Made in Africa: Stream these locally produced series and films on Showmax
The Wife Season 2 launch; Sex in Afrikaans; Glasshouse; The Real Housewives of Durban and more…
THE WIFE | S2 starts 17 February 2022
The final four episodes of Season 1 dropped on Showmax on Thursday, 3 February 2022. Over the course of the record-breaking first season, taxi driver Mqhele (Bonko Khoza) has gone from South Africa’s national husband to the new face of gender-based violence. How will Hlomu (Mbalenhle Mavimbela) react to his abuse? And will Nkosana (Mondli Makhoba) finally find a way to get his wife Zandile (Khanyi Mbau) out of jail, or will the Zulu family’s crimes catch up with them?
After a one-week break, Season 2 of the first Showmax Original telenovela starts 17 February 2022, inspired by Dudu Busani-Dube’s novel Zandile the Resolute, her sequel to the bestselling Hlomu the Wife.
NEED MORE TELENOVELAS?
Season 5 of 1Magic’s iEmmy-nominated and SAFTA-dominating The River starts on Showmax from Monday, 7 February 2022…
SEX IN AFRIKAANS | Binge from 14 February 2022
In the eye-opening documentary series Sex in Afrikaans, four Afrikaans couples and two singles, with the help of clinical psychologist Bradley R Daniels, will speak openly for the first time about their sex lives and in the process discover there is much more fun to be had!
Featuring interviews with sex workers, adult shop owners, a unicorn, swingers, dominatrixes, a crossdresser, a dungeon master, people who dress up like babies, and others who prefer full body latex suits, Sex in Afrikaans is an eye-opening tour of what your neighbours and co-workers get up to behind closed doors.
The six-part documentary series is narrated by media personality Rian van Heerden, who is also producing through Provoco. The media is already buzzing about the series, with Saturday Star calling it “jaw-dropping”, IOL labelling it “SA’s most controversial TV series to date” and City Press predicting it’s “set to get tongues wagging.”
NEED MORE AFRIKAANS CULTURE?
If you’re in the mood for romance after all this talk about sex, try the hit Showmax Original romcom Troukoors. Alternatively, you can now binge all three seasons of Waldemar Schultz as homicide detective Piet van der Bijl in kykNET’s hit series, Die Byl.
From 21 February 2022, you can also binge kykNET’s Nêrens, Noord-Kaap, hailed by News24 as “a triumphant showcase of the best that local TV has to offer” in their five star review. From 28 February 2022, you can binge kykNET’s Spoorloos: Steynhof, starring SAFTA nominee Jane de Wet (The Girl From St. Agnes, Griekwastad) in a gripping mystery set 15 years after a baby disappeared.
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DURBAN S2 | Stream episode 1 now, with more every Friday
Season 2 of The Real Housewives of Durban (RHOD) went straight to the top of Twitter when it launched on Friday, 28 January 2022. With LaConco opening up to Sorisha for the first time about her relationship with former president Jacob Zuma, it’s already clear Season 2 is going deeper than the first, with just as much drama.
Sultry singer Londie London and tattooed TikTok star Jojo Robinson made their debuts last week, with Uthando Nes’thembu star and Vuma FM radio personality Thobile MaKhumalo Mseleku making hers this week.
RHOD is produced by Let It Rain Films, with Thumeka Hlotshana directing Season 2 and Emmy winner Lee Doig (Survivor USA) creative directing. When it launched on Showmax in January 2021, RHOD set a then record for the most first-day views of any content on Showmax. Since then it’s been released on hayu in 27 territories internationally, including Canada, the UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore and the Philippines.
NEED MORE REALITY TV?
Season 5 of Mzansi Magic’s Uthando Nes’thembu, about Musa Mseleku’s polygamous marriage, is currently at #7 in the Showmax Top 20, where Season 2 of Mzansi Magic’s traditional healer reality series Izangoma Zodumo and Season 1 of 1Magic’s mother- and daughter-in-law bootcamp reality series Abasemzini are also charting.
GLASSHOUSE | Stream from 7 February 2022
Glasshouse is set after The Shred, an airborne virus that causes dementia, has left humanity roaming like lost and dangerous animals, unable to remember who they are. Confined to their airtight glasshouse, a family does what they must to survive – until the sisters are seduced by a stranger who upsets the family’s rituals, unearthing a past they have tried to bury.
Glasshouse had its world premiere at the 25th Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada in August 2021, receiving multiple five-star reviews and an 89% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Film Threat’s Lorry Kitka singled out Glasshouse as her “favourite film of the year so far”; Exclaim proclaimed, “Kelsey Egan is a filmmaker to keep an eye on”; The Guardian called it “a sinister, seductive meditation on memory, desire and loss” and Pop Culture Planet included Jessica Alexander (the upcoming remake of The Little Mermaid) in their list of the Best Performances of 2021, in good company alongside the likes of Jennifer Coolidge in The White Lotus.
Glasshouse stars Alexander and critically acclaimed newcomer Anja Taljaard as the sisters, Bee and Evie, opposite Hilton Pelser (the BAFTA-nominated Moffie, the upcoming remake of Dangerous Liaisons) as The Stranger. Film and theatre veteran Adrienne Pearce (the BAFTA-winning Troy and the Emmy-winning The Triangle); child star, Naledi Award winner and Fleur du Cap nominee Kitty Harris (Matilda the Musical); and rising star Brent Vermeulen (Die Stropers, Griekwastad) co-star.
Glasshouse is the first film in a three-part post-apocalyptic slate being developed by Showmax with Local Motion Pictures, in association with Crave Pictures, with Kelsey Egan directing and sharing story credits with associate producer Emma Lungiswa de Wet. Greig Buckle, co-producer of the Oscar-shortlisted Life, Above All and line producer of the #1 US box office hit Chronicle, is the producer.
