Dlala Nje

Dlala Nje is a dedicated NGO, working to change hearts and minds. The organisation supports underprivileged youth at their community centre in Hillbrow, through changing perceptions about what it means to live and play in the inner city. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions, Dlala Nje have had to halt all of their walking tours, rooftop yoga and sundowner events. As a result, they are struggling to maintain operational costs and keep the community centre afloat.

Help support this local business by purchasing from a range of experience packages on offer to enjoy after lockdown. These packages include Dlala Nje's Urban Hike and Queer Hillbrow experiences. If you purchase one package now, you will get another free to enjoy once this dystopian nightmare has come to an end. Don't miss out!

Purchase your experience package here.

Soweto Backpackers

Have you always wanted to go on a bicycle tour of Orlando? Lebo's Soweto Backpackers welcome visitors from around the city (and the world), to their backpackers lodge and exhilarating tours around Soweto year round. Over the last five weeks under lockdown, this has been impossible and like most local businesses, Lebo's Soweto Backpackers will need your help to survive.

Help keep Lebo's Soweto Backpackers going through lockdown and beyond by purchasing an experience package, valid for a whole year! Many of their tours have been discounted by up to 20%, so you can save a few pennies while still helping a local business. We like the sound of their two-hour bike ride through Soweto followed by a wholesome lunch. Here are the other experiences on offer for post-lockdown:

Get booking now!

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The Bioscope Independent Cinema 

Shortly before lockdown was implemented, The Bioscope Independent Cinema announced big news - they will be moving out of Maboneng and into the 44 Stanley complex in Milpark! This move was intended to offer faithful Bioscope audiences a greater variety of events and more space to enjoy world-class independent cinema. While we may not be able to enjoy this space for some time, you can help keep The Bioscope running from behind the scenes by purchasing one of their new benefit packages:

  1. Popcorn Benefit (R500 per person) – Complimentary and bottomless popcorn every time you visit The Bioscope in 2020, your name on the Friends Of The Bioscope plaque and automatic sign-up to The Cine Society club.
  2. Ticket Benefit (R1500 per person) – Complimentary access into ANY public screening in 2020 (subject to booking ahead via email). Complimentary and bottomless popcorn every time you visit The Bioscope in 2020, your name on the Friends Of The Bioscope plaque and automatic sign-up to The Cine Society club.
  3. Private Party Benefit (R3000) – For individuals and companies. This ticket gets you exclusive use of the cinema room for your own screening event! This will be for a date and time agreed upon in writing over email and gets you two hours in the cinema room. During this event, The Bioscope will offer all your guests complimentary, bottomless popcorn!

The Bioscope will be selling Benefit Tickets through their online ticketing system. Alternatively, you can contact them via email at [email protected]

Once In Joburg 

Joburg's only official 'poshtel' is the place to go for urban adventures on a budget. And, we can't think of any better way to celebrate once lockdown has ended. However, for the time being, Once In Joburg will be functioning as a safe haven for health care workers under the Ubuntu Beds Initiative. They are helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by offering doctors, nurses and stranded travellers a warm bed at night and a safe place to self-isolate.

You can show Once In Joburg just how much you appreciate their efforts by buying an experience package now, to enjoy later. Visit the Once Travel website to find out what experiences they have on offer. You can also donate to the Once Tribe Fund to help support the 57 of the hostel's most vulnerable staff during this time.

Once In Joburg

Underground Booksellers Tour 

Bridge Books is an independent seller of new and second-hand books with a focus on African literature. Their Underground Booksellers Tour is legendary for highlighting the rich literary culture of Johannesburg and showing people that there is more to the inner city than crime and degradation.

You can help support Bridge Books from under lockdown in various ways. The most simple of course, is to pre-order books for delivery after lockdown. However, you can also book your spot for the Underground Booksellers Tour (at half-price!) and their isiZulu classes, which will be taking place online until 29 April 2020.

Bridge Books will furthermore be running a crowdfunding campaign to support their non-profit project called the African Book Trust. Through this initiative, the store has sent thousands of books to rural and township schools and libraries all over the country. However, their focus for 2020 is on their own neighbourhood in the Joburg CBD. This community faces an uphill battle in light of the COVID-19 crisis, and as such Bridge Books are calling on their supporters for help. You can read more about this here.

Joburg Places

Another absolute must-visit Jozi tour is Joburg Places Migrant Cuisine Storytelling Dinner. Guests are treated to a delightful dinner at the Zwipi Underground Bar, before being whisked away on a night-time adventure through the inner city. Seeing as the only midnight expeditions we will be going on in the near future is to the fridge and back to bed, Joburg Places has reached out to their patrons for help.

You can help keep Joburg Places going for the rest of April by purchasing a ticket to a storytelling dinner or walking tour, to be enjoyed at the end of the lockdown period. When you purchase a spot at a future storytelling dinner, you get four seats for the price of three! Alternatively, you can simply buy a Forward Voucher to be redeemed at a later date. Your small contribution will go a long way towards assisting their staff and keeping them afloat until such time that they can resume normal activity. Buy your voucher here.

experience packages

Do you know of any other local businesses offering experience packages that can be used post-lockdown? Let us know about them! 

