Stephen ‘Spling’ Aspeling

Film Critic | Creative Consultant | Radio Presenter

Stephen 'Spling' Aspeling

Stephen Aspeling or Spling as he has come to be known, has been reviewing film since 2007. Having started his journey reviewing a film a day for a year on his movie blog, his film criticism grew organically, moving from writing for online publications, magazines, newspapers and streaming services to broadcasting on radio stations with several TV appearances.

A judge for film schools, juror for film festivals, member of FIPRESCI and a regular host of cinema events, Spling has become a resident film critic for a variety of media outlets and an independent authority on film. Known for his erudite, insightful and incisive reviews, many filmmakers have come to rely on and trust his opinion. This has led him to advise on films from first draft to first edit, offering valuable feedback that has improved films and screenplays from concept to reshoots.

Spling has broadcast 500 episodes of Talking Movies over 10 years for his weekly radio programme on Fine Music Radio and written The Essence of Dreams: An Anthology of Film Reviews. You can catch podcasts of the show and read his latest film reviews on |

Matthew Kalil

Author | Screenwriting Coach | Assoc. Professor

Matthew Kalil

Matthew Kalil’s work is marked by a deep understanding and inspired use of narrative, collaboration and subtext to distill sensitive performances and create meaningful cinema.

The author of The Three Wells of Screenwriting has an MA in Screenwriting from the NSFTV in the UK and over 20 years of experience in directing, editing and writing.

His projects and collaborations have been seen in Canada, Denmark, Morocco, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Kenya, Thailand, the United States, United Kingdom, to name a few, and throughout South Africa.

He has taught at various institutions over the last 20 years ranging from New York University, University Of Cape Town, Act Cape Town, The David Lynch Film School and many others.

Angelique Pretorius

Actress | Film-maker

London-born, South African actress Angelique Pretorius started her acting journey with classical theatre training but shifted her focus from stage to screen to become a producer and prominent actress in TV and film.

While renowned in South Africa, Pretorius is now becoming internationally recognised through her performance opposite Jennifer Hudson in the biopic Winnie Mandela; with recurring roles in Starz series Black Sails and HBO series Strike Back respectively and her role opposite Sir Derek Jacobi in the acclaimed Canadian TV movie Diamonds.

Angelique wrote, produced and starred in the award-winning mystery crime thriller Mind Thief and is attached to some exciting forthcoming film projects.

Alan Lamprecht

Film Writer

Alan Lamprecht represents our next generation of talent. His writing is marked by a deep understanding of film well beyond his years. Lamprecht has a wide spectrum of appreciation for the medium from the independent art house cinema of Ingmar Bergman and the pastiche of Quentin Tarantino right through to the latest Marvel superhero blockbuster.

Guided by passion, an eye for aesthetic and a rare comprehension, this wordsmith has a knack for cutting through the dreck to unearth rich insights about films that deserve further exploration. As an article contributor, Alan continues to showcase a nuanced appreciation for the mechanics of filmmaking from inception to screen.

Alan’s promise as a film writer makes it exciting to see him gathering experience as he rises toward his full potential. His valuable contributions help keep the blog ticking over and he also writes regularly for film website SPL!NG.