After an absence of two years, the popular Durban International Film Festi-val has been revived and will run at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from July 16 to August 6. Now under the auspices of the Centre for Creative Arts Department at the University of Natal, it will be managed by Gulam Mather.

This, the 18th year of the film festival, features a 30 movies from around the world including such countries as Australia, African, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Holland and Germany.

The organisers have made a careful selection to ensure that there is a variety of films - from lighthearted fare to thought-provoking dramas.

There will be four screenings per day Mondays to Fridays (14h30, 17h30, 19h30 and 21h15) and five screenings on Saturdays and Sundays (12h30, 14h30, 17h30, 19h30 and 21h15).

The Durban International Film Festival is the largest, longest running non-profit film festival in South Africa. This year there will be visits by internationally-renowned directors of some of the scheduled films. There will also be special screenings of selected movies for schools and scholars.

The full programme will be available from Computicket and the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from July 1 when a detailed souvenir booklet will be on sale. For more information about the festival, phone 260-2594 (o/h).


With Durban experiencing what we laughingly call winter, what nicer way to spend the long evenings than comfortably settled, watching a good movie? M-Net has much to offer this month.

Isabelle Adjani in 'Queen Margot'


Queen Margot (July 28) is a superbly costumed, award-winning epic of the events surrounding the St Bartholomew's Day massacre in 16th Century France. In French with subtitles, it stars Isabelle Adjani and Vincent Perez.

Another French film with subtitles, The Daughter of D'Artagnan (July 14), is directed by Bertrand Tavernier, starring Sophie Marceau and Philippe Noiret.


Peter Falk and Ellen Burstyn star in the comedy drama, Room Mates (July 1) and Ellen Burstyn also appears in The Baby-Sitters Club (July 5) with Brooke Adams.

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell star in the classic comedy made in 1953, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (July 27).

The American President

(July 6) is a romance with some delightful touches of humour starring Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Richard Dreyfuss, Martin Sheen and Michael J Fox.


Award-winning actress Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) appears in the drama, Angels and Insects (July 17), with Mark Rylance and Patsy Kensit.

Another good drama of the suspenseful type should be Cracker White Ghost (July 30) with Robbie Coltrane and Barnaby Kay. This is a made-for-TV film of the popular British series.

Lovers of sci-fi should enjoy Species (July 25) which stars Ben Kingsley.


Michael Flatley, the leader of River-dance, the Irish dance group that turned folk dance into a spectacular art form, has created a smash-hit Broadway musical that is taking the USA by storm. This musical, Lord of the Dance, has now been filmed as a 60-minute "special" which will be screened on M-Net on July 8 at 20h00.

A concert flautist as well as a dancer, Michael Flatley has become something of a legend. Aged 11 when he began to dance, he was told by a teacher that it was too late to start. However, with determination and the influence of one of the greatest Irish dancers, Kevin Massey, he went on to reap awards and become the first American to win the All-World Championships in Irish Dancing.

He holds a Guinness Book world record for tapping speed.


In July the Durban Municipal Library offers free lunch hour films in the Museum Theatre, first floor, City Hall:

Jul 1 (12h45): Pavarotti & Friends.. Together with the children of Bosnia;

Jul 8 (12h45): Pole to Pole (BBCTV with Michael Palin);

Jul 15 (13h05): The Eagle Has Landed - Apollo II, and African Adventures: Zululand/Maputuland;

Jul 22 (13h00): Nat King Cole and Friends: the unforgettable collection, and

Jul 29 (13h05): World at War: The definitive story of WWII. (Part 16: Inside the Reich - Germany 1940-1944).

For details contact Ms R K Rabilall on 37-6246/7.