Indie Cinema In The Heart Of The City 

For a decade, The Bioscope Independent Cinema has advertised itself as Joburg's only truly independent cinema. Situated within the heart of the Maboneng Precinct, The Bioscope has offered Jozi film fundis the very best in local and international independent cinema. Not to mention their quirky repurposed car seats and legendary combo boxes, all of which have made a trip to The Bioscope a must on city explorers' bucket lists. The Bioscope has also been the host of many a film festival, promoting student work and independent artists throughout their 10 years in Maboneng.

Now, in celebration of their 10th anniversary, The Bioscope looks to a new future. They recently announced that the cinema will be moving out of Maboneng to a new home - 44 Stanley in Milpark!

Why The Move?

If you have ever visited The Bioscope in Maboneng, you will know that their space is superbly limited. The move to 44 Stanley marks an evolution of the cinema, which will soon be offering bigger and better events, such as private screenings, parties and conferences. The Bioscope will also be able to offer an extended gift shop, where you buy all assortments of trinkets and mementos at their new venue. Their sister company, Little Edish will be setting up shop right next door, too.

Nevertheless, Maboneng remains a special place in the hearts of The Bioscope's founders and fans. That's why their flagship pizza cafe, Chalkboard, will remain at the original venue. So, whenever you find yourself in Mabs with a hankering for good pizza or craft beer, pop by Chalkboard to reminiscence about the good old days of The Bioscope and enjoy a hearty meal.

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Lend A Hand

As a result of the national lockdown to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, The Bioscope was unable to host their final screenings at their Maboneng home. The cinema has always relied on their faithful and passionate patrons to see them through tough times, which is why they have introduced the Benefit Ticket system. While you may not be able to purchase tickets to upcoming shows, The Bioscope ask that you buy a Benefit Ticket to help get them through renovations at 44 Stanley in anticipation of your impending arrival. They will also be pioneering their own cinema club, The Cine Society - a platform for organising film meet ups and a way to meet people in your city that enjoy watching films as much as you do! All Benefit Ticket options will include membership to the Cine Society.

Here are the four Benefit Ticket options:

  1. Popcorn Benefit (R500 per person) – Complimentary and bottomless popcorn every time you visit The Bioscope in 2020, your name on the Friends Of The Bioscope plaque, and automatic sign-up to The Cine Society.
  2. Ticket Benefit (R1500 per person) – Complimentary access into ANY public screening in 2020 (subject to booking ahead via email). Complimentary and bottomless popcorn every time you visit The Bioscope in 2020, your name on the Friends Of The Bioscope plaque, and automatic sign-up to The Cine Society.
  3. Company Benefit (R2000) – For organisations and companies. Complimentary access for one member of your company or organisation into ANY public screening in 2020 (subject to booking ahead via email). Complimentary and bottomless popcorn for that one member’s visit, every time they visit The Bioscope in 2020. Your company name on the Friends Of The Bioscope plaque, and the automatic sign up of any willing company members to The Cine Society.
  4. Private Party Benefit (R3000) – For individuals and companies. This ticket gets you exclusive use of the cinema room for your own screening event! This will be for a date and time agreed upon in writing over email and gets you two hours in the cinema room. During this event, The Bioscope will offer all your guests complimentary, bottomless popcorn!

The Bioscope will be selling Benefit Tickets through their online ticketing system. Alternatively, you can contact them via email at [email protected]

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For More Information

Visit The Bioscope Independent Cinema website for more information. You can also follow them on Facebook for further updates on their big move and upcoming screenings.

We look forward to seeing you at the new Bioscope Independent Cinema! 

What Is It?

A slice of street life in South Africa’s Mdantsane township, known as the boxing Mecca of South Africa, Knuckle City follows the journey of Dudu Nyakama (Bongile Mantsai), a down-and-out, ageing boxer as he struggles to attain the one fight that he believes will uplift his fractured family. Contending that the underbelly of the boxing world is rife with criminality, Dudu unwittingly enlists the help of his reckless but resourceful, gangster brother who’s coming out of jail. Haunted by the ghost of their father, Dudu soon finds that the fight at home is far more challenging than any opponent he can possibly face in the ring.

Join The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Maboneng for special screenings of Knuckle City this March. Hailed as one of the best South African films for 2020, it's a must-see.

When Is It?

Screenings will take place on the following dates:

Saturday, 07 March 2020 at 18:00 and 20:20

Sunday, 08 March 2020 at 19:00

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 at 19:30

Where Is It?

The Bioscope Independent Cinema, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, City and Suburban, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R60 per person, or R110 per person for a movie ticket and Jack Black Lager Combo (1 large Margarita pizza and 1 440ml Original Brewers lager by Jack Black.)

Book your tickets here.

For more information 

Find more information on their website or social media pages:

Facebook -  www.facebook.com/thebioscopecinema

Instagram - www.instagram.com/thebioscope

Twitter - twitter.com/bioscopetonight

Details: [email protected] | 087 094 4195

What Is It?

The Bioscope Independent Cinema has yet again partnered with Shorts.TV to bring you a festival of the 2020 Oscar nominated short films. Come and see the filmic mastery before the Academy Awards on Sunday, 09 February 2020. Films from both the live action and animation categories will be screened at The Bioscope over the entire month. Click here to see the programmes for each category.

When Is It?

Friday, 07 February 2020 - Tuesday, 25 February 2020.

