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This month on The Beau Guide we cover our Editor in Chief Kev Zulu premiering a new online series of articles aimed at young men with everyday life advice, teaching about what it is being a man and how to crave your name in your own lane (released every MONDAY on the website) and we feature incredible colognes that are a must-have this spring

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ARE YOU THE NEXT BONKO KHOZA OR BOKANG PHELANE?

Showmax partners with Actor Spaces to open up the industry 

11 AUGUST 2022: Showmax and Actor Spaces are partnering to open up the industry, with new masterclasses coming to YouTube every second Thursday from August into October 2022. Each masterclass will be followed within a week by an Instagram Live for aspiring actors to ask the featured speaker follow-up questions. 

“Our Showmax Originals have shown that whenever you go looking for talent in South Africa, you find it,” says Nomsa Philiso, executive head: of programming at MultiChoice. “But while acting is a talent, it’s also a skill that can be refined, and a business that must be learned. So we’re excited to be partnering on these masterclasses with Actor Spaces and some of Mzansi’s favorite talents in front of the camera and behind it, to help develop the next Bonko Khozas and Bokang Phelanes.“

“The collaboration and support from Showmax on the masterclasses speaks to the pillars of Actor Spaces: showcasing talent, bridging the accessibility gap, and our core of development,” says Actor Spaces’ founder and CEO Ayanda Sithebe. 

The Wife’s Bonko Khoza on character development | Stream now on YouTube

Bonko Khoza is an actor who has performed in local and international work. He was nominated at both the DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards and the 2022 SAFTAs for his breakthrough role as Mqhele in the Twitter-topping, record-breaking Showmax Original telenovela The Wife. He’ll kickstart the Showmax x Actor Spaces masterclasses by breaking down his character development process, which, in the build up to playing Mqhele Zulu, included waking up at 3 am, wearing a prop gun, spending a lot of time at the taxi rank and smoking a lot …

Watch Khoza’s masterclass:

Once you’ve watched his masterclass, join Bonko for his Instagram Live Q&A at https://instagram.com/actorspaces from 6-7 pm on 18 August 2022. 

Also look out for Khoza and co-star Mbalenhle Mavimbela talking through the ups and downs of Hlomu and Mqhele’s relationship in the first episode of The Wife: Behind The Veil, which launched on Showmax last week. 

The Wife’s casting director Ayanda Sithebe on the art of auditioning | 25 August 2022

Has any casting ever been more hotly debated than The Wife? Ayanda Sithebe is the award-winning casting director who was tasked with finding the real-life equivalents of the much-loved characters in Dudu Busani-Dube’s bestselling books. In this masterclass, he breaks down his journey and process to find the likes of Mbalenhle Mavimbela (Hlomu) and Gaisang K Noge (Naledi), 2022 DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Award winners Abdul Khoza (Nqoba) and Kwenzo Ngcobo (Qhawe), and 2022 SAFTA Best Actor nominee Bonko Khoza (Mqhele). If you want to win similar roles, you won’t want to miss his tips here. 

Mandla N (Meet MelusiDiepCity) on authentic directing | 8 September

Mandla N is a renowned South African director, producer, actor, musician and entrepreneur. In his final year of university, he opened his own production company, BlackBrain Pictures, and together with some of his classmates, they produced their first hit comedy for SABC 1, City Ses’la, as well as the spinoff Ses’ Top La. Over the years, Mandla N successfully transitioned from acting and producing comedies to directing and producing award-winning dramas and movies, including DiepCity and Boxing Day, nominated for Best Telenovela and Best Made for TV Movie respectively at the 2022 SAFTAs, and Meet Melusi, which recently topped the Showmax movies chart. He will share his experiences on both sides of the camera, what drives his passion and how he creates authentic content.

Blood Psalms’ Thabo Rametsi on constructing the background to your roles | 22 September 2022

Thabo Rametsi was named Best Actor at the BRICS Film Festival as the lead in Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu. He’s also received much praise as the lead in Silverton Siege and is one of many, many stars in the biggest series of his career yet: the epic upcoming Showmax Original fantasy Blood Psalms. Now moving into directing (including all the Showmax x Actor Spaces masterclasses), he’ll take a step back from acting to explain everything else that happens on a film set, and why it’s so important for actors to understand the wider context of their performances. 

Blood Psalms’ co-creator Layla Swart on shooting local stories on a competitive international level |6 October 2022

Layla Swart, with Jahmil XT Qubeka, was responsible for South Africa’s 2020 Oscar entry Knuckle City. The boxing drama was the most awarded film at the 2020 SAFTAs, where it took home six awards, including Best Director for Qubeka and Best Editor for Swart, as well as the most nominated film at the 2020 Africa Movie Academy Awards, where it won two awards. Now, they’re finally ready to unveil Africa’s most ambitious series yet, Blood Psalms, and what it takes to shoot locally relevant stories for the competitive international stage. 

