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10 March 2010

The Mating Game – Press Release

Finally something new and local on our screens...

Last year saw an all time low for local production, as the SABC crisis ensured that local commissions ground to a practical standstill. For viewers this has meant endless repeats on TV. For the industry it has meant job losses and whole production houses going out of business.

In the midst of this, a new commission was shot in Johannesburg and airs on SABC2 from Thursday 11th March at 21.30. Finally we can look forward to something new and local on our screens.

The Mating Game is a 13 part drama series that takes an intelligent, but humorous look at the tricky terrain of modern romance and familial relationships.
Written from a feminist perspective by writer and producer Anita Khanna and set in Johannesburg, the series features three women,Grace (Maggie Benedict, Isidingo, Hard Copy 3), Roxanne (Renate Stuurman, The Lab) and Sara (Elma Postma, 7 de Laan) who are looking for love in a time and place where nobody’s quite sure whether the family model is monogamous or polygamous. Two of the three protagonists, all attractive, bright and independent women, have to make a choice between remaining single or trying to make things work with men who fail to deliver and are unwilling to get up to speed with feminism. The third is a lesbian, looking for a man to father her child. The series is highly contemporary and asks brave questions about partnerships in a world where men and women look to each other for emotional fulfilment yet no longer seem to be speaking the same language. Using humour, multifaceted characters and animal mating habits as motifs to make comment on human behaviours, The Mating Game offers both men and women the chance to recognize themselves on the screen and to laugh out loud at the debacle of modern relationships.

The production company behind the series is Uhuru Productions. Rehad Desai, CEO of Uhuru, executive producer of the show and board member of the South African Screen Federation, an industry body that is fighting to achieve a thriving film and television industry in South Africa, has this to say, “Despite the meltdown at the SABC we were able to have a relatively smooth production thanks to the professionalism of the SABC staff who we were fortunate to be working with. The stability allowed the producers to give full focus to the project which I believe is fully translated on to the screen.“

Also appearing in The Mating Game is Khabonina Qubeka (Rhythm City, The Lab 3, Muvango), Nathaniel Ramabulana (Justice for All, Jerusalema Entjha), Justin Strydom (Binnelanders, Snitch), Nick Boraine (Jozi, Hillside, Wild at Heart), and Khulu Skenjana (Jerusalema Entjha, Generations).

For further information or a full press pack, contact:
Anita Khanna
Writer/Producer
The Mating Game
anita@uhuruproductions.co.za
cell: 083 357 5904

www.uhuruproductions.co.za
www.3continentsfestival.co.za

09 March 2010

Invite to ONE CITY-MANY CULTURES Master Class

Dear Friends

The Documentary Filmmakers’ Association invites you to a Master Class and conversation with filmmakers Francois Verster and Dylan Valley as part of the Cape Winelands Festival. The discussion will be facilitated by Dr Premesh Lalu- Professor of History and Director of the Centre for Humanities Research at UWC.

The filmmakers will be responding to the theme of this year’s festival – which is ONE CITY - MANY CULTURES. They will address issues such as the role of the outsider looking in and the challenges to received notions of subject-filmmaker power relations. The filmmakers will be sharing examples of their work as well as their experiences.

Join us for snacks and a drink afterwards. It will be a great opportunity for exchange and discussion.

When : 18th of March at 17h00
Where : TH Barry Lecture Theatre Iziko Museum, Company Gardens, Cape Town.

PLEASE RSVP to Theresa Meyer @ theresa@dayzero.co.za by 15 March 2010

Francois Verster (Director of Pavement Aristocrats; A Lions Trail; When the War is Over; The Mother's House and Sea Point Days)
Dylan Valley (Director Lost Prophets; HipHopera; Infecting the City - A Collaboration around Xenophobia; Afrikaaps & Incarcerated Knowledge).

IKON South Africa Press Release 2010

Dear Documentary Filmmakers Association Member,

We are very proud to announce that delivery of the Ikon short documentary series to SABC has begun and we have a line up of 30 films to showcase from South Africa, Africa and the World.

Please be advised that the broadcast of Ikon South Africa begins on Sunday 14 March at 21:00 on SABC 2.

We are going to be profiling the rest of the films after episode 1 next week. Please pass on to your friends, journalists, media circles and film appreciation communities.

For those of you on Facebook - please become fans of Ikon South Africa and spread the word via your networks.

Thanks!

Martina

www.ikonsouthafrica.com

“WINDOWS ON THE WORLD” DOCUMENTARY Competition

A selection of feature-length documentaries by directors from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Preference is given to creative documentaries, i.e. by documentary-makers who use a non-
traditional and subjective language far removed from the usual patterns of TV formats.

The only festival in Italy entirely dedicated to the cinema and cultures of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America is now a long-standing rendezvous for the fans of cinema from the south of the world.
More than 50 countries are represents with about 80 films and videos screened.
Click here to see Festival flyer