Where Is It?

The Bioscope Independent Cinema, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, City and Suburban, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R60 per person. Book yours here.

For More Information 

Visit The Bioscope's website for more information about the 2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films Festival and other upcoming events.

Details: 087 094 4195 | [email protected]

Alliance Française of Johannesburg - DibuKids

The Alliance Française of Johannesburg is dedicated to preserving and celebrating French culture, language and traditions in South Africa. That's why their DibuKids Club is so cool! Kids of all nationalities are welcome to join, so long as they have an appreciation for all things French. The multimedia library at the institute is filled with Francophile literature, films and music. The DibuKids Club hosts two yearly programmes at the institute, where kids can participate in fun activities and learning experiences. Twice a month on Saturdays, the club invites the little ones to join in on story time, film screenings and games. With different themes for each month, kids are offered a diverse experience of French culture. The club also invites children to participate in film criticism, opening up young minds and allowing them to communicate their ideas.

The best part about the DibuKids Club is that it costs nothing to join, apart from special events. All you have to do is bring the kids along on a Saturday morning at 11:00 to the Alliance Française in Parkwood. You can also follow their Facebook page for updates on events.

Details: 17 Lower Park Drive, Corner Kerry Road, Parkwood, Johannesburg | 011 646 1169 | [email protected]

The Bioscope Independent Cinema

While the Bioscope does not run separate film clubs for kids, as Joburg's only independent cinema, they often host screenings of classic kiddie movies and singalong events for young and old alike. Children may dress up as their favourite character or dress down in their pajamas. Ultimately, it's a super fun experience for young film critics in the making. Kids will also be delighted by the Bioscope's seating - refurbished car chairs make for an imaginative, yet comfortable sit.

The Bioscope frequently hosts rooftop cinema evenings as well, complete with bean bag chairs and 3-D glasses. Bring the kids along for a unique cinematic experience right in the heart of the Maboneng Precinct.

Details: 286 Fox Street, Maboneng, City and Suburban, Johannesburg | 087 094 4195 | [email protected]

kids film clubs

SK Club

Ster Kinekor Cinema's film club has been a family favourite for years. After all, who wouldn't want to be able to see more movies with the kids for less? Of course, there are half-price Tuesdays, but becoming an SK Club member offers you so much more. Kiddies can enjoy a bespoke birthday party experience at their favourite Ster Kinekor Cinema along with all their friends. Plus, families of four can cash in on the SK Club advantage by purchasing their tickets with a Standard Bank card. Scoring a 4 for 3 deal, families will be seeing a whole lot more movies than usual.

You can also join the SK Subscription Club, which ensures a limited or unlimited amount of movies per month. The limited option allows you to book four 2D or 3D movies for you and your family a month for a subscription price of *R249. You also get 20% off snacks and may use all four tickets at once, so the whole family can go out for movie night. If that isn't enough to satisfy the hunger for good cinema, then pick the unlimited option. Offering an unlimited amount of movies each month, this subscription is perfect for cinema addicts. Watch up to five movies a day with this card, which costs only *R349 per month per person.

Sign up for the SK Subscription Club here.

Details: 0861 668 437 | [email protected]

NuMetro Scene Club

NuMetro also has their very own rewards club for you and the kids to join for free. With this card, you start earning points right away - you accumulate 10 points for every R1 spent on tickets or snacks. Once you have acquired enough points, you can spend them on more movie tickets or snacks. You will also be the first to know about upcoming screenings, events and specials at the cinema. Kids as young as 12 may sign up for their own Scene Club Card, with the written consent of a legal guardian, of course. So, even if your teen chooses to leave you behind for a movie night out with their friends, they will be earning points on their purchase. Sign up here.

Your favourite NuMetro Cinema complex is the ideal place for your child's next birthday. More than just your average cinema experience, NuMetro offers VIP recliner seats, a la carte menus designed by expert chefs, cocktails for parents, state of the art audio and projection and 4-D thrills. Use you Scene Club Card to book tickets for your child's birthday party and get discounts on snacks for all their friends.

Details: 0861 246 362 | [email protected]

Do you know of any other film clubs for kids in the city? Let us know about them! 

Encounters Festival

The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Maboneng is the official host of the Encounters Documentary Festival. Bringing Joburg film lovers the very best South African and international documentaries, covering a range of topics from music legends to politics and global warming. The Encounters Festival usually takes place at the Bioscope around June each year, taking place over 10 days. Tickets cost an average of *R60 per show.

The Bioscope is also the host of the annual Brazilian and Argentine Film Festivals. As Joburg's only independent cinema venue, The Bioscope is the place to go to see world-class niche films. If you have never visited them, add it to your bucket list as soon as possible.

Details: 286 Fox Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg | 087 094 4195 | [email protected]

WITS Hispanic Film Festival

This past August, the WITS Centre for Mexican Studies hosted their second Hispanic Film Festival. Hoping to spark an interest in Hispanic culture, the Spanish language and cinema from South America in general, the centre screened a number of Argentinian, Mexican and Chilean films. The festival was also open to the public and will hopefully be continued in coming years. Offering Joburg audiences a peek into the South American film canon, from dark political dramas to family comedies, this is definitely one film festival you won't want to miss in future.

