subscribe Support our award-winning journalism. The Premium package (digital only) is R30 for the first month and thereafter you pay R129 p/m now ad-free for all subscribers.
Subscribe now
Picture: Stuart C Wilson/Getty Images for Warner Bros
Picture: Stuart C Wilson/Getty Images for Warner Bros

A good week for Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig is suddenly a star — off screen, of course. The US director of the fantasy comedy Barbie is no overnight success, however. The 39-year-old has been slogging it out in Hollywood for about 20 years, also as an actor and screenwriter. Her movie made history, breaking records in its first week, raking in $155m on the opening weekend in the US and $337m worldwide. It broke the record for a woman director too, surpassing the $103m opening of Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman, which Gerwig credited as a trailblazing project for women in cinema.

Picture: Masi Losi
Picture: Masi Losi

A bad week for Bathabile Dlamini

It’s hard to know what the ANC Women’s League stands for; it doesn’t seem to be women’s rights. It was once a staunch supporter of Jacob Zuma and during its congress at the weekend, woman-beater Mduduzi Manana appeared to be running the show from behind the scenes and, on occasion, even in front. But at least the league knows a liar when it sees one. It gave a former president, the convicted perjurer Bathabile Dlamini, short shrift in the voting: 6%. It was probably more than she deserved.

subscribe Support our award-winning journalism. The Premium package (digital only) is R30 for the first month and thereafter you pay R129 p/m now ad-free for all subscribers.
Subscribe now

Would you like to comment on this article?
Sign up (it's quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.