SPOTLIGHT | 'Dune' opening this weekend; highlights from DC Fandome

Win merchandise as reimagined SF classic hits the big screen; DC virtual event highlights; plus a preview of 'Cyrano' and details of a sneak peak of 'Monster Family 2'

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This week we focus on the much anticipated science-fiction/adventure cinema release Dune, coming to screens this Friday, October 22. The adaptation by Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival, Prisoners) from the 1965 Frank Herbert science-fiction classic novel promises to draw a closer connection to the book.

Villeneuve is known for making visually inventive, sensitive and unflinching films and this reimagining could not have fallen into a better director’s hands. With audiovisual technology at its fore, the 2021 Imax 3D version is in a league of its own - promising to be a cinematic feast, best enjoyed on the big screen. The stellar cast includes Rebecca Ferguson, Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Zendaya and Jason Momoa.

Don’t miss presenter Collette Prince talking to moviegoers and Spotlight prize-winners at the first advance premiere screenings of the film, held last week.

This Spotlight episode also brings you the chance to catch up on all the highlights from last week’s global DC Fandome, so if you missed this virtual event, featuring all the developments around DC Comics film and other news, get all the updates and full trailers on our Facebook page: @Spotlight South Africa.

On a romantic note, Cyrano, directed by Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, Pan, Anna Karenina) stars Peter Dinklage and Kelvin Harrison Jr and is slated for release later in the year. Catch the trailer: the movie promises to bring a fresh approach to this  famous story of wordplay vs swordplay rivalry in pursuit of the affections of a woman.

Catch all the details of the Halloween paid sneak previews of the quirky, crazy and scary family sequel, Monster Family 2, an ideal trick to treat your loved ones to on Sunday October 31 at 10am.

For all the clips, interviews and trailers visit our Facebook page @Spotlight South Africa.  See you at the movies!

Presenter Collette Prince is dressed by Kalea Collective.

Win Dune merchandise hampers

In this week’s competition giveaway stand a chance to win a hamper of Dune movie merchandise.

Question: Name the director of the new Dune film, at cinemas from October 22.

To enter, please visit @Spotlight South Africa on Facebook for competition details. Terms and conditions apply.

Winners will be drawn randomly and notified by SMS after the competition has closed.  Entrants’ personal details will not be retained for marketing purposes. Winners have to provide proof of age (ID/driver’s licence) and cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. By entering participants agree to have their names published on TimesLIVE, SowetanLIVE and Spotlight SA on Facebook. Employees of Arena Holdings and their family members are not eligible to enter.