen, Zapiro and Jo-Anne Richards.

Have a look at the programme. Some events are already sold out, so book as soon as possible to avoid missing out!

Knysna Literary Festival Programme 2015 by Books LIVE


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The Sunday Times Bestseller List for January 2015

Big international hitters dominate the fiction section of January’s Sunday Times South African bestseller list, but the non-fiction is gratifyingly Mzansi-heavy, as has come to be expected.

Gray Mountain, the new John Grisham novel, is number one for fiction, with Wilbur Smith’s Desert God hot on its heels, but dropping off the top spot for the first time since October.

The extraordinary bestselling run of Zelda la Grange’s Good Morning, Mr Mandela continues in the non-fiction section. The memoir was top in July and August, second in September, and then back on top in November, and is still holding strong.

Gayton McKenzie’s controversial book The Uncomfortable Truth makes an appearance at number two.

View the South African bestsellers for January:

The Sunday Times Bestseller List for January 2014

No list for December

The information for this list comes from SAPnet/Nielsen, bookseller data and publisher data.


Gray MountainGray Mountain by John Grisham
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Desert GodDesert God by Wilbur Smith
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Captivated by YouCaptivated by You by Sylvia Day
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The Uncomfortable TruthThe Uncomfortable Truth by Gayton McKenzie
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It's Code Red!It’s Code Red! by Zapiro
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What I Know For SureWhat I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey
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AskariAskari: A story of collaboration and betrayal in the anti-apartheid struggle by Jacob Dlamini
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Book Bites: 14 December 2014

When the Lions Came to TownWhen the Lions Came To Town
Luke Alfred (Zebra Press)
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It’s easy to forget how momentous a rugby Test tour once was, back in the days before the game’s money mania inspired it to carpet-bomb its audience into indifference. And few tours have rivalled the drama of the British Lions’ devastating invasion of South Africa in 1974. Willie John McBride’s platoon were both artful and brutal, moering the Bok pack into submission on their own unyielding fields – and this absorbing book details the lasting damage done to the South African rugby psyche. A great gift for any rugby nostalgics on your prezzie list.
- Carlos Amato @CarlosBAmato

The Book of Gold LeavesThe Book of Gold Leaves
Mirza Waheed (Penguin)
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Mirza Waheed first cast light on the war between India and Kashmir in his debut, The Collaborator. Here he continues the theme against the backdrop of an unconventional love story set in Srinagar, Kashmir. Faiz is a papier-mâché artist who falls in love with Roohi, a well-educated, beautiful poet. They keep their relationship secret because they are from two very different denominations of Islam. A poignant tale of the personal inner lives of people who live through conflict – victims and perpetrators alike – that is defiant in its unwavering message of hope.
- Annetjie van Wynegaard @Annetjievw

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Words Worth Packing: What Notable South Africans are Reading on Holiday

Published in the Sunday Times

The Sunday Times books team asked an array of notable South Africans which books they will be taking with them on holiday.

When the Lions Came to TownParadiseThe Letters of Ernest HemingwayOne Midlife Crisis and a Speedo

THE COLUMNIST – Darrel Bristow-Bovey

I’ll be reading Luke Alfred’s When the Lions Came to Town (Zebra Press), about the 1974 British Lions’ tour of South Africa, because Luke is a sportswriter with heart and flair and tells a good story. I also have Paradise by Greg Lazarus (Kwela Books), a smart, funny and cosmopolitan local pair of novelists. Each year for the past two years has seen the release of a new volume of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway (Volume 2, 1923-1925 – Cambridge University Press). Last year’s volume 2 took us to 1925, and I’m desperately hoping volume 3 is about to be released. I’ll also be obsessively re-reading my own book, One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo (Zebra Press), to check for spelling errors and typos.

The Art of WarLove Is Letting Go of FearJesus CEOThe Richest Man Who Ever Lived


I intend reading these books during the holidays: The Art of War by Sun Tzu (Pax Librorum, R80), Love is Letting Go of Fear by Gerald Jampolsky (Celestial Arts), Jesus CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership by Laurie Beth Jones(Hyperion) and The Richest Man Who Ever Lived by Steven K Scott (Broadway Books).

