Thursday, 28 February 2013

Box Office: Defensive of cultural identity and some bit of far away love

Director: Paul Ehlers
Cast: Deon Lotz, Gys de Villiers and Rika Sennette

 This is a film based on two Boer wars that took 12 heart-breaking years to the Afrikaners, as they were being wiped out by the British who occupied riches in South Africa. The core of the film is that a group of Boere farmers realize that they are fighting a hard battle to win, and had to make a tough decision that of discontinuing or to continue the fight. The Boer generals viewed the decision as an act of cowardice and treason against the Afrikaner nation. The men who wanted to discontinue the fighting for Afrikaner identity were abducted and rounded up by the generals and labelled traitors (Verraaiers).

Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D

Directors:Andrew Adamson
Cast:Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov and John Clarke

 From the makers of Avatar and The Chronicles of Narnia, the film takes a look at a young couple that’s separated, and must journey through the dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil to find each other and reconnect. The 3D technology will allow the audience to swim and move with the performers, and the interesting thing about the film is that it brings joy.

Ashley Mokwena

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Couture Corner: Neatly crafted garments by F Wilson Fashion Designs on runway

A cool and quirky ElloiseCupido performance started the fashion show held at LewendeWoord’s Montana, Pretoria on 31 January. The pret-a-porter pieces that were showcased reflected the spiritual journey that F Wilson Fashion Designs have took over the past couple of months.

Occupying the front row at showcasing, I was extremely wowed by the craftsmanship that was largely inspired by the four elements of nature and the mixture of texture with colour. Johan Botha the other half of the Pretorian based fashion house described the pieces as personal, full of energy and a direct symbol which is translated through the usage of fabric and colour to rely the meaning and feeling of the human race.

These pieces were shown at the weekend at the Las Vegas Fashion Week.

Ashley Mokwena

Monday, 25 February 2013

Beat Box: Creators of beats Part 1

Over the next three weeks Da Stitch will be inviting ghost writers to contribute their knowledge and thoughts on producers who have influenced and encouraged them to lending a musical ear. Part 1 will see three producers I personally hold highto kick start this part of our music features. 

Much of my time is spent listening to music created by Dr Dre, Raphael Saadiq and our very own kwaito beat maker Spikiri. The mentioned producers have influenced many music heads across the globe and have opened doors to acts that have conquered and changed the game of music.

Raphael Saadiq, his song writing and beat making talents have exposed our ears to great music by RnB and neo-soul acts such as Tony! Toni! Tone!, Lucy Pearl, Joss Stone, Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo to mention just a few. The Grammy Award winning music maker collaborated with D’Angelo, Q-Tip, Ali ShaheedMuhammah of hip-hop band Tribe Called Quest and J.Dilla of Slum Village.

Dr Dre, even to this day this musical genius is still a much talked about hip hop producer. Dr Dre has showered us with talents such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and more recently Kendrick Lamar.  The discovery of Kendrick Lamar clearly highlights that the Doc’s beat making days are far from over.

Spikiri, the Don of the University of KalawaJazmee is one of those calm and passionate beat makers who enjoy telling the story of township lifestyle. “The King Don Father” is one of the figures of South African music who have contributed to what Kwaito music is today. His craftsmanship has laid the platform for acts and bands such as Bongo Muffin, Thebe, Alaska, Trompies which he was a member, Kabelo andTokollo both of whom are part of Kwaito band Tkzee. And the list goes on and on.

Ashley Mokwena


-enjoy a special night out just with the girls!
Girls! Grab a group of your closest female friends, workmates or family members and head on down to your nearest Ster-Kinekor cinema for a real girls’ night out – definitely no guys allowed! The “Girlfriends Getaway” event for 2013, presented by Ster-Kinekor, takes place on Wednesday, 6 March, from 19:00, and gives you a sneak preview of a special movie title before its public release.

This month’s movie in question is sure to have you giggling in the aisles. Directed by Seth Gordon, Identity Thief stars Jason Bateman of Horrible Bosses, and the delightful Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy in this all-star comedy in which a normal guy is forced to go to extreme measures to clear his name. The film’s release date across the country is on 22 March.

