Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Trengrove Stars: Nakhane Toure, Niza Jay Ncoyini Bongile Mantsai. From South African filmmaker John Trengrove comes this controversial coming of age film about a group of adolescent boys of Xhosa background who are taken to a remote bushland for their traditional manhood initiation ceremony of ulwaluka – i.e.: a circumcision. It is a dangerous ritual, and indeed many young men have died as a result. Mentors, who have previously undergone the secret ritual, are on hand to help the boys through the Continue reading

THE WOUND – interview with John Trengrove

by GREG KING The debut feature film from South African filmmaker John Trengrove, The Wound deals with the traditional but taboo topic of the Xhosa initiation into manhood. The Wound is an examination of culture, masculinity and sexuality. The film has done well on the international film festival circuit and screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival earlier in the year, and is South Africa's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscars for 2018. Ahead of its cinema release Greg spoke to director John Trengrove about the controversy surrounding Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Neill Blomkamp Stars: Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sharlto Copley, Sigourney Weaver, Ninja, Yo-landi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Brandon Auret, Johnny Selema. South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp is best known for his breakthrough feature District 9, which was an ambitious mix of high concept science fiction and allegorical social commentary about many of the issues facing contemporary post-apartheid South Africa. His follow up film Elysium was a similarly ambitious mix of dystopian sci-fi and social realism, but it was less Continue reading