Stoep ZenYoga for ChickensLost and Found in Johannesburg

THE TRAVEL WRITER – Bridget Hilton-Barber

First up is Stoep Zen: A Zen Life in South Africa by Antony Osler (Jacana), whose blurb says it’s Lao Tzu meets Oom Schalk Lourens. The question Osler poses is how do we reach down through swirling emotions into a quieter space where we can see a little further and love a little deeper? The other little gem that awaits on my bedside table is an illustrated book called Yoga for Chickens by Lynn Brunelle (Chronicle Books). “Feeling fried? Feathers ruffled? The birdbrained wisdom in this little book will have you clucking like a spring chicken in no time.” And finally, I am going to get stuck into Lost and Found in Johannesburg by Mark Gevisser (Jonathan Ball Publishers).

AskariThe Fire Next Time

THE INTELLECTUAL – Eusebius McKaiser

I have already started on my holiday reading because, well, why wait?! I’m halfway through Jacob Dlamini’s Askari: A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle (Jacana). It is narrative writing at its lyrical best, and the moral philosophy student in me is intrigued by the complexity of black people who betrayed black communities during apartheid. I will also read James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time (Vintage Books), a classic on race relations in America. In the wake of Ferguson, revisiting this masterpiece is compulsory.

The Facts of Life and DeathEsther's HouseTales of the Metric SystemAskariUnimportanceThe Paying Guests


My summer reading will be a continuation of my reading all year: the books of authors who’ll be attending the Franschhoek Literary Festival in May, including The Facts of Life and Death by Belinda Bauer (Bantam Press), Esther’s House by Carol Campbell (Umuzi), Tales of the Metric System by Imraan Coovadia (Umuzi), Askari by Jacob Dlamini, Unimportance by Thando Mgqolozana (Jacana), and The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (Little, Brown).

Ragged GloryThe Rings of Saturn


For me Christmas starts very early, so I have just read Ray Hartley’s Ragged Glory (Jonathan Ball Publishers), an overview of the last 20 years of South Africa political history, which is characteristically sane and balanced. I am now reading – recommended to me by Corina van der Spoel who ran the Boekehuis before it was closed in act of barbarity not seen since the ransacking of the churches during the Reformation – WG Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn (Vintage Books) which, from the depths of his erudition and his appreciation of the complexities of history, moves seamlessly from the very local to the exciting diversity of the human and natural world.

For the King's Pleasure

THE CELEBRITY – Gareth Cliff

Surprisingly, despite starting this year, I have found some time to read. From Barry Bateman and Mandy Wiener to Pamela Stephenson to Jerm the cartoonist, there is so much great stuff being published that it’s hard to narrow things down to just one book. But to be really self-indulgent, I have to admit that my current obsession is a book by Sir Hugh Roberts, Director of the Royal Collection, about the furnishing and decoration of King George IV’s private apartments at Windsor Castle. It’s called For The King’s Pleasure (Royal Collection Enterprises Ltd).

The Texture of ShadowsThe GoldfinchYou Can't Get Lost in Cape TownI Would Die 4 UStokely

THE GONZO ESSAYIST – Bongani Madondo

I will be reading a lot! Ok, maybe I will be lucky to finish at least three of the following: Mandla Langa’s latest novel The Texture of Shadows (Picador Africa); The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown); You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town by Zoë Wicomb (Umuzi); I Would Die 4U: Why Prince Became An Icon by Touré (Free Press), and Stokely: A Life by Peniel E. Joseph (Basic Civitas Books), which is the latest biography of the revolutionary Stokely Carmichael (Miriam Makeba’s one time husband … one of the five exes). I don’t think I will get halfway through the list though. There’s just so much to do, especially with family demanding its pound of flesh of your time.

