Friday, 23 October 2009
This week our Editor wanted us to compile a list of top African movie directors. This is aimed at inspiring budding directors. This should ideally be those with worldwide appeal.
Our researchers came back with the news that there is only one African at the moment who has directed a big budget movie- Mr Gavin Wood. This was disappointing. Hence the decision was made to do a write up on Gavin Wood. We hope this inspires budding movie directors.
Gavin Wood is from Johannesburg, South Africa. He learnt his trade at the film school of the University of California. In 2000, Variety magazine named him as one of its "Ten Directors to Watch".
His break came when he was hired to make a number of educational dramas for the South African Department of Health; his first commercial short movie was called The Storekeeper.
His first full length movie was called A Reasonable Man. The film depicts the accidental killing of a young child who is mistaken for a tokoloshe- an evil spirit. Wood then went on to direct the Polish language 2001 movie called In Desert and Wilderness when the original director fell ill. This was followed by Tsotsi in 2005. Tsotsi is about a small time criminal, who has no feelings and has been hardened by his tough life. In the movie Tsotsi hijacks a car and discovers that there is a baby in the back seat, he takes the baby to his house in the slum and becomes attached to him.
Gavin Wood is also the director of the Hollywood Blockbuster X-Men Origins: Wolverine, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, with Hugh Jackman playing his role from the X-Men films. He directed Rendition (2007), his first Hollywood feature movie.
For any aspiring movie directors, check out New York Film Academy, they run degrees and short courses on Movie and Video directing www.nyfa.com they have locations all over the world from Universal Studios in California to London and Spain.
MTV AFRICA MUSIC AWARDS
Africa is still pumping to the beat of Africa's biggest and best celebration of musical talent the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) 2009 the awards show that highlighted African contemporary music to the world and proved how great it is!
Wahu on stage
Wyclef Jeans commands the stage at the 2009 MTV AFRICA MUSIC AWARDS
Akon on stage
Fally Ipupa finds the groove at the 2009 MTV AFRICA MUSIC AWARDS
Monday, 5 October 2009
2)Joseph Akpala - Nigeria - 22 years from Nigeria, plays in the Belgian league, has scored 31 goals from 75 games in the Belgian league.
3) Dieumerci Mbokani - 23 years from the DR Congo, plays in the Belgian league, has scored 34 goals from 64 games.
4) Sadick Adams- 18 year old Ghanaian plays for : Athletico Madrid.
5)Ransford Osei- 17 year old Ghanaian plays Maccabi Haifa currently on loan at Dutch club Twente.
6)Ismail Aissati- 22 year old Moroccan player, plays for Ajax.
7) Daniel Opare- 17 year old Ghanaian, plays for Real Madrid
8) Mario Balotelli- 19 year son of Ghanaian immigrants, plays for inter Milan.
9) Macauley Chrisantus 19 year old Nigerian plays for Hambug.
10)Macdonald Mariga- 22 year old Kenyan, plays for Parma and heavily linked to Manchester United and Juventus next year.