The Sea Water Drinkers by Phillip Bloom | Video

Director Phillip Bloom recently paid a visit to SA to lecture film students around the country and whilst he was here, he shot a mini doccie in each city he was in. The Sea Water Drinkers is the story he came across in Durban. It’s an outside look into an odd practice which barely raises an eyebrow from the locals.     You can read more about the technical side of making the film and watch the Joburg and Cape Town videos on Phillip’s... Read More

Rocking The Daisies

In the relatively few years Rocking The Daisies has been around, it’s grown into one of South Africa’s biggest and best music festivals. If you didn’t make the trip down to CT for this year’s festival, don’t worry, you can still get a feel for it as Nick Mulgrew takes you through the weekend after the jump.   On Saturday night at Rocking the Daisies, the heavens abruptly opened. Two days of dryness ended as the... Read More

Greg Lomas

Greg Lomas has made a habit of exploring Africa and documenting his journeys along the way. We discover how he made the transition from graphic design into photography and filmmaking.   DIY: Give us a short description of a day in the life of Greg Lomas?  Greg: Coffee will introduce the day to me, and right now my workday lacks a general rhythm since I am currently balancing a number of projects and trying to give each one attention. So potentially... Read More

Jimmy Reynolds

He may originally be from Jozi, but we’re stoked that Jimmy Reynolds calls Durban home. He’s been involved in some of the coolest film projects in Durbs, from skate, surf and BMX vids for the best in the country, to music videos for the likes of Toya Delazy and Spoek Mathambo. We chatted to him about his BMX’ing roots, following up after one of the best SA music videos ever made and B-grade’s influence on his work. DIY: Hi... Read More

DIY Does DIFF 4: Continental Drift

I know that the title makes no sense but I couldn’t think of any other quadrilogy in recent times. Anyway, Russell Grant reviews This Must Be The Place starring Sean Penn as an aging gothic rock star on a mission to kill a Nazi, and Bob Perfect gets bummed out with farmer suicides in Inidia in the documentary Bitter Seeds.   This Must Be The Place reviewed by Russell Grant   Last night I saw This Must be the Place at the Sneddon.... Read More

DIY Does DIFF: Episode III

Just like Hollywood, we’re milking a good thing and presenting you with the third (okay, fourth, but the first one was a prequel) installment of DIFF reviews. Today, Russel Smith gets a look into the life of a deaf and blind man in Planet of Snail and Russell Grant gets taken into the psyche of a child whose father has abandoned him in The Kid with a Bike.   Planet of Snail reviewed by Russel Smith       I had no expectations... Read More

DIY Does DIFF, Again

Yup, it’s a sequel. We’re bringing you daily coverage of DIFF this week. Aren’t we nice? Today, Bob Perfect reviews This Is Not A Film, Russell Grant covers the Wavescape selections: Rebel Sessions and The Art Of Flight, and we welcome a guest writer, Jason Duvenage, who caught Beware of Mr Baker and Tyrannosaur over the weekend.   This Is Not A Film reviewed by Bob Perfect   After the last two days of being inspired,... Read More

Michael Cross

As part of our DIFF coverage, Bob Perfect chats to local director, Michael Cross. Michael’s film, Rockstardom, is about a small town singer/songwriter Brendon Shields and is one that most DIY readers will probably want to check out at this year’s festival.   DIY: First off how did you come across Brendon Shields? Michael: I had a meeting with his publisher, we’d been friends years before but I hadn’t seen him for nearly 15 years... Read More

Elelwani To Open DIFF

The Durban International Film Festival, South Africa’s oldest and largest film festival, will be opening in less than a month. It’s pretty much the coolest two weeks of the year, every year. With over 250 films from all over the world, across all genres, it’s every movie-goers dream right on our doorstep. Recently it was announced that Elelwani, the first ever Venda feature film, would be opening the festival.   Elelwani is... Read More