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Cassie Jo is an entertainment journalist with a passion for good movies.
SARAFINA! At the Cannes Film Festival 2023

SARAFINA! gets another standing ovation in Cannes, 31 years later

By Cassie Jo 28-05-23 15:08

South African film, SARAFINA! has received another standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival… 31 years after it first premiered at the prestigious festival on the French Riviera. Watch below. “It was the best reaction!” producer Anant Singh told SAPeople at a beach event afterwards. There were tears shed by the international audience as the […]

2023 DFM official projects

Durban FilmMart Institute announces official projects

By Cassie Jo 17-05-23 15:23

The 2023 Durban FilmMart (DFM), Africa’s premier coproduction and finance market, has selected 28 projects for its Pitch and Finance Forum. Under the theme African Constellations, the 14th DFM takes place from 21 – 24 July 2023 as a 4-day physical event in Durban, South Africa.   The Pitch and Finance Forum functions as a crucial […]

South African filmmaker Sandulela Asanda, Berlinale

SA filmmaker’s coming-of-age comedy breaks taboos in Berlin

By Cassie Jo 11-03-23 16:26

South African filmmaker Sandulela Asanda, was in Berlin recently with her coming-of-age concept film, ‘Mirror Mirror’, starring Luhle Macanda, Buhle Ngaba and Mpumi Sizani. The powerful, funny and provocative short film was warmly received amongst the Berlinale’s Generation14plus Programme. Sandulela, who is a graduate of the AFDA Film School in Cape Town, spoke to SAPeople […]

Actress Luhle Macanda in 'Mirror Mirror'. Berlinale.

South African Coming-Of-Age Film Has European Premiere At Berlinale

By Cassie Jo 20-02-23 10:14

‘Mirror Mirror’, a short film by South African filmmaker and graduate of the AFDA Film School in Cape Town, Sandulela Asanda, is having its European premiere at the Berlinale (16-26th of February 2023). This coming-of-age comedy is a nine minute mix of English and Xhosa, showcasing the frustrating sexual self-exploration journey of Luthando, a young teenager, played […]


South African 360-degree film sells out at world premiere in Rotterdam

By Cassie Jo 06-02-23 00:17

‘No Place But Here’ had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), as part of the Art Directions: Immersive Media. The film was warmly received with all 86 of the 15-minute screenings being sold out! The ‘360-degree documentary’ uses virtual-reality technology to bring the audience into the lives and stories of the […]

Shimoni Joburg Film Festival

INTERVIEW: Kenyan Director’s ‘Shimoni’ Competing in Joburg Film Festival

By Cassie Jo 05-02-23 19:54

‘Shimoni’, a directorial debut feature by Kenyan director Angela Wanjiku Wamai, is competing in the Joburg Film Festival where it had its African premiere yesterday. The film was also among the Bright Future films at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). Angela told SAPeople: “I couldn’t make it (to Joburg) because I’m doing a writing […]

What the Soil Remembers

Powerful SA Film Competes at International Festival in Rotterdam

By Cassie Jo 29-01-23 23:07

José Cardoso and Adrian Van Wyk’s short documentary, ‘What the Soil Remembers’, had its premiere on Friday 27th at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in The Netherlands, where it is competing in the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition. The documentary, ‘What the Soil Remembers’, deals with the ongoing trauma of the community of Die Vlakte, […]

Men in the Sun

Interview with South African-Based Producer of Red Sea Project

By Cassie Jo 26-10-23 14:34

Interview with Geoff Arbourne, the South African-based English Producer of ‘Men In the Sun’, a Red Sea Souk Project at the 2nd edition of the Red Sea Film Festival. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. So you’re living in Cape Town. Geoff: I am. How long have you been living there for? […]

Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan Announces Imminent Talks For ‘Rush Hour’ 4

By Cassie Jo 10-01-23 16:40

Honorary Oscar award winning actor, Jackie Chan, came to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for an in-conversation at the Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF), coinciding with the 60th anniversary of his film career. Having acted and participated in over 300 films, Jackie Chan, the man responsible for creating an art out of martial arts, spoke about […]


