DVD GIVEAWAY!! @BestOfMeMovie @Sterkinekor @NicholasSparks

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I am going into 2015, having only a week or so ago, started a personal blog page, instead of using my personal Facebook page for Social Media. I ask very nicely that you follow The Nocturnal Wenchy.


The Best of Me Movie released on the 24th of December at Ster-Kinekor Theatres. The film is based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name and stars Michelle Monaghan , James Marsden , Lily Liberato and Luke Bracey.

I have some DVD hampers to give away!

The DVD Hampers consist of :

A bag containing:

  • Dear John DVD
  • Safe Haven Movie DVD
  • The Lucky One DVD
  • The Notebook DVD

    To win one of these hampers, please make sure you have liked The Nocturnal Wenchy and answer this easy question in the comment section of my new page!! 

FIVE prized will be drawn randomly 4 January 2015!!

Who wrote the books that served as the inspiration for the films?


I wish you enough,
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@filmleadinglady @Sterkinekor @BokvanBlerkReal @realgilbellows @Lloydi_Boy

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

As I was doing my thing in the world of wild life in the Kruger National Park, I asked blogger, fellow tweeter and general good guy, Lloyd to cover the Premier of “Leading Lady” (which opens in cinemas today) for me. I love the song “Soutwater” by @BokvanBlerkReal from the movie. Check it out!

I wish you enough,



Leading Lady tells the story of a Jodi Rutherford (played by Katie McGrath), a British school teacher, who travels to the little town of Brandfort in the Free State in South Africa to prepare for a role in an upcoming movie about the heroine Johanna Willemse. Little did she know that she would end up on a journey of self-discovery after a South African farmer by the name of Kobus Willemse (played by Bok van Blerk) picks her up after her first experience in town in a South African taxi.

After leaving an uncomfortable London and her movie producer boyfriend, Daniel Taylor (played by Hollywood heartthrob Gil Bellows) and on arrival on the famous Willemse farm, Jodi is introduced to the lady of the house, Magdelena Willemse, (played by Brumilda van Rensburg). Once Magdelena finds out that Jodi is an ‘aspiring’ movie star, she is quickly roped into helping her out in arranging and directing the local annual concert held on the Willemse farm.

The Willemse family is faced with losing their farm land after the death of Kobus’s father and they are plunged into financial woes, with the only possible option is selling their farm and starting over. But with the arrival of Jodi, there is change in the air. She soon has all the colourful characters of the close-knit community working on the concert. Ranging from those typical old Afrikaner ladies with the dark tanned skin, permed hair and old school glasses to wild child, Johan Willemse (played by Eduan van Jaarsveld) and his two girls – Wilmien (played by Tina Kruger) and Katie (played by Carien Botha).


The story is one of heartbreak, heartache, love and life. The lead characters are not the only ones to find love in this story. Even though thought to be rather inappropriate an unexpected romance flares up onto the scene between Magdalena and Japie (played by Andre Stolz). But with the arrival of Kobus’s ex-fiancé, Linda van der Merwe (played by Jana Strydom) on the farm auditioning for the leading role in the concert we can expect the story to take on a whole new twist as everything is turned upside down. Will it all turn out for the best?

Leading Lady opens at local Ster Kinekor cinemas on 28 November 2014 near you and will also be screened in cinemas in the U.S. With the musical talents of Bok van Blerk, Matthew Mole and Shortstraw, the musical score is set to have you tapping your foot to the beat of some of the best local tunes. Producer and Director Duo, Henk Pretorius and Llewellyn Greeff have brought to South Africa a local film which has some of the highest international standards. In my opinion this is the film that is going to change the way that the world looks at the South African film industry. The standard has been set.

It has long been that there has been a South African film that has grabbed my attention as much as this one. With such a wide variety of amazing local and international talent, one can only expect a quality movie with a good story line and good acting. We attended the South African premiere of the Leading Lady at Cedar Square Ster Kinekor with an event that was flowing with excitement and even a few of the local celebs made it out to join the cast for the first screening of the film. This is not your usual local movie which we are used to seeing on our screens. There is a new approach and with this great story line, it is a must see for everyone. I would highly recommend going to see this on the big screen.

