Local Flavour: An Interview with Luke Tyler

Sometimes you meet people and the encounter is merely a brief interlude before you move onto the next thing and sometimes you meet people and they engage you in such a way that you spend hours talking to them. Luke Tyler is clearly of the latter ilk. An up-and-coming actor from South Africa, he exudes a combination of old-school charm – the kind of person who apologises for being late when he’s actually early – and new-age savvy, indicative of a performer who is not only professional but intelligent to boot. Fast coming to the fore with roles in Dark Tide, Chronicle and Dredd 3-D, Luke says he has always been a performer and now, as an actor, “I’ve just found a name for it and a way to get paid for it”. Initially, he did not believe “performing was anything viable to do professionally” and enrolled for graphic design. Although accepted, something drew him back. This compulsion led to a gap year working in the U.S.A and upon his return he started studying under the acclaimed Aletta Bezuidenhout at the Screen Actors’ Studio in Cape Town.

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Total Recall (2012)

Inevitably, if a film is based on a book, there will be a comparison or at least certain expectations. If the film is not a faithful adaptation, or does not at least pay proper homage to the source, it should stand on its own as a film. Based on the short story by Philip K. Dick, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, this second rendering of the book (the first being the Arnie version of 1990) is heavy on the action and as such stands alone as a good slice of Hollywood entertainment. It is sad, however, to see a fascinating story and pertinent socio-political themes go to waste.

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Cavorting Through the Cape

The weather is miserable. The icy wind snaps at every bit of exposed flesh, flushing your cheeks in its attempt to chill you to the bone. A bubbles and nougat pairing experience at Villiera in Stellenbosch may then seem more ideally suited for summer; but with large gas heaters and snugly blankets enveloping your legs, mixed with convivial chatter, nothing could be better as the rain pounds on the roof of the cellar.

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Restoring The Darkness

I have a confession to make. I used to hate The Darkness. I can’t recall exactly why, but it may have had something to do with my glam-rock obsessed friend hitting repeat on I Believe in a Thing Called Love every time we had a party. Then another friend, with particularly excellent taste in music, gave me a mixed CD which included Get Your Hands Off My Woman and I was finally swayed.

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How Kind of You to Let Me Come

When I first stepped into the Mount Nelson Hotel I felt like Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion (or as it is more famously known on stage and screen: My Fair Lady) – the entire places oozes Edwardian elegance. Famous for its morning and afternoon teas, I had heard and read about it so much that I decided it was high time I try it. I was glad to go with a close friend from the theatre, who would appreciate the look and feel of the place and the era it evoked. I felt like Professor Higgins as I sank into an incredibly comfortable, wing-backed armchair and was tempted to call for my slippers.

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