H is for Hawk

THE INDIE BOOKSELLER – Kate Rogan (Owner of Love Books)

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (Jonathan Cape). I cannot wait to get my teeth into this. It’s just won the Samuel Johnson prize, which is the biggest thing in non-fiction awards – and it’s the first ever memoir to do so. In a nutshell, Helen Macdonald loses her father, and in her grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. My ears pricked when someone said it was the next The Hare with Amber Eyes (Chatto & Windus,). Whatever it turns out to be, it’s the kind of book that needs the time I can only give it while on holiday.

Ordinary MenCatastrophe 1914Strandveldfood


Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher Browning (HarperCollins). For students of the Holocaust there is a fascinating debate between Browning and Daniel Goldhagen about the culpability of ordinary Germans caught up in the implementation of the Holocaust. Also in a historical vein is Max Hastings’ Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War (Alfred A Knopf). Hastings concentrates on the accidents of timing and long-held simmering nationalisms that coalesced in that fateful year. I am an adequate amateur cook, love cookbooks, and the best local cookbook that I have seen for a long time is Kobus van der Merwe’s Strandveldfood (Jonathan Ball Publishers). I think it is sensational.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of PilgrimageThe Hare with Amber EyesAi Weiwei SpeaksThe Cuckoo's Calling


I have earmarked the following for my festive break: The latest Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage (Harvill Secker). I am a huge fan and will read anything that he writes. The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal. I’m fascinated by Japanese culture (hence Murakami being on my list) and this biography also explores the exquisite art of “Netsuke” – tiny but intricate wood or ivory carvings. Ai Weiwei Speaks (Penguin Special) – a collection of interviews by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist that follows Weiwei’s incredible installation “S.A.C.R.E.D” at the Venice biennial, depicting scenes from his 81-day incarceration by the Chinese government. Finally, for much needed escapism, I’ll also be tackling The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling, Little Brown).

The Three-Body ProblemCollected Haiku of Yosa BusonMicrocosmsPlenty MorePereira MaintainsBoyhood Island

THE NOVELIST – Imraan Coovadia

I’m reading The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin (Tor Books), a great Chinese science fiction writer, the Collected Haiku of Yosa Buson (Copper Canyon Press), translated by WS Merwin, Microcosms by Claudio Magris (Gallimard Education), Plenty More by Ottolenghi (Ebury Press) and Pereira Maintains by Antonio Tabucchi (Canongate, R180). Five books which promise to be miraculous. I just finished Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Boyhood Island (Alfred A Knopf). Great.

Fortunes of AfricaA Man of Good HopeTales of the Metric SystemThe Texture of ShadowsAskari

THE MAVERICK – Marianne Thamm

I have quite a neglected stack next to my bed, including Martin Meredith’s The Fortunes of Africa: A 5 000-year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavour (Jonathan Ball Publishers). This “vast and vivid panorama of history” offers a renewed opportunity to engage with the backdrop to contemporary political developments. I’m halfway through Jonny Steinberg’s extraordinary A Man Of Good Hope (Jonathan Ball Publishers), which charts the journey of refugee Asad Abdullah from Somalia to Cape Town. And in a further attempt at understanding the physical, political and intellectual geography of South Africa, there is Imraan Coovadia’s novel, Tales of the Metric System, Mandla Langa’s The Texture of Shadows and Jacob Dlamini’s Askari.


The KeeperLost and Found in Johannesburg

Alex Matthews, editor of Aerodrome

I’m a huge fan of both lighthouses and Marguerite Poland, so The Keeper (Penguin) is therefore an irresistible prospect. I also can’t wait to finish Mark Gevisser’s Lost and Found in Johannesburg, which is an eloquent, vivid merging of maps and memories.

Helen Sullivan, editor of Prufrock

One of the best things about summer for me is magazines. Thick Christmas issues full of beautiful things, and stories and articles that seem to be more moving when it’s the end of a year. I’ll also be looking out for South African literary mags like Prufrock – uHlanga (an anthology of poetry from KZN – R50 on, Aerodrome (R140 from and New Contrast (R90 on

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“Sestien Onse” – Program vir 2015 Woordfees bekendgestel (6 tot 15 Maart)

“Ons moes besluit, we go big or go home, so ons gaan groót.”

