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20 August 2010


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19 August 2010

DFA Perspectives Blog Update

Hallo DFA

Members can also read interviews with two of our first time documentary filmmakers at: - with Adrian Loveland, director of Unhinged: Surviving Jo’burg - with Dylan Valley, director of Afrikaaps – whose first night at Encounters was sold out with people sitting along the stairs.


Tina-Louise Smith

Wits Great Hall Debate - How should the media be regulated? Monday 23rd August 2010

The Faculty of Humanities at Wits University & the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) invite you to a Public Debate on How should the media be regulated?

The ANC has proposed a Media Appeals Tribunal (MAT) because it believes the current system of self regulation of the media through the Press Council and the Pressombudsman is ineffective and not independent of the press. Debate is raging all over South Africa and the following questions have arisen which the debate will address:
  • Is the MAT necessary when we have the Pressombudsman and the Press Council?
  • Is the MAT a veiled attempt to censor the media by the ANC?
  • Is self regulation through a Press Council better than statutory regulation through a MAT?

Jackson Mthembu - ANC Spokesperson & NEC Sub Committee on Communication
Jeremy Cronin - SACP Deputy Secretary General
Lumko Mtimde - CEO Media Diversity and Development Agency
Joe Thloloe - Pressombudsman
Thabo Leshilo - Chairman SANEF Media Freedom Committee & AVUSA Public Editor
Professor Anton Harber - Head Wits Journalism School


Professor Tawana Kupe - Dean of the Faculty of Humanities

Date: 23 August 2010
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm
Venue: Great Hall, Wits University, East Campus

click here to view PDF poster

18 August 2010

Johannesburg, Untangled and Unhinged

The documentary made by two of our members director Adrian Loveland and Producer Pascal Schmitz titled Unhinged Surviving Jo'burg will be showing at the Encounters festival in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Johannesburg resident, Adrian Loveland, decided three years ago he would create a film drawn from the frustrations and energy of his hometown to create Unhinged.

With rapid narrative, dry humour, curious insights and trivial factoids, Loveland, the slightly eccentric “tour guide”, takes the viewer on a trip through the city, engaging with an interesting mix of Joburgers along the way, including Robbie Brozin (CEO of Nandos), Ferial Haffajee (Editor of the City Press), Justice Malala (Political Analyst) and Victor Kgomoeswana (MoneyBiz Founder).

Unhinged deals with Johannesburg's reputation as one of the most dangerous cities in the world on one hand, and its magic as a melting pot of entrepreneurs and opportunity on the other.

True to its name, the film gives the audience some tips for survival in the city, as well as glancing at the light-hearted parts of Loveland's story, like driving around the city saying yes to every person who tried to sell him something, then the next week trying to make the money back.

Loveland comments, “The film does not try to avoid the problems or dish up all the answers. My aim was to provide a representation that enables viewers to get closer to the truth of what Johannesburg really is. I wanted to show both sides of Johannesburg, and hopefully leave the audience feeling positive and excited by the obvious energy and potential of the city, while acknowledging that we have lots of work ahead of us.”

In the words of Robbie Brozin, one of the most charismatic of the interviewees in the film, “You feel like, you're here, so let's fix this place. You can't fix Paris, you can't fix London, you can't fix Sydney, but you can fix Jo'burg.”

Unhinged: Surviving Jo'burg was written and directed by Adrian Loveland and Produced by Pascal Schmitz.

Check out the trailer here

Posted by Pascal

Postponement of SOS/COSATU/Constitutional Hill seminar - "The SABC Crisis - Finding Lasting Solutions"

Hello all
Just wanted to make sure that you are all aware of the fact that our SOS/Cosatu/Constitutional Hill seminar - "The SABC Crisis - Finding Lasting Solutions" has been postponed until after the Parliamentary Hearings. Parliament is meeting next week Tuesday 24 August to begin to resolve the governance and oversight problems. We realised that it was difficult for members of the Department of Comms, SABC and ICASA to speak before the hearings.
After the Parliamentary hearings we will come back to you with a new date.
Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Warm regards
Kate Skinner

Campaign Coordinator - SOS:Support Public Broadcasting

The Cradock Four screens in Cape Town

Dear all,

I'm pleased to announce there will be a public screening of the award-winning feature documentary "The Cradock Four" at the V&A Nu Metro cinema on Monday 23 August at 20h30. This is the second screening of the film at the Encounters Film Festival, the first one was tonight, but I am only able to be present at the second screening, hence the invitation.

Please make every effort to attend, I would love to see you there.

For those of you who live out of CT, the film WILL come to your area within the next few months.

There is also going to be one screening in Jozi, on Sunday 22 August at 4pm at The Bioscope, near Arts on Main. Please e-mail me if you need a map.

I hope to obtain a cinema release at a later date, and thereafter, a TV release, and thereafter, the film will go to DVD. Those of you who can make this screening, I will have free copies for you of both versions of the film.

