Debut for SA comic

2012-02-17 00:00

MEDICAL doctor turned stand-up comedian Riaad Moosa adds another string to his bow as he makes his big-screen debut in the new South African dramedy, Material, which opens nationwide today.

Moosa plays Cassim, a young Muslim man who works in his father’s fabric shop in Fordsburg, Johannesburg, and, in the family tradition is expected to take over the family business from his father. Unfortunately, he has a passion to entertain people doing stand-up and this brings him into conflict with his father.

Material is a gem of a film, which tells a universal story of a family grappling with issues of identity, responsibility and duty. One of the must-see films of the year.

For more about the film, see Weekend Witness tomorrow.

Also opening today is Chronicle, a sci-fi action drama, which was partly filmed in Cape Town. The story is told through the eyes of Andrew — a “punching bag” at home and at school — who, with his two friends, Matt and Steve, get more than they bargained for when they emerge from a deep dark hole with powerful superhuman abilities.

But as the three friends test the limits of their powers and begin to embrace their darker sides, they find their lives spinning out of control.

Other films still showing in Pietermaritzburg include: Stars Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D; Trespass; Jack and Jill; Safe House; and We Bought a Zoo.

Opening in Durban today is the Oscar-nominated My Week With Marilyn, which tells the story of the American actress’s stint in Britain in 1956 to film The Prince and The Showgirl.

In the film, 23-year-old Colin Clark, just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, works as a lowly assistant on the set of the film that united Sir Laurence Olivier with Monroe, who, while shooting, was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright, Arthur Miller.

When Miller makes a brief trip to Paris, the coast is clear for Clark to introduce her to some of the pleasures of British life; and Monroe in turn offers him fleeting insights into her own background — one of family madness, single-minded ambition and uninhibited sexuality. The film stars Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh.

Also new to the circuit is the Afrikaans romantic comedy Semi-Soet, which tells the story of a woman who will go to any lengths to protect the boutique advertising agency she works for from being bought and dismantled by a ruthless businessperson known as The Jackal, including hiring a drop-dead gorgeous man to be her fake fiancé for the day.

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