Lifestyle and entertainment

Stimulate your senses and express yourself: LitNet makes room for every lifestyle preference.

Press release: Audacious new play to be introduced at Karoo Writers’ Festival in Cradock

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2018-07-05

MEIN CAMP will be read/performed by actor Emil Lars in the role of Le Clerq Goldberg, the central character, though the actor slips into several other characters during the course of the story, including BJ Vorster, Verwoerd, Adolf Hitler, and Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates.

The 44th National Arts Festival hits Grahamstown

Marli van Eeden, Ashraf Johaardien Feeste 2018-06-28

“Very few other festivals in the country have the demographic diversity of our audience. By numbers, we’re also the largest multi-arts festival of this kind on the continent, and we’ve also been around a lot longer than most.” Marli van Eeden chats to Ashraf Johaardien, executive producer of the National Arts Festival. The 44th National Arts Festival is taking place from 28 June until 8 July in Grahamstown.

Independent filmmaking: “Get out there and make movies”

Marli van Eeden, Ryan Kruger Film 2018-06-27

"On 24 May, the South African Independent Film Festival, or SA Indie Film Fest for short, took place at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town, celebrating independent filmmaking. The festival showcased 22 short films, documentaries, music videos and even VR films from all around the world."

Catching feelings: film review

Reney Warrington Lifestyle and entertainment 2018-06-04

"It’s a beautifully shot, warm and fuzzy love letter to Joburg. Joburg is, as a matter of fact, the strongest and most interesting character in the movie. The rest pale in comparison, unfortunately."

Solo – A Star wars story: film review

Reney Warrington Film 2018-05-28

"Instead of exploring new ideas, new fertile ground, the familiar Star wars concepts were simply reused."

Cape Town Ramadaan & Lifestyle Expo 2018

LitNet Leefstyl 2018-04-30

4–6 May 2018 at Cape Town’s CTICC 2: "Cape Town is a melting pot of diverse cultures and traditions. We believe the Cape Town Ramadaan & Lifestyle Expo presents a unique opportunity for the bringing together of different denominations and cultures."

Tully: film review

Reney Warrington Film 2018-04-25

"Tully is an honest, often very funny look at parenthood, at the lies parents tell themselves to stay sane, and at the reasons why they should perhaps start telling the truth."

Press release: Anex Theatre Productions presents Like Hamlet

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2018-04-23

"Like Hamlet was born out of a desire to see what the characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet would do in other spaces, how they would operate divorced from their context, and what would happen if they were given an opportunity to speak for themselves, and speak truthfully to their feelings."

A tribute song for Winnie Mandela: An interview with Billeni

Naomi Meyer, Billeni Lifestyle and entertainment 2018-04-17

"Yes, she did – she drove the movement of women’s liberation, she broke the ceiling for all black people academically and made it possible for the black child to do more and be more. The country as a whole has lost a great leader – not just black people, but everyone."

The Darling Collection: an interview about a unique arts festival

Naomi Meyer, Jan Grolleman Lifestyle and entertainment 2018-04-12

"People well known to small communities are not always people who are known everywhere, so, to us, the person we greet every day in Spar could be well known. Our selection is random, going with the intuition of knocking on a door or attending events in town to scout."

Ready player one: film review

Reney Warrington Film 2018-04-03

"You don’t need to get all, or any, of the references to enjoy the film. It is still a thrilling, albeit sweet, adventure that will leave you gasping for breath."

Annihilation: fim review

Reney Warrington Film 2018-03-23

"The mutated world within the Shimmer is the stuff that dreams and nightmares are made of, gorgeous and creepy all at once. Annihilation will certainly leave (adventurous) moviegoers with much to talk about, and an ending to fight over for years."

Press release: An evening of flamboyant celebration at the 53rd Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards

LitNet Teater 2018-03-22

The winners of the 53rd annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards were announced on Sunday, 18 March 2018 at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. Here is the complete list of winners.

Press release: Fleur du Cap nominee's play shines light on complex student movements

LitNet Teater 2018-03-14

"Fleur du Cap nominee for Best New Director, playwright Nwabisa Plaatjie, brings a deeply human story set against the backdrop of the 2015 #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall movements."

The Alan Paton Book Festival 2018

Darryl David Lifestyle and entertainment 2018-03-07

Here is the full programme of The Alan Paton Book Festival 2018, as received from festival organiser Darryl David.

I, Tonya – a bruising comedy

Reney Warrington Lifestyle and entertainment 2018-03-05

"I, Tonya is billed as a film about skating, about the rivalry between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. In truth, it is so much more than that. It is a searing depiction of domestic violence, it takes on society’s expectation of how a woman should act, and it finally delivers an endearing portrait of a rather difficult woman who refused to be a victim."

Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri – it deserves the Oscars

Reney Warrington Lifestyle and entertainment 2018-03-05

"It’s a fierce film that does, refreshingly, not offer real redemption to any of the characters, but that does portray them as terribly flawed and utterly human."

100% Stellenbosch: A whole town on a stage

Menán van Heerden, Naomi Meyer, Helgard Haug US Woordfees 2018-02-23

"What if we tried to get a whole city on a stage! These were the starting questions of the 100% project! What would we face if Stellenbosch was represented by a cross section of 100 people?"

Review: When swallows cry

Mercy Kannemeyer Lifestyle and entertainment 2018-02-09

"The motivation for the play is clear, and this can be a very important piece of theatre: the refugee crisis is, sadly, an ongoing one, and in some wealthy parts of the world, like Trump’s America, refugees – or people fleeing to have better lives – are not welcome." 

Revolting rhymes – deliciously revolting

Reney Warrington Film 2018-02-05

"The animated film Revolting rhymes, based on the 1982 Roald Dahl collection of poems for children, co-animated by Cape Town-based Triggerfish, has picked up critical claim and several awards. It has just been nominated for a 2018 Oscar for best animated short. The film is deserving of all the praise."