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Why Local Movie Got Yanked Off Local Cinemas: Sad Reality

It appears not even an impressive run at the South African box office was enough to give local romantic comedy Tell Me Sweet Something fair game at local cinemas. What really happened?

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It appears not even an impressive run at the South African box office was enough to give local romantic comedy Tell Me Sweet Something a fair run at local cinemas. Just days after we all celebrated news that the movie debuted in the top 5 with earnings hitting R1 million within just five days, Tell Me Sweet Something has been put on life support by powers that be. Akin Omotoso revealed in a heartfelt email published on David Kau’s Facebook page that despite performing well, the movie was chopped down from 47 screens to just 27 in the country for reasons still quite unclear.

Tell Me Sweet Something removed from local cinemas

The last laugh: TMSS performed well in cinemas despite myth that black films don’t have an audience.

In an email penned by the writer and director to the stakeholders, Akin Omotoso details not only the unfair treatment dealt by the movie in local cinemas, which he described as perpetuating the absurd notion that black films just don’t do well, but also mentions the struggle to drum up support and get funding for the film because there was a strongly held view that there are no audiences for black South African films. Except perhaps if the narrative is one that replicates negative tropes of blackness as inherently criminal, poor etc.

Tell Me Sweet Something removed from local cinemas

The movie cast members are saddened by the move

“Instead of the constant problematizing of black lives we wanted to give audience a positive experience a film about successful, handsome black people falling in love in Joburg, a Joburg re-imagined as a city of love. In other words we set out to disprove this myth”, he wrote.

So, why the rushed chop?

To make way for new releases, according to Doug Place, the Marketing Executive at Ster Keniko. Place claims on DestinyConnect that while he is aware that the movie has done well in some cinemas, it had to be removed from others where it was not bringing in as much money. And with 5-10 movies being released weekly, some movies just need to go.

Except, the movie has started being taken off cinemas where it is also doing well, according to Omotoso.

“It has now started to be taken out of key sites such as Gateway and Sandton, where the film is performing extremely well. this will have a big impact on the films bottom line”, he jotted down in the email.  Omotoso continued to reveal that upon seeking for an answer as to why the movie was being removed from the aforementioned screen despite performing well there, he was soon told that not even doing well was going to cut it there.

‘When asked why it was being taken out of site, this was the reply from Mr. Clive Fisher the GM of Acquisitons and Scheduling replied,

“I understand the film is still performing at Sandton, however with only 10 screens and the amount of titles releasing every week we do not have space for the title anymore.

I had another look to try and see if we could load a few shows for the film but unfortunately there is no space.

Sorry.”

In reaction to the news, lead actor Maps Maponyane took to Twitter to express great disappointment at the decision.

 

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  1. firetempest2

    October 9, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    The South African government needs to tax international films because they are really taking our spot. I am not a fan of the film cos am tired of the star system and a replica of Hollywood but tax foreign films and our industry will grow.

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The Hate U Give Is A Must See – Movie Review

The Hate U Give takes inspiration from the BLM activist movement to produce a timely document reflecting the systemic racism informing the spate of the killing of young black men at the hands of police officers.

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Summary:

Starr (Amandla Stenberg) finds the voice to stand up for Khalil, her childhood friend who's tragic death has inspired a wave of resistance against the disproportionate killing of African Americans by police officers.

The Hate U Give (2018)

Cast: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, KJ Alpa, Iss Are, Common

SYNOPSIS

The Hate U Give is a moving portrait of contemporary African American sociopolitical experience through the eyes of a certain Starr Carter, a 16-year-old who negotiates the contrasting worlds she must navigate every day between the poor black neighbourhood she’s from, and the affluent, predominantly white neighbourhood in which she attends prep school.

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Having straddled these dissimilar social contexts long enough to master and refine the art of being socially palatable in both, the uneasy balance is shattered when a childhood friend – and her first ever crush – Khalil becomes a fatal victim of a reckless police shooting, which happens minutes after the two share their first kiss.

The Hate U Give film review South Africa

Following a random, sloppy stop and search, the white police officer opens fire at Khalil, killing him on the scene. It soon turns out he had mistaken a hairbrush in his hands for a gun, a fact which later bolsters civil action against the systemic racism underpinning the spate of young black American men dying at the hands of police officers.

The death of Khalil inspires a wave of protests against police brutality and the shooting of young African American men, a movement which mirrors the current Black Lives Matter activist movement against the same.

Much like the aftermath of Travyon Martin’s killing, black communities throughout the United States assemble against the pandemic political injustice.

