5 LOCAL GEMS TO STREAM ON SHOWMAX THIS FEBRUARY

THE WIFE | Four-episode S1 finale today; S2 starts 17 February 2022

You’ve been asking for extra episodes and nazo!, the final four episodes of Season 1 dropped today, 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.

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”; Exclaimproclaimed, “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.


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.

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…

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 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 Heis

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