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Film Adaptation of Opera Classic 'La Boheme' w/ All-Black Cast Begins Production...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 20, 2014 10:37 AM
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The creative group's most recent film, a re-imagining of another operatic work, Benjamin Britten’s 1957 piece, "Noye’s Fludde," made its World Premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema section at last year's Toronto International Film Festival.

TIFF 2013 - 'Noye’s Fludde' (South African Short Film Adaptation Of Operatic 'Noah's Ark' Story)

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • September 15, 2013 12:17 PM
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Part of the Contemporary World Cinema slate at TIFF this year, director Mark Dornford-May’s Noye’s Fludde is a fascinating record of the exciting performance and dramatic art going on today. Based on English composer Benjamin Britton’s 1957 operatic retelling of the classic flood story from the bible, Dunford-May and the Cape Town theatre company Isango Ensemble create a story that’s cinematically compelling, but also imbued with all the energy and immediacy of live performance. This version of the classic biblical tale is set in present-day South Africa, though there is still a timelessness to the costuming and art direction that could place the action at any time. Here, Noah is now Noye (played by the talented and expressive Pauline Malefane), the strong-minded matriarch of a large family including her daughters, sons, and their spouses. After she is prevailed upon by God himself to build an ark for a coming flood destined to wipe out humanity, she and her family work together to complete the astronomical task before it’s too late.

Film Adaptations Of Opera Classics w/ Black Casts Courtesy Of South Africa's Isango Ensemble

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 23, 2013 2:37 PM
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The team behind u-Carmen eKhayelitsha - a modern remake of Georges Bizet's classic 1875 opera Carmen, shot entirely in Xhosa (one of South Africa's official languages), with an all-black South African cast, combining both music from the original opera with traditional music - are planning on doing a similar thing with Giacomo Puccini’s classic 1896 opera, La Boheme.

TIFF 2013 Preview - South African Film Adaptation Of Operatic 'Noah's Ark' Story w/ Black Cast

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 14, 2013 1:01 PM
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As I noted in an earlier post, I'm salivating over the Contemporary World Cinema section of this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Several films whose production progress we've been following over the last 12 to 24 months will be screening at the festival (many making the World premieres) when it kicks off next month, September 5.