So get on down to a Ster Kinekor cinema on Friday the 28th of November and make it a great start to the weekend!

 1-Lloyd @Lloydi_Boy  I am no fashion critic. I am no famous reviewer. I am no fashion designer. I am simply just a guy who loves fashion and the finer things in life. Fashion. Food. Wine. Travel. Those are the things that keep me going, and inspired!

@nouveaubuzz @sterkinekor 2014 DOCCIE FEST

My dear friends and other interesting creatures,

As I young mom,  I use to escape to the movies on Tuesday mornings… Eat my pop corn,  green slush and feel normal for a moment.



Three wrongly-accused teenagers, local striking miners, the skill of a Dutch master painter and a world-class athlete’s fall from grace create the food for thought in four extraordinary documentaries that make up this year’s Doccie Fest, presented exclusively by Cinema Nouveau on its big digital screens.

The four films will be screened over four weeks, from 23 May, at Cinema Nouveau in the Rosebank Mall, Johannesburg; Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria; Gateway in Durban; and at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

The Doccie Fest launches on Friday, 23 May with director Amy Berg’s West of Memphis (running time: 147mins), a powerful examination of a catastrophic failure of justice in Arkansas, USA.  A ‘fictional’ version of this event unfolds in Devil’s Knot, currently on circuit at Cinema Nouveau, but this astounding documentary shows why fact always trumps fiction.

Berg collaborated on the production with first-time producers Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, together with the multiple Academy Award winning team of filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. Her unprecedented access to the inner workings of the defense presents footage of the investigation, research and appeals process that reveals shocking new information about a case that still haunts the American South.

West of Memphis is told and made by those who actually lived the nightmare of events, documenting their extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light; a fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man. Starting with a searing examination of the police investigation into the 1993 murders of three, eight-year-old boys – Christopher Byers, Steven Branch and Michael Moore – in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, the film goes on to uncover new evidence surrounding the arrest and conviction of the other three victims of this shocking crime – Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley.

All three were teenagers when they became the target of the police investigation, and all three went on to lose 18 years of their lives – imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. How the documentary came to be made, is in itself a key part of the story of Damien Echols’ fight to save his own life. Director Amy Berg wrote: “… the 18 years of injustice, an investigation rife with corruption, and the destruction of multiple lives—I understood that this was a story that not only exposed a frightening failure of justice within our legal system, but exposed a judicial culture where innocence did not matter.”

The film reveals how close Damien and his wife Lorri Davis, together with his legal team, friends and supporters, came to losing that battle. But as Echols, who spent 18 years on death row, himself has stated: “… in the face of such horror, in the face of resounding grief and pain, you cannot give up… you must never give up.”

(Trailer: West of Memphis – http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=west+of+memphis+trailer+2013)

The second production in the Doccie Festreleases on Friday, 30 May, and is a hard-hitting account of the deaths of 34 striking miners at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in the North West province in August 2012. Miners Shot Down (running time: 90mins, 13V) is a locally-produced documentary in the political thriller genre from renowned South African filmmaker, Rehad Desai of Uhuru Productions.

Desai was at Marikana in August 2012, covering the wildcat strike by Lonmin’s rock drill operators in the days leading up to the massacre. At the time, he had intended to make a film about enduring inequality faced by mineworkers and mining communities across the country’s platinum belt. But nobody at the time could have predicted that the South African state would turn its guns on miners at Marikana who, out of sheer frustration with their union the NUM, had decided to go it alone to demand a living wage.

Since the massacre, unpacking the events that led to the country’s first post-colonial massacre has become Desai’s obsession. Since January this year, the miners’ have been on a prolonged strike regarding a basic living wage, creating further content for headlines and front page news stories, making the subject of this documentary all the more relevant in 2014.

(Trailer: Miners Shot Down – http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Miners+Shot+Down+trailer)

Releasing on Friday, 06 June is the third title in Cinema Nouveau’s Doccie Fest. Tim’s Vermeer (running time: 81mins) tells the fascinating obsession of Texas-based inventor Tim Jenison with the works of celebrated 17th century Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer.