Kind regards
David Forbes (Executive Producer of Shadow Films)

The Cradock Four:


Have you secretly always wanted to be involved in the Local Film Industry?
Here is your chance!

Four highly talented filmmakers from UCT have (after much deliberation) decided to invite YOU to Co-Produce potentially The Best South African Short film of 2010!

Ever Felt like Helping an undercover cop take down a syndicate, now heres the opportunity…

Make a stand against ongoing social realities in the sex trafficking industry

The story has been inspired by the recent attacks on young women in Cape Town. Remember human trafficking is REAL it happens on the streets of Newlands help contribute to change and create awareness…

This Rare Opportunity will send your name along with this Epic Drama to the Venice and Cannes film festivals.

We will allow you to Put your Name behind this Final year UCT film and Support the hard work and dedication of its crew.
  • Goksen Effendi- Executive Producer & Production Design
  • Raoull Dyssell- Director and Casting Director
  • Carla Ann Roberts- Cinematographer & Lighting design
  • Oscar Shih- Editor and Sound design
So…"Show Me the Money" and do not "Burn After Reading"

Consider your 'producing skills' by FUNDING us with ANY AMOUNT MAKING dreams and self- esteems come true!

YES!!! Get on over to you nearest Standard Bank NOW!

Bank: Standard Bank
Account Name: Goksen Effendi
Account Type: Student Achiever Account
Account Number: 200263188
Branch: Kromboom

Once you have decided to “co-produce” & popped the cash “in that bank”

REPLY TO ALL and say…YES, I HAVE & YOUR NAME to show your support.


If 10 of each of our family, friends, foes and business friends contribute R250 “in that bank” we will be on our way to a first degree and a piece of film that will give us a step up in the film industry! However all notes are accepted and any contribution greater or smaller will be… Fabulous, Exciting, Inspiring, Enlightening, Humbling… and with each donation we will dance around the room wearing feather bowers!

Call for Entries to Eco Kids Film Initiative

The first annual Eco Kids Film Initiative is CALLING FOR ENTRIES.

EKFI is scheduled to take place during September 2011, in Cape Town, SA.

Through films that are entertaining, educational, and above all inspirational it is EKFI’s goal to inspire real change through the children of today and generations to come by promoting a proactive strategy to environmental awareness through film as medium. As part of our outreach programme the selected films will also do a short (no more than five screenings) tour of township schools after the official film festival.

The films should be between 2 minutes to 15 minutes in length. We accept documentaries and narratives that are either live-action or animated. The films should be made with children in mind; not necessarily be about children. There should be a strong environmental theme, which could be about a particular environmental issue, for example pollution, recycling, organic farming; about the beauty of nature; or about a community, organization or individual that is making a difference.

Entries should reach us no later than 28 February, 2011. The filmmakers will be notified no later than 31 July, 2011.

For more information and the entry form please visit: or email Tarien Roux

15 August 2010

Invite to SOS, COSATU, Constitutional Hill event - The SABC Crisis - finding lasting solutions

The “SOS: Support Public Broadcasting” Coalition

16th August 2010


The SOS Coalition in partnership with COSATU and Constitution Hill take great pleasure in inviting you to a seminar on “The SABC Crisis – Finding Lasting Solutions” to be held on the 19th August 2010.

A number of recent events point to a deepening and worsening governance and management crisis at the SABC. The crises include issues surrounding the appointment of the Head of News, and alleged problems with financial management including the distribution of bonuses etc. We hope the seminar will air all the issues and allow for frank discussion with the purpose of finding “lasting solutions” to this very important public institution.

The partners for this event are:

The “SOS: Support Public Broadcasting” Coalition which represents a number of trade unions (including Cosatu, Fedusa and Bemawu), a host of NGOs (including Media Monitoring Africa, the Freedom of Expression Institute and Misa-SA), CBOs (including the Freedom of Expression Network), industry related bodies (including the South African Screen Federation), academics and freedom of expression activists. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and Constitution Hill are also co-hosting the event.

The venue for the seminar is the historic Constitution Hill, the home of the protector of our basic rights and freedoms.

Invited speakers include:

  • Minister of Communications: General (Rtd.) Siphiwe Nyanda (tbc)
  • SABC Board representative
  • ICASA representative
  • Mr. Patrick Craven: COSATU Spokesperson
  • Ms. Kate Skinner: SOS Coordinator
  • Mr. Feizel Mamdoo – Co-Chair South African Screen Federation (SASFED)

The discussion will be moderated by the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand, Professor Tawana Kupe.

The details of the seminar are:

Date: 19th August 2010

Time: 18h00 – 20h00

Venue: Old Mess Hall, Old Fort, Constitution Hill.

(Entrance and parking on Kotze Street and more underground parking on Joubert Street)

Please rsvp with Jayshree Pather ( by Wednesday, 18th August 2010.