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Sarah Dawson

Sarah Dawson

    ​The extraordinary Train of Sugar and Salt
    ​The extraordinary Train of Sugar and Salt
    It was no usual journey. During the eighties, ordinary Mozambicans, brought to brink of desperation by the post-independence civil war that ravaged...
    Uranium, Israel, Pinocchio and Top Gun, and what they have to do with Ghostbusters
    Uranium, Israel, Pinocchio and Top Gun, and what they have to do with Ghostbusters
    In Carlo Collodi’s 1883 story The Adventures of Pinocchio, the eponymous puppet who hopes to become a real boy is led from the path of...
    Durban film festival: It is all black and white when working outside the colour lines
    Durban film festival: It is all black and white when working outside the colour lines
    it’s nothing more than light, colour is political. Think of the way socialism is universally synonymous with the colour red, or how the palette...
    ‘Mrs Right Guy’ is a blockbuster but its take on feminity sells women short
    ‘Mrs Right Guy’ is a blockbuster but its take on feminity sells women short
    A party pooper is the last thing I want to be. Nobody likes a buzzkill, and I so badly want to jump on to the sexy, cosmopolitan bandwagon of...
    New protest film lays bare SA's unresolved pain and its wrath
    New protest film lays bare SA's unresolved pain and its wrath
    When films from the capitalist powers began to flow into Soviet cinemas in the 1920s following New Economic Policy concessions, Dziga Vertov, a...
    Necktie Youth: Tender elegy to today’s young
    Necktie Youth: Tender elegy to today’s young
    In unassuming lower case, the words “in loving memory of 1991 ...” float against a black screen, carving fine, blood-red lines into the otherwise...
    'Ayanda's take on a new Urban Africa
    'Ayanda's take on a new Urban Africa
    Director Sara Blecher explains that she is feeling a little jet-lagged. She has just returned from Los Angeles where her new film Ayanda was...
    A good man compromised
    A good man compromised
    A tour company’s electric billboard blinks in the Chicago twilight as the wave of Tony Camonte’s ambition crests and breaks. His apartment...
    Kurt Cobain doccie reviewed: Myth and man in equal parts
    Kurt Cobain doccie reviewed: Myth and man in equal parts
    The inspiration behind the name of the song that blew Nirvana into rock hyperspace in the early Nineties is awkwardly quotidian. Kurt Cobain was...
    Soho hops on the bunny wagon
    Soho hops on the bunny wagon
    Thirteen years ago, 50 bakers in the English county of Cornwall banded together in what would surely come to be recognised as one of the great moments in history. The year 2002 CE would be...
    Inherent Vice: Get sky-high on the zeitgeist
    Inherent Vice: Get sky-high on the zeitgeist
    Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson’s glittering sunshine noir, opens with a characteristic long shot of a strip of ocean view sandwiched between two crummy beach houses in the foreground. Two surfers bob like flotsam on the surface of the choppy sea while gulls hover above. A...
    A small step for Chappie, a giant leap for science fiction’s narrative
    A small step for Chappie, a giant leap for science fiction’s narrative
    “To infinity and beyond!” is the triumphalist proclamation of Buzz Lightyear, eight-year-old Andy’s new space-voyaging action figure, in...