film & tv

My Favourite YouTube Channels

My Favourite YouTube Channels

You know what sometimes feels great when I’m having a crappy work day? Logging into YouTube Studio and finding positive comments about my videos. I mean, there was that one time that someone watched one of my videos - I don’t now remember which one - and then commented that...
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On: Pearl Thusi

On: Pearl Thusi

Ahead of the release of her new film, Pearl Thusi takes Helen Herimbi along for a ride A long number fills up the top of my cellphone screen. The words “New York (NY)” appear below the number and above the words “Would like to FaceTime…” When I answer, a fresh-faced...
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On: Sir David Attenborough

On: Sir David Attenborough

EXCLUSIVE: Sir David Attenborough spoke to Helen Herimbi about ‘Blue Planet II’, ahead of its African TV debut this weekend A few members of the media from all around the world are sitting in a room at the BFI IMAX in London, waiting for Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge,...
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On: Tebza Malope

On: Tebza Malope

"I dubbed it Kasi Musings in Three-Part Harmony.” Multi-award-winning director, Tebogo “Tebza” Malope laughs after he tells me what he named the treatment he presented to Kwesta and his RapLyf team. The result is a polarising, visually-engaging music video for the rapper’s platinum single, Spirit. Shot over 23 hours and...
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On: Blitz The Ambassador

On: Blitz The Ambassador

If consistency had an ambassador, Samuel Bazawule would be it. Known to you as Blitz The Ambassador, the Ghanaian-American rapper, producer and now film-maker has kept his nose to the grindstone since Stereotype in 2009. This year, his consistent resilience in an industry that rewards the typical has paid off....
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On: Julie Taymor

In this exclusive interview, the director talks to Helen Herimbi about 20 years of The Lion King The arts have been the Pride Rock of Julie Taymor’s life. A place for her to lift her talents – ranging from directing, editing, writing and even costume design among others – to...
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On: Amma Asante

On: Amma Asante

British film director Amma Asante spoke to Helen Herimbi about the past and painting a new perception With classical music wafting in the air at the elegant albeit plantation-looking Chateau de Labourdonnais, it felt like the guests invited to the opening of the inaugural Mauritius Cinema Week were in a...
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On: Tjovitjo

On: Tjovitjo

SABC 1’s Tjovito is the disruptor of the drama genre we’ve been waiting for, writes Helen Herimbi As I drive out of a tar road and onto a mixture of gravel and broken bottles and potholes, I spot a man on his knees on a patch of grass. He is...
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On: Tsitsi Dangarembga

On: Tsitsi Dangarembga

Tsitsi Dangarembga is an institution in African literature in general and is exhalted as a woman who changed the game with her 1988 novel, Nervous Conditions. The 57-year-old Zimbabwean author went on a prose hiatus and resurfaced as a filmmaker. Twenty-five years ago, she established her production company, Nyerai Films,...
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On: Sacha Jenkins

On: Sacha Jenkins

Sacha Jenkins sounds like he’s in high spirits. The day I catch up with the New York-based graffiti artist, hip hop culture journalist, author and film director, his five-year-old child has just graduated from pre-kindergarten. What unfolds during our conversation about his critically acclaimed documentary, Fresh Dressed, is the graduation...
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