Tiffany Markman latest feb 13. jpgBy Tiffany Markman, copywriter, editor and mom to an almost-four-year-old, who tries to balance her workaholism with cuddles, books, caffeine & reining in her intrinsic kugelry. Follow her on twitter.

As I type this I’m listening to ‘Best Song Ever’. What’s that, you ask? Well, if you have tweens or teens, you should know that it’s a One Direction song.

(I don’t, so I didn’t. Til last night. I now own five 1D songs, and I’ve already added them to my running playlist. Oh hell, I guess that makes me a #OneDirectioner.)

What’s Where We Are?

Approximately 12 hours ago I was sitting in the audience for the pre-release screening of One Direction’s Where We Are concert at San Siro Stadium in Milan – which was attended by 80 000 hysterical teenage girls and studiously watched by a preview audience of some of the coolest-looking local teens I have ever seen. Plus some dedicated moms and some young guys. So what’s the deal with this film?

It’s like a concert DVD deluxe, with a full 30 minutes of awesome interview beforehand and then the complete concert afterwards. And it’s fantastic.

Now, if you remember, I had no idea what One Direction was about until very recently. I didn’t even know which one was Harry Styles (the hottest one, fyi).

And now I know quite a lot.


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L to R: Louis, Niall, Zayn, Liam and Harry – One Direction, ‘Where We Are’ Tour

  • Louis and Zayn prefer sleeping in their tour bus to any hotel, worldwide.
  • The band members have lots of tattoos. Lots. And…interesting accents.
  • Niall is very quiet in interviews, but he totally rocks the stage in concert.
  • Liam remembers singing along to Coldplay as a kid and wondering how it felt for the band to know that they have fans who loved them that much. Ironic.
  • Zayn didn’t own (or foresee ever needing) a passport until four years ago.
  • Liam’s the only band member who never exits the stage mid-concert to pee.
  • Harry has poor taste in women (Kendall Jenner), but is otherwise perfect 😉

So…nice. But I wasn’t initially convinced. They’re cute – a Simon Cowell-created mix of former singing competition talent (they came third) – but could they sing?

What’s the film actually like?

Once the concert started, I got it. These guys are brilliant. They have Rolling Stones-calibre stage presence. An amazing sound. Fascinating staging. And a cool look (barring some of the tightest pants I’ve ever seen on males or females.) Plus, it’s hard not to get into the music when the bedazzled cinema audience alongside you is clapping, singing and using their cellphone flashes to wave lights at the screen.

Click here to check out the trailer for the film.

What’s the bottom line?

Go. The Where We Are film opens worldwide on 11 October (that’s this Saturday) and shows for two days only. (It’s at Ster Kinekor cinemas throughout South Africa.) If you have kids aged 7 and up, you’ve just gotta do it. It’s fun.

Click here to book now.

Everyone who watches the 1D Where We Are Concert Film at Ster-Kinekor cinemas this weekend, 11 and 12 October, stands the chance of winning two tickets to the band’s much-anticipated live tour of South Africa in March 2015, thanks to Edgars. All you need to do is SMS the keyword “1D”, your name and your movie ticket reference number to 33007 – and you could find yourself watching this international boy-band phenomenon LIVE on stage!

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