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Your only magazine for South African film and theatre reviews and interviews.

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  • December 2012

    The Twilight Saga! Our bumper Twilight issue with reviews on all five of the

    films as well as a one on one interview with Alice Cullen,

    actress Ashley Greene

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  • Contents

    Cover Story: 14 Looking Back at a Saga

    Features: ACT Awards 2012 5 Lollie Pop 9 Visions of the End 36The Electric Man 42South African Mzansi Ballet Prof iles: Carlos Santos 49 Linde Wessels 53

    Reviews: Feature Reviews When the Sky Falls 58

    Film Peace, Love and Misunderstand ingThe Cold Light of Day 64Pitch Perfect Freelancers 65Pretville Rise of the Guardians 66Finding Nemo 3D 67

  • Contents

    Reviews: (contd)

    Theatre Dancing Dirty 69In the Giants Shadow 74A Homegrown Experience 80

    DVD The Cabin in the Woods Dawn Rider Hellraiser: Revelations A Very Harold and Kuma r 3D Christmas 84The Amazing Spiderman Foodfight What Love is First Night 85The Woman in Black True Justice: Vengeance i s MineThe Dark Knight Rises Charlie Zone 86

  • Editors Letter Hi everyone, and thank you for picking up this issue of Off The Screen Magazine. This month is all about Twilight. We have a breakdown and reviews of all five of the films, as well as a one-on-one interview with one of the stars of the films, the actress that plays one of the Cullen vampires, Alice, Ashley Greene.

    We also have a lot of interviews about the latest South African Afrikaans musical Pretville, sitting down with Afrikaans cinema royalty Lizz Meiring and Steve Hofmeyr.

    We also have a breakdown of the new James Bond film, Skyfall, and have two more profiles in out Meet-Your-Company campaign for SAMB. So once again we have a full magazine for you. We hope you enjoy it and pick up our first issue of the New Year, coming your way the first Monday of January 2013.

    Merry Christmas to all our readers who celebrate Christmas, and, to all, a happy new year.

    Best Wishes

    Jon Broeke Editor

  • ACT Awards 2012

    The Lifetime Achievement and ImpACT award winners of the 15th Annual ACT Awards were

    announced this month at an elegant luncheon at The Fairway Hotel & Golf Resort, Johannesburg. We went along to see who the recipients of these

    awards were.

  • he prestigious Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Lifetime Achievement awards honour

    arts professionals whose extraordinary careers have had a profound and lasting impact on arts, culture and heritage. There were four categories acknowledged at this years event. The first of these was the ACT lifetime achievement award for Visual Arts which was awarded to Andrew Verster.

    I thought these wonderful things only happened when you were dead, Verster started off his acceptance speech with a joke. Im so pleased that Im receiving this award while Im still alive and able to enjoy it. I cant thank all the people whove helped me through my life, in one way or another, whove supported me, encouraged me, and at times criticised me, correctly.

    Andrew Verster boasts an artistic career that spans many decades. His imagination has touched people through his short stories, articles and radio plays, but his most significant contribution is to South African visual arts through his body of work spread over more than fifty innovative top quality solo exhibitions.

    Many, many years ago I was at school at Jeppes Boy High, he said. We didnt have art. Jeppes Girls High, just down

    the road, did have art, and that tells you a lot about the value of art in those days. It was regarded alongside things like needle work and knitting and handy crafts. Nowadays boys schools also have art. Thank you Arts and Culture Trust for giving me this wonderful

    award, and Ill cherish it forever. Awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Music was South African struggle and trombone legend, Jonas Gwangwa. Soweto-born Gwangwa is a product of the turbulent, but musically significant 1950's, electrifying the famous Sophiatown music

    scene. Gwangwa, with his contemporaries; Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba and Caiphus Semenya, is undoubtedly one of South Africas living legends of music.

    I proudly, but humbly stand here before you, Gwangwa said in his acceptance speech. Its much appreciated the

    award youve chosen to convey on me today. Its also a privilege to receive this honour from an organization that works for your musicians both at home and abroad, collecting every little penny that our music makes for us.

