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Before we get into the acclaimed series and movies coming to Showmax this month, take a look at these local highlights that are currently available:
Same day as VIA
For the first time in SA television history, an exclusive food series is exploring the work and world of SA’s first Michelin-star chef, Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen. In Jan, this culinary genius will show viewers how he combines French and South African cooking in his restaurant, JAN, in Nice, France. The series premiered on Tuesday, 24 October 2007, on the Afrikaans lifestyle channel VIA (DStv channel 147) and is simultaneously available on Showmax. New episodes appear weekly.
“A new level of Afrikaans food television.” WatKykJy
“A TV show that has us all drooling.” GoodThingsGuy
First and only on Showmax
The best short films from this year’s Silwerskerm Film Festival, from mystic fantasy to captivating crime dramas and side-splitting comedy. Look out for Soldaat, which won Best Short Film (24m) and Best Script for Amy Jephta.
Take the festival with you from 1 November 2017. See the full line-up here.
Express from kykNET
Finding love isn’t as simple as planting corn, caring for cattle or keeping horses – and it’s this massive challenge that gets people hooked on Boer Soek ’n Vrou, kykNET’s hit reality series. In the tenth season, Minki van der Westhuizen returns to help 10 farmers find lasting love.
New episodes weekly, express from kykNET.
COMING SOON: Acclaimed series and films
LOVE THE ROYALS?
Victoria (S1 due 06/11)
At this year’s Monte-Carlo TV Festival, Victoria won Best Drama and Jenna Coleman won Best Actress for her role as Queen Victoria, who ascended to the British throne at just 18, when not everyone wanted her to succeed. The series was also nominated for BAFTA and Emmy awards and has an 82% rating on both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.
NEVER TRUSTED MEMORIES?
The Affair (S3 due 13/11)
Everyone is an unreliable narrator in this provocative drama about an extramarital affair between Brooklyn author Noah Solloway (Dominic West) and Long Island waitress Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson, in a Golden Globe-winning role). The Affair has won three Golden Globes, including Best Drama, and has an 86% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
NEED MORE TIME WITH SHOES AND CHILLI?
iNumber Number: the film (due 02/11)
Co-produced by Showmax and Mzansi Magic, the gritty spinoff series of iNumber Number has been a huge hit, trending repeatedly on social media. If you’ve just finished binge-watching the crime and corruption drama, it’s time to revisit the film that started it all. Directed by Donovan Marsh, iNumber Number won four SAFTAs in 2015 for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Editor, not to mention the Audience Award at the Jozi Film Festival and Best Screenplay at the Africa International Film Festival. This South African classic was also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Universal Pictures optioned the remake rights.
NOSTALGIC FOR THE NINETIES AND NIRVANA?
Cobain: Montage of Heck (due 16/11)
Rolling Stone called this authorised documentary of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain “the most intimate rock doc ever.” Nominated for seven Emmy awards, Cobain: Montage of Heck was hailed as the best film at the 2015 Sundance Film festival by Entertainment Weekly.
FEEL LIKE A HOLIDAY ON MIAMI BEACH, 1959?
Magic City (S1-2 due 06/11)
In 1959, politics, crime and power converged on Miami. The place to be was the Miramar Playa Hotel, a den of schemes, dreams and danger. Nominated for two Emmys, Magic City stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Wife, The Walking Dead), alongside Bond girl Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace), Johannesburg-born Jessica Marais (Legend of the Seeker), and Danny Huston, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role as mob boss Ben Diamond.
MISSING THE OUT IN AFRICA FESTIVAL?
While You Weren’t Looking (due 16/11)
Winner of four international awards, While You Weren’t Looking interweaves the lives and experiences of a cross section of Cape Town queers. Produced by the dearly missed Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the star-studded cast includes the likes of SAFTA winners Lionel Newton (Jozi) and Thishiwe Ziqubu (Hard To Get), as well as SAFTA nominee Petronella Tshuma (Of Good Report).
FEEL LIKE A CULT SERIES ABOUT A CULT?
The Path (due 27/11)
The end of the world is near… or is it? A man joins a strange doomsday cult, putting him at odds with his friends and family. But could he be wrong? The Path’s amazing cast includes Emmy-winner Aaron Paul (Jesse in Breaking Bad), Golden Globe nominee Michelle Monaghan (True Detective), and Critics Choice nominee Hugh Dancy (Hannibal). The Path has an 82% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
NOSTALGIC, WITH KIDS?
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (S1 due 20/11)
The Freemaker kids do what they do best: build vehicles out of salvaged LEGO blocks. But then they find an artefact that the evil Empire also wants… Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures was nominated for five Emmy Awards this year, including Outstanding Children’s Animated Program.
Disney’s My Friends Tigger and Pooh (S2 due 30/11)
Pooh and his friends, including Darby and Buster, are off on all-new adventures and solving mysteries as the Super Sleuths. My Friends Tigger and Pooh was nominated for six Emmys and two Annie Awards.
Disney’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (S5 due 23/11)
Mickey and his friends Minnie, Donald, Pluto, Daisy, Goofy, Pete, Clarabelle and more go on fun and educational adventures. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse was nominated for five Emmys and two Annie Awards. Next year is the 90th anniversary of the creation of Mickey Mouse, if you can believe it.
NEVER FLYING AGAIN?
Flight (due 09/11)
Denzel Washington was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for his role as pilot Whip Whitaker, who rolls an upside-down plane out of a 90-degree nose dive to save the lives of 96 passengers. John Gatins’ screenplay also earned Oscar and Writers Guild of America nominations for its portrayal of a more-complicated-than-usual hero.
NEED A LAUGH?
Superstore (S2 due 09/11)
Golden Globe winner America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) stars in this hilarious workplace comedy from the producer of The Office, set in the Cloud 9 mega store. Superstore was nominated as Best Comedy Series at this year’s Monte-Carlo TV Festival, where Ferrera was up for Best Actress In A Comedy Series.
The Dictator (due 06/11)
Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Bruno) stars as General Aladeen in this “heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.” A box office smash hit.
Odd Mom Out (S1 due 30/11)
Jill Weber is an odd mom already. Then she marries into a rich family, making her oddness stand out even more among the snobs – and thank goodness for that! Odd One Out won the Gracie Award for Outstanding Comedy.
The Break-Up (due 02/11)
Jennifer Aniston (Friends) and Vince Vaughn (DodgeBall, Wedding Crashers) star in this ex-rated comedy about a separated couple who won’t leave their home and instead try to bully each other out of the door… A Teen Choice winner and People’s Choice nominee.
Bean (due 23/11)
The laughs never stop as Britain’s most disastrous export goes to the USA. Mr Bean is BAFTA-winner Rowan Atkinson’s most iconic role.
NEED A BABYSITTER?
Elena of Avalor (S1 due 02/11)
Elena takes back the kingdom stolen from her parents by the evil Shuriki. But that is just the start, as she learns to be the best ruler in the world. Elena of Avalor earned Disney a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Animated Program this year.
Bob The Builder (S19-20 due 02/11)
Bob is back with his handy skills as he takes on ghosts, saves a sand sculpture contest, builds a giant bridge in no time and has many more adventures.
PJ Masks (S1 due