Local film dominating in AMAA Awards

Local film, Five Fingers For Marseilles has bagged numerous award nominations at this year’s African Movie Academy Awards.

The African film industry will have all eyes and ears over at Kigali Rwanda in September, where the award show will be taking place.

Now in its 14th edition, the awards aim to celebrate and recognise the excellence of professionals in the African film industry. 

Five Fingers is nominated for nine awards including OUSMANE SEMBENE Award for Best Film in an African Language, Award for Achievement in Production Design, Achievement in Costume Design, Award For Achievement In Make-Up, Award For Achievement In Cinematography, Award For Achievement In Screenplay, Award For Best Film going head to head with another local film, Siembamba. 

Vuyo Dabula, lead actor of the film is also nominated for Best Actor In A Leading Role.

Other Mzansi films nominated include documentaries, Winnie, When Babies Don’t Come, We Came In Sprint Carts, animated film Belly Flop and comedy The Adventures Of Supermama.

Full list of nominations below: 

OUSMANE SEMBENE Award for Best Film in an African Language

  • Mansoor – Nigeria
  • Five Fingers For Marseilles – South Africa
  • Icheke Oku – Nigeria
  • Agwaetiti Obiuto – Nigeria
  • Nyasaland – Malawi
  • Tunu – Tanzania

Award for Best Documentary

  • Bigger Than Africa – Nigeria/USA
  • Winnie – South Africa
  • Boxing Libreville – Gabon
  • Silas – South Africa/Kenya
  • When Babies Don’t Come – South Africa
  • Uncertain Future – Burundi
  • We Came In Sprint Carts – South Africa

Award For Best Film

  • Isoken – Nigeria
  • Five Fingers For Marseilles – South Africa
  • In My Country – Nigeria
  • The Blessed Vost– Algeria
  • Cross Roads – Nigeria
  • Road to Sunshine – Malawi
  • Siembamba – South Africa
  • Hotel Called Memory – Nigeria
  • Sidechic Gang – Ghana
  • Lost Café – Kenneth Gyang

Award For Best Actor In A Leading Role

  • Vuyo Dabula – Five Fingers For Marseille
  • Richard Mofe Damijo – Cross Roads
  • Sam Dede – In My Country
  • Sani Bouajla – The Blessed Vost
  • OC Ukeje – Potato Potahto
  • Chris Attoh – Esohe
  • Oros Mampofu – Lucky Specials
  • Frank Donga – Hakkunde

Award For Best Actress In A Leading Role

  • Kate Henshaw- Roti
  • Reine Swart – Siembamba
  • Okawa Shaznay –In My Country
  • Dakore Egbuson – Isoken
  • Nana Ama McBrown, Lydia Forson and Sika Osei – Sidechic Gang
  • Mariam Phiri – The Road To Sunrise
  • Tunde Aladese – Lost Café
  • Joselyn Dumas – Potato Potahto

Award For Best First Feature Film By A Director

  • My Mothers Story –Flora Suya- Malawi
  • Ogwuetiti Obiuto – Onyeka Nwelue – Nigeria
  • Five Fingers for Marseilles– Michael Mathews- South Africa
  • Isoken – Jadesola Osiberu- Nigeria
  • 18 Hours – Njue Kevin – Kenya
  • Banana Island Ghost – BB Sasore- Nigeria
  • The Blessed Vost – Sefia Djama – Algeria

Award For Best Director

  • Frank Rajah Arase – In My Country
  • Safia Djama- The Blessed Vost
  • Oluseyi Siwoku – Cross Roads
  • Shemu Joyah- Road to Sunshine
  • Darrell Roodt- Siembamba
  • Akin Omotosho- Hotel Called Memory
  • Peter Kofi Sedufia – Sidechic Gang
  • Kenneth Gyang- The Lost Café

EFERE OZAKO award for Best Short Film

  • Dem Dem – Senegal/Belgium
  • Zenith – Cameroun/USA
  • It Rains on Ouga – Burkina Faso
  • In Shadows – Kenya
  • Coat of Harm – Nigeria
  • Tikitat Soulima – Morocco
  • Nice, Very Nice – Algeria
  • Visions (Shaitan, Buruja, Brood) – Nigeria
  • Fallou – Senegal
  • Still Water Runs Deep – Nigeria/USA

Award for Best Animation

  • Group Photo – Nigeria
  • Belly Flop – South Africa
  • Untitled – Ghana
  • Crush– Nigeria

MICHAEL ANYIAM OSIGWE Award for Best Film by an African living abroad

  • Minister – Nigeria/Italy
  • Alexandra – Nigeria/USA
  • Low Lifes And High Hopes – Nigeria/Austria

Award for Best Diaspora Short

  • Torments of Love (Guadeloupe)
  • Baby Steps (USA)
  • Intercept (USA)

Award for Best Diaspora Documentary

  • Evolutionary Blues (USA)
  • Barrows: Freedom Fighter (Barbados)
  • Sammy Davis Jr. – I’ve Got To Be Me (USA)

