Atlas Studios has hosted the First Wednesday Film Club (FWFC) since it's inception in 2004. What started as an initiative aiming to encourage young filmmakers to share their work, be exposed to films of different genres, network and be creatively inspired has, five years later, grown to become an institution.
Initially the target group was professionals in the film and TV industries, but over time the film club has grown to reach a broader group of film lovers who are interested in watching specific films that are not available on the local film circuit and who value the easy going and inspiring atmosphere of this monthly event. With one screening per month - the first Wednesday of the month - the FWFC exposes and explores different countries and themes. Food that matches the theme or country of the evening and music by well-known DJs contribute to give the audience an artistic and culinary experience in addition to a creative boost. The films are followed by vibrant and interesting discussions and Q&A sessions with attending filmmakers.
While being inclusive and continuing to attract a growing audience, the FWFC has managed to remain intimate enough for the patrons, many of them well known profiles in their respective fields, to feel so at home and at ease that they come back every first Wednesday of the month.



by, Horace Ove' CBE

July 2nd     7:30/8:00 pm

Free Screening


- FWFC Proudly Presents in Collaboration with Connect/ZA the British Council

Studio 4

YEAR:   1969
DIRECTOR:   Horace Ove' CBE
DURATION:   44 min


On August 2 this year the brilliant writer, activist and thinker James Baldwin would have turned 90 years old. "Go tell it on the mountain" and other novels established Baldwin as a major voice in American literature. His writing was informed by his experiences as a black gay man during a time when neither was fashionable. In addition he became a leading force in the American Civil Rights Movement.

Independent filmmaker Horace Ove' CBE made the first feature film made by a black filmmaker in the UK. During the early days of the British civil rights movement, in 1969 Ove' filmed a legendary conversation between James Baldwin and British comedian and activist Dick Gregory at the West Indian Students' Centre in London and turned it into this legendary documentary. 45 years later the film with the provocative title is as relevant as ever and incredibly entertaining and inspiring at that.

- Film courtesy of Horace Ove' CBE (with the support of the British Council)
- FREE SCREENING, REFRESHMENTS. Limited seating, come early


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First Wednesday is a casual networking forum, a platform for exposure, and an opportunity for the South African TV/Film industry to grow. Each First Wednesday event has a theme for the evening that carries through to the film chosen, food served, entertainment, and special guests. We encourage all filmmakers to send their short films, animations, documentaries and feature films for exposure and feedback at these monthly gatherings, held on the First Wednesday of Every Month at Atlas Studios from 7:30pm. The First Wednesday Film Club @ Atlas Studios is brought to you in proud association with The Gauteng Film Commission South Africa.
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