More ‘Winnie’ Drama
It seems the furore around the movie may turn out to be more dramatic than the film itself. Basically, Winnie Madikizela Mandela has threatened filmmaker Darrell Roodt because he didn’t get her consent to make the movie. Never mind the fact that dozens of movies are made every day about people who don’t give their blessing to the filmmaker in charge. There’s a great piece on the Daily Maverick on why it won’t really help Winnie to continue with the action. Roodt and his producer released a statement, saying they were going ahead with the film. The thing that stands out is that – to their knowledge – Winnie never objected to the book the film is based on, when it came out a few years ago…so why then would she object now? And of course, the Creative Workers Union of South Africa – the ones who started the whole hoopla – applauded her move. On a positive note, I’ve heard that District 9’s Sharlto Copley may just star in the film too.
The Top Gear guys are in town
It’s become tradition, every year, around my birthday, for Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond to drive into town with their smart cars and smart-ass attitudes. This year is no different..well, actually it is, because the most recent guy to join the crew, James May, is also along for the ride. Their trip started in Cape Town and will come to Joburg this week. Gentlemen, start your engines!
Kelly Clarkson talks windmills, Twitter and about motivating Serena Williams.