Bokang Phelane on playing the lead in action-packed series Blood Psalm| 20 October 2022

Bokang Phelane has the role of a lifetime in Blood Psalms as Princess Zazi, daughter of the mad king Letsha; lover of General Toka, the head of the Akachi army; and pregnant with a child who is prophesied to summon the return of the gods. She’ll share her experiences playing the lead in a heavyweight cast, opposite SAFTA winners Bongile Mantsai, Hamilton Dlamini, Hlubi Mboya, Mothusi Magano, Siv Ngesi, and Warren Masemola, as well as talk about just how intense being an action lead can be.

The teaching continued behind the scenes on the Showmax x Actor Spaces masterclasses, with each head of the department entrusted with interns. “These were a mixture of graduates and students from the Actor Spaces workshops, with preference given to female, black, and youth applicants,” says Sithebe. “In total, we brought 25 aspiring young actors and crew on board, assigning them to departments such as the director’s unit, the producers’ unit, and production design. By opening up the practical side of the industry, we believe that we have empowered these young creatives with skills and know-how to further their aspirations in our ever-growing sector.” 

Follow Showmax and Actor Spaces on YouTube and Instagram for more information about the masterclasses and Instagram Live Q&As. 

AFRICA’S PREMIERE JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS IN EARLY 2023


Johannesburg, South Africa – Following a two-year hiatus, and as the global film industry recovers, the organizers of the Joburg Film Festival, in partnership with the MultiChoice Group, today announced the return of this leading film festival.
 
Now in its fifth year, the Joburg Film Festival was born out of the desire to create an exciting and independent platform that not only tells Africa’s stories, but curates, showcases, and rewards local and international excellence in film. Set to showcase some of the finest films from countries across the globe, the Joburg Film festival will run from Thursday, 31st January 2023 to Sunday, 5th February 2023.
 
The Joburg Film Festival will once again firmly position Joburg as the country’s cultural capital, attracting the best of the best in the industry to the city, further growing cultural tourism in not just Johannesburg but the entire country. As in previous years, the Joburg Film Festival is programmed around four key pillars.  In addition to the screening of over 60 films including a range of African premieres, the Joburg Film Festival includes a dynamic range of audience and industry initiatives including:
 

  • The Film Programme
  • The Industry Programme
  • Youth and Audience Development Programme
  • The Film Society
  • JBX Content Market

 
As part of its vision, The Joburg Film Festival prioritizes the growth and development of South African and African filmmakers. To that end, a comprehensive development program including The Youth and Audience Development Programme focuses largely on providing young filmmakers with opportunities through training, skills transfer, and networking with industry leaders during the program.
 
The Joburg Film Festival is also excited to announce a new pillar this year, with the launch of The Film Society. Additionally, a complimentary newly developed content and new-media industry market, JBX, is a future-proof market that will connect up-and-coming creators and established entertainment brands with investors, distribution channels, and sponsors. JBX will take place alongside the Joburg Film Festival to build momentum. More details on all programs will be announced at a later stage.
 
          Joburg Film Festival Executive Director Tim Mangwedi has this to say of the 2023 edition of the Joburg Film Festival, “After two years of extremely challenging times for the film industry, the Joburg Film Festival is excited to be back with an in-person event with an expanded program.  The 2023 edition of the festival will once again attract thousands of visitors to Gauteng, with a focal point of activities at Nelson Mandela Square that will include screenings and industry events. The Joburg Film Festival and JBX Market will once again position Joburg as the film capital of South Africa, with the festival celebrating African stories and the talent of our home-grown filmmakers as we showcase their films alongside those of filmmakers from around the world.”
 
Once again, the Joburg Film Festival is supported by the Multichoice Group. Collen Dlamini, Group Executive for Corporate Affairs relays how elated the organization is to continue this partnership with the festival, “MultiChoice is a truly African brand and, as such, telling stories is part of who we are as an organization. We are therefore extremely excited to bring back the Joburg Film Festival, this partnership will serve as a platform where storytellers from all over the world will come together and give a renewed light for African storytelling”.
 
Limited tickets are available for sale from November 2022. Check out our website and social for the latest updates.
 
