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Retro Afrika Happenings in the Months to Come

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Retro Afrika Bioscope at The Waterfront Film Studios in Cape Town

Highlight on one of Skybok’s clients Retro Afrika Bioscope – a studio label of Gravel Road Entertainment at the Waterfront Film Studios in Cape Town. CEO Ben Cowley has just returned from France for the “Lumiere Film Festival & Classic Film Market” in Lyon! Retro Afrika exhibited some retro titles at the Classic Film Market as well as its restoration services. Skybok is enjoying handling this account!

Lumiere 2014

Upcoming we’ve got:

+ The Mini Retro Afrika Film Festival in association with The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg 24th – 26th October. 4 Films will be showcased: “Joe Bullet”, “Fishy Stones”, “Trompie” & “Umbango”. More on our blog www.retroafrika.com

+ “Joe Bullet” (a film banned in 1971) will be showcased at the MoMA The Museum of Modern Art in New York City on the 8th & 13th November as part of the “To Save and Project” Film Preservation Festival.

+ “Trompie” DVD will be released in Musica nationwide

+ “Joe Bullet” will be showcased at the Carthage International Film Festival in Tunisia

+ “Joe Bullet” will be showcased at the Berlin Film Festival Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival

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Upcoming Steve Biko Commemorative Events

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Steve Biko Commemorative Events Coming Up in London, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, King William's Town + Amsterdam

Just over a week ago, the 12th of September marked 37 years since the chief creator of the Black Consciousness movement, Steve Biko, was killed in the custody of the apartheid police. Today his legacy lives on through a number of institutions in South Africa and abroad. The main organisation here in South Africa is the The Steve Biko Foundation. It’s hosting a number of events in the coming weeks in commemoration of 37 years since his death. These are:


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Exhibition at the Ron Belling Art Gallery

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I’m back in PE for a bit. I love exploring and so this past weekend I found a gorgeous little coffee shop that’s recently opened up called “Brioche”. I just adore it. Especially their sticky almond croissants. They have a nice craft shop next door with all sorts of things for sale. I liked some unusual chairs that I found… not to mention a basil plant with a hand-made green cover that had my name on it!

I also discovered another cute place belonging to a good family friend of ours, Dessie. I’m a huge fan of sweets, so this place is probably very bad for me because as you walk in to ‘The Tin Shack On Cuyler’, you’re met with rows and rows of sweets from the Treat Company.

Something else I did recently which was very cool was an art exhibition at The Ron Belling Art Gallery. An artist named Duncan Stewart was showing his latest creations from his recent trip to Pakistan. He trekked up the Baltoro Glacier in Pakistan and has returned with art based on what he saw. It’s deeply spiritual and very profound to see all that he saw through his work, especially reading the accompanying write-ups to each painting which explain a little more about what he was thinking when he painted it and how he was inspired. Don’t you just love culture?

There was a wall covered in photographs and sketches from his journey… and it was so mind-boggling to see how he stayed in a tent in the freezing snow at one stage. I don’t think I could ever do that. I’m all for spiritual journeys but yikes, Brrrr! He met so many different kinds of people which was fascinating to see. I liked his landscapes but I must say that I prefer people when it comes to art because of the emotions you can see on their faces. Here is one work which I really liked, called ‘Twittering’.