NEED MORE LOCAL FILMS?
Stream the multi-award-winning Mr Johnson from 10 February 2022, with the legendary Paul Slabolepszy starring as a 76-year-old waking from a 50-year coma.
Alternatively, Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa stars in the Sesotho romcom A Safe Bet; Kwanele Mthethwa stars a female stick-fighter in the isiZulu drama Induku; Bohlokwa Mpiti stars as a blind outcast with a rare gift in the isiZulu drama Umnisamvula; Mpho Sebeng stars in the Sesotho crime drama Tshepo; and Sthandile Nkosi stars as a con artist in Love Heist.
Other upcoming films to watch out for include the Valentine’s Day romcoms No Love Lost, with Umkhokha star Hope Mbhele, and Welcome To The Family, with Nolo Seabi, Siphesihle Vazi (Selimathunzi), triple SAFTA winner Linda Sebezo (Lockdown), and Delisile Malinga (Umkhokha, The Queen), as well as Late Bloomer, the English feature film debut from Barakat director Amy Jephta, from 28 February 2022.
THE REPUBLIC S2 | Binge the first five episodes now, with more every Sunday night
The explosive first season of The Republic cleaned up at the 2020 SAFTAs, winning seven awards, including Best Drama and Best Actress for Florence Masebe as South Africa’s first female president, Lufuno Mulaudzi.
Now the best political drama in South Africa is back, with the likes of triple SAFTA winner Bongile Mantsai (Knuckle City, Inxeba | The Wound), SAFTA nominee Bonnie Mbuli (Noughts + Crosses), JIVA! lead Noxolo Dlamini, and rising star Lemogang Tsipa (Blood Psalms) joining the already impressive cast.
After surviving a kidnapping and a coup in Season 1, President Mulaudzi still has her work cut out for her in Season 2, as South Africa descends further into chaos, with protests, riots and power cuts becoming the norm.
NEED MORE SOUTH AFRICAN DRAMA?
Binge the powerful M-Net drama series Lioness, starring Shannon Esra (Still Breathing) as a woman who loses her children, her lover and her freedom when she is framed for fraud committed by her husband before his death. Eight years later, while trying to reunite with her children, she discovers he’s still alive …
RAISED BY WOLVES S2 | Binge 2 episodes from 4 February; new episodes every Friday
Season 2 of the biggest series ever filmed in Cape Town sees android partners Mother (Danish actress Amanda Collin) and Father (BAFTA nominee Abubakar Salim), with their brood of six human children, join a newly formed atheistic colony in Kepler 22 b’s mysterious tropical zone. But navigating this strange new society is only the start of their troubles as Mother’s “natural child” threatens to drive what little remains of the human race to extinction.
Season 1 was one of Showmax’s 10 Most-Watched of 2021 and was nominated for three Critics’ Choice Super Awards: Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Series, Best Actor: Sci-Fi (Vikings’ Ragnar, Travis Fimmel) and Best Actress: Sci-Fi (Collin), as well as Emmy, Writers Guild of America and Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films awards.
Season 2 has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Inverse calls Raised by Wolves “Ridley Scott’s best sci-fi since Alien” and Decider hails it as “the most exciting sci-fi show since Battlestar Galactica.”
Look out for local star Kim Engelbrecht (Reyka) as Decima this season, as well as the real stars of the show: South Africa’s alien-looking quiver trees…
NEED MORE INTERNATIONAL SERIES WITH LOCAL FLAVOUR?
The final season of the British buddy cop comedy Bulletproof is set in Cape Town, where Bishop and Pike’s vacation turns out to be anything but relaxing after a friend’s daughter is kidnapped. The special three-episode season was filmed with mainly South African crew and cast, which means, in addition to series stars Ashley Walters, Noel Clarke and Jason Maza, we can look forward to seeing local favourites like SAFTA winners Kim Engelbrecht (Raised by Wolves, Reyka), Lionel Newton (Jozi), and Brendon Daniels (Skemerdans); Vita Award winner Paul du Toit (Kompleks); Thapelo Mokoena (Trackers); and former Mr SA runner-up Ruben Engel (Die Byl).
CRIME AND JUSTICE S2 | Streaming from 21 February 2022
In December 2021, Sarah Hassan won the Kalasha Award for Best Actress in a TV Drama as Detective Makena in Crime and Justice, Kenya’s first Showmax Original. Crime and Justice was also nominated for Best TV Drama and Best Lead Actor (Alfred Munyua as Silas).
A co-production with CANAL+, Crime and Justice follows detective duo Makena and Silas as they investigate one ripped-from-the-headlines case per episode. This season sees the likes of Sheila Munyiwa (Rafiki) and Mumbi Maina (The Matrix Resurrections, Sense8) joining the already impressive cast.
Recently named one of the 10 Most Watched Titles on Showmax in 2021 in Kenya, Season 1 was hailed by KenyaBuzz as “the perfect Kenyan Original… intensely satisfying” while Quartz credited it with “keeping real-life crimes from being buried… reviving debate and discussion around controversies that might have otherwise faded from the news.”
NEED MORE AFRICAN HITS?
Don’t sleep on the Lesotho-set This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection, starring the late, great Mary Twala Mhlongo (Black Is King). It was named the sixth-best reviewed film globally of 2021 by Metacritic.
Also look out for Malawi’s 2022 Oscar entry, Fatsani: A Tale of Survival, and the Uganda-set thriller 7 Days in Entebbe, starring Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), BAFTA nominee Daniel Brühl (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Inglourious Basterds), Teen Choice nominee Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan), and Nonso Anozie (Sweet Tooth, Game of Thrones) as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.