Só het Saartjie Botha, bedryfsbestuurder van die jaarlikse Woordfees, gesê met die bekendstelling van die program vir Woordfees 2015. Die fees word vanaf 6 tot 15 Maart in en om Stellenbosch aangebied rondom die tema “Sestien Onse”.

Die program hou oudergewoonte hope lekkernye vir boekwurms van alle kleur en geur in. Botha het met Netwerk24 gesels oor die opwindende program en beklemtoon dat die 2015 program iets vir álle kunsliefhebbers in hou. “Maar, die Woordfees is in die eerste plek ‘n fees van woorde, daarom is ons boekprogram báie belangrik.”

Botha het ook op Dagbreek gesels oor die program en gesê, “Die hart van die Woordfees sal altyd die boeketent wees, die boekeprogram en die diskoersprogram.”

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Feesgangers kan uitsien daarna om na van die volgende skrywers te luister:

Antjie Krog, Zelda la Grange, Albert Blake, Fanie Viljoen, Alfred Schaffer, Marguerite Poland, Henry Jack Cloete, Daniel Hugo, Hein Kruger, Marida Fitzpatrick, Lindie Strydom, Al Lovejoy, Toast Coetzer, Paul Bogaert, Rodaan Al Galidi, SD Fourie, Tanya O’Connor, PJ Powers, SJ Naude, Marianne Thamm, Koos van der Merwe, Leon van Nierop, Anchien Troskie, Errieda du Toit, Danie Marais, FJ Labuschagne, Pat Stamatélos, Tannie Poppie, Tiaan en Mynhardt, Marlene van der Westhuizen, Marzanne Leroux-Van der Boon, Maretha Maartens, Esta Steyn, Dorothea van Zyl, Marco Botha, Kerneels Breytenbach, Igna Klynsmith, Joan Hambidge, Riëtte Rust, Izak de Vries, Jakkie Louw, Johan Vlok Louw, Pieter Dirk-Uys, Herman Lategan, Helene de Kock, Francois Smith, Suzette Kotze-Myburg, Edwin Cameron, François Bloemhof, Gerrit Rautenbach, Nanette van Rooyen, Riana Scheepers, Zandra Bezuidenhout, Irma Venter, Rudie van Rensburg, Willem Anker, Chanette Paul en Johan Bakkes – en nog vele meer!

Geheime van ’n Franse kookklasWat sê die prokureur?SondebokBuys – ’n GrensromanPanoramaDie bewakerVermis op AllesverlorenAcid AlexDonker spoorKopskootAfrikamasutratjieDie dooies leefThe Alphabet of BirdsMooiloopSkulpDie BaanbrekersDie Alibi KlubBallade vir ’n enkelingMens dier dingBinnekring van spookasemsDraalnoot vir ’n janfiskaalVan sprokie tot tragedie in die kolligDiepsee - kortverhaleIn a Burning SeaBeseringstydGeloof sonder sekerhedeDie 13de kaartMede-weteOepse daisyJusticePleisters vir die dooiesBrothers in War and PeaceDie staat vs OscarEwebeeldGoeiemore, Mnr. MandelaKamphoerEsterHere I AmMeditasiesMakietieBeseringstydDie vierde stemKobra


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The Sunday Times Bestseller List for November 2014

South African non-fiction stands firm on the Sunday Times South African bestseller list for November 2014, however on the fiction side Wilbur Smith is the only local representative.

Smith’s latest novel Desert God holds on to the top spot, followed by another appearance from Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, which is still seeing a boost from the film release. Deon Meyer’s Cobra falls out of the top five for the first time since August. Australian author Tony Park’s The Hunter, which is partly set in South Africa, comes in at number five.

On the non-fiction list, the only foreign book has a local link: KP: The Autobiography by Kevin Pietersen. Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange reappears at the top of the list, after disappearing for a month in October. South Africans are still feeling the effects of the Oscar Pistorius trial, with a debut placing for Reeva: A Mother’s Story by June Steenkamp and a reappearance for Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman’s Behind the Door: The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story, which drops from first place to third.