How did the painter manage to paint so photo-realistically, 150 years before the invention of photography? One painting of Vermeer’s comes under particular scrutiny – that of “The Music Lesson”, which features an astonishing amount of detail.

Did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer use technology to help make his astonishing lifelike images? He did, according to Tim’s Vermeer, a documentary featuring Jenison, written and narrated by Penn Jillette (of ‘Penn & Teller’ fame), and directed by his partner, Teller.

Artist David Hockney and others believe that Vermeer may have employed a device called acamera obscura, though many art historians are not convinced. But when inventor and digital video expert Tim Jenison became intrigued with the question, he decided to take a scientific approach. His quest is detailed in the film.

Jenison eventually comes to the conclusion that Vermeer used a variety of optical devices (mirrors, camera obscura, lenses) in his works. To test this theory, he decides to recreate “The Music Lesson” from scratch, even though he is not a skilled painter. The epic research project Jenison embarks on spans a decade, and is as extraordinary as his discoveries that take him to Delft in Holland where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, to the north coast of Yorkshire to meet Hockney, and to Buckingham Palace to view the Vermeer in the Royal Family’s collection.

(Trailer: Tim’s Vermeer – http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=tim%27s+vermeer+trailer+2014)

The Armstrong Lie (running time: 124mins), a documentary chronicling cycling legend Lance Armstrong’s improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace,, is the fourth and final film in theDoccie Fest. It releases on Friday, 13 June.  In 2009, Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong’s much-publicised comeback to cycling. The project was shelved however, when one of the most talked about doping scandals in the history of sport erupted, creating headlines around the world.

The project was back on track following Armstrong’s eventual confession on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, which was viewed by millions of people globally. This intriguing documentary picks up events in 2013 and presents a riveting, insider’s view of the unravelling of one of the most extraordinary stories in the history of sports. As Lance Armstrong himself said: “I didn’t live a lot of lies, but I lived one big one.”

(Trailer: The Armstrong Lie – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMo78N4BMww)
For screening times and booking information for the 2014 Doccie Fest, visitwww.cinemanouveau.co.za or sterkinekor.mobi, or call our Ticketline on 082 16789. Follow Cinema Nouveau on Twitter @nouveaubuzz or on Facebook. You can also download the Ster-Kinekor app on any Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphone, for updates and to book from your mobile.

I wish you enough,

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#MothersDayGiveaway @SterKinekor #WalkOfShame @TheZoneRosebank

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I have two double tickets to give away to @SterKinekor’s next Girls Getaway taking place on Wednesday, 21 May 2014. Always LOTS of fun! (No gents! Sorry!) The tickets is for The Zone, in Rosebank and you will be joining me as your host. Whoop!


I thought Mothers Day was a great day to give away tickets! 🙂  To enter, please answer this simply question: Which cinema has the slogan:  Great Moments at Their Greatest!? (ensure you enclose your name and e-mail address in the comment section of my blog, which will be your entry to this awesome evening)

Winners will be announced on 14 May 2014, here on my blog, done via a random draw.

I wish you enough,



WALK OF SHAME stars Elizabeth Banks as an aspiring reporter whose dreams of becoming a network news anchor are compromised after a one-night stand with a handsome stranger (James Marsden) leaves her stranded in downtown Los Angeles without a phone, car, ID or money – and only 8 hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life.

@sterkinekor #MothersDay

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Ster-Kinekor: “Great Moments at their Greatest” guaranteed this Mother’s Day!


Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of our mothers in society. It’s the month of super-spoiling your mom… so, to be different, why not spoil her with some great MOMents by treating her to a beautiful, funny or romantic movie? The perfect place to do this of course, is at your nearest Ster-Kinekor cinema!

Get ready for a month filled with ‘GreatMOMents at their Greatest’ with your mom and Ster-Kinekor throughout the merry month of May!  When you watch any movie at your favourite cinema during May, simply SMS the keyword `MOM’, your ticket reference number and your name to 33007, to be in with a chance to win some great prizes! Six Nokia Lumia 625 smartphones with portable chargers are up for grabs, as well as exclusive movie merchandise and five mother-and-daughter spa vouchers valued at R2 800 each!

Ster-Kinekor is also giving you another opportunity to show your appreciation for your mom. Giant-sized ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ Hallmark cards will be installed at select cinemas, where you can physically write a personal message to your mom. The cards can be found at Ster-Kinekor Sandton, Cresta, Cradlestone and Greenstone in Johannesburg; The Grove and Brooklyn in Pretoria; Cavendish, Cape Gate and Bayside in Cape Town; and at Gateway in Durban.

Before the film starts, remember to stock up on the special Mother’s Day Double-Take Combo because no cinema experience is complete without the prerequisite popcorn and cool drink! For another  chance to win one of five spa day experiences for two, also valued at R2 800, all you have to do is SMS the keyword ‘DOUBLE’ and the flavour of your drink to 32671.

All the competitions start on Friday, 02 May and end on 29 May.

Visit www.sterkinekor.com for the competition details and T&Cs.

However, if you are unable to get to one of these Ster-Kinekor cinemas, why not post a special message to your mom on Ster-Kinekor’s Facebook page, telling her just how much you appreciate everything that she does for you? Every week, one message will be selected as the best, and its author will win two tickets to treat mom to one of May’s special movies. With so many chances to win and spoil your mom this May, what are you waiting for?

Some of the great movies to share with your mom during May include: The Other Woman(releases on 01 May), Heaven is For Real(09 May), and Walk of Shame and Grace of Monaco (23 May). One Chance and Endless Love are two other ‘mom-friendly’ films that are currently on circuit.

To find out more, visit www.sterkinekor.com.

Avoid the queues by booking online, by calling Ticketline on 082 16789 or you can book at the box office.  You can also secure your seats by downloading the Ster-Kinekor App on your Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone and Blackberry handset, to book from your mobile. To find out what other exciting promotions Ster-Kinekor has on offer, follow @sterkinekor on Twitter or Facebook at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.

I wish you enough,

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#OneChance @sterkinekor @paulpottsmusic


Dear friends and other interesting creatures, 

A couple of weeks ago,  I received a last minute e-mail to see ‘One Chance’ in the cinema.  I had not even Google it by the time I was in my seat.

#OneChance is the true life story of the first winner of Britain’s got talent I was to find out. 

It tells the tale of a boy who was bullied endlessly for not fitting in for years on end,  a supportive mom, a doubtful dad and the girl whom he ultimately married,  Julz…. But above all,  his love for music. Opera to be exact.

The film is a comedy but often I cried,  cheering Paul on…. From kissing Julz for the first to the pop up entry on his computer that didn’t want to close…. A literal toss of the coin entry that changed his life.

Perhaps Mr Potts prepared the way for performers like Susan Boyle as he won… and his world changed forever.

I was extremely fortunate,  blessed and excited to get a 30 minute slot to interview Mr Potts on his brief visit to South Africa.

All the questions flew out me head and we chatted about bullies,  the severe impact this abuse had on his life,  his book and what he did and chose not to divulge to the screenwriters. We discussed ghost writers and his choice to pen his own book.  We spoke about the actual Britain’s got talent audition,  how he feels about his changed life and how much he enjoys travelling. I enjoyed our time together passionately and could have spoken all afternoon. 

Paul Potts no doubt wears the scars of a painful and difficult childhood but his life,  the flight of magic his voice brings,  silences every critic he may ever have had. He speaks out about bullies,  support and empowerment for the victims.  He is incredibly humble,  sincere,  lovable and real… And yes,  he runs his own Twitter account!  You have to LOVE that!

Mr Potts completely won me over when at the end of the interview he wrote a note to my Liam whom is a huge fan wishing him a happy 18th birthday
without any requests from me.  Take the child by the hand…. And you take the mother by the heart. X

The movie is funny,  heartwarming, comical and a place where dreams do come true.  I loved every second.  The cast is brilliant,  sincere and the the film a must see for all. 

Come on… Give it #OneChance!

I will be reviewing his book next… Quite a talented fellow our Mr Potts… He CAN actually write!

I wish you enough,

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