For more information on the Joburg Film Festival 2023, check out 
Website           www.joburgfilmfestival.co.za
Facebook        JoburgFilmFestival
Twitter             JoburgFilmFest
Instagram        joburg_film_festival
 
The hashtags for the festival are #JoburgFilmFestival #JFF2023

Must-Watch Trailer Alert: Somizi & Mohale: End of the Road


Showmax has just dropped the first trailer for Somizi & Mohale: End of the Road, an unauthorized documentary premiering on 25 August 2022. 

“We must never forget the task God has given us,” Mohale texted Somizi on the morning of their traditional wedding. “Our wedding is going to be a story told in a way that will shake the entire continent and help people understand that loving a person of your same sex was never and will never be wrong.”

In 2020, when Somizi & Mohale: The Union set a then-record for the most first day views on Showmax, it felt like a historic moment: a mainstreaming of gay marriage on a continent where it’s still largely illegal, in a country where two men marrying each other was only legalised in 2006. 

Somizi & Mohale: End of the Road unpacks their relationship, its public breakdown amid the leaked audio of Mohale accusing Somizi of abuse, and what this meant to fans and the broader LGBTQIA+ community in South Africa. 

Somizi & Mohale: End of the Road follows on from the reality series Living The Dream With Somizi S5 and the tell-all special Mohale: On The Record, which respectively shared Somizi and Mohale’s conflicting perspectives. Both titles topped the charts on Twitter and Showmax on their release.

Directed by Teddy Geldart from Dopezuluboi Productions (2021 SAFTA nominee Lebo M: Coming Home, S5 of Living The Dream With Somizi and Mohale: On the Record), Somizi & Mohale: End of the Road will draw on MultiChoice’s extensive archive footage of the couple, as well as new interviews with the likes of Letoya Makhene-Pulumo, Jackie Phamotse, Sol Phenduka, Langa Mavuso, Peace Maphalu, Prof Cameron Modisane, Tshiamo Modisane, MaBlerh, Lumko Johnson, Yaya Mavundla, Gabi Mbele and The Citizen’s Sandisiwe Mbhele – because there are more than two sides to every story…

Watch the trailer:

Join in the social media conversation:

#SomhaleEOTR

This Is Going To Hurt: “the best medical drama in years” is now on Showmax

• “The best medical drama in years” TIME

• Starring Emmy winner Ben Whishaw

• The eighth best-reviewed series of 2022 according to MetaCritic

• 95% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes

• Based on the real-life diaries of NHS ob-gyn doctor Adam Kay

Hailed as “the best medical drama in years” by TIMEThis Is Going To Hurt is now available to binge on Showmax.

Emmy winner Ben Whishaw (Mary Poppins Returns, Q in the last three Bond films, and the voice of Paddington) stars as real-life doctor Adam Kay, whose bestselling memoir of the same name was based on his diaries, scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, telling the unvarnished truth of life as a doctor working in obstetrics and gynecology, “also known as brats and twats”, as he says in the show.

Asked how it feels ​​to have Ben playing him in the TV show, Adam says, “To have the finest actor of his generation playing me? In a career-defining performance? …Yeah, it’s OK, I guess.”

Directed by BAFTA winners Lucy Forbes (The End Of The F***ing World) and Tom Kingsley (Stath Lets Flats), the seven-part limited series is MetaCritic’s eighth best-reviewed series of 2022 so far and has a 95% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Newcomer Ambika Mod’s co-starring role as Shruti, a junior doctor, saw her hailed as “2022’s first bona fide breakout” by GQ, alongside a cast that includes the likes of Emmy nominee Dame Harriet Walter (Killing EveThe CrownSuccession), and BAFTA nominee Alex Jennings (A Very English ScandalThe QueenThe Crown).

The actors received basic medical training from working medical advisors, while real hospital staffers played the extras. “No corners are cut on the medical side of things,” says Ambika. “We really learned how to do a cesarean; we really learned how to do a forceps procedure; we really learned how to do all that stuff. It’s as true to life as we could have made it.” 

“But,” she continues, “it’s also really funny. I think human beings are f***ing ridiculous, like, we are ridiculous as people, and life is ridiculous. And I don’t think that’s [ever] more true than it is in a hospital when human life is at its most exposed, its most vulnerable, its most desperate, and you just can’t help but laugh when you’re crying and vice versa. So it’s testament to the ridiculousness and complexity of human emotion as well.”

“A lot of the humor,” Ben says, “is just drawn directly from real-life stuff that happened to Adam. And to a degree, a lot of the jokes are Adam’s way of coping, I suppose, with the pressures of being a doctor.”

Adam believes that’s the only honest way to portray life in a hospital – as a comedy-drama. “A sitcom could never speak to the urgency and tragedy of life on the wards, nor could a straight drama convey the funny and ridiculous situations that pepper every doctor’s day,” he says. “You can have a hilarious moment in an antenatal clinic that you know you’ll be recounting in pubs for years, and two minutes later you’re telling a patient that you can’t find their baby’s heartbeat – it’s a job of contrasts and constant gear-shifts.”

It’s these contrasting realities that Adam, who adapted the script and executive produced the series himself, set out to portray. “My diaries were published in the first place because I wanted people to understand the true nature of a doctor’s job. I think people were definitely surprised: the constant tsunami of bodily fluids, earning less than the hospital parking meter, and the difficulty in maintaining friendships and relationships when you’re working 97-hour weeks.”

“I certainly didn’t know any of this when I applied to be a doctor in the first place,” Adam admits, “and I rather wish I had. I’ve had messages from angry parents telling me that my book has put their children off a career in medicine – I’m pretty sure that if a book put them off being a doctor then being a doctor would have really put them off. The TV show has the capacity to reach a far bigger audience, and really let them know about the huge toll being a doctor takes on the human beings underneath the scrubs.”

“It really isn’t like any medical drama or comedy that I’ve ever experienced before,” says Ambika. “There’s absolutely nothing shiny about the show. It’s funny, it’s cruel, it’s disgusting, it’s gruesome, and… it’s so much about the job. With other [hospital shows], there is a lot of focus on characters who just happen to work in a hospital. Whereas, here, the job itself, and the NHS, is very much front and center.”

Adam hopes the show will help shift the dial on how the healthcare system deals with the mental well-being of its staff. “People will potentially be very surprised about quite how deep the deep end is in medicine,” he says, “and how steep the learning curve accordingly has to be. I wish I could say that any aspect of this has been exaggerated. By the very nature of the job, there are a lot of ‘bad days, and on a labor ward, those bad days can obviously be extremely bad.”

“The attitude in medicine is very stiff-upper-lip,” he says. “You’re a bloody doctor and you bloody get on with it. The book and the show both highlight doctors struggling after difficult incidents. When the book was released, I was contacted by dozens of medics who told me that until they read it they thought they were the first doctor who’d ever cried in the locker room. The truth is most doctors end up crying in a locker room but no one ever really talks about it. Things have got slightly better since I last did a shift on the labor ward, but not better enough, and not fast enough.”

“It raises a lot of questions about who looks after the people who look after us,” Ambika says. “All these people… they’re humans just as much as we are. And they are as fallible. They are as prone to illness, as prone to mental health issues as the rest of us, and I think we often tend to forget that.” 

Watch the trailer:

Watch This Is Going to Hurt on Showmax: https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/vjgu7411-this-is-going-to-hurt 

A New Life, A New Me?

I don’t know how many times I’ve prayed to get a new job and I couldn’t be happier but my life just turned upset down for the “good” of things. I always look at my life as God’s experiment and by the looks of things right now I’m internally asking myself is this how the majority of South Africans are living?

The new job that I do I won’t disclose but I’m on what you call a trail-run where there are no incentives until after a month. In the back of my mind, I’m asking myself when will the sweet spot comes where I break the bank figuratively but right now it seems like I’m living paycheck to paycheck.

So as the antagonist of the system I started asking questions from my fellow colleagues to my mother who has worked for more years than I’ve been alive: Is this it?

And I was unsatisfied with her answer which was ” You make it work, With what you have” but at this rate, there’s no guarantee of happiness. Well I am happy but is this what happiness looks like

Because ever since I started the job I knock off and just want to sleep afterward, I don’t have time to even clean my room which is essential to mental health. I suffered for a long time from anxiety (Imagine) but in this modern world how could you not when the cost of living is at its highest. I read an article about Eastern Cape and how there’s a community where people died because they had nothing to eat. That to me is shocking. It’s almost like we are drug addicts busy paying to be alive and should existing be a price?

I like to refer to nature and how everything is survival of the fittest but with humans, it’s survival of the servants, where we slave all day every day for a chance of being happy. I might sing a new song as the incentives are close. But I tend to think about is ‘what is or what if,’ This system I use sometimes leads me to anxiety or good decisions both a curse and a gift. But as a gift, it prompted me to write this piece, to ask questions, and to seek justice but the more I strive seems like the ‘world’ already has its systems in place for example the petrol price or the price of bread and who can fight against systems that were formed way before I even existed.

If this is your life. Strive, God’s got you, and always, always put the spirit of excellence forward. Because from everything there’s a silver lining. A lesson of some sorts. And you won’t move on until you’ve learned that lesson, unfortunately. So be wise beau’s

Kev

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