Details: WITS University East Campus, Seminar Room, Humanities Graduate Centre, Southwest Engineering Building | [email protected]

film festivals

Jozi Film Festival 

The Jozi Film Festival is Johannesburg's longest-running, multi-genre film festival. Hosting their latest event in October 2019, the Jozi Film Festival was screened in collaboration between Hyde Park NuMetro Cinemas, The Bioscope in Maboneng and Theatre in the Park. Featuring top South African documentaries and films, as well as international features, this three-day festival is an annual must, so keep an eye out for updates on next year's lineup.

Follow them on Facebook for more information.

Joburg Film Festival 

Kicking off their third annual event this November, the Joburg Film Festival brings you over 60 global curated films. Partnering with Multichoice, the festival aims to highlight the work of African filmmakers hailing from 16 different countries on the continent. Hosted across six venues in Johannesburg, the festival takes on a Hollywood-type glamour this year. Featuring three programmes over six days, it will culminate in a glamorous awards ceremony in Sandton. The highly-anticipated Amazing Grace, a documentary about the life and music of Aretha Franklin, will also be screened at the festival. Don't miss out!

The Joburg Film Festival takes place from Tuesday, 19 November 2019 - Sunday, 24 November 2019. Click here to see participating venues.

Details: +27 11 328 1600 | [email protected]

European Film Festival 

Rounding off a year of superb local and international film festivals is the sixth annual European Film Festival. Hosted by Cinema Nouveau Rosebank, the festival features films from 12 European countries. Most of these titles have been pegged to represent their countries at the 2020 Academy Awards, so they are well worth seeing. Featuring political thrillers, dream-like Expressionist romances and coming of age comedies, the European Film Festival is certain to delight film fundis. Tickets only cost *R67 per show, so make sure you come out to see at least a few.

The European Film Festival opens at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank on Friday, 29 November 2019 and runs until Sunday, 08 December 2019.

Click here to see the full programme.

Details: 078 500 4488 | [email protected]

Do you know of any other film festivals that take place in Johannesburg? Let us know about them!

Great Dane

Where: Great Dane, 5 De Beer Street

The reviews on their Facebook page speak volumes — people truly love this joint. "Great Dane this weekend, friend?" is the set question when you want to hang out in town. Why is it always packed? Because of the vibe, the cool DJs, the cocktails, the quirky decor, we could go on and on. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

Great Dane

Kitchener's 

Where: Kitchener's, 71 Juta Street

Kitchener's is one of the oldest bars in Joburg, it has a rocking dance floor and also serves the most amazing burgers. There are so many reasons to go there! Plus, it's got a great atmosphere and is a cool place to catch up with friends and have a few drinks. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Neighbourgoods Market

Where: Neighbourgoods Market, 73 Juta Street

Here's an inner-city market situated in what was once an office building. It's got a chilled vibe where you can enjoy great music, gourmet food from all over the world and buy fresh produce. Sip wine or craft beer while sitting in the main hall at long tables or enjoy the city views from the upstairs section. Visit this website for more information.

Neighbourgoods Market

Joziburg Lane, No. One Eloff

Where: 1 Eloff Street, Salisbury Claims

Tucked away in the CBD, people aren't really aware of this beautiful spot. If you're looking for a true African vibe, this is the right place, decorated with Shangaan bags as you enter. Joziburg Lane is an inner-city hotspot that's part of the No. One Eloff building with a food hall, deli, tasting bar and shops to check out. To see what else is available, click here.

JoziBurg No. One Eloff

The Marabi Club

Where: The Marabi Club, 47 Sivewright Avenue, New Doornfontein

Ever been to New York? The Marabi Club recreates a Big Apple vibe that feels like the real thing. Offering superb food and drinks, the cherry on top is the live jazz performances. The Marabi Club is where the black cultural and intellectual movement flourishes with an outpouring of artistic, literary and musical talent. Come and see for yourself, the night awaits. Visit this website for more information.

Marabi Club

The Bioscope Independent Cinema

Where: The Bioscope Independent Cinema, 286 Fox Street, Jeppestown

If you're looking for something different for a movie night, this is the place to check out. The Bioscope is a single-screen picture house with a café and bar, presenting indie and world cinema, plus live music. Sold? Click here for more information.

The Living Room

Where: 5th Floor Main Change Building, 20 Kruger Street, Maboneng Precinct

The Living Room tops the list of places to go in Maboneng. It's ideal for Sunday sundowners, for people who like to escape the busy city and get ready for the week ahead by winding down. Come and enjoy this rooftop bar with good music, great food and a fun vibe. Visit this website for more information.

The Living Room

Pata Pata Restaurant

Where: Pata Pata Restaurant, 286 Fox Street, Jeppestown

"Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata." This place is named after Miriam Makeba's famous Pata-Pata song. Come here to listen to great live SA music, eat fairly typical cuisine, couched among easy burgers and salads for the more wary. It's also a popular place among tourists. For more information, click here.

The Third Place

Where: The Third Place, 39 Gwigwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown

If you are around Newtown and are looking for something out of the ordinary, be sure to check this joint out. Here, patrons have the freedom to express themselves socially, artistically, musically and culturally. They define themselves as "the black sheep of the disco scene", a more apt description, we do not have.

