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You may be as happy as I was to discover that I didn’t oversleep on Thursday and so made it to the Hotel du Cap in Antibes, about 30 minutes outside of Cannes, to interview Charlize and the Mad Max: Fury Road co. Instead of sleeping too much, I actually didn’t under-slept and got about maybe 20 minutes of full sleep if I was lucky. Ah, jet lag.

Wearing a knockout of an LBD, Charlize Theron was, as always a pleasure to interview. But I did notice that she wasn’t as friendly or as easy to make casual conversation before the interview as she has been in the previous occasions that I have spoken to her. The press promotion for this film has been full-throttle and Cannes is just another stop on the tour to make sure the buzz keeps it going all the way into the box office books.

The film has received such glowing reviews, it’s sure to go exactly where director George Miller hopes. He is a fantastic visionary, and the effects he has created onscreen are a visual treat that will leave you gasping and mouthing the word, ‘wow’ more than a few times. Much has been made of Charlize’s character Furiosa, being the actual star of the film. It may say Max in the title, but it may as well have been Furiosa. As Tom Hardy, who plays Max told me, it does say “Fury Road,” so that’s a clue right there.

I’ve barely managed to get anything more than a 3-mile run in, but I have managed to make a few screenings so far. One of the first things I found out the very first time I covered Cannes was that there is so much going on at this film festival, and so many quick deadlines, that it’s quite difficult to actually watch the films themselves. 19 are in competition this year for the prestigious Palme d’Or. I saw Tale of Tales, with Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel, which is a weaving of three WTF fairytale stories that are both whimsical and worrying at the same time, while The Lobster gave me a fantastic start to Day 3, with its musings on love as an institution where, if you fail, you are to spend the rest of your life as an animal.

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos has Colin Farrell’s character select a lobster, hence the film’s title. I don’t know what I would choose, but I think if I am ever a complete and utter failure at this thing called Love to the extent I give up completely, I should like to be a dog that belongs to a celebrity – then I don’t think I’ll ever have to want for anything. Especially not love.

We interrupt this Cannes coverage for a special sit-down with Rebel Wilson and co-star Adam DeVine as they talk about Pitch Perfect 2 – the follow up to the massively successful 2012 aca-hit film. This time around, the Belles are a little older, but not as much wiser. Rebel and Adam take their relationship to a new level, and I found out, they really can hit a note. Watch the Aussie actress surprise me by singing in Zulu, speaking in Afrikaans and giving a shout-out to the city that rescued her.


Pitch Perfect 2 releases this weekend. 

Who oversleeps on the first day of Cannes? Tell me? Surely not hard-working, perfectionist-type journalists who have just made the huge effort to get themselves to the south of France…?
Well, that is indeed what happened to me, even as I set my alarm for 6am so that I could get a run in before heading off to the Hotel Du Cap, where I was to interview the cast of Mad Max: Fury Road.
I can’t even say that I had a raging wild night before. In fact, straight after the Mad Max screening I went home, stopping only for a brief round of hugs at a pre-festival get-togther among fellow journalist friends, with the knowledge that I had a 9am call time the next day. The apartment I’m staying in has a button that closes the shutters, perfect for drowning out the sights and sounds of the Cannes nightlife.
Those same shutters are part of the reason I woke up in a flat panic with no sunlight coming into the apartment, and so no concept of what time it was. Although I could feel in my bones, it was not 6am.
I could blame jet-lag and not having slept at all on the flight over here, but either way, it was 11am and I missed both alarms that I had set for myself. It’s a sinking feeling – to think you may have missed an interview with Charlize Theron, the biggest job I have while here in Cannes. I threw on a dress, shoved make-up into a bag, ran out the door, and hailed a taxi to drive the 35 minutes to the hotel (stopping, of course, to go to the ATM because someone hadn’t drawn any Euros yet), hoping against hope that I could still be slotted into the junket.
Flailing down the pathway to the interview setting, half panting and hair all out of place, I was greeted by the publicist – only to have her tell me my interviews are tomorrow.
Relief is not even the word to describe how I felt. Oh, Cannes! You have got off to a rollicking start.
After that fiasco, I took myself off to the press conference of the jury that will decide which film will win the Palme d’Or this year. Headed by Joel and Ethan Coen, the Oscar-winning brothers who said they’re looking forward to being on the other side of the screen and watching movies for the next 12 days. If I can wake up in time, so am I.

When you only have one night in Miami – and you’re there for work – you still want to make the most of it. And with the Paris Marathon just around the corner, I found that, in actual fact, the best way for me to do a lot was to run around. Literally.
As a fan of street and spray-can art, going to Wynwood Walls has been on my bucket-list for some time now. So as soon as I got to the hotel, with a podcast of an interview with Kevin James – the reason for my trip to Miami – loaded on my iPhone, I ran the 3 miles to the walls, and then spent another 2 and a half running from section to section, trying to soak it all in. There’s not really a natural path to follow to see it all, so I just weaved in between the streets, whenever I saw something that grabbed my attention, I’d follow it and go look at it up close. Google Art has this incredible street art programme where you can use Street View to look at pieces of art from all over the world, which is great for preservation too, but there’s nothing like seeing the tall, towering pieces in person.
There were a few I really wanted to see, the rest, outside the walls, occupying the surrounding area, I just wanted to stumble upon in whatever way I was meant to find them. Faith47, one of South Africa’s finest artists, most certainly as women go, has a few pieces up. One is from 2013, titled Multum in Parvo, that was actually the first piece I found, after taking a wrong turn – although I think in this context there was no such thing. It’s incredibly moving to see, and there is something about the scale of seeing an image like this on such a large canvass that really just shifts a whole lot of emotions inside.
She also has a smaller piece inside the Wynwood Walls complex, and this other beautiful piece I wish I had taken a better picture of. A collaboration with Alexis Dias titled Eros, it’s a magnificent meditation on sensuality, and if you look at the snake, it comes apart beneath the woman’s body. The detail, as always, it what makes it so striking.

Swoon is another one of my favourites, who first started out by placing her life-sized portraits of friends and family around NYC, and I also took in the Lady Pink piece – a treat given she is the only woman considered capable of competing with the guys back in the day when she used to paint subway trains in the early 80s.

Stumbled upon this familar face, and found out it was Nicholai Khan, who painted Madiba’s face for his Be Your Own Icon series. Unfortunately the part where Nelson Mandela’s hands are resting on his face has been tagged over.

Other familiar faces, or at least tags…
Anthony Lister


Case Maclaim    

Dal East x2
Os Gemeos
And found a few new names to keep a look out for in the future…
like Miss Van


Mr D 1987

and Abstrk
I tried not to feel overwhelmed, but it still happened. The fear that you won’t see everything has to be accepted. You aren’t. It just makes for the perfect reason to return to Miami. That, and the glorious weather.
Featured pic: Lakwena