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Classic South African action film returns to the big screen


first_imgJoe Bullet, a South African film made in 1971 had a limited re-release on big screens in Johannesburg and Cape Town this past January with more planned for the rest of the year.In 1971, Ken Gampu starred as Joe Bullet, a no-nonsense real South African movie hero. (Image: Retro Afrika Bioscope webpage)CD AndersonJoe Bullet has made an appearance back on the big screen. The South African action film, made in 1971 had a limited re-release in Johannesburg and Cape Town this past January, with more showings planned for the rest of the year.The film is the story of a local soccer team caught in the web of the criminal underworld. It features a strong black South African action hero, something almost unheard-of in the South African film industry during apartheid. It had an all-black cast, including singer Abigail Kubeka and Ken Gampu as Joe Bullet.A digitally restored Joe Bullet has recently been shown at The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg and in The Company’s Garden in Cape Town. It was restored by Gravel Road Distribution, supervised by the film’s original producer, Tonie van der Merwe.The showings proved to be a great success, with more screenings planned across South Africa for the rest of the year, as well as a possible DVD and digital release available soon, the company says.Originally banned by the apartheid government, and then later unbanned but never released commercially, Joe Bullet has a very South African feel and setting.Local filmmakers Van der Merwe and Louis de Witt specialised in making films for black South African audiences. The company’s aim was to tell South African stories using film, and developing black South African actors and technical expertise at a time when most film production was dominated by white South Africans.The producers made more than 400 films, quickly and cheaply, specialising in human drama stories and action films that did not upset the government too much. The films proved popular among black audiences eager to see stories and characters that they could identify with.However, due to the positive portrayal of a black hero in Joe Bullet, the film was their most controversial film. Apartheid government censors cut short the film’s potential to entertain the masses.Van der Merwe received an African Movie Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for his contribution to the South African film industry, and helping launch the careers of many of the country’s prominent black actors and crew workers, all in the face of apartheid government interference.Joe Bullet himself, Gampu, went on to act in local films and television series. He also had an impressive international film career during the 1980s, starring alongside some of Hollywood’s best, including Sharon Stone (in King Solomon’s Mines), Richard Burton and Roger Moore (in The Wild Geese). Gampu also starred in one of South Africa’s most popular cinematic exports, The Gods Must Be Crazy. He died in 2003.African films from the 1970s and 80s have enjoyed a recent renaissance among local film fans. Previously unavailable films have been released on DVD, while some of the era’s best films have been broadcast on the DStv Mzansi Bioskop channel (164).Watch the Joe Bullet trailer belowVisit the Joe Bullet Facebook page for more information on future screenings in Johannesburg and Cape Town.For more information on iconic South African films from the last 50 years, visit the Retro Afrika Bioscope website.Source: Channel24 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


2018 Green Energy Ohio Tour


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest WhenSeptember 28–30, 9am–5pmWhatThis free statewide event features self-guided, guided or open house tours in each region of the state and highlights homes, businesses, and public buildings that are using green technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal, green design, energy efficiency and more.Participants in 2018 Green Energy Ohio will:Learn about the residential renewable energy processEducate themselves on the technical details and components of different renewable energy systemsNetwork with other Ohio residents who have a passion for renewable energyTalk with industry leaders from the renewable energy sector around the stateSee commercial and corporate energy installations and hear about the benefits to businessesPresented by Green Energy Ohio.Tour websiteTour stops neededEach tour is made possible through site owners who share their hands-on experiences with participants who want to learn more about clean energy technologies. When registering, please indicate which days and times the property will be available for tour participants. A confirmation email will be sent and the site will be shown on the tour map and listed under the appropriate region. The deadline to register as a host site on this year’s Tour is Aug. 31.last_img read more


Country comes first but can’t ignore IPL: Sourav Ganguly


first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly on Thursday differed from Arjuna Ranatunga’s take on IPL being a “monster” but at the same time stressed that “country always comes first.””Always country comes first but at the same time you need to draw a fine balance. It’s for the Board to maintain a balance between international assignments and IPL. Don’t forget IPL is a product of BCCI,” the former captain told the reporters at a promotional event in Kolkata on Thursday.About the debate that the injury management of the players have left a lot to be desired, he said that the tournament needs big names like Tendulkar, Sehwag, Warne.”It would not be so successful without the likes of Tendulkars, Shane Warnes among others. It’s very difficult to balance as the players are humans afterall. So at some stage they need rest. But at the same time IPL is so big. It’s very difficult to balance as BCCI wants all the players to take part in IPL.”About Ranatunga’s comments, he said, “I know he is harping this for a long time. But I don’t think IPL is a monster.”The Prince of Calcutta cited examples of Manoj Tiwary and Venugopal Rao who have been able to resurrect their fledgling careers courtesy IPL. “Don’t forget that it has made life for a lot of players. Only 14 players can represent the country, what happens to the fringe players who have done well in the domestic circuit? IPL has provided a platform to all of them. And more importantly, IPL has made them financially secured.”advertisementIt is because IPL that someone like Paul Valthaty is now a household name. “Look at Paul Valthaty, he had a tremendous success this year and he could be in Mumbai side, a team India opportunity also might be reckoning for him. It has done wonders for a lot of cricketers,” he said.Ganguly however said that the Twenty20 is a least taxing format. “You need to bat for just three hours and as a bowler you have to deliver four overs maximum. While fielding on an average you get the bowl for about 8 times, it’s three time more in other forms of cricket. Ask players like Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis, how difficult is to play a whole day in Test cricket.”On his bitter episode with KKR, Ganguly who represented Pune Warriors in IPL IV said: “It’s time to move on. Afterall Gautam Gambhir moved on from Delhi Daredevils to become the highest paid IPL player, so did Yusuf Pathan. That’s the way it is, it demands results.”Ganguly further said India would win the West Indies series but England tour right after the Carribean sojourn would be a tough one. “India will win the series in the West Indies but it will be tough to beat England in England who have had a lot of success in the recent past. It will be challenging to keep themselves fit and fresh for the England series right after the tour to the West Indies.”Asked about Team India’s new coach Duncan Fletcher, Ganguly said the Zimbabwean would find himself a perfect atmosphere to start his stint with. “Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a great team. I am sure Duncan Fletcher will reap the benefits of joining the side who have been so successful and have quality players. Duncan will get a lot of confidence from it.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more




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