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Mandela biopic starring Idris Elba coming soon!


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Something exciting I’ve been reading about is the biographical film of Mandela’s life, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”, which is being released in South Africa in just five months. Entirely South-African made and the only motion picture with full endorsement from Nelson Mandela himself and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, I can’t wait to see this! Film producer Anant Singh announced on 27 May this year (which marked the 50th anniversary of Nelson Mandela arriving on Robben Island as prisoner) that the film is in its final stages of post production and will be released on November 29. The film started development back in 1996 when Singh was granted the film rights to Mandela’s autobiography by Mandela himself. It’s amazing to think after all these years of planning and execution, we will finally get to see it. Directed by Justin Chadwick, it started its principle photography a year ago and shot for 16 weeks around South Africa. The movie begins in 1924 and follows Madiba from his early childhood, through to his arrival in Johannesburg and culminates with his election as president of South Africa in 1994. During the course of the film, three actors play Nelson Mandela – Siza Pini plays the 8 year old Mandela, Atandwa Kani plays him at 16, and Idris Elba plays the remaining years. I absolutely love Idris Elba, he stars in the British TV Drama “Luther“. People say this role could see the popular British actor as a serious contender in the next  Oscar race. I wouldn’t be surprised! Here is a related article if you are interested in reading more about the film. You can also like its official Facebook page here.

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Filming The Artscape Theatre in Cape Town for Skybok


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For best viewing quality, make sure to set the viewing settings to 1080p HD by clicking on the cog at the bottom right-hand corner of the video as it plays.

“The Artscape Theatre Centre”, which belongs to the provincial administration, was opened on 19 May 1971 as the Nico Malan Theatre Centre. In line with the new South African political dispensation and the concurrent changes to the complex, it was renamed to “Artscape” in March 2001. Shooting their official video profile for Skybok was an honour. I love the Artscape myself and I remember going to see many an Opera there. One of the perks of having a business in online video profiling showcasing South Africa is in fact just that… getting to see all these magnificent venues that are an absolute credit to South Africa! Being proudly South African, my heart warms up in amidst the cold of Cape Town’s winter when I get to shoot places like these. Not to mention meeting all these fantastic people behind the scenes who are involved in keeping them running!  Editing for hours on end and recording all the voice overs becomes so worthwhile when the final product in done and I watch the profile of whatever venue I am busy with… whether it’s a wine farm, golf estate, nightclub, restaurant, coffee shop, hotel, school, resort or a point of interest. A big smile spreads across my face when I know I’ve done a venue justice. One of those instances was when I completed The Artscape. See the video on their website here.

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Filming The Kalk Bay Theatre in Kalk Bay for Skybok


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For best viewing quality, make sure to set the viewing settings to 1080p HD by clicking on the cog at the bottom right-hand corner of the video as it plays.

This quaint 78-seater theatre located in Kalk Bay, Cape Town, was actually originally an old Dutch Reformed Church. It was built in 1876 and is a heritage protected building. Going there to shoot for Skybok was super – we got great weather and shooting their video didn’t take too long. I personally love the red interior and the upstairs where patrons can eat dinner before the show. I think it’s a super idea – dinner and a show at the same venue. The theatre is constantly showing new and popular theatre pieces….and the idea is that patrons arrive from 6:30pm and, after reserving their theatre seats, are directed upstairs to the restaurant. There is a set menu and the food is mainly served before the show but drinks and dessert are served after the performance. Patrons make their way down to the theatre when the show is due to start. Drinks may be taken into the theatre but there is no service in the theatre during the show. We loved the owners – very friendly and professional people. Here is their website if you’re interested in finding out more about the theatre or the shows which are currently showing there (you will also see Skybok’s logo featured on the website, directing visitors to check out their video profile, which is really nice!) — THE KALK BAY THEATRE