The Third Place

The Bannister Hotel

Where: The Bannister Hotel, 9 De Beer St, Braamfontein

If you find yourself in Braamfontein, be sure to check out The Bannister Hotel. This 'home away from home' offers the best of both worlds, fun entertainment and delicious dining. Have a good 'ol party any night of the week and crash at this inner-city hotel.

The Artivist

Where: Artivist, 7 Reserve Street, Braamfontein

The Artivist's popularity has been escalating since its opening. An exciting bar, eatery and gallery, it fills a gap in the market in Braam for those who seek a slightly more mature and upmarket venue. With good food and cocktails on the menu, it appeals to the neighbourhood's young professional crowd. So make sure you come on over! Follow them on the 'Gram for more information.

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Know of any other great hangouts in Joburg CBD? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

What Is It?

'Above Us Only Sky' reveals the depth of the creative collaboration between John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Partnering on John’s ‘Imagine’ album, they changed the history of music.

'Above Us Only Sky' outlines the relevance of John and Yoko's music. It also delves into their message to a contemporary audience. The film examines how the art, activism, politics and music of the pair are intrinsically entwined. This documentary-style biopic got full cooperation from and exclusive access to Yoko Ono and the John Lennon Estate, making it a must-see for fans and historians.

Featuring never-seen-before footage of John and Yoko, new interviews and archive material, 'Above Us Only Sky' illustrates how the underlying message of the album was one of radical engagement, and that it is as relevant today as ever. See it at the Bioscope Independent Cinema in Maboneng this October.

When Is It?

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 - Thursday, 17 October 2019.

Where Is It?

The Bioscope Independent Cinema, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R60 per person. Or, you can get a pizza and FiftyOne Cider Combo with your ticket for only R110!

Book yours here.

For more information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/thebioscopecinema

Details:  087 094 4195 | [email protected]

What Is It?

The Jozi Film Festival is Joburg's longest-running, multi-genre film festival. Hosted in collaboration by Hyde Park NuMetro Cinemas, The Bioscope in Maboneng and Theatre in Park, this four day festival is a must-attend.

Featuring South African feature films, documentaries and short fiction, as well as a number of international pictures, the Jozi Film Festival brings film fundis the best in cinema. If you manage to see only one film, we recommend 'Someone to Blame – The Ahmed Timol Inquest' directed by Enver Samuel. It will be screened at the Bioscope Independant Cinema on Friday, 04 October 2019. Don't miss it!

When Is It?

Thursday, 03 October 2019 - Sunday, 06 October 2019.

Where Is It?

The Bioscope Independent Cinema, 286 Fox Street, City and Suburban, Johannesburg.

Hyde Park NuMetro, Hyde Park Corner, Jan Smuts Ave & William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

Theatre in the Park, Delta Park, 77 Craighall Rd, Victory Park, Randburg, Johannesburg.

Click here to see schedules for each venue.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R50 - R120 per person. Book yours here.

For More Information

For more information visit their website, or follow their social media pages:

Facebook - facebook.com/JoziFilmFestival

Twitter - twitter.com/JoziFilmFest

What Is It?

The Bioscope Independent Cinema proudly bring you another edition of NoodleBox Cinema! Enjoy your box of noodles while watching the best of Anime and Kung Fu action on the big screen. 

This month's NoodleBox feature is Kung Pow! Enter The Fist. Writer, director, and star Steve Oedekerk lampoons the martial arts genre with this action spoof that digitally mixes new scenes with poorly dubbed footage from the vintage 1976 film Savage Killers. Originally titled "The Dubbed Action Movie," this ridiculous parody saw its release delayed several times, finally reaching theaters two years after it was shot.

Don't miss the Bioscope's screening of this hilarious tongue-in-cheek film.

When Is It?

Friday, 20 September 2019 at 20:00.

Where Is It?

The Bioscope Independent Cinema, 286 Fox Street, City and Suburban, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R60 per person without noodles, or R80 per person with your choice of noodles - beef, chicken or vegetable flavour. 

Book your tickets here.

For More Information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook – facebook.com/thebioscopecinema

twitter – twitter.com/bioscopetonight

Instagram – instagram.com/thebioscope

Details:

[email protected] | Tel: 087 094 4195

What Is It?

The Bioscope presents Losing Lerato - The Day I Lost My Daughter directed by Sanele Zulu. This touching story about the lengths a parent will go to, to be with their child is a must-see for South African audiences.

Losing Lerato follows Thami, who has recently lost his job at a top firm following accusations of fraudulent activities. This is the last straw for his wife Noluthando who, fearing a drop in her standard of living, abandons her marriage, taking their daughter Lerato with her.

Thami goes to extreme lengths to be reunited with his daughter, even kidnapping Lerato from school. They then flee Johannesburg for Kimberley by bus. This is an ill-conceived move puts Thami on a collision course with the law.

As Thami’s actions put his life, that of Lerato and their fellow passengers in danger, leading to a high-stakes hostage situation on the bus, a shot rings out…

When Is It?

Saturday, 14 September 2019 - Tuesday, 24 September 2019.

Where Is It?

The Bioscope, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, City and Suburban, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R60 per person for a standard ticket, or R110 per person for a pizza and FiftyOne cider combo with you movie ticket.

Get yours here.

