Gone are the days where South Africa is “too far to visit” or “too small to tour”… South Africa is now firmly on the map for top celebrities to visit, tour, film and holiday in. Take today for example… We have Rihanna hanging out in Cape Town (check her Instagram feed to see pics). Keri Hilson and Anthony Hamilton were hanging out in Macufe over the weekend. Idris Elba was jamming it up at DStv’s Delicious Food & Music Festival two weeks ago and now Taylor Swift, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and a few other big Hollywood A-listers are apparently in the country too. They’ll be getting to work on a new film called The Giver, which is set for release in August next year. I also know that John Cleese was here shooting the third installment of Spud… SA is #Winning!!!
If you’re in the Cape Town area, be on the lookout for Ms. Swift and crew. I’d love to get some pics of them, but I’m in the Joziwood at the moment, so I’ll leave it up to you. Send them to me on firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me: @JasonVonBerg.
There are loads of other events coming up in the next couple of months that will see big stars heading to our shores including:
Mandela – Long Walk To Freedom world premiere
Dave Matthews Band live in concert
Nickleback live in concert (expect Avril Lavigne to be here too)
Bryan Adams live in concert
Big Sean live in concert
Kendrick Lamar live in concert
Tomorrow I’ll be hanging out and chatting to the likes of John Cleese, Troye Sivan and a few of the other stars from the hugely successful, Spud. The film is based on the novel by John van de Ruit, which still happens to be one of my favourite reads. I guess when you go to an all boys school, you recall all the memories and experiences you had and we’ve all been awkward teenagers (well for those of you older than 18) so most of us can relate to a story like this. I thoroughly enjoyed the second film, more than the first actually, so tomorrow should be good. The acting is good, it’s funny, serious, awkward and really just an enjoyable film. More on the interviews in the week leading up to the release next week.
If you have any questions for these guys, holler.
Starts Friday 26th November at Nu Metro Cinemas:
South Africa, the early 1990s. John “Spud” Milton has embarked on his first year at an elite, boys-only private school. Cursed with parents from well beyond the lunatic fringe, a senile granny, and a dormitory full of strange characters, Spud has to forge a new life for himself in this foreign and sometimes hostile environment. Surrounded by names such as Gecko, Rambo, Rain Man and Mad Dog, Spud takes his first tentative steps along the path toward manhood. Armed with only his wits and his diary, Spud takes us from illegal night swimming to the cricket field, from ghost busting to teacher baiting. He also invites us into the mind of a boy struggling to come to terms with a strange new world; a boy whose eyes are being opened to love, friendship and complete insanity.
Cast: John Cleese, Troye Sivan, Jason Cope, Tanit Phoenix, Jeremy Crutchley, Aaron McIlroy, Julie Summers, Graham Weir
Director: Donovan Marsh
Genre: Comedy, Biography