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Zimbabwean film extravaganza amplifies African narratives in cinema – The Star Online

HARARE, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) — The curtain came down on the Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF) on Saturday, with local film productions amplifying African voices in the entertainment industry.

The festival, which ran from Sept. 14 to 17, saw audiences being entertained by a wide range of international and local productions, including the first Zimbabwean sci-fi film in the local Ndebele language.

“This year every single one of our evening highlight films is a Zimbabwean production, and that is something that we are so proud of, and it shows also where our film sector is going, it’s heading in a great direction, I think,” Nakai Matema, a Zimbabwean film practitioner, and a ZIFF consultant told Xinhua.

The ZIFF is an annual film festival whose mission is to discover and develop local filmmakers, artists and audiences. It is a major promoter of the film industry in Zimbabwe and the African continent.

“It’s important for us to develop our own film industry in Zimbabwe because film is a representation of us. Our heritage, our culture, our stories,” said Matema.

Historically, the African narrative has been told through the Western perspective, Matema said.

Like in many developing countries, in Zimbabwe screens are largely dominated by foreign productions.

“It’s important for us to not just be watching foreign productions particularly Western productions, first world productions, and even Asian productions when we are not watching our own.

“Those productions are great and they can be entertaining, but we definitely need to nurture our own representation on screen telling our stories, and our culture, our heritage, and don’t wait for somebody else to come and tell our story on our behalf,” she said.

In addition, Matema said Africans need to be masters of their own narratives.

“It’s very very important, otherwise what will happen is people from America, England and whatever will come and tell our stories through their own lens,” she added.

The veteran film director said despite being on a positive trajectory, the local film sector is still facing challenges such as financial constraints and skills training.

“Right now, however, we do not have a film industry, we have a film sector, so the film sector needs to grow and become an industry. We are not quite there yet, but we are definitely on the right path,” said Matema.

Daniel Lasker, a Zimbabwean film director and actor, and the director of The Signal, the first locally produced sci-fi film, said it is important to narrate our own stories.

“I believe it’s so important for us here in Zimbabwe to really develop our film industry and tell our own stories because there is so much unique locations, the culture of the people, and there is really special opportunities to tell stories that can’t really be told from anywhere else in the world,” Lasker told Xinhua.

Known for his role in the American science fiction Raised by Wolves, Lasker is a self-taught filmmaker, and his productions have been well received locally and by various international film festivals.

Furthermore, the young filmmaker said his dream has been to make a sci-fi movie that matches world standards in his hometown of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city.

“There is such a special feeling you get when you watch a film and you see locations, and you see people you know, places you have been to, and you really get a feeling of Oh! Wow! I have been to that place but I have never seen it portrayed like that,” Lasker said.

Simba Muswaka, a Harare resident, said while the local film industry is on a positive growth trajectory, there was need to have more productions in local languages.

“I would like to see more use of an indigenous language because then that also paints a picture and puts people firmly in Zimbabwe, and it gives them a taste of what’s happening, it just gives you that authentic Zimbabwean feel,” he said.

Nyarie Purvis, another Harare resident, said Zimbabwean content has greatly improved.

“Having lived abroad for 22 years, I mainly listened to American music, and watched American content, and then when I moved back home I was lucky enough to bump into an old friend who introduced me to local content and now that’s all I watch,” she said.

Despite financial constraints and a relatively small market size, the Zimbabwean film sector has grown rapidly over the past years as a wide range of films are being written, filmed, directed and starred by locals, thereby putting local talent on the global map.

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Tom Hardy To Narrate Upcoming Sky Original Nature Series Predators – Sky Group

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28 September 2022: Sky today announces that actor and producer Tom Hardy will narrate Sky Nature’s upcoming Sky Original series, PREDATORS.

The thrilling natural history series follows five apex predators face the ultimate test of survival in drastically changing environments across the globe. Marking Sky’s first co-production with Netflix, PREDATORS is produced by True to Nature and Sky Studios and will launch on Sky Nature and streaming service NOW in December 2022.