For more information

Visi the Bioscope website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook – facebook.com/thebioscopecinema

twitter – twitter.com/bioscopetonight

Instagram – instagram.com/thebioscope

Details:

[email protected] | Tel: 087 094 4195

What Is It?

Miles Davis: horn player, bandleader, innovator. Elegant, intellectual, vain. Callous, conflicted, controversial. Magnificent, mercurial. Genius. The man with a sound so beautiful it could break your heart.

The Bioscope Indepdenent Cinema is proud to host special screenings of Miles Davis: Birth of Cool. Kicking off this September, the anniversary of his passing in 1991. The film explores the life and career of musical giant and cultural icon Miles Davis, a true visionary, innovator and originator who defied categorization and embodied the word cool.

Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes, and rare photos, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool tells the story of a truly singular talent and unpacks the man behind the horn. Don't miss it!

When Is It?

Saturday, 28 September 2019 at 20:00.

Where Is It?

The Bioscope, 286 Fox Street, City and Suburban, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R60 per person, or R110 for a pizza and aces blonde cider combo. Get yours here!

For more information

Visit the Bioscope's website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Twitter - twitter.com/bioscopetonight

Instagram - instagram.com/thebioscope

Contact them on 087 094 4195 or via email at [email protected]

The Iron Giant (1999) 

Warner Bros. The Iron Giant is an animated feature based on Ted Hughes' 1968 novel, The Iron Man. While the film was considered a box office failure, it later became a family cult classic thanks to home releases.

Set during the Cold War in 1957, the film centres on a young boy named Hogarth Hughes, who discovers and befriends a gigantic metallic robot fallen from outer space. With the help of a beatnik artist named Dean McCoppin, Hogarth attempts to prevent the U.S. military and Kent Mansley, a paranoid federal agent, from finding and destroying the Giant.

The Iron Giant will surprise you and the kids with its fragility and tenderness in portraying an alien, metal-eating robot. Voiced by Vin Diesel, the Iron Giant is bound to become a family favourite character. Get a signature edition of this movie classic from takealot.com featuring two new scenes and remastered sound.

Once Upon a Forest (1993)

Climate change is unfortunately a reality which confronts children as they learn and grow. Introducing them to the concept can be difficult, so why not start off the conversation with an animated feature? Once Upon a Forest addresses the issue of deforestation through the eyes of four furlings - the name given to the anthropomorphic animal children of the film.

Abigail,the woodmouse; Edgar, the mole; and Russell, the hedgehog must risks their lives to save their friend Michelle, the badger from a dangerous man-made poison. They embark on a perilous journey to find the ingredients needed to brew a healing tonic for Michelle. To the Furlings astonishment, they discover that not all humans are out to destroy the forest. They also learn that if everyone plays their part to save the forest, everything will turn out alright.

Teach the kids a valuable lesson with this delightful film. While it may not be a visual masterpiece, the characters are endearing and the message powerful. Get yourself a copy from loot.co.za.

Coraline (2009)

Henry Selick's Coraline is stop-motion animation at its very best and most scary. (Selick is the esteemed director behind The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach.) Adapted from Neil Gaiman's 2002 children's adventure novel of the same name, Coraline is brilliantly crafted by Laika Studios.

Coraline Jones is a curious and somewhat obnoxious pre-teen. When she and her family move to Ashland, Oregon, Coraline is determined to find herself an adventure. However, Coraline gets much more than she had bargained for when she discovers a tiny door in the living room wall. Leading her to an alternative universe filled with mysterious delights and an Other Mother, this door becomes Coraline's escape. But, things are not what they seem and she must ultimately fight her way back to the real world.

Coraline is the perfect alternative animated film for young adolescents with a dark, twisty side. Featuring a tenacious female protagonist, clever songs and great voice overs from the likes of Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher, it's a must-see. You can pick up a DVD boxset featuring Coraline, as well as Laika's equally creepy ParaNorman from loot.co.za, or stream it on Netflix.

My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

Ma vie de Courgette; also titled My Life as a Zucchini is a Swiss-French stop-motion animated comedy-drama. This  highly intelligent film has been nominated for a number of international awards, and holds a 98% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Despite its frivolous name, My Life as a Zucchini deals with a range of serious issues including abuse, alcoholism and bullying. Nevertheless, it remains at its core a film for children and young adults. Icare, or "Courgette" as he prefers to be called, accidentally pushes his drunken mother down the stairs, causing her death. He is taken under the wing of a police officer, Raymond, who places him in an orphanage. Courgette struggles to find friends at first, and is bullied by Simon a long-time resident of the orphanage. However, Simon and Courgette form an unlikely bond upon the arrival of Camille, a quietly pretty girl with a few dark secrets of her own.

My Life as a Zucchini is a touching and joyful ode to children who have had to face the realities of adult life at a young age. If you are unable to find a copy of the film, get in touch with The French Institute of South Africa. Their DibuKids Movie Club has hosted screenings of this magical film in the past. They also screen other great alternative animated movies twice a month on a Wednesday evening.

Persepolis (2007)

Persepolis is an animated, semi-autobiographical film based on Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel of the same name. It tells the story of a young girl, Marji, who flees her home country of Iran, to escape the violence and persecution of the burgeoning revolution in the 1970s.

