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Stephen Aspeling, better known as “Spling”, has been a film fanatic since he first watched the psychedelic elephant dance from Dumbo in the early ’80s and a movie critic since 2007.

Now a trusted independent South African movie authority, he’s turned a lifelong passion into a full-time pursuit: reviewing, writing, presenting, promoting and adjudicating film for a host of websites, radio stations, magazines, newspapers, TV shows, festivals and events.


SPL!NG (owner/editor/movie critic) | (weekly movie review) | Fine Music Radio – Talking Movies (biweekly movie review show) | The Plum List (contributor/film critic) | AFDA Film School (judge/movie critic) | (owner/script editor) | Bingeing with Spling (watch party host) | TNT Africa (film critic) | The Three Wells of Screenwriting Podcast (podcast host) | Willow and Thatch (contributor) | Empire Entertainment (host) | Must Love Movies Podcast (podcast host) | Confessions of a Movie Critic (podcast) | Encounters Documentary Film Festival (juror) | SAE Institute (judge/examiner)


567 CapeTalk/Radio 702 (weekly movie review interview) | 2Oceansvibe Radio (movie review show) | Galileo Open Air Cinema (resident movie critic) | 101.9 ChaiFM (weekly movie review interview) | Ster-Kinekor Movie Buffs (host) | Techsmart Mag (movie critic/contributor) | All4Women (movie critic) | CapeTownCreatives (weekly movie review) | Vibescout (weekly review) | DEOD TV (resident film critic/columnist) | UCT Radio (regular guest) | 48 Hour Film Project (judge) | Adventure Film Challenge (judge) | The Herald/Weekend Post (movie critic)


eNCA (Oscars) | The Showbiz Report (Blockbusters) | Hectic9 Nine (Box Office) | Cape Town TV (Box Office) | BBC5 Live (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) | East Coast Radio (Being a Film Critic) | LiveMag (Profile) | Fortress of Solitude (Profile)

Spling’s balanced perspective means that his taste in film caters for art house and commercial movies. Each movie is reviewed on its own merits, both in terms of entertainment and artistic appreciation.

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Don’t WING it, SPL!NG it!

Get in touch if you’re looking to promote your film or brand through SPL!NG’s channels via custom social media campaigns or greater online presence.

SPL!NG can tailor an online campaign to help you reach and connect with a niche audience of movie lovers, whether you’re ramping up attendance for a local film release on a limited budget or planning on driving a more involved and intensive awareness campaign for your film or brand.

On his journey with Spling Movies CC, better known as “SPL!NG”, he’s garnered a wealth of experience, special insights and knowledge on the film world partnering with companies such as Ster-Kinekor, Times Media,, EDGE for Men, Longbeach Brewery and TNT Africa.

Leveraging SPL!NG’s niche following and brand reputation, these companies have been able to craft engaging marketing content, run promotional campaigns, activate film releases, launch giveaways and facilitate movie events – reaching up to 100,000 people per month via SPL!NG channels. Film schools like AFDA have come to trust his reliable expertise, special skill set and unique position within the South African film industry.

With the continued support of 5k fans on Facebook and 1.8k followers on Twitter, SPL!NG has been able to generate great interaction levels and impressive measured results with a reach of up to 100,000 per month. Contact SPL!NG for our rate card.

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On a personal level, Spling has been commissioned to: write compelling expert synopsis copy, host screenings, provide invaluable feedback on scripts, assess first drafts, write opinion pieces, partner with brands, serve as a resident film critic, host or speak at events and judge at film festivals.

If you’re looking to hire Spling’s specialised services, contact Spling directly on LinkedIn with your requirements (

What’s been said about Spling?

“Thought leader.” – AFDA, Africa’s leading Film, TV and Performance School

“Spling movie reviews are anyone in the know’s first choice when it comes to movie reviews in South Africa. He tells it like it is, and he is not swayed by big studios, which is all too common in this industry. He gets a Timeless 10 out of 10!” – Seth Rotherham, Founder & CEO, 2Oceansvibe Media

“Finally someone who’s opinion I can trust and learn from.”
– Henk Pretorius, Director

“I look forward to Spling’s review… amazingly it all sounds so fresh and spontaneous.” – Fiona Chisholm, Columnist

“Spling is our go-to man for fresh movie reviews. He knows his stuff and we trust his reviews enough to go and spend money on the films he likes.” – Mike Joubert, Editor

“Spling is my favourite film critic.” – Kevin Kriedemann, Writer/Publicist

“Spling always has something intelligently relevant and current to say and covers the important independent films and filmmakers and not just the obvious blockbusters.” – Stelio Savante, Actor

“I am impressed with Spling’s ability to distill the essence of a film.” – Matthew Kalil, Author, The Three Wells of Screenwriting

“…South Africa’s best movie critic, Spling.” – Angelique Pretorius, Actress

“Spling is a friendly fountain of film knowledge and the best guy to debate, which out of Zoolander and Anchorman is the greater comedy… It’s Zoolander.” “Our generation’s Barry Ronge!” – Dylan & Simon, The Brothers Streep