Category Archives: Crime fiction and film from Africa

MIFF 2013 progress report #2: Death for Sale and Grigris

My second Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) progress report looks at Death for Sale, which played as part of MIFF’s ‘New Arabic Cinema’ section, and the French/Chadian gangster movie, Grigris. First up, Death For Sale. I loved everything about this Arabic … Continue reading

Crime time at the 2013 Melbourne International Film Festival

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) approaches and, and as was the case in 2012, the good people at MIFF HQ have been good enough to give me media accreditation to cover some of the crime films on the program. … Continue reading

Book review: Silent Valley

International crime fiction sometimes feels like a contest between the Scandinavians and the Irish. If so, the South Africans are closing ground on both of them. Think of writers like Margie Orford, Roger Smith and Mike Nicol, just to name … Continue reading

Pulp Friday: mercenary pulp

This week’s Pulp Friday is a selection of covers from the seething, sweaty, bloody, intrigue laden world of mercenary pulp. I picked them celebrate the fact that I have a story in issue 2 of Blood and Tacos, which launches … Continue reading

Jungle Jim

You’ve probably heard of Jungle Jim, the nickname for the Asia-based hunter Jim Bradley, who featured in a series of fictional adventures starting in 1934. Jungle Jim battled pirates, slave traders and other assorted jungle foes on radio and in … Continue reading