Award for Best Diaspora Narrative Feature

  • Angelica (Puerto Rico)
  • Love Jacked (Canada)
  • Charlie: La Vie Magnifique Charlie (USA)

Award for Achievement in Production Design

  • Kada River
  • Five Fingers For Marseille
  • Tatu
  • In My Country
  • Cross Roads

Achievement in Costume Design

  • Icheke Oku
  • Cross Roads
  • Esohe
  • Five Fingers For Marseille
  • Isoken

Award For Achievement In Make-Up

  • Siembamba
  • Icheke Oku
  • Five Fingers For Marseille
  • Esohe
  • The Road To Sunshine

Award For Achievement In SoundTrack

  • The Road To Sunshine
  • Tatu
  • Hotel Called Memory
  • Isoken
  • Siembamba

Award For Achievement In Visual Effect

  • Siembamba
  • Icheke Oku
  • Lucky Specials
  • Esohe
  • Kada River

Award For Achievement In Sound

  • The Lost Café
  • The Road To Sunshine
  • Hotel Called Memory
  • Pop Lock ‘N’ Roll
  • Sidechic Gang

Award For Achievement In Cinematography

  • The Road To Sunshine
  • Five Fingers For Marseille
  • The Lost Café
  • The Blessed Vost (Les Bienheureux)
  • Siembamba

Award For Achievement In Editing

  • Hotel Called Memory
  • Pop Lock ‘N’ Roll
  • Lucky Specials
  • The Blessed Vost (Les Bienheureux)
  • Siembamba

Award For Achievement In Screenplay

  • The Women
  • Potato Potahto
  • Ojukokoro
  • Five Fingers For Marseille
  • Hakkunde
  • The Lost Café

Ayiam Osigwe Foundation Award For Best Nigerian Film

  • Cross Roads
  • In My Country
  • Isoken
  • Hotel Called Memory
  • Ojukokoro
  • Lost Café
  • Icheke Oku

Award For Best Young/Promising Actor

  • Patrick Dibuah – Banana Island Ghost
  • Austin Enabulele – In My Country
  • Cindy Sanyu – Bella
  • Anine Lansari – The Blessed Vost (Les Bienheureux)
  • Maurice Paige – Pop Lock ‘N’ Roll
  • Nichole Ozioma Banna – Icheke Oku
  • Zainab Balogun – Sylva

Tony Elumelu Award For Best Comedy

  • Sidechic Gang – Ghana
  • Banana Island Ghost – Nigeria
  • The Adventures Of Supermama – South Africa
  • Koko: The Box TV – Nigeria

Award For Best Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Seun Ajayi – Ojukokoro
  • Lionel Newton – Pop Lock ‘N’ Roll
  • Akah Nani – Banana Island Ghost
  • Richard Lukunku – Lucky Specials
  • Gideon Okeke – Cross Roads

Award For Best Actress In A Supporting Role

  • Sika Osei – In Line
  • Sivenathi Mabuya – Lucky Specials
  • Rahama Sadau – Hakkunde
  • Toyin Abraham- Esohe
  • Joke Silva – Potato Potahto


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Local film to showcase in US this September

South Africa’s first Western film. Five Fingers for Marseilles will premier in U.S. theatres on September 7th.

Five Fingers for Marseilles made its global premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and crushed the box office during the opening weekend in local theatres in April.

The film follows a group of men who fight against police oppression in a village in the Eastern Cape called Marseilles. Lead actor, Vuyo Dabula plays an outlaw who returns home after 20 years to find his town buried in vicious threats and enlists his old friends and allies to set thigs right.

Dabula said ‘Five Fingers’ is a powerful African story introducing a new type of African hero.’

The cast includes industry heavyweights, Hamilton Dhlamini, Zethu Dlomo, Kenneth Nkosi, Mduduzi Mabaso, Aubrey Poolo, Lizwi Vilakazi, Warren Masemola, Dean Fourie, Anthony Oseyemi, Brendon Daniels and Jerry Mofokeng.

In supporting roles, we see a new pool of faces, Toka Mtabane, Vuyo Novokoza, Ntsika Tiyo, Sibusiso Bottoman, Abongile Sithole, and Qhawe Soroshi.

The film was directed by Michael Matthews and produced by Sean Drummond and Matthews’ Be Phat Motel Film Company and Yaron Schwartzman and Asger Hussain of Game 7 Films, in association with Stage 5 Films and Above the Clouds.

Watch the trailer below:

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The new Venom trailer is a lot more serious than the last one

Tom Hardy goes dark(er).

We’re just over two months away from the long-awaited release of Venom, and the anticipation can’t be much… well, much more muted. Tom Hardy’s doing a funny voice, Riz Ahmed trying to operate in a generic villain role looks about as effective as a car trying to three-point-turn in one of those steel shipping containers, and now Venom has knives for hands? Sure. Let’s go with it.