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The Sunday Times Bestseller List for November 2014

The information for this list comes from SAPnet/Nielsen, bookseller data and publisher data.

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Desert God

Gone Girl

The Best Of Me

Edge of Eternity

The Hunter

Good Morning, Mr Mandela

Reeva: A Mother's Story

Behind the Door

KP: The Autobiography

Nothing Left to Steal

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Gert van der Westhuizen resenseer The Rise of the Phoenix deur Peter Joyce

The Rise of the Phoenix: The story of sport in the new South AfricaUitspraak: stokkie

’n Mens kan jou kwalik ’n Suid-Afrika voorstel sonder die emosies wat deur sport ontketen word. Daarom is dit nogal vreemd dat min boeke tot dusver geskryf is waarin Suid-Afrikaners se verhouding met sport oor die afgelope 20 jaar in oënskou geneem word.

Die skrywer probeer daardie leemte in ’n mate vul.


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Verskeie skrywers se werk te sien tydens vanjaar se kykNET Silwerskermfees

Vanjaar se kykNET Silwerskermfees, wat vandag begin en tot 30 Augustus in Kampsbaai draai, sluit ‘n hele paar boekverwante items op die program in met die mees opwindende geleentheid die glanstoekennings waar ‘n paar name wat al te bekend is aan die Books LIVE-gemeenskap benoem is.

Pad na jou hart, wat in boekvorm by NB verskyn het, is vir verskeie toekennings benoem insluitend Beste Redigering en Beste Teks. Leandie du Randt, outeur van Gemaklik in jou eie lyf wat by Struik Lifestyle verskyn het, is benoem vir haar hoofrol in Die Windpomp en Die Ballade van Robbie de Wee, waarvan die draaiboek deur Kobra-outeur Deon Meyer geskryf is, ding mee om onder meer Beste Film.

Pad na jou hartSuurlemoen!Gemaklik in jou eie lyfJoostOorseeDie pad byster150 Stories

Tydens hierdie vierdag-geleentheid word verskeie Afrikaanse films en kortfilms vir die eerste keer aan die publiek vertoon. Boekwurms kan uitsien na die film weergawe van Jaco Jacobs se gewilde jeugboek Suurlemoen (LAPA); ‘n kortfilm weergawe van “Trippie”; Nicola Hanekom se bekroonde drama wat deur Protea Boekhuis in Die pad byster gedruk is; asook ‘n kortfilm deur bekroonde dramaturg Tertius Kapp (sy jongste drama Oorsee verskyn eersdaags by NB); Leandie du Randt speel in die komiese Vuil Wasgoed, ‘n kortfilm met Simoné Nortmann en Bouwer Bosch; die langverwagte fliek Joost: Spel van Glorie, oor Joost van der Westhuizen (wie se biografie by Zebra Press verskyn het) se stryd teen motorneuronsiekte, maak sy buiging en Nataniël, ‘n ou hand in die skrywerswêreld wie se jongste boek 150 stories pas by NB verskyn het, maak sy kortfilm-debuut met die boeiende Almon, Henry.

Dit is natuurlik slegs ‘n paar hoogtepunte – daar kruip nog vele outeurs en bydraers tot boeke op die program weg! Kaartjies is ongelukkig reeds uitverkoop so as jy nog nie een het nie sal jy maar moet uitmis op hierdie aksie-belaaide naweek.

Hier is ‘n video oor dié geleentheid waar een van die organiseerders gesels oor die opwindende program:

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Gesels saam oor die fees deur die gesprek op Twitter (@SilwerskermFees) met die hutshekkies #Silwerskerm2014 #WDC692 en op die SilwerskermFees Facebook-blad te volg.

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Die vierde kykNET Silwerskermfees vind plaas vanaf 27 Augustus 2014 by die Bay Hotel in Kampsbaai. Die feesprogram bestaan elke jaar uit debuut kort-en vollengte films, besprekingspanele asook ‘n glans toekeningsgeleentheid. Die fees is ‘n vertoonkas vir die Afrikaanse filmbedryf en hierdie jaar sprei die fees sy vlerke nog breër met ‘n nuwe kategorie vir dokumentêre films, 15 nuwe kortfilms wat deur kykNET en Silwerskerm vervaardig word, 25 bestaande films en ‘n projek in samewerking met Kaapstad se World Design Capital-inisiatief.