Trailer: Link here

Sky’s Director of Documentaries and Factual, Poppy Dixon, said: ‘This series celebrates some of the most exhilarating and impressive animals on earth, whilst recognising the impact of climate change on their lives and habitats. To bring PREDATORS to life with one of the UK’s most gifted and reputable talents, who has a passion for environmental causes, is a great pleasure.’

In this compelling new blue-chip nature series, five apex predators face the ultimate test to survive as their rapidly changing world impacts both their own lives and that of the wild kingdoms over which they rule. Those at the top are now being challenged. Territories are being redrawn and new relationships formed.

In this ever-shifting landscape, each predator must overcome new challenges and grasp new opportunities. For polar bears in Canada, wild dogs in Zimbabwe, pumas in Chile, lions in Botswana, and cheetahs in Tanzania, this is the ultimate power struggle. The stakes have never been higher – who will win and who will lose?

We follow the stories of these five apex predators at a critical moment in their lives as they attempt to secure the future for the next generation. Grappling with multiple responsibilities these are deadly hunters, caring parents, and cunning survivors who hold secrets and thrilling stories in their quest to survive.

As an Academy Award® nominated actor and producer, Tom Hardy has quickly become one of today’s most versatile and sought-after talents. He is best known for his leading roles in The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road and Legend, all of which led to him being honoured with the prestigious British Actor of the Year award by London Critics’ Circle in 2015. Over the years, Hardy has earned widespread acclaim and recognition from critics and audiences alike for his transformative performances and extensive range across film, television, and theatre.

In 2018, Hardy was awarded a CBE in recognition for his services to drama. Hardy currently serves as a Trustee for REORG Charity, a global non-profit organization that supports the mental health and well-being of veterans, active military and first responders. He also serves as an Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. In the past, Hardy also served as the President of Hari Budha Magar’s Gurkha Everest Expedition, as well as a Patron for Expedition 8848, which aimed to educate today’s youth on the effects of climate change and protecting the planet’s future.

The series was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Sky’s Managing Director of Content, and Poppy Dixon, Director of Documentaries and Factual. Predators is executive produced by Wendy Darke. Showrunner for the series is Vanessa Coates and series director is Dan Smith. Produced by True to Nature and Sky Studios, in association with Netflix. The series is distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios.

For further information please contact: Marina Forsythe marina.forsythe@sky.uk / Patricia Deveer patricia.deveer@sky.uk

About Sky 

Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company and is proud to be part of the Comcast group. Across six countries, we connect our 23.4 million customers to the best entertainment, sports, news and arts including our own award-winning original content. Sky Nature is the home of breath-taking natural history programming and is dedicated to exploring the beauty and wonder of the natural world and inspiring us all to do more to look after it.

Our technology, including the market leading Sky Q, connects people to everything they love – with entertainment from Sky TV, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and BBC iPlayer, and apps like Spotify, YouTube, BBC Sounds, Highbrow, Peloton, Fiit, and more, in one place, easy. Our streaming service NOW brings viewers all the enjoyment of Sky with the flexibility of a contract-free service.

Through our new B2B broadband provider, Sky Connect, we offer superfast broadband with business-grade 4G back-up to small businesses in the UK.

Building on the success of Sky Originals like Chernobyl, Gangs of London and Brassic, we are doubling our investment in original content by 2024 through Sky Studios. Sky News provides impartial and trustworthy journalism for free, Sky Arts is the UK’s only dedicated free-to-air arts channel making the arts accessible for everyone and Sky Sports, our leading sports broadcasting service, brings customers some of the biggest and best global sporting events from the Premier League to Formula 1 and everything in-between. Our new TV and movie studio, Sky Studios Elstree, which will open in 2022, is expected to create over 2,000 new jobs and generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in the UK over the first five years.

We believe that we can be a force for good in the communities in which we operate. We’re committed to being Europe’s first net zero carbon entertainment company by 2030 and we’re proud to be a Principal Partner and Media Partner of COP26. We take pride in our approach to diversity and inclusion: we’ve been recognised by The Times and Stonewall for our commitment to diversity and we’ve set ambitious 2025 targets to continue to increase diversity and representation. We’re also committed to investing £30million across our markets over three years to improve our approach to diversity and inclusion, and to tackle racial injustice.

