Indie Karoo Film Festival 2016
The Indie Karoo Film Festival creates a platform for independent film makers and storytellers producing cutting-edge feature, documentary, experimental and short films, by introducing audiences to some of South Africa’s most exciting emerging talent. 2016 is the second year that Indie Karoo Film Festival, takes place in the Karoo town of Prince Albert. Selected feature, documentary, experimental and short films will be screened over 3 days from the 1st to the 3rd of July 2016 at four venues: The Showroom Theatre, the Zwartberg High, the Jans Rautenbach Schouwburg and the Sidwell Williams Centre. Workshops run from June 29 to July 3 and include a scriptwriting workshop presented by Daniel Dercksen from The Writing Studio, Bobby Roth’s masterclass video lessons in directing, as well as editing and grading workshops by LABSPACE. Director Gavin Hood (either in person or via Skype) will do a Q & A after the screening of his latest “critcally acclaimed” film, ‘Eye in the Sky’. The 5 day festival allows patrons to rub shoulders and network with not only industry professionals, but also aspiring new film makers. Apart from the excellent films and workshops on offer, patrons are encouraged to explore, discover, taste and enjoy the many attractions that Prince Albert – the “Jewel of the Great Karoo”, has to offer. Here you will find “True Karoo Hospitality” combined with the “Creative Energy” of the Indie Karoo Film Festival.
Prime Circle – “STRIPPED TOUR”
Prime Circle are no strangers to touring and have been continuously raising the bar in efforts to expand their musical horizons and boundaries for many years now, the up coming three piece “STRIPPED” tour is no exception. Ross, Dale and Neil will be embarking on a national tour of difference they say, as the music is stripped down to its bare minimum getting to the root of the songs and their stories. The reason for only having the three members and not the usual five is so that the band can get to play more intimate venues, fans will get to see the whites of their eyes as they lay down the music that has been apart of so many people’s lives and experiences. This is definitely one to watch.
Sai & Katallies (Klaas Skermaans en Sarah Deerling se Long Walk)
1990 in die Wes-Kaap. Daar is sprake dat Nelson Mandela vrygelaat gaan word – Apartheid geskraap gaan word. Kom die vryheid te laat vir Klaas Skermaans, bobaas skaapskeerder en Sarah Deerling, sy houvrou? Twee jaar voor die einde van segregasie, heers daar ‘n politieke onrustigheid onder die plaaswerkers op Bokpoort, spogplaas in die Karoo. Klaas was semi-geletterd. Danksy sy liefde vir die nuus op sy klein radio’tjie, was hy goed ingelig oor landsake. Hy doen nooit mee aan die boikotte en opstande nie. Klaas is betotteld oor boeke en woorde – begeer heimlik om homself as onderwyser te bekwaam.
Selim Kagee with Riaan van Wyk on piano, Rashaad Kagee on guitar
Selim Kagee, South Africa’s premier classical crossover singer, makes a welcome return to wow fans with his fine classical voice since the release of his EMI debut album “Cry For Love” in 2012. Kagee introduces a selection of romantic standards in both English and Italian, such as “O Sole Mio”, “Can’t Help Falling Inlove and evergreens such as “Night and Day” as well as his original single “Cry For Love”. Classic Feel magazine described him as, “Kagee is an impressive new, proudly South African addition to the adult contemporary and crossover fields of which these four greats (Bocelli, Groban, Pavarotti and Buble) are among the most well-known exemplars”. Die Burger agreed, calling him “Cape Town’s own Bocelli”. Audio Video Magazine said, “His voice is fluid, rich, well trained and easily able to perform the lovely romantic, ballad style he has chosen.” One of the highlights of the show is a tasteful introduction of Indian instrumentation to a few of the songs offering a unique fusion of East meets West.
Cock & Bullshit Storie
COCK & Bullshit STORIE is the localised reimagining of British playwrights Richard Zajdlic & Richard Crowe’s blockbuster play of the same name. At the hand of Quentin Krog, director of the film Ballade for a Enkeling, and actor Geon Nel the setting is transferred to a contemporary suburban Cape Town. It stars Edwin van der Walt (Ballade for a Enkeling, Hollywood in my Huis Die Pro and Modder en Bloed) and Dean-John Smith (winner of a Fleur du Cap) under direction of Marthinus Basson. TJ (Dean John Smith) is a promising young boxer on the eve of a bout that could make or break his career. He is waiting for his friend Jaco (Edwin van der Walt), who always prepares him both mentally and physically for his fights. But tonight is a battle of a different kind. Instead of measuring their strength in the ring TJ and Jaco will test the limits of friendship in the locker room. This exciting two-hander is filled with testosterone induced male bravado, from bragging about girls to locker room chatter and excessive physicality. However, underneath this veneer is a delicate exploration of friendship, sexuality and mutual dependence. The language is spicy in the way men but do under pressure, thus there is an age restriction of 14.
Following her successful solo show From the Blues to Brazil at The Showroom Theatre in 2014, Estelle makes a welcome return with a brand new show exploring the concept of poetry and jazz. Featured writers will be diverse, ranging from her own material inspired by philosophers and scientists to South African poet Ingrid Jonker and writers from all around the globe. Expect an entertaining and adventurous musical journey! “Such narratives demand thoughtful phrasing and perfect diction as well as a melodious voice. On all counts Kokot delivers. ” Gwen Ansell Business Day – February 2015/ “South Africa, here is a real jazz singer” Don Albert, South Africa
Brian Finch & Band – ‘THE LUCKY ONE’S”
All the musicians accompany Brian on various shows around the country, they are each recognised professional musicians, and the theme is a new song titled The Lucky Ones to be recorded for a new album at the end of the year. ‘THE LUCKY ONE’S” – featuring :- new songs, fabulous musicians, and a show not to be missed BRIAN FINCH – SINGER SONGWRITER, GUITARIST WAYNE COUGHLAN – DOBRA GUITAR TIGGER REUNERT – ELECTRIC & ACOUSTIC GUITAR MARK MAINGUARD – HARMONICA AND FLUTE