Die kortfilms is beslis ‘n groot hoogtepunt op die program. Die doel van die kortfilms is om vir ‘n jonger generasie filmmakers die geleentheid te bied om hul talent te ontwikkel onder die leiding en mentorskap van gevestigde name in die filmbedryf. Die inskrywings vir hierdie kategorieë het hierdie jaar verdriedubbel en as gevolg van die hoëgehalte aansoeke wat ontvang is, is besluit om hierdie jaar 15 in plaas van die gebruiklike 13 films te vervaardig. Onder mentorskap van Mitzi Booysen, Herman Binge, André Scholtz en Deon Opperman is 24 voorstelle uit die talle inskrywings genooi om deel te neem aan die teksontwikkelingsessies. Uit hierdie groep is die finale 15 tekste gekies wat vir die fees vervaardig word. Die befondsing van die kortfilms word deur kykNET verskaf.

Volgens Silwerskermfees mentor Deon Opperman:

“Nes daar in sport vir “diepte” in spanne gesorg word deur hoë-standaard opleidingsgeleenthede aan die opkomende talent van die volgende generasie aan te bied, so bied Silwerskerm die geleentheid aan opkomende talent in die filmbedryf aan – vervaardigers, skrywers, regisseurs en produksiespanne – om hulle vaardighede te slyp ter voorbereiding vir groter, professionele projekte daarna. Dit is vir my ‘n besonderse plesier om as skryfmentor by Silwerskerm betrokke te wees. Dit is my diepste oortuiging dat hierdie projek in die jare vorentoe ‘n wesenlike impak op die standaard van Suid-Afrikaanse film sal hê.”

Die kortfilms spog met baie jong talent voor én agter die kamera’s soos Marisa Drummond, Jennis Williamson en JC Snooke (Stom), Eddie de Jager, Suzzi Swanepoel en Solomon Cupido (‘n Liefdeslobotomie), Bouwer Bosch en Bennie Fourie (Vuil Wasgoed), Jenna Dunster, Asleigh Harvey en Tessa Denton (Neem my saam). Twee bekende toneelstukke is vir die kortfilm genre verwerk naamlik Nicola Hanekom se Trippie en Charles Fourie se Agterplaas. Nog ‘n bekende dramaturg wat verantwoordelik is vir een van die kortfilms is Tertius Kapp (Iemand Anders). Oudergewoonte is daar ook heelwat bekendes wat ook in die rolverdeling te sien sal wees; Tinarie van Wyk-Loots (Juweeldiewe), Susanne Beyers, Pietie Beyers (Onder die Tafel), Elsabé Daneel, Marion Holm, Helene Truter en Antionette Louw (Totsiens, Pa), Andre Odendal, Harold Richter (Die Laaste Ure), Nataniël en Armand Aucamp (Almon, Henry), Shamilla Miller en Irshaad Ally (Nommer 37), Neels van Jaarsveld en Arno Jordaan (Ben se Begrafnis), Quentin Krog en Cindy Swanepoel (Eenrigting).

Die Silwerskermfees is ook trots om hul betrokkenheid by die Kaapstad World Design Capital-inisiatief bekend te maak. As deel van hierdie inisiatief maak die Silwerskermfees, in samewerking met AFDA en die Guga S’thebe Kuns en Kultuur sentrum in Langa, ‘n aantal kort 1-2 minuut films. Hierdie films beoog om ‘n visuele storie te skep deur die landskap en die taal van die gemeenskap te gebruik en sodoende ‘n unieke Suid-Afrikaanse narratief te skep. Die projek is ook verder ontwikkel in Hillbrow, Johannesburg en dié films sal ook tydens die fees vertoon word.

Die Bestaande film kategorie bestaan hierdie jaar uit 25 films. Inskrywings vir hierdie kategorie was oop vir alle films wat op plaaslike bodem vervaardig is. ‘n Dokumentêre kategorie word ook hierdie jaar by die Silwerskermfeesprogram gevoeg.