Persepolis is both visually stunning and thought-provoking. While it is intended for adult audiences, teenagers may also find great joy in watching it. The female hero is immediately relatable, as she struggles through insecurities, bad relationships and loneliness. Switching between past and present, the film draws you into Marji's story, which is filled with moments of childhood innocence, teenage angst and adult remorse.

Persepolis is a great movie for moms and daughters to bond over. You can purchase it from Apple iTunes or Google Play Movies. 

The Little Prince (2015)

If you haven't picked up by now, I am a huge fan of stop-motion animation. The Little Prince is just another one of those wonderful alternative animated movies for kids which uses the art of stop-motion, combined with computer animation, to tell a heart-warming story. Based on the 1943 novella of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince encourages children to dream and tell stories.

A young girl discovers the joy of storytelling and friendship when she meets an old aviator who tells her the tale of the Little Prince. When the aviator falls ill, the girl must fly his plane into space to find the Prince. There she uncovers a planet inhabited by workaholic adults, quite similar to her tyrant of a mother. The Little Prince is now all grown up, but with the help of the girl, he recovers his memory as well as his younger self. The little girl is ultimately reunited with her mother, as they both learn to balance work and dreams.

If you and the kids haven't seen The Little Prince yet, get right on it! Get yourself the DVD from takealot.com

Revolting Rhymes (2016) 

Revolting Rhymes is a multi award-winning South African film produced by Triggerfish Animation. This animated adaptation of Roald Dahl's fairy tale anthology for children will delight family members young and old. Bringing Dahl's quirky characters to life in vivid colour and sound, Revolting Rhymes is a feat for South African animation.

See Dahl's dark but comical take on Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf and The Three Little Pigs take form. The filmmakers have also been praised for their references to illustrator Quentin Blake's iconic drawings in their animations.

Revolting Rhymes is available to stream on Showmax.

Do you know of any other alternative animated movies for kids? Let us know about them!

What Is It?

The Bioscope Independent Cinema is bringing you a great selection of award-winning Brazilian films this July. In partnership with the Embassy of Brazil, the Bioscope presents the 2019 Brazilian Film Festival. Courtesy of the embassy, all films are free of charge. So, you really have no excuse not to attend.

The first film on the line-up is Linha de Passe, a story about four brothers from a poor family who need to fight to follow their dreams. The film  stars Sandra Corveloni, who won the Best Actress Award at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival for her role. Second on the bill is Nise - The Heart of Madness. Based on the life of psychiatrist Nise da Silveira, a pioneer of occupational therapy in Brazil, the film is set in 1944. After leaving prison, Dra. Nise da Silveira is back at work in a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. She brazenly refuses to employ electroshock and lobotomy in the treatment of schizophrenics. Ridiculed by doctors, she is forced to take the abandoned Sector for Occupational Therapy. Here she starts a revolution through art, dogs and love.

Film fundis, this is definitely one not to miss. Book your free tickets as soon as possible to avoid losing out.

When Is It?

Linha de Passe - Sunday, 14 July 2019 at 14:00.

Nise - The Heart of Madness - Sunday, 21 July 2019 at 14:00.

Where Is It?

The Bioscope Independent Cinema, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are free. But, please reserve your seats here.

For more information

For more information, visit the Bioscope's website.

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Contact them on 087 094 4195 or via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

Sylvia Vollenhoven and Fredrik Gertten's Jozi Gold is headed to the Bioscope this July. A fictionalisation about the Joburg gold mining industry and the radioactive waste it has left behind. Johannesburg mines have produced a third of all the gold mined in human history. But now the gold is running out. And as the mines fall apart, the city must confront an environmental nightmare. Tons of radioactive waste pollute the air and turn water into poison every day.

In steps an unlikely hero - the glamorous Mariette Liefferink. A grandmother who totters across this apocalyptic wasteland with perfectly manicured nails, in impossibly high heels and a Chinese cheongsam dress. Mariette is on a relentless mission to uncover the truth and force the gold industry to clean up its dangerous mess. She reaches out across South Africa’s sharp social divides, from poor shantytown dwellers to Afrikaner farmers. Governments, NGOs and international scientists all call on her for help, too.

Don't miss the screenings of Jozi Gold at the Bioscope Independent Cinema.

When Is It?

Friday, 12 July 2019 - Wednesday, 24 July 2019. To view show dates and times, click here.

Where Is It?

The Bioscope Independent Cinema, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R50 per person, or R102 per person for a ticket, pizza and Durban Poison combo. Get your tickets online via the Bioscope's website.

For more information  

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Or, contact them on 087 094 4195 or via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

So, you've never seen Delicatessen? Never fear, because the Bioscope Independent Cinema has you covered. Bringing you must-see movies you may have just not gotten around to seeing, or those simply worth re-watching. This September, the Bioscope present Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's French classic, Delicatessen.

A post-apocalyptic future becomes the setting for pitch black humor in this visually intricate French comedy. The action occurs within a single apartment complex, owned by the same man that operates the downstairs butcher shop. It's a particularly popular place to live, thanks to the butcher's uncanny ability to find excellent cuts of meat despite the horrible living conditions outside. The newest building superintendent, a former circus clown, thinks he has found an ideal living situation. All that changes, however, when he discovers the true source of the butcher's meat, and that he may be the next main course. 

