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Daniel Dercksen

Trainer and Educator at The Writing Studio
Location:Cape Town, South Africa


As a freelance film and theatre journalist for more than 30 years, published playwright and creator of the independent training initiative The Writing Studio, Daniel Dercksen received the number one spot for most popular lifestyle contributor for 2012, 2014 and 2015, and 2nd spot in 2016 on
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#OnTheBigScreen: Transformers, Romantic Rivalry and Deadly Obsessions

Transformers: The Last Knight, The Promise, Tubelight, Everything, Everything and Obsession open at local cinemas this weekend.

By Daniel Dercksen 22 Jun 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Cars, hard partying, explosive action and art

Cars 3, This Beautiful Fantastic, The Hunter's Prayer, Rough Night, Michelangelo - Love and Death, Free Fire and A Case For Christ all open at local cinemas this weekend.

By Daniel Dercksen 15 Jun 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Monsters, deadly secrets and live opera

Before I Fall, The Gifted, The Mummy, The Whole Truth, Toni Erdmann and Der Rosenkavalier open at the local cinema this weekend.

By Daniel Dercksen 9 Jun 2017

What to watch at the Showroom Theatre

If you are looking for world-class entertainment and a well-deserved break, escape to the quaint and cosy Showroom Theatre in Prince Albert in the heart of the Karoo where you can see Elvis Blue, Chris Chameleon, Emile Minnie, Three Tons of Fun and Blacksmith Band and Jenny & the Jameses during June and July.

By Daniel Dercksen 5 Jun 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Wonder Woman, Baywatch and Live Theatre

Baywatch; Their Finest; Wonder Woman and The Old Vic Theatre's production of Tom Stoppard's comedy Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead all open on the big screen this weekend.

By Daniel Dercksen 1 Jun 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Pirates, Rock and Roll and Unrequited Love

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge, Song to Song, Unforgettable and Twelfth Night open at local cinemas this weekend.

By Daniel Dercksen 26 May 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Alien monsters, McDonald's and Tchaikovsky

Alien: Covenant, The Founder, The Resurrection Of Gavin Stone, Ozzy and Eugene Onegin open on the big screen this weekend.

By Daniel Dercksen 18 May 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: King Arthur, Bolshoi Ballet and 20th Century Women

King Arthur: Legend of the Stone, 20th Century Women, The Warrior's Gate, Bypass and A Hero of Our Time are release at the local cinema this weekend.

By Daniel Dercksen 11 May 2017

Johnny is nie dood nie, puts the ‘lekker' back in local films

Johnny is nie dood nie is as radical as the Voëlvry music movement that rebelled against the autocratic dictates of the apartheid government and changed the hearts of a generation of South Africans

By Daniel Dercksen 5 May 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Art, Euro Film Festival and Kerkorrel

Johnny is nie dood nie, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2, Rules Don't Apply, The Salesman, The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch and Love By Chance release at local cinemas this weekend.

By Daniel Dercksen 4 May 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Faith and Forgiveness

This weekend sees the following films release on the big screen; Beyond The River, Going In Style, The Shack, Sleepless, Bleed For This and Idomeneo.

By Daniel Dercksen 27 Apr 2017

Silence is golden

It's not easy to fully understand what faith means, believing in your God, trusting that your moral compass is unshakable, devoting yourself to it with heart and soul, and having full confidence in your convictions.

By Daniel Dercksen 24 Apr 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Ballet, battles and bravado

Bolshoi Ballet presents A Contemporary Evening, Silence, American Pastoral, In Dubious Battle, Table 19, and Asterix and Obelix: The Mansions of the Gods are releases on the big screen this weekend.

By Daniel Dercksen 21 Apr 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Beauties and beasts

This week you can set your imagination free with new film releases; Beauty and the Beast; The Fast and the Furious 8 and The Artists' Garden: American Impressionism.

By Daniel Dercksen 14 Apr 2017

Gate 69 - a portal to heavenly entertainment

If there's one gateway to blissful showbiz, it's the super sumptuous and glamorous Gate 69, a cosy and intimate pleasure palace where Brendan van Rhyn's divine creation Cathy and the Trolley Dollies offers five-star entertainment.

By Daniel Dercksen 10 Apr 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Boss Baby and grown-up drama

Die Rebellie Van Lafras Verwey, Boss Baby, Gallows Road, The Last Face, Gold and La Traviata open at the cinemas this weekend.

By Daniel Dercksen 7 Apr 2017

DECA will wow fans at The Showroom in Prince Albert

Violinist Herman Steyn and guitarist Douw Steyn have teamed up to form the new music group DECA, and will be performing songs from their debut album Black Sails at the Showroom Theatre on Saturday, 8 April at 8pm.

By Daniel Dercksen 3 Apr 2017

Priscilla offers ultimate escapism

Writer-director Stephen Elliot's cult film Priscilla, Queen of the Desert made a world of difference in creating a profound awareness of the drag culture and same-sex sexuality when it was released 26 years ago.

By Daniel Dercksen 31 Mar 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Killers and heroes

The following films release this weekend; Ghost in the Shell, The Bye Bye Man, The Zookeeper's Wife, The Smurfs: The Lost Village and Hedda Gabler.

By Daniel Dercksen 30 Mar 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Face your rivals

The following films release this weekend; Kampterrein: Die Movie, Life, The Sense of an Ending, CHiPs, Saban's Power Rangers, Get Out and Dvorák's Rusalka.

By Daniel Dercksen 24 Mar 2017

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