VICEROY’S HOUSE, the hit feature film which explores the transition of British India to independence in 1947, has raked in over R1 million at the South African box office. This milestone coincides with the 70th Anniversary of Indian Independence and, the partition of India and Pakistan today, 15 August 2017. The film also earned more than R90 million during its release in the United Kingdom.
Acquired for distribution in South Africa by Videovision Entertainment, VICEROY’S HOUSE sees the last Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but is met with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change as the political elite wrangle over the birth of the independent states of India and Pakistan. The film examines those events through the prism of both a marriage – that of Louis and Edwina Mountbatten – and a romance – that between a young Hindu servant, Jeet, and his intended Muslim bride, Aalia. The young lovers find themselves caught up in the seismic end of Empire, in conflict with the Mountbattens and with their own communities, but never ever giving up hope.
VICEROY’S HOUSE stars Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Manish Dayal and Om Puri; and is directed by Gurinder Chadha of Bend It Like Beckham fame.
Videovision Entertainment’s Director of Acquisition and Distribution, Sanjeev Singh commented, “It is fortuitous that VICEROY’S HOUSE achieved this box office milestone on the 70th Anniversary of the independence of India and Pakistan from British rule. We premiered the film at the Durban International Film Festival last month and released the film on 28 July. We are delighted that audiences across the country have responded so well to the film.”
Caption: Hugh Bonneville, Neeraj Kabi and Gillian Anderson in VICEROY’S HOUSE.
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The US-based news and entertainment website, BuzzFeed conducted a poll on the most arousing sex scenes in films of this decade and the results are astounding ! The BELOW HER MOUTH, the film shot in Toronto with an all women crew came in at Number 4, with the Top 3 being ATOMIC BLONDE, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and FIFTY SHADES DARKER.
Billed as a bold, uninhibited drama, BELOW HER MOUTH begins with a passionate weekend affair between two women. Dallas, a roofer and Jasmine, a fashion editor, who share a powerful and immediate connection that inevitably derails both of their lives. Written by Stephanie Fabrizi, directed by April Mullen and produced by Melissa Coghlan, BELOW HER MOUTH stars Canadian actress, Natalie Krill and Swedish model, Erika Linder in her first acting role.
Speaking about the film, producer, Melissa Coghlan said, “BELOW HER MOUTH was a film made by women – for women – for queer women who have felt under or inaccurately represented on screen – for those who expressed gratitude for finally seeing themselves on screen in a way that made them feel “normal”, those who wanted to see a film about female sexuality written, directed, produced and shot by women – through a female lens, rather than yet another film about lesbians made by men. BELOW HER MOUTH is film about female pleasure, female desire and the female orgasm, in all its splendour. And, because it comes from an authentic place, having been created by queer women filmmakers, it is a deeply personal film. In making this film, we sought to open people to new ideas and new feelings and invite them to witness passion and desire between women in a way that pushes the boundaries.”
he results of the BuzzFeed poll can be accessed at:
BELOW HER MOUTH will be released in South Africa on Friday, 11 August 2017 at Hyde Park, Rosebank Nouveau, Brooklyn Nouveau, V&A Nouveau and Gateway by Videovision Entertainment through United International Pictures (South Africa).
Caption: Erika Linder and Natalie Krill in BELOW HER MOUTH
The suspense thriller, SERPENT, which opened the Durban International Film Festival, was awarded the African Critic Award – Paulin Soumanou Vieyra last night. Directed by Amanda Evans, SERPENT is produced by Enigma Pictures, Plastic Soldiers, and Videovision Entertainment.
The award, initiated by the African Federation of Cinema Critics, is coveted at major African film festivals including Fespaco, Carthage, Luxor, Marrakech and Zagora, and has been in existence since 2013. It was introduced into the programme of the Durban International Film Festival for the first time this year. Bearing the name of renowned film critic and pioneer of African Cinema, Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, it is awarded to an outstanding African film which combines narrative and technique aesthetics to tell a story related to Africa in a universal language.
Commenting on the award, director Amand Evans said, “It is an honour to accept this prestigious award and a further honour to be acknowledged as an African story, thank you. The Opening Night at the Durban International Film Festival had an electric audience united on the edge of their seats which was both a celebration of cinema and an ovation to genre.”
Winner of the Los Angeles Film Festival’s Nightfall Award, SERPENT unwraps during a romantic escape to nature which turns into the ultimate moment of reckoning when a husband and wife are trapped in a tent, with a deadly snake. Unable to escape and with certain death looming, the tent becomes a heated confessional to a cataclysmic truth. The couple find themselves spiraling into a dark and dangerous space, of which only one can escape. SERPENT is a tightly wound, psychological time bomb that unravels with an intense, disturbing conviction.
