Numerous plays follow a theme of coming to terms with yourself through an unwelcome encounter with others. Two characters forced together whose mutual antipathy gradually thaws as they confront each other, and have their own prejudices exposed, challenged and ultimately overcome. Usually with a happy ending as they accept each other and allow new understanding to alter themselves, until they end up as best buddies. Aw, sweet!
The Beatles were at the heart of the cradle in which our contemporary world was nurtured. And George Harrison was the Beatle whose output was sidelined to the benefit of his peers Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Two documentaries on Netflix offer a chance to assess their relative contributions to popular culture.
The Fatal Attraction script fails to give the characters the robustness that this passionate tale demands. Tension only takes hold in a couple of scenes, making Fatal Attraction more a shallow morality tale than the psychological thriller it started life as.
Gauteng schools have been rocked by robberies with thieves targeting computers and food meant for the school nutrition programme. The Gauteng Department of Education has confirmed that six schools have been the victims of break-ins since mid-March and have blamed a syndicate they believe to be operating in the province. Most concerning is that learners from disadvantaged backgrounds often rely on the meals given at school. Amy Green and Piet Motaung investigate.
The terrible thing about Green Man Flashing isn’t that this political power-play thriller is still relevant several years after it was written. It’s that it always will be. Worse, you could give the characters American, Russian or any other accent, and transplant them to 16th century England or a future colony on Mars, and I bet it would still resonate.
Everything’s Netflix and Showmax in most conversations about what’s available once you leave the DStv bouquets behind you in search of a more pocket-friendly television universe where you don’t limp (sorry) along on a diet of soggy repeats. But there’s more out there than those two. Over on Amazon Prime Video, which is available in South Africa for $2.99 a month (set to increase to $5.99), there’s a galaxy of great movies, including Oscar winners, and scores of top TV series, not least the inimitable Kevin Bacon in the admired, much talked-about and blushingly named I Love Dick. By TONY JACKMAN.
In this mad and fast-moving world appetites change constantly, attention spans narrow and it is easy to dismiss things as old or tired. That said, this fabulous pairing of a sensational Maria and a reliable and gorgeous Tony in a grand-scale production of West Side Story is anything but. By SIOBHAN CASSIDY.