INTERVIEW: L’Avenir Du Cinéma Au Sénégal Avec Germain Coly

By Cassie Jo 26-10-23 14:37

Interview avec le Directeur de la Cinématographie, du FOPICA, sur le futur du cinéma qui se développe dorénavant au Sénégal, dans le contexte du Red Sea Film Festival (RSIFF) 2022. Cet article a été édité pour des raisons de cohérence et de longueur. Commençons par la création de FOPICA et sur ce que vous faites. […]

Living, Bill Nighy

SA Directed Film Is A Favourite At Red Sea International Film Festival

By Cassie Jo 10-01-23 22:09

The new Oliver Hermanus movie ‘Living’ starring Bill Nighy premiered in MENA in the festival favourites at the Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Monday 5th of December. The director Oliver Hermanus is best known for Moffie (2019) and Beauty (2011) which won the Queer Palm Award at that year’s […]

Heaven Reaches down to Earth

Saudi Film Festival Supports South African Filmmakers

By Cassie Jo 27-10-23 17:16

South African Filmmakers Tebogo Malebogo and Petrus van Staden are at the Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) with their project ‘Where is the healer?’. They sat down to speak to SAPeople. Tebogo and Peet, could you tell us a bit about yourselves and your backgrounds? Tebogo: I’m a South African filmmaker. I finished my matric […]

Triangle of Sadness

Triangle Of Sadness Has MENA Premiere At Red Sea Film Festival

By Cassie Jo 26-10-23 14:16

Ruben Östlund’s satirical drama comedy, Triangle of Sadness, had its MENA Premiere 2nd of December at the Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The film, starring late South African actress Charlbi Dean, is screening as part of the International Spectacular program of the RSIFF. In three acts the film dives deep into […]

UN Climate Change Bonn

Bonn Climate Change Conference Begins in Anticipation Of COP27

By Cassie Jo 06-06-22 19:51

UN Climate Change News – This year’s Bonn annual UN Climate Change Conference kicked off today, designed to lay the groundwork for success at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Governments are meeting for the first time since the conclusion of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow last November, at which the operational details of […]

Filming in South Africa is a Must, Says Award-Winning Foreign Actor ADAM ALI. Photos: Instagram / Adam Ali

Filming in South Africa is a Must, Says Award-Winning Foreign Actor Adam Ali

By Cassie Jo 01-02-22 15:28

As Tom Cruise prepares to begin filming Mission Impossible 8 in South Africa, SAPeople spoke to 22-year-old British-Libyan actor, Adam Ali, about his experience filming in the country. Adam, who recently won the Best Actor award at the inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) for his performance in ‘Europa’, spent the month of October […]

Sharlto Copley's Ted K Enjoys Red Sea Premiere

Sharlto Copley’s Unabomber Film – Ted K – Gets Red Sea Premiere

By Cassie Jo 22-12-21 17:04

South African actor and producer Sharlto Copley’s new film Ted K was featured at this month’s inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia… where the director told SAPeople, Sharlto was “an amazing actor” and “in another league”. The film, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival before its Arab premiere, stars […]

Julie in 12 chapters, Cannes Film Festival

Renate Reinsve wins Best Actress for The Worst Person In The World, Cannes

By Cassie Jo 16-03-23 15:38

Norwegian actress from The Worst Person in the World Renate Reinsve wins Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s romantic comedy came out of the Cannes Film Festival’s Official Competition with Renate Reinsve winning the Best Actress Award for her stunning performance. South Africans can enjoy a refreshing story about life, love and […]

Casablanca Beats (Haut et Fort), Cannes FIlm Festival

Moroccan film has world premiere in Cannes

By Cassie Jo 16-03-23 17:45

Moroccan music drama Casablanca Beats (Haut Et Fort) has world premiere in Competition at Cannes Film Festival. Written and directed by Nabil Ayouch, Casablanca Beats (Haut Et Fort), tells the story of a former rapper, Anas, as he begins working at a cultural centre in a working-class neighbourhood in Casablanca. Encouraged by their new teacher, his students […]

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