The Hate U Give film review South Africa

The film centres on the aftermath of the killing, with a gritty document of how the Carters, and the larger community was as whole, had to deal with the tragic loss and the larger political landscape that informs it.

It is against the wishes of her protective mother that Starr must make the brave decision to come forward as an eyewitness to the public. Yet, despite her protestations, the need to stand up for the justice of her friend builds until she takes to the streets to be heard.

REVIEW 

The movie offers a moving document of America’s raced political landscape and the material realities it has on black bodies. The Goerge Tillman Jr directorial is a timely contribution to highly contested topics and the uneasy relations between African American communities and police officers, who are now considered a threat to the dignity, safety and lives of people of colour.

The movie moves between subtle and warm portrayals of Starr, her life and family, to more urgent news style depictions of the reports and protests. And despite its long running time, every second forms an  integral part of an important picture.

Starr (Amandla Stenberg) finds the voice to stand up for Khalil, her childhood friend who's tragic death has inspired a wave of resistance against the disproportionate killing of African Americans by police officers.
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Born A Crime Movie: Lupita Nyong’o To Play Trevor Noah’s Mom!

Lupita Nyong’o will be portraying the role of Trevor Noah’s mother in a film adaptation of his autobiographical book – Born A Crime

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Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime Movie in The Making

Black Panther actress Lupita Nyong’o actress delighted the world when she announced on Thursday that she will be portraying the role of Trevor Noah’s mother in a film adaptation of his autobiographical book – Born A Crime!

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“When I read [Trevor Noah]’s “Born A Crime”, I could not put the book down”, she shared with her 4,7 million Instagram followers. Excited to announce that I will be starring in and producing its feature film adaptation! #BornACrime

Our biggest entertainment export and Man of Every Moment (!) Trevor Noah confirmed the news and tossed a few compliments to Lupita via IG:

“My mom is a powerful woman who could easily be one of the beautiful soldiers in Wakanda” he wrote. “So it’s beyond a perfect fit that she would be portrayed on the big screen by the radiant and regal Lupita Nyong’ o. I’m beyond excited.”

Now, this we cannot wait for!

 

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Inxeba Fatally Wounded After Being Slapped With ‘Hardcore Porn’ Rating

Critically acclaimed South African film Inxeba will no longer be shown in mainstream cinemas after its rating was adjusted to hardcore porn.

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It’s been a tough journey for South African film Inxeba – The Wound.

The critically acclaimed picture barely survived protests that forced its removal from several cinemas in parts of the country during its opening week.

And just when we thought the death threats that followed would be the worst part of the backlash, the John Trengove directorial feature on Wednesday suffered its most devastating blow yet; It will no longer be screened in mainstream cinemas around the country.

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‘Hardcore porn’ Inxeba – The Wound is a portrait of a queer experience within the traditional Xhosa passage to manhood. Photo: Facebook

This comes after a decision by the Film and Publications Board (FPB) to adjust the film’s rating from 16SL to X18 – a classification that lobs it in the hardcore porn category.

According to reports in TimesLIVE, the FPB’s Appeal Tribunal effected the controversial decision after complaints about the film were lodged by The Men and Boy Foundation and the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa.

“The FBP has classified an important work of art that explores themes around masculinity, love and identity as an X-rated film.

As if that was not enough, Netflix confirmed to Mybroadband on Thursday that the movie will not be available on the streaming service’s South African platform.

According to The Sowetan, the producers, who’ve had a lot on their hands in the past few days as some cast members reportedly ran into hiding amid death threats, say a course of legal action is being considered

Cait Pansegrouw expressed disappointment in a statement.

“We are obviously disappointed in the outcome, given how the FBP has classified an important work of art that explores themes around masculinity, love and identity as an X-rated film.”

Taking to Twitter, the movie’s leading actor Nakhane Toure defiantly hit back at the reclassification.

“…You’ll take us off your cinemas, you’ll rip our paintings/photographs off your walls. But we will go not anywhere.”

In the chilling notes, Toure says this experience has ripped open wounds of a fearful childhood that was shrouded in shame and fear.

“[I was) afraid for my life as a teenager when I walked past straight men because I didn’t what they were capable of”, the openly gay star expressed.

Nakhane Toure reacts to Inxeba being classified as porn

Debates about the film continue on social media. Some deplore the portrayal of a Xhosa traditional ritual that is considered sacred to Xhosa people. Others dismissed the backlash as nothing more than a guise to conceal homophobia and protect practices that maintain patriarchy.

Where do you stand?

 


Sources: TimesLIVE, Mybroadband, Sowetan 

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