SERPENT will be released in South African cinemas on 22 September 2017 by Videovision Entertainment through United International Pictures (South Africa).
Watch the SERPENT trailer at: https://vimeo.com/225562566.
Producer, Anant Singh announced today that Videovision Entertainment has partnered with the Kwa Mashu Community Advancement Projects (K-CAP Positive Arts) to screen MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM on Thursday, 20 July at 18h00 as part of the Mandela Day celebrations.
“We are delighted to have partnered with K-CAP Positive Arts to host the screening of MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM free of charge to the communities of KwaMashu and the neighbouring areas of Inanda, Ntuzuma and Phoenix,” said Singh. “The film takes us on the journey of Madiba’s inspirational life which will inspire the audience to live their lives according to Madiba’s principles, and live up to the motto of Mandela Day – Take Action. Inspire Change. Make every day a Mandela Day. It is also an opportunity for the community to commemorate the 99th Anniversary of Madiba’s birth.”
K-CAP’s Nothando Mchunu commented, “The screening of MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM enables the KwaMashu and surrounding communities to celebrate Mandela Day by learning from Madiba’s life and to emulate his qualities. We are grateful to Videovision Entertainment for this opportunity.”
Singh also announced that the film will be broadcast on free-to-air station, etv on 20 July at 20h30 and will be followed by a further broadcast on the DSTV channel, eMovies+ on Friday, 21 July at 21h05.
Lord Joel Joffe was a remarkable human being and a brilliant legal mind. He was an integral part of the legal team representing the Rivonia Trialists and made a substantial contribution to the legal arguments of the defence.
Lord Joffe’s book, ‘The State vs Nelson Mandela’, was an invaluable resource for me while developing the script for the film MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM.
I had the pleasure to meet Lord Joffe with Ahmed Kathrada in London two years ago. He was very special man who was committed to the anti-apartheid struggle remained committed to the cause of justice in South Africa and around the world.
Our love and prayers go out to his family as we celebrate him as an exceptional human being.
Durban, South Africa
20 June 2017
It is with great sadness that I learnt of the passing of Ranjith Kally earlier today. He was a true photographic artist, and a pioneer in his field in a period when there were no opportunities for black South Africans.
He had a keen eye for the perfect image which saw him capture watershed moments in South Africa’s history. He received international recognition when his iconic shot of Chief Albert Luthuli was used around the world when Chief Luthuli won the Nobel Peace Prize. He also captured stunning images of Madiba, Monty Naicker, Fatima and Ismail Meer, Miriam Makeba and many stalwarts of the struggle. His photography is the rich legacy that he leaves for posterity.
Vanashree and I are privileged to have had him photograph our wedding and to have had him as our friend.
Our sincere condolences go to the Kally Family and I wish them strength and fortitude during this difficult time.
6 June 2017
Producer, Anant Singh announced today that the suspense thriller, SERPENT from debut feature director, Amanda Evans will be screening at the Cannes Film Festival today and on Sunday, May 21. He also announced that SERPENT will premier in the Nightfall Section of the Los Angeles Film Festival on Saturday, June 17 with Evans in attendance.
Produced by Enigma Pictures and Videovision Entertainment, the film is based on a script selected for the Berlinale Official Co-Production Market in 2012. Sarah Dumont (‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’, ‘Don Jon’, ‘6 Below’) stars in the film and Tom Ainsley best known for his roles in ‘Versailles’ and ‘The Royals’.
SERPENT unwraps during a romantic escape to nature which turns into the ultimate moment of reckoning when a husband and wife are trapped in a tent, with a deadly snake. Unable to escape and with certain death looming, the tent becomes a heated confessional to a cataclysmic truth. The couple find themselves spiraling into a dark and dangerous space, of which only one can escape. SERPENT is a tightly wound, psychological time bomb that unravels with an intense, disturbing conviction.
“Amanda Evans is an extremely talented director and we are thrilled to be screening her debut feature in Cannes,” said Anant Singh. “We are also thrilled to have SERPENT selected for the Nightfall Section of the prestigious LA Film Festival as it is acknowledged as the leading platforms for new works from emerging and established independent filmmakers.”
SERPENT is an Enigma Pictures and Distant Horizon/Videovision Entertainment production in association with The Department of Trade and Industry South Africa. The film stars Sarah Dumont and Tom Ainsley. Music is composed by Andrew Schär, edited by Andrea Shaw and Mandy Roberts with Jacques Koudstaal as Director of Photography. Executive producers are Sudhir Pragjee, Sanjeev Singh, Robert Naidoo, Brian Cox and Dugald MacDonald. It is produced by Anant Singh, Greig Buckle and Amanda Evans and written and directed by Amanda Evans.
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