FROM penning critically-acclaimed folk-tinged albums to earning plaudits on stage and screen, there seems little Johnny Flynn cannot turn his hand to and excel. The singer-songwriter and actor is starring in ITV's star-studded adaptation of the 19th century novel Vanity Fair later this year – here's what you need to know about him. Who is Johnny Flynn? Johnny Flynn was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on March 14 1983, and moved to the UK when he was two, growing up in London, Hampshire and rural Wales. His half-brother Jerome Flynn had three UK number one singles as one half of Robson & Jerome, before becoming an international acting star as Bronn in Game of Thrones. As a young boy, Johnny was attacked by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which left him with scarring on his face. He won music scholarships to Pilgrims School and Bedales School, both in Hampshire, where he sang in the choir and learned to play the guitar, violin and trumpet. Johnny studied acting at the Webber … [Read more...] about How old is Johnny Flynn, who’s his wife Beatrice Minns and what are the Beast actor’s biggest songs, films and TV shows?
Africa international film festival
prev next prev next (ANSAmed) - AMMAN, JUNE 25 - The 24th Franco-Arab Film Festival kicked off in Amman with participation of films from the Middle East and North Africa, tackling issues of migration, justice and freedom, organizers said today. "This year's festival will revolve around the theme of forced or voluntary migration, and the internal displacement of young people who claim their rights; the aspirations they have for equality, justice and freedom," said IFJ Director Stephane Delaporte during a press conference to announce the event. On viewing list, there are films from Algeria, Egypt, France, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia, and include 11 free movie screenings to July 1st, as well as a short film evening on Monday 25, said organizers. The festival will also feature meetings with guests and filmmakers, master classes on the cinema industry and a number of workshops and discussions. "Founded in 1994, the Franco-Arab film festival has become … [Read more...] about Franco-Arab film festival kicks off in Amman
A glamour blogger, a filmmaker and a tech mogul are competing to create a homegrown African rival to Netflix, but poor internet connections and intense competition are proving daunting obstacles. They dream of popularising access to films made in Nigeria, which is home to the world's second biggest movie industry in terms of production behind Hindi-language Bollywood. With nearly $4 billion in revenue and almost 2,000 productions every year, films made in what is known as Nollywood are largely sold on the streets and to idling motorists caught in traffic as pirated copies for just a few dollars. Local start-ups and Nollywood stars understand the interest in changing the distribution of films that are hugely popular across Africa, where cinemas are few and far between. With such a huge potential market, video-on-demand platforms have sprung up in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital and home to the country's film industry. And competition is already fierce. - Netflix of Africa? - … [Read more...] about Nigeria sees a rush to get Nollywood online
A SOUTH African movie director was killed after being hit by a giraffe while shooting close-ups of the wild animal at a South African game farm. Carlos Carvalho, 47, was shooting scenes at a British expat's game farm when the giraffe, called Gerald, swung its neck - hitting him on his head and sending him flying. The last photograph taken of the award-winning South African director has since been shared, with witnesses recounting the devastating tragedy that unfolded on Wednesday. Focus puller Drikus van der Merwe said: "I was standing right next to Carlos when the giraffe suddenly swung its neck and hit him on his head above his ear and sent him flying about four or five metres through the air." He said that the animal had initially seemed to be "inquisitive", with the crew shooting close ups of its body and feet. He added: "Then while Carlos was looking through the camera eyepiece Gerald swung his neck and hit him against his head. "It came out of nowhere and Carlos didn’t even … [Read more...] about Giraffe KILLS man in South Africa while the nature film director Carlos Carvalho was shooting footage
Vecdi Sayar – CANNES The number one festival in world cinema, the Cannes Film Festival, which will take place from May 8 to May 19, unveiled the official selection for its 71st edition on April 12 in Paris at a press conference attended by Cannes Festival president Pierre Lescure and director Thierry Fremaux. Fremaux said the films were selected after 1,900 films were viewed. So far, the selection includes 18 titles, but the festival’s director announced that a few other titles may be added to the selection. The festival’s opening film is Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows,” starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. The film will compete for the Golden Palm award, which is the highest prize awarded, and will be given by a jury chaired by Cate Blanchett. The international film competition includes titles from Europe and the United States, as well as the Far East (Japan, China, and Korea), Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. … [Read more...] about 2018 Cannes Film Festival unveils lineup