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High Point Theatre Proudly Presents: HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr – Yes! Weekly

Oct 7, 2022 – High Point Theatre Proudly Presents: 

HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr

– A True Story of Hollywood Glamour & Scientific Genius –

The 24x Award-Winning, Internationally Acclaimed NYC Play

Written & Performed by Heather Massie & the Hedy Lamarr Film Festival – Oct 4-6, 2022

High Point Theatre – High Point, NC – Oct 7, 2022

“Hedy Lamarr, glamorous siren of the silver screen, was more than ‘The Most Beautiful Woman in the World’. She invented Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum Technology that makes the world of wireless communication tick. From Austria to Hollywood, WWII, torpedoes, ecstasy, and intrigue to the very cell phone in your pocket, Hedy Lamarr is there!” 



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High Point, NC High Point Theatre is proud to present the play HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr on Oct 7, 2022 in High Point, NC. Fresh off her tour of the show in South Africa and Egypt, Fulbright Specialist and New York City artist Heather Massie will deliver her 24x Award-Winning, Internationally Acclaimed New York City show. The show celebrates the unexpected scientific genius of Viennese-born Hollywood screen siren and inventor Hedy Lamarr. Known as the ‘Most Beautiful Woman in the World’, Lamarr defied expectation by inventing technology for torpedoes during WWII.  Also known as Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum Technology, her invention is used today in cell phones, WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth. Portraying 36 characters in this solo play, Massie enchants the audience as Hedy Lamarr, along with Jimmy Stewart, George Sanders, Louis B Mayer, and more! Hedy is summoned to unearth the truth behind how a glamorous actress could create an invention which launched today’s wireless technology revolution! The show’s mission is to inspire audiences to make the world a better place, especially to encourage young women in science and technology, and to establish Hedy Lamarr as a role model for intelligence, ingenuity, and invention

Playing Friday, October 7, 2022 @ 7:30PM (Doors Open @ 6:30 PM) for the 90 minute show, followed by a Q&A with artist and Fulbright Specialist Heather Massie. Tickets: $10-$15.

Tickets & Information Here: https://highpointtheatre.com/event/hedy-the-life-inventions-of-hedy-lamarr/

(A 60 minute performance of the show for area schools will also be presented on Thursday, October 6 @ 10 AM – for information please contact High Point Theatre at (336)887-3001.) 

In conjunction with the performance of HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr on Oct 7, 2022, High Point Theatre is proud to present their inaugural classic film series, the Hedy Lamarr Film Festival from October 4-6, 2022. Film screenings will be at 7 PM (Doors Open at 6 PM) each evening. Tickets: $9.37.

Ecstasy – Tuesday, October 4 @ 7 PM – https://highpointtheatre.com/event/hedy-lamarr-in-ecstasy/

Sampson & Delilah– Wednesday, October 5 @ 7 PM – https://highpointtheatre.com/event/hedy-lamarr-in-samson-and-delilah/

Ziegfeld Girl – Thursday, October 6 @ 7 PM – https://highpointtheatre.com/event/hedy-lamarr-in-ziegfeld-girl/

Following each film there will be a Q&A/talkback with Heather Massie, Fulbright Scholar and the writer/performer of the HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr production on October 7.

(Descriptions of each film are included below.)

WHAT: HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr

WHO: Written & Performed by Fulbright Specialist Heather Massie

PRESENTED BY: High Point Theatre

WHEN: Friday, October 7, 2022 @ 7:30 PM (Doors Open @ 6:30 PM)

WHERE: High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave., High Point, NC 27260

TICKETS: $10-$15

SHOW TICKETS & INFORMATIONhttps://highpointtheatre.com/event/hedy-the-life-inventions-of-hedy-lamarr/

BOX OFFICE: (336)887-3001 – 12-5 PM, M-F

SHOW WEBSITE: www.HeatherMassie.com/HEDY

Show Blurb:

Hedy Lamarr, glamorous siren of the silver screen, was more than ‘The Most Beautiful Woman in the World’. She invented Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum Technology that makes the world of wireless communication tick. From Austria to Hollywood, WWII, torpedoes, ecstasy, and intrigue to the very cell phone in your pocket, Hedy Lamarr is there!