If you have seen the film before, bring along friends or family who haven't. Anyone who brings someone who hasn't seen the film before, earns themselves a FREE bucket of The Bioscope's finest popcorn! There are also other prizes up for grabs, including a Bioscope t-shirt. See you there!

When Is It?

Sunday, 22 September 2019 at 17:00

Where Is It?

The Bioscope Independent Cinema, 286 Fox Street, City and Suburban, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

General tickets cost R60 per person and tickets for a pizza, FiftyOne Cider and ticket combo cost R110 per person. Tickers can be purchased here

For More Information?

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What Is It?

The Bioscope Independent Cinema host regular Cult Classic Movie Nights for movie lovers of all ages. This June, the Bioscope will be hosting a screening of Harvey (1950) - a classic movie about a wealthy drunk who starts having visions of a giant rabbit. Chaos ensues as he starts to introduce Harvey to other people.

This screening is in aid of the incredible work done by Berario Bunnies, Bunny Tales Rescue, The Lonehill Bunnies and The Strawberry Foundation. All proceeds will go towards these foundations to ensure the continued care of abandoned bunnies.

Harvey  is a fun family film, so bring the kids along for a day out at the cinema. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

When Is It?

Saturday, 29 June 2019 at 11:30 - 15:00.

Where Is It?

The Bioscope Independent Cinema, 286 Fox Street, City and Suburban, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R100 per person. Email your proof of payment to [email protected] to book your seats. Visit this Facebook page for banking details.

For More Information

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Contact them on 083 679 2243 or via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

Toy Story was Pixar's first big animated blockbuster. With a cast of endearing toy characters, a terrifying child enemy and a tale about true friendship, it was bound to be a success. Twenty-four years on, Toy Story is still delighting children and adults alike. The fourth installment of the series will be released later this year. But, in the meantime, you can enjoy all three movies at the Bioscope Independent Cinema in Maboneng.

The Bioscope host an annual Christmas movie marathon. However, this year they are shaking things up to bring you your favourite group of friends on the big screen. Enjoy 4 hours and 36 minutes of cowboys and space rangers, in a back-to-back Toy Story movie marathon! Those who make it right to the end will get to sign a special marathon poster. As it is Youth Day, bring the kids along too. What better way could there be to celebrate our freedom and being young than bingeing on your favourite family-friendly movies?

The Bioscope also ask that you bring along a couple of old toys. These will be donated to the nearby Ethemebeni Children's Home. After all, every toy deserves a second life in the hands of a deserving child.

When Is It?

Monday, 17 June 2019.

Movie marathon schedule:

12:00 pm - 13:20 pm Toy Story 1
13:20 pm - 13:30 pm INTERMISSION
13:30 pm - 15:00 pm Toy Story 2
15:00 pm - 15:30 pm INTERMISSION
15:30 pm - 17:15 pm Toy Story 3

Where Is It?

The Bioscope, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R70 per person for all three movies! Get yours here.

For more information

For more information, visit the Bioscope's website or their Facebook page.

Contact them on 087 094 4195 or via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

Disney's live action version of the Lion King will release this July. Starring the vocal talents of our very own John Kani as Rafiki and Beyoncé as Nala, this blockbuster has fans super excited.

In the run-up to the film's release, The Bioscope will be hosting a Lion King sing-along movie evening. Joburg's only independent cinema has previously hosted Rocky Horror, Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins and The Greatest Showman sing-alongs. Thanks to the success of these events, The Lion King fans can now belt out their favourite movie ballads without guilt or shame.

This is one for all ages, including the 30 year old kids out there. For the adults, there will be a complimentary shot of Rafiki's "special medicine"* to help get the vocal chords warmed up. In addition, wherever possible, there will be a couple of friends in the audience to help lead the singing and get the pitching right!

*(alcohol not for persons under the age of 18).

Lion King

The Lion King (1994)

The Bioscope also ask that you bring along some props to enhance the experience:

1. Bring a plush toy you can raise at the moments anyone is held up high at Pride Rock by Rafiki.

2. Sour worms to eat when Simba tries out Timon and Pumbaa's diet.

We'll see you there!

When Is It?

Saturday, 22 June & Sunday, 23 June 2019.

Show times:

Saturday - 14:00, 16:00 and 18:00

Sunday - 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00

Where Is It?

286 Fox Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R60 per person. Get yours here!

For more information

For more information, visit the Bioscope's website.

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Contact them on 087 094 4195 or via email at in[email protected]

 

What Is It?

The Bioscope Independent Cinema is proud to once again host Encounters, The South African International Documentary Film Festival. Coming to you direct from the world’s leading festivals, Encounters has secured the rights to screen 2019’s most acclaimed documentaries. These films will take you on a diverse journey - from the front row of high-fashion’s runways to eavesdropping on an international racist conspiracy with South African ties. Expect tributes to Pan-Africanism via Fela Kuti, as well as Afrika Bambaataa’s search for his routes in Kwa-Zulu Natal. This year's selection is overflowing with top quality choices for documentary fans.

For the full festival programme, click here.

When Is It?

Friday, 7 June 2019 - Sunday, 16 June 2019.

Show dates and times are available on the Bioscope's website.

Where Is It?

The Bioscope, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R60 per person for every show. Get yours here.

For more information

For more information, visit the Bioscope's Facebook page.