With everything to lose after his identity is stolen, the guy in question soon finds out just how crazed one can get when trying to settle a bad credit score. Unlimited funds at her disposal have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There’s only one glitch however: the ID she’s using to finance “Sandy Bigelow Patterson”… and it belongs to a male – an accounts rep (Bateman), who lives halfway across the United States.

With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his entire world implodes around him, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life. And, as he attempts to bride, coax and confront her as they make 2 000 mile trek back to Denver, one easy target will discover just how tough it is to get your name back – and how easily your identity can be stolen!

The March “Girlfriends Getaway” event takes place at the following Ster-Kinekor Theatres:

Cape Gate/ Cavendish/ Somerset/ Tygervalley

The Bridge (Port Elizabeth)

The Zone/ Sandton/ Cresta/ Northgate/ Greenstone/ Brooklyn/ Irene


To make your evening out with the girls on 6 March even more special, there will be lucky draws, hampers and goodie bags for all our ‘girlfriends’: expect a little treat courtesy of Destiny Magazine, Kraft Foods, Dentyne, Satiskin and Orthopedic Pillow & Mattress (*Note: hampers and goodie bag contents may vary from cinema to cinema.)

To find out more, visit Avoid the queues by booking online, by calling Ticketline on 082 16789 or you can book at the box office. You can also secure your seats by downloading the Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone and Blackberry apps to book from your mobile. To find out what other exciting promotions Ster-Kinekor has on offer, follow @SKTheatres on Twitter or Facebook at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.

Friday, 22 February 2013


Congratulations to Yvette Arendse who won the SterKinekor SKYFALL prize package to London. Da Stitch had an opportunity to catch up with the winner and get her thoughts on this great prize.

1.       How does it feel to win a trip for two to London?

It feels absolutely amazing.

2.       Who do you plan to take with you and why?

I plan to take my sister. We are close and we always have a good time everywhere we go.

3.       What are you anticipating the most?

I’m really looking forward to the bond tour as I enjoyed the movie and eager to visit those sites.

4.       Tell us what was going on in your mind after learner that you were the winner?

I was excited and couldn’t believe that I had won. I was thinking how happy my sister was going to be.

5.       When you entered the competition did you even envisage emerging victorious?

No, I was hoping and praying that I would win because I really wanted to visit a friend in England. I work in IT and the way I unwind, is to treat myself to a movie every now and then on my own.
I feel like the luckiest person in the world that I have the opportunity to go abroad and take my sister on a fabulous holiday.
I’m grateful to SterKinekor for this wonderful prize. 

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Inside City: Tokyo, the world axis

Home to over 12 million people, Tokyo is Japan’s capital and the world’s most high tech metropolis. With a literacy rate of about 99%, it is no wonder that Tokyo is referred to as one of the top three “command centres” in the world economy, along with New York City and London.

Tokyo re-constructed itself with the latest in architectural genius after two devastating events, the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923 that left over 140 000 people dead and the bombing of the city central during World War II. Today, it boasts as being a fast pace cultured urban city with the latest in fashion and technological developments.

5 top attractions in Tokyo:
1.       The Imerial Palace East Gardens, home to the emperor of Japan and where the Edo castle resided (the military capital during the Edo period of Japanese history).

2.       The National Tokyo Museum; if you have time to visit one museum whilst in Tokyo, then this is it, the oldest museum in the city. It preserves a range of Japanese and Asian artwork and archaeological artefacts.
3.       Tsukiji Market, the largest wholesale market for fish, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo with up to 2 000 tons of assorted marine sold daily. It runs like a well-oiled machine, despite the hustle and bustle of motorcycles, sellers and consumers.

4.       The Venus Fort shopping mall, professed as a haven for every woman. It has over 150 boutiques and restaurants that promise to cater to your every whim.

5.       For the ultimate experience in the clubs scene, visit Womb in Shibuya, Voted as one of the top nightclubs in the world by Djmag Magazine.

6.       Harajuki, a large shopping district and the fashion capital of Japan. Every Sunday, young people dress in mesh of fashion styles and spend the day in Harajuku socializing, a sight not to be missed.

And lastly, veer to the Tokyo Tower, the second-tallest artificial structure in Japan. Over 150 million people have visited the tower since its opening in 1958.