The Show:

HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr celebrates the unexpected scientific genius of Viennese-born Hollywood screen siren and inventor Hedy Lamarr. Known as the ‘Most Beautiful Woman in the World’, Lamarr defied expectation by inventing technology for torpedoes during WWII.  Also known as Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum Technology, her invention is used today in cell phones, WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth. Portraying 36 characters in this solo play, Massie enchants the audience as Hedy Lamarr, along with Jimmy Stewart, George Sanders, Louis B Mayer, and more! Hedy is summoned to unearth the truth behind how a glamorous actress could create an invention which launched today’s wireless technology revolution! The show premiered Off Broadway in 2016 on Theatre Row in New York City, and has since toured throughout the United States, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Egypt, Sweden, Ukraine, Italy, Iceland, and Finland, and virtually in Germany and Switzerland, garnering 24 awards and critical acclaim. Written and performed by Fulbright Specialist Heather Massie, its mission is to inspire audiences to make the world a better place, especially to encourage young women in science and technology, and to establish Hedy Lamarr as a role model for intelligence, ingenuity, and invention

The Performer:



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Having studied Astrophysics with dreams of becoming an astronaut, Heather Massie marries her loves of art and science in the person of Hedy Lamarr. She studied Astrophysics at the University of Virginia before studying Theatre Arts in the Virginia Tech School of the Arts and becoming a professional actress in NYC and throughout the US. She has toured the world with her show HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr garnering 24 awards and international critical acclaim. She brings the show to theatres, arts festivals, science festivals, science centers, technology conferences, museums, universities, schools, Jewish centers, STEM & STEAM Events, and cultural and scientific organizations throughout the United States and around the world.  In 2019 she served as a Fulbright Specialist with a tour of the show through South Africa sponsored by the US State Department, World Learning, and the US Embassy South Africa. 

High Point Theatre’s innaugural classic film series: The Hedy Lamarr Film Festival will feature October 4-6, 2022 at 7 PM (Doors Open 6 PM). Tickets: $9.37.

All screenings will be at High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave., High Point, NC 27260. Following each film there will be a Q&A/talkback with Heather Massie, Fulbright Scholar and the writer/performer of the HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr production on Oct. 7.

Ecstasy – Tuesday, October 4 – https://highpointtheatre.com/event/hedy-lamarr-in-ecstasy/

Come see what all the fuss was about in 1937 in this renowned but infamous art film shot in Prague. Banned by Hitler and denounced by the Pope, audiences of the day were enthralled by Hedy Lamarr in this film directed by Gustav Machatý.

Eva (Hedy Lamarr) has just gotten married to an older gentleman. She leaves him, and one day meets a young man and they fall in love. Fate brings the husband together with the young lover that has taken Eva from him.

As part of this art film night, the short film Ballet Mécanique will screen before Ecstasy. This is an avant-garde film by artist Fernand Léger. It has a musical score by the American composer George Antheil, who was Hedy Lamarr’s co-inventer of technology for torpedoes during WWII. Come learn how the concept of a player piano was key in their invention!

Sampson & Delilah – Wednesday, October 5 – https://highpointtheatre.com/event/hedy-lamarr-in-samson-and-delilah/

When strongman Samson (Victor Mature) rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah (Hedy Lamarr), she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret.

Samson and Delilah is the romantic biblical drama film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille. It depicts the biblical story of Samson, a strongman whose secret lies in his uncut hair, and his love for Delilah, the woman who seduces him, discovers his secret, and then betrays him to the Philistines.  

Ziegfeld Girl – Thursday, October 6 – https://highpointtheatre.com/event/hedy-lamarr-in-ziegfeld-girl/

In the 1920s, three women become performers in the renowned Broadway show the Ziegfeld Follies, where they find fame, love, and tragedy.

