As part of its strategy to take cinema back to the streets, the GFC is rolling out Season III of Gauteng Bioscope. This follows two approaches, one around utilising multipurpose centres in the townships to create interactive sessions where people can go to free screenings and also engage with filmmakers, and the other targeting Black Diamonds, encouraging them to go to the cinema.

Last week the community screenings kicked off with Vincent Moloi's A Pair of Boots and a Bicycle at the Thusong Centre in Mamelodi. Season III will involve 8 townships across Gauteng, with screenings at 40 multipurpose Thusong community centres (under the GCIS) through July to November this year. At the free screenings, which will initially focus on local content supported by the GFC, the filmmaker will attend and will give a talk about filmmaking and their experiences.

Filmmakers who would like to submit content for screenings are invited to contact Kgomotso Tabane of the GFC on +27 11 833-0409 or email ktabane@gautengfilm.org.za.

Community Screenings Venues Date
Bronkhorspruit 5 July; 12 July; 19 July; 26 July

Attridgeville

4 July; 11 July; 18 July; 25 July

Kwa Thema

1 August; 8 August; 15 August; 22 August

Daveyton

9 August; 16 August; 23 August; 30 August

Diepsloot

5 September; 12 September; 19 September; 26 September

Dobsonville

6 September; 13 September; 20 September; 27 September

Ratanda

4 October; 11 October; 18 October; 25 October

Kagiso

8 November; 15 November; 22 November; 29 November
At the end of this month, the GFC launches its intimate screenings at exclusive pubs in the townships, targeting Black Diamonds.  The approach, of mixing food, music and film, aims to demonstrate the wonder of film, encouraging a love of film and a move back to cinemas.