Oudergewoonte sluit die fees af met ‘n glanstoekenningsgeleentheid en net soos die propvol program vir 2014 die groei in die Suid-Afrikaanse filmbedryf weerspieël, met nuwe kategorië en projekte, sluit die toekenningsgeleentheid ook nuwe afdelings in.

In die eerste afdeling kom die volledige aanbod van Afrikaanse filmvrystellings vanaf 1 September 2013 – 31 Augustus 2014 in aanmerking vir die Jaarlikse Nasionale Silwerskermtoekennings.

Volgens Karen Meiring (M-Net: Direkteur van Afrikaanse Kanale) is dit ‘n baie opwindende tyd in die Suid-Afrikaanse filmbedryf:

“Die passie en energie wat daar in die rolprentbedryf is, is tasbaar. Die toewyding waarmee elke film vervaardig word weerspieël beslis in die standaard wat jaar na jaar oortref word. Die fees is baie trots op die erkenning en ondersteuning wat dit tot dusvêr kon bied aan filmmakers, maar die fees is beslis meer as net ‘n platform. Die fees se hoofdoel is die uitbreiding, groei en ontwikkeling van talent in die rolprentbedryf. Baie werksgeleenthede word geskep, maar belangriker nog, skep dit die geleentheid om ons eie stories op ons eie unieke manier te vertel binne die konteks en agtergrond van die mooiste filmstel ter wêreld: Suid-Afrika.”

Die tweede afdeling van die toekenningsgeleentheid is die Amptelike Silwerskermfeestoekennings. Hierdie afdeling sluit die feesfilms in en word tydens die fees deur ‘n paneel beoordeel. Die nominasies word op Saterdag 30 Augustus 2014 bekendgemaak en sluit kategorië in vir Beste kortfilm, Beste Feesfilm asook kykerskeuses.

Die nominasies lyk soos volg:

Beste Film

  • Pad na jou hart
  • Die windpomp
  • Die Ballade van Robbie de Wee

Beste Regisseur

  • Jaco Smit (Pad na jou hart)
  • Darrel James Roodt (Alles wat mal is)
  • Etienne Fourie (Die Windpomp)
  • Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat (Konfetti)

Beste Manlike Byspeler

  • Marius Weyers (Pad na jou hart)
  • Casper de Vries (Konfetti)
  • Marcel van Heerden (Pad na jou hart)

Beste Vroulike Byspeler

  • Marga van Rooy (Die Windpomp)
  • Anna-Mart van der Merwe (Die ballade van Robbie de Wee)

Beste Manlike Akteur

  • Ivan Botha (Pad na jou hart)
  • Neil Sandilands (Die ballade van Robbie de Wee)
  • Armand Greyling (Die windpomp)
  • Louw Venter (Konfetti)

Beste Vroulike Akteur

  • Donnalee Roberts (Pad na jou hart)
  • Erika Wessels (Alles wat mal is)
  • Leandie du Randt (Die windpomp)

Beste Oorspronklike musiek

  • Benjamin Willem (Pad na jou hart)
  • Johnny De Ridder (Die windpomp)

Beste Kinematografie

  • Jacques Koudsdaal (Pad na jou hart)
  • Tom Marais (Stuur groete aan Mannetjies Roux)
  • Johan Prinsloo (Die Windpomp)

Beste Teks

  • Donnalee Roberts & Ivan Botha (Pad na jou hart)
  • Etienne Fourie (Die windpomp)
  • Louw Venter (Konfetti)

Beste Redigering

  • Dwaine Faria-Carrao (Pad na jou hart)
  • Louis Greeff, Mario Kowars & Mario Krawits (Die windpomp)
  • Zelmarie Degenaar (Konfetti)

Beste film (nie Afrikaans)

  • Anthony Silverston (Khumba)
  • Theo Nel, Harriet Gavshon, JP Pogieter, Mariki van der Walt, Donovan Marsh (Inumber)



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