    The organization in

    question is the South African Music Rights Organization, or SAMRO, who presented the award to Gwangwa.

    The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Theatre was Welcome Msomi. Msomi is perhaps best known as the founder and director of the Izulu Dance Theatre and Music Company


    Jonas Gwangwa

    Andrew Verster

  • established in 1965 in Durban. He has won international acclaim as a playwright, choreographer and director.

    Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for this honour, Msomi began his acceptance speech. Its amazing that one has been accorded accolades away from ones country, but its not the same when you receive it from home, and this means a lot for me because the journey started here, started on this soil of South Africa.

    The final Lifetime achievement Award, for Literature, was awarded to one of the most well-respected and most read authors South Africa has ever made, Nadine Gordimer.

    Id like to thank the Arts and Culture Trust very warmly for this honour, Gordimer said in her acceptance speech. And it has special significance, because now Im getting it in my own country, an award like this, and this from someone that has, during other times, in my own country, had three of her novels banned, and a book of stories by young black writers, that was banned immediately too. So I call it four books that were banned. Other awards conveyed on the day were the ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals. These awards, inaugurated in 2010 and sponsored by the Distell Foundation, honour young professional artists whose work has made an impact within the first three years of their professional careers. The 2012 ImpACT Awards went to: Phillip Dikotla, a 22 year old performance artist, poet, comedian and writer, who is credited with appearances in Gare Dumeli (SABC 2) and more recently Tshisa III (SABC 1), in the Theatre category; The Muffinz, an eclectic musical group made up of Mthabisi Sibanda, Simphiwe Kulla and

    Sifiso Buthelezi, who have successfully launched their first CD this year, in the Music & Singing category; Bambo Sibiya, a visual

    artist, who was a finalist in the Absa LAtelier competition, received a Merit Award at the Ekurhuleni Art Awards (2010) and recently made his international exhibition debut in a

    show in Abu-Dhabi, in the Visual Arts category and Ozlo, South Africa, a proudly South African clothing store who specialises in local brands, and designers with vintage collections and interesting furniture, in the Design category. The event was a wonderful success and Off The Screen Magazine would like to extend our congratulations to all the recipients.

    Welcome Msomi

    Nadine Gordimer

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  • Lollie Pop

    In the new film Pretville, Lizz Meiring is stretching, not only her acting muscles, but her singing and dancing muscles too. Jon Broeke sat

    down with her at the official Pretville press junket to discuss her role in the film and cinema

    in our country.

  • The new Afrikaans musical, from the

    creators of Liefling: The Muscal, Pretville has a

    varied bunch of colourful characters. Theres

    the stuttering postman, the mayor, who also

    happens to run the local hair salon, and the

    bad boy, greaser, whos in love with the good

    girl. These characters are all played by well-

    known South African talent, such as Terence

    Bridget and Steve Hofmeyr. Another well-

    known face from South African film and

    television to be seen in the film is Lizz Meiring.

    She is best known to us for her roles in

    Manakwanlanders and

    Lipstiek Dipstiek, but

    has over 250 TV series

    under her belt as well

    as thirteen films. In

    this film she plays

    Lollie Le Roux.

    Lollie runs

    the sweetie shop, she

    told me when I sat

    down with her at the

    Pretville press junket

    at the Constantia

    Hotel and Conference

    centre. Lollie reminds

    me of a character in

    Fellinis movie

    Amarcord, which is a

    movie about his

    childhood, very much

    a nostalgia, a joyful

    piece, in the sense

    that correlates with

    Pretville. Lollie is the

    tart, shes the town

    tart, theres no subtle

    way to put this.

    Theres a character in

    Amarcord called

    Volpina, sort of the

    voluptuous one that

    chases all the men,

    Lollie is that character and she likes the young

    boys, or the younger men, and the famous

    ones. I think shes a small town girl who is

    making the best of her situation, who lives for

    the social