THE LOCAL NOIR… COLD HARBOUR This South African take on the film noir is set in Cape Town.The cast includes Tony Kgoroge and Fana Mokoena, Chinese actress Yu Nan ( The Expendables) and Freshlyground’s Zolani Mahola in her debut acting role. It’s a crime thriller about a Khayelitsha policeman and a struggle comrade, involving an abalone-smuggling scheme and a triad murder. See it at the Durban International Film Festival and subsequent screenings nationwide. Durbanfilmfest.co.za
THE REDEMPTION TALE… BEGIN AGAIN Washed-up music producer Dan (Mark Ruffalo) hooks up with brokenhearted Greta (Keira Knightley) whose high school sweetheart and song-writing partner Dave (Adam Levine) has stepped out on her. Both lost souls, and music talents, Dan and Greta get to collaborating: both in their music, and their healing.
THE KINKY ONE… ADULT WORLD Fresh out of university, Amy (Emma Roberts) wants to be a worldrenowned poet, and she believes she has the talent to make it happen. But instead
of gracing the bestseller list, she finds herself working at an Adult World owned by an elderly couple. She bides her time by ingratiating herself with a reclusive, ageing poet, Rat Billings (John Cusack), hoping that he’ll mentor her rise up the literary ranks and away from the sex toys.
THE FEEL-GOOD ONE… WISH I WAS HERE At 35, actor-dad Aiden Bloom (Zach Braff) is grappling with his identity. He looks for purpose in home-schooling his children, only to find that the lessons they teach him are much more valuable than the ones he’s trying to instill in them.