Category Archives: Film news

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 144 of Level 1, 21 February 2022.


Monday 21 February 2022, Day 144 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for an organized day, having two hours in which to plan my day, and getting admin duties done; for an interesting Workshop with 40 representatives of 20 sponsors of the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival, which was held at Zest this morning, both Zest and newkings boutique hotel being sponsors of the Festival from 6 June to 3 July, and ended off with a light lunch prepared by Zest chefs; for getting an error fixed made last week by Discovery Sea Point; for finding Kanéle Café inside Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 138 of Level 1, 15 February 2022


Tuesday 15 February 2022, Day 138 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a long 7 hour sleep, and 1 hour of it a deep sleep 🙏; for it being a cooler day than yesterday, at 28C with a slight cool breeze; for a very active day at EbbTide, another day of Fort Knoxing our building with security cameras, with trees on the properties on either side of our building cut down by gardener Terry Chicken, it looking far tidier and brighter on my side of the building, but a combined cacophony of noise whilst I was trying to work; for a Bakoven walk; Continue reading →

Cape Town Film industry recovery excellent news, Mission Impossible 8 to be shot in the Mother City!


The fact that a large number of film permits have been issued for film productions in Cape Town in the 2021/2022 summer months is excellent news in itself, reflecting the recovery of the Cape Town film industry.

But that Mission Impossible 8 is to be filmed in and around Cape Town (and Durban) next month is even more amazing news for the economy of the Cape, and for its reputation as a film location and tourist destination!

To aid the film industry in the Western Cape, the provincial investment and marketing agency Wesgro will be marketing the Cape as a film production destination at a number of festivals. Continue reading →

MasterChef Season 4 rolls out a completely new set of Judges!


MasterChef Season 4 is starting on 28 February, and slowly M-Net is revealing details about its new series.

Now the station has announced its three brand new judges, possibly a disappointment for many who loved the tough Chef Pete Goffe-Wood, the charming Chef Benny Masekwameng, and the grey-shoes grey-suit Chef Reuben Robertsons  Riffel.

Last month I shared the first details of the new Series. Now we know the names of the three judges, and that the winner will receive a R1 million prize and the MasterChef title.  Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 10 of Level 4, 7 July 2021


Wednesday 7 July 2021, Day 10 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

Grateful for a beautiful 17C day, third day in a row, before the rain hits us tomorrow; for a fabulously lucky Discovery Gameboard play, scoring 750 points on one of the two plays, giving me a Woolies voucher, a good omen for the rest of the day; for selling a SwitchBitch book tiday, thank you Gloria 🙏; for a good working day; for a walk to Pick n Pay to buy some essentials, including batteries for my alarm sensors, an expensive exercise; for a Bakoven walk; for Minsky coping well in receiving her annual vaccination, I worrying about her being traumatized by being in a cat carrier for the first time Continue reading →

‘In die Sop: Restaurant Evolusie’ : Chef Bertus Basson transforms Readers Restaurant in Tulbagh and Backyard Café in Wellington!


I’ve previously written about Chef Bertus Basson’s new kykNET series ‘In die Sop: RestaurantvEvolusie’, a weekly episode focusing on the transformation of country restaurants in the Western Cape.

The first two restaurants featured were Red Tin Roof in Riebeek Kasteel, owned by the now infamous  journalist Jacques Pauw, and Evita se Perron, now run by owners Hentie van der Merwe and Frits van Reyneveld of Darling Sweet….. in Darling.

In this post I summarise the transformation of Readers Restaurant in Tulbagh and Backyard Café in Wellington.

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RIP Tempestuous Food Writer Sonia Cabano!


I met Sonia Cabano ten years ago, ten days short of the exact date in May 2011. We had heard about each other, and connected twice in one week, I interviewing her about her latest cookbook, a story which detailed her background up to that point, a reference to those reading this tribute.

Yesterday evening it was announced that Sonia Cabano had been found dead in her house in Gardens, Cape Town, the cause of her death unknown.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 57 of Level 1, 26 April 2021


Monday 26 April 2021, Day 57 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a cooler day, rain forecast to fall tonight; for surviving a short night’s sleep, ‘watching’ the Oscars on Twitter until I fell asleep early this morning; for two more sleep catch ups; for a very busy morning, busier than usual, with phone calls interrupting my work, when I thought everyone took the day off today 😱; for two walks today, a shorter Bakoven one with Vivian Warby, and a longer uphill power walk up Houghton Road; for a lovely tea meet with Adrienne Jacobson, a fellow Camps Bay resident; for lovely service from a shelf packer at Woolies, when I asked him what I should buy for my soup, recommending carrots, green beans, and butternut; and for being happy, healthy, and free 🙏💙. Continue reading →

Best Documentary Feature 2021: And the Oscar goes to …… ‘My Octopus Teacher’ from Cape Town!


Early this morning South African hearts beat in delight when The Motion Picture Academy announced that ‘My Octopus Teacher’, filmed in Simonstown in Cape Town, won the 2021 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, a Netflix film.

When the film was launched during Lockdown last year it was a ray of light at a bleak time of the Corona Pandemic, and was viewed by millions around the Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 56 of Level 1, 25 April 2021


Sunday 25 April 2021, Day 56 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a peaceful easygoing day; for it being warmer than the 18C forecast, cloudy with rain forecast for tomorrow and Tuesday; for a Social Media morning; for reading about ‘Nomadland’, tipped to win Best Picture at the Oscars early tomorrow morning, having to go and see it at The Labia; for a lovely coffee ice cream at Unframed on Kloof Street, the World’s Best Ice Cream Parlour; for a quick speed power walk when I got home, just as the sun was setting, beautiful sunsets from Camps Bay Drive and Geneva Drive, lucky to get my 300 Discovery points; for buying two last boxes of figs from Peppertree Café, the fig season finished now; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →