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 Bizcommunity.com.
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#OnTheBigScreen: A beautiful boy and an old man with a gun

Beautiful Boy, The Old Man & The Gun, Wildlife and Final Score open at local cinemas today...

By Daniel Dercksen 11 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: What to look out for in film this year

Daniel Dercksen explains what we can look forward to gracing the silver screen in 2019...

By Daniel Dercksen 7 Jan 2019

#OnTheBigScreen: Blindspotting, Dumplin', Luis and the Aliens

Blindspotting, Dumplin and Luis and the Aliens open at local cinemas this weekend...

By Daniel Dercksen 4 Jan 2019

#OnTheBigScreen: Mary Poppins Returns, Ben Is Back, and so is Robin Hood

2018 ends on a high with three films releasing on 28 December: The world's beloved nanny is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy in Mary Poppins Returns...

By Daniel Dercksen 27 Dec 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Aquaman, a battle-scarred autobot, and a mad king

Films opening on 21 December: The battle-scarred and broken autobot Bumblebee seeks refuge, Aquaman's quest to unite two worlds challenges both his strength and the courage of his convictions, and theatre buffs can indulge in the NT Live screening of The Madness of George III...

By Daniel Dercksen 20 Dec 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: A city on wheels, the Spider-Verse, and the littlest reindeer

Roma, Mortal Engines, Second Act, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer open at cinemas this Friday...

By Daniel Dercksen 14 Dec 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: The Grinch, a revolutionary woman, and an instant family

The Grinch , The Healer, Colette and Bolshoi Ballet's The Nutcracker open at cinemas this weekend...

By Daniel Dercksen 7 Dec 2018

Gray Hofmeyr on tragedy and comedy in Leon Schuster's Frank And Fearless

Gray Hofmeyr, South Africa's celebrated writer, director and producer of feature films and television dramas is back in action as director and co-writer of Leon Schuster's Frank And Fearless...

By Daniel Dercksen 4 Dec 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Rami Malek's Freddie Mercury will rock you, Adonis Creed returns to the ring

Bohemian Rhapsody, Creed II, Puzzle, Ralph Breaks The Internet and Status Update opened at local cinemas on Friday...

By Daniel Dercksen 3 Dec 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Leon Schuster, Donovan Marsh, and the Met Opera

Frank & Fearless, Hunter Killer, I Still See You, Shock and Awe and Samson et Delila open at cinemas this weekend...

By Daniel Dercksen 23 Nov 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Fantastic beasts, widows, and a sci-fi thriller

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Anon and Widows open at local cinemas this weekend...

By Daniel Dercksen 16 Nov 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: World War II zombies, Two Tails, and Life Itself

The Girl In The Spider's Web, Life Itself, Overlord, Bad Times At The El Royale and Two Tails open at local cinemas this weekend...

By Daniel Dercksen 9 Nov 2018

Writer-director Jerome Pikwane on the films that shaped The Tokoloshe

Daniel Dercksen chats to writer-director Jerome Pikwane, a self-confessed cinephile who studied directing at the New York Film Academy about his supernatural thriller The Tokoloshe...

By Daniel Dercksen 5 Nov 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Slenderman, The Nutcracker, and The Tokoloshe

The Tokoloshe, Mayfair, The Nutcracker And The Four Realms, Slender Man, Nobody's Fool, Juliet, Naked, Escape Plan 2: Hades and Verdi's Aida open at local cinemas this Friday...

By Daniel Dercksen 2 Nov 2018

Safta-winning writer Neil McCarthy on writing a "mob comes to Mayfair" film

Daniel Dercksen shares a few thoughts with Safta-winning writer Neil McCarthy on writing the screenplay for the gangster tale Mayfair...

By Daniel Dercksen 1 Nov 2018

The Little Vampire - from bestseller to animated film

A film that tells of a great friendship, which merges humour, tension and fantasy, that has a truly timeless look and on top of it all carries a positive message...

By Daniel Dercksen 29 Oct 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Vigilantes, the moon landing, and Goosebumps

Searching, First Man, Peppermint, Goosebumps 2: A Haunted Halloween, Little Vampire and King Lear open at cinemas this weekend...

By Daniel Dercksen 26 Oct 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Self-discovery, short films, and scary thrills

Kanarie, Papillon, Halloween 2018, Titan and The Hate U Give open at local cinemas this Friday...

By Daniel Dercksen 19 Oct 2018

Charl-Johan Lingenfelder gets personal in his new film Kanarie

Charl-Johan Lingenfelder has been an inspirational tour-de-force as a musician, composer, writer, performer, his heavenly collaboration with director Christiaan Olwagen, Kanarie, is a proudly South African film taking the world by storm...

By Daniel Dercksen 17 Oct 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Lady Gaga, a masked killer, and four single moms

A Star Is Born, Hell Fest and Baba Mamas open at SA cinemas this weekend...

By Daniel Dercksen 11 Oct 2018

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