Ziegfeld Girl stars James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner, Tony Martin, Jackie Cooper, Eve Arden, and Philip Dorn, and features musical numbers by Busby Berkeley.

HEDY! The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr

Reviews:

“Captivating.”  –  The Huffington Post

 

“Effervescent” – Silicon Republic 

“Fascinating”  – Belfast Times

“Highly inventive”  – The Irish News

“Richly realized”  – Blogcritics Magazine 

“Highly entertaining”  – Splash Magazine

“Magnetic performance”  – Theater Scene

“Exceptionally talented”  – MD Theatre Guide

“Lively & enlightening” – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Remarkable”  – Theatre in the Now

“Gorgeous”  – Total Theater

24 Awards Including:

US Embassy Sweden Grant – Sweden

Mid Atlantic Arts – Turku, Finland

UMEZ – Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Grant – NYC

US Embassy Iceland Grant – Reykjavík, Iceland

The Maine Award – RVK Fringe, Reykjavík, Iceland 

Audience Choice – IndyFringe, Indiana

Sold Out Award – IndyFringe, Indiana

Fulbright Specialist South Africa

Best Performance – PRO.ACT Fest, Ukraine

Character Actor Award & Maine Award – RVK Fringe, Iceland

Oscar Award & Magna Cum Laude Award – PortFringe, Maine

Best Actress – Galway Fringe, Ireland

US Embassy Zimbabwe Grant – Intwasa Arts Festival, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

US Embassy Zimbabwe Grant – Harare International Festival of the Arts, Harare, Zimbabwe

Outstanding Performance – Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, NYC

Best Actress – SaraSolo Festival, Florida

Audience Choice – Shenandoah Fringe, Virginia

Festival Bestseller – United Solo Festival, NYC

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Berlusconi bounces back with return to Italy’s parliament – Newsday

Silvio Berlusconi

The Italian right-wing coalition’s resounding victory in Sunday’s general election marks a return to parliament for former premier Silvio Berlusconi, nine years after he was kicked out over a tax fraud conviction.

Berlusconi, who turns 86 on Thursday, won more than 50% of the votes in a Senate race in the northern constituency of Monza, where the billionaire owns a villa and the local soccer club, newly promoted to the Serie A top division.

“I’m going to try to act as playmaker in the (next) government,” Berlusconi told supporters after casting his vote, indicating his desire to stay in the political front-line despite his age and frail health.

Berlusconi had major heart surgery in 2016, became badly ill with COVID in 2020 and has been in and out of hospital over the last year with various ailments. He often slurs his words and appeared to have trouble walking at a Rome rally last week.

In parliament, he will be joined by his girlfriend, Marta Fascina, 32, who won a seat in Sicily. Fascina is set to take up a seat in the lower Chamber of Deputies, while Berlusconi was elected to the upper house, the Senate.

He will have to give up a seat in the European Parliament, which he won in 2019, as serving in both the Italian and EU assemblies is not allowed. Some have speculated he might seek the presidency of the Senate, despite his health worries.

In other high-profile races, hard-right leader Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Brothers of Italy party and likely new prime minister, trounced rivals as she took more than 51% of the vote in the central constituency of l’Aquila.

The election seemingly ended the short, but fast-paced career of outgoing Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, who also has served as deputy prime minister, labour and industry minister over the last five years.

In the previous election in 2018, Di Maio led the populist Five Star Movement to a stunning victory, with around 33%. This time, he was defeated in a constituency contest in Naples, and his small breakaway party took less than 1% nationwide.

Defeat came despite some inventive campaigning, which

saw Di Maio re-enact a famous scene of the “Dirty Dancing” movie, with a group of pizza-makers lifting him up in a flying pose to the soundtrack of “Time of My Life”.

Emma Bonino, another former foreign minister and veteran civil rights campaigner, also missed out on re-election after losing in Rome, while Lazio soccer club’s colourful chairman, Claudio Lotito, was luckier.

Lotito, whose campaign pledges included a promise to “compensate” local team Campobasso for a 1987 third-division relegation at the hands of Lazio, won a Senate seat in the southern Molise region for Forza Italia, Berlusconi’s party.

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