Gone is the relative fun-loving jauntiness of the first trailer, in which Eddie Brock murdered a bunch of henchmen against his will and then rode a motorcycle. Now it’s all bleakness, all the time, with a hint of that smug, self-satisfied tone Deadpool helped popularize. “There are enough superheroes,” the trailer tells us at one point. Yeah, and there are enough movies about haunted “badasses” that feature terrible CGI, too.

Watch the trailer below:

[Via GQ]

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Disney is making a film about an African Princess

Yes to another black Disney Princess.

So again, it’s 2018 and there’s no excuse in the world good enough to justify many firsts and anothers, when talking about black artists or stories but here we are, still reporting on such.

This time, about another addition to Disney list of princesses who is a black African princess named Sadé. It is based on an original idea by Nigerian writer, Ola Shokunbi and American writer, Lindsey Reed Palmer. Nigerian-American producer Rick Famuyiwa will produce the film.

Sadé makes the second animated film after The Princess and the Frog to have a black female lead but also the first to have an African lead.

Not much information has been revealed at this stage but what we know so far, is that just like King T’challa, Sadé will oversee her kingdom and do everything in her power to protect her people and the place she calls home. With the assist of the kingdom’s prince, combined with her newly found magical powers, she tries to save her kingdom from evil.

According to Deadline, Ugandan-American Executive VP of Production Tendo Nagenda and Manager of Creative Affairs, Zoe Kent are overseeing the project for the studio.

The cast is not known at this stage but we certainly hope to see African artists featured in a film about their continent.

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Henry Cavill is chomping at the bit to be the next James Bond

A return to 007’s most dashing roots.

GQ Australia August cover star Henry Cavill has done a pretty good job of getting himself and his latest film – Mission: Impossible – Fallout – into the limelight recently. However, after a latest interview he’s done with Yahoo! Movies, the reason he decided to do an American spy film have suddenly become rather clear.

The quintessential Brit, Cavill, who plays the villain in the action thriller that’s set to hit cinemas very soon, has his fingers crossed that starring in Mission Impossible may set him up for a leap into the greatest Spy role of all: James Bond.

“I think Bond would be a really fun role,” he said. “It’s British, it’s cool. I think now that I have my Mission: Impossible badge we can do real stunts and really amp it up as well.”

He continued: “Not to say they weren’t doing real stunts – I’m just saying it would be fun for me to actually take what I’ve learnt on this and carry it through to a movie like Bond. I’d love to play a Brit – I don’t get to play a Brit very often. So yes, I would love the opportunity and if they were to ask, I would say yes.”

Daniel Craig is, of course, still (rather unhappily) James Bond for now, however his tenure as 007 is probably going to come to an end after he wraps shooting on the 26th Bond film. A bunch of names have been thrown around as to who will succeed him in the role, with Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and Tom Hiddlestone all apparently keen on taking up the mantle.

{Via GQ]


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Black Panther’s Shuri is getting her own comic book

Wakanda Forever. 

New Disney Princess and kick-ass tech pundit, Princess Shuri is getting her own comic book. Obviously, this is great and we’re stoked but what is driving us wild the most is the fact that Nigerian-American writer, Nnedi Okorafor is writing the comic.

The award-winning novelist is the hand behind Black Panther: Long Live the King comic. She specialises in African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism.

The novelist told Bustle, she is thrilled to be working on this project.

Okorafor said Shuri is an African young woman of genius level intelligence.

‘[She] is obsessed with technology and has travelled spiritually so far into the past that she’s seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda. The Ancestors call her Ancient Future. And she’s super ambitious. What do I love about her? Alllll that and more.’

‘She’s a character in the Marvel Universe who really sings to me.’

We feel Okorafor’s sentiments on a spiritual level. This is exactly what we need after the tragic experiences from Avengers: Infinity War.

Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri on the Marvel’s blockbuster said she is looking forward to it.


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Should we call this the perfect Hollywood and Joziwood swap?

We recently learnt that South African actress, Phumzile Sitole has bagged a major international role on Netfix popular series, Orange Is the New Black.

She joins the Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning show now in its sixth season, for a reoccurring role as a new inmate, Antoinetta ‘Akers’ Kerson.

This is after Tichina Arnold, who we know from Everybody Hates Chris joined the cast of local Mzansi Magic series, Lockdown. She stars in the show’s third season as Pauletta, an American woman in a South African prison.

These shows are similar to each other, they both center around women in prison, how they navigate their lives and try to survive under the system.

Having Sitole join OITNB is incredible, we’re beaming with pride. The New-York based actress dreams of a bicoastal career and following a successful run on international series, The Good Fight, that dream may come sooner than expected.

It is equally incredible to have Arnold on Lockdown, she is not only bringing her knowledge and skills from a Hollywood angle but is also bringing her audience with and hopefully expanding the world’s view of our stories and how they are told. Arnold is excited to be part of this production and hopes to lock her Zulu soon and ultimately land another role in another local film.



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