Daniel Dercksen

Trainer and Educator at The Writing Studio
Location:Cape Town, South Africa


As a freelance film and theatre journalist for more than 30 years, published playwright and creator of the independent training initiative The Writing Studio, Daniel Dercksen has been a contributor for Lifestyle since 2012. Visit www.writingstudio.co.za
#OnTheBigScreen: 'I Still Believe'

There is only one film released in South African cinemas, this week, I Still Believe. A Quiet Place Part II and Military Wives will not be released due the international coronavirus pandemic...

By Daniel Dercksen 20 Mar 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 'Emma', 'Bloodshot' and 'Moffie'

Films opening at cinemas in South Africa, this week, include a Jane Austen adaptation starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma; Cape Town-born David SF Wilson's feature film directorial debut, which stars Vin Diesel, Bloodshot; a new film from Clint Eastwood, Richard Jewell; and Oliver Hermanus's exploration of gay life in the South African military in the 1980s, Moffie...

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Mar 2020

Oliver Hermanus talks de-nuclearising a gay slur with his new film, 'Moffie'

Daniel Dercksen chats to South African-born film director, writer and photographer Oliver Hermanus about latest film Moffie...

By Daniel Dercksen 10 Mar 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 'Onward', 'The Gentlemen' and 'The Photograph'

Films opening in South African cinemas, this week, including Pixar's new animated adventure, Onward; a reimagining of the classic Grimms fairytale, Gretel and Hansel; a team-up between Matthew McConaughey and Guy Ritchie in The Gentlemen; and a love story starring Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield, The Photograph...

By Daniel Dercksen 6 Mar 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 'Knuckle City', 'The Invisible Man' and 'The Informer'

Knuckle City; The Invisible Man, The Call Of The Wild and The Informer open at local cinemas this week..

By Daniel Dercksen 28 Feb 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 'Little Women', 'Just Mercy' and 'Brams: The Boy 2'

Films opening at South African cinemas, this week, include Little Women', Just Mercy, Brams:The Boy 2 and the Met Opera's Porgy and Bess...

By Daniel Dercksen 21 Feb 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 'Vergeet My Nie', 'Ordinary Love' and 'Bhai's Café'

Films opening at South African cinemas, this week, include local films Vergeet My Nie and Bhai's Café; Ordinary Love; Queen & Slim; and Blumhouse's Fantasy Island...

By Daniel Dercksen 14 Feb 2020

'Vergeet My Nie' director André Velts talks the universal appeal of love stories

Daniel Dercksen chats with director André Velts ahead of the release of his new film, Vergeet My Nie in local cinemas tomorrow, 14 February...

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Feb 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 'Jojo Rabbit', 'Birds of Prey' and 'Blue Story'

Films opening in South African cinemas, this week, include , Jojo Rabbit; Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and Blue Story...

By Daniel Dercksen 7 Feb 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 'Poppie Nongena', 'The Turning' and 'Dark Waters'

Films opening in South African cinemas, this week, Poppie Nongena; Terrence Malick's A Hidden Life; Dark Waters; The Turning; Like A Boss; Mosley; and the Met Opera Live on The Big Screen...

By Daniel Dercksen 31 Jan 2020

Christiaan Olwagen talks the modern-day relevance of Poppie Nongena

Celebrated filmmaker, screenwriter and playwright Christiaan Olwagen chats to Daniel Dercksen about bringing Poppie Nongena to life on film..

By Daniel Dercksen 28 Jan 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 'Bombshell', 'Bad Boys For Life' and 'Street Dancer'

The films opening at South African cinemas, this week, include, Bombshell; Bad Boys For Life, Arctic Justice; and Street Dancer...

By Daniel Dercksen 24 Jan 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: 1917, Les Misérables and The Grudge

Films opening at South African cinemas, this week, include Sam Mendes's Oscar-nominated World War I epic, 1917; Ladj Ly's Oscar-nominated full-length feature film debut, Les Misérables; and a reboot of The Grudge...

By Daniel Dercksen 17 Jan 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: Judy, Underwater and Dolittle

Films opening at South African cinemas, this week, include Renée Zellweger's Golden Globe-winning performance as Judy Garland in Judy; Kristen Stewart's deep-sea thriller, Underwater; and Robert Downey Jr as Dolittle...

By Daniel Dercksen 10 Jan 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: Can You Keep a Secret ?

Can You Keep a Secret ? is the only new film releasing in local cinemas this week...

By Daniel Dercksen 3 Jan 2020

2020's must-see movies

2020 promises a great line up of first-rate entertainment on the big screen!

By Daniel Dercksen 2 Jan 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: Cats, Midway, Spies in Disguise

Films opening at South African cinemas, this week, include: Cats, Midway and Spies in Disguise...

By Daniel Dercksen 27 Dec 2019

13 local films to look forward to in 2020

There are some great local films to look forward to in the New Year, with 13 films set for release on the big screen...

By Daniel Dercksen 23 Dec 2019

#OnTheBigScreen: The 'Star Wars' Skywalker saga concludes and Asian cinema

Films opening at South African cinemas, this week, include: the final chapter in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker and the story of the first Chinese climbers ever to summit Mount Everest in The Climbers...

By Daniel Dercksen 20 Dec 2019

Top 10 films of 2019

From dramas to thrillers to homegrown productions Daniel Dercksen gives his top 10 films of 2019...

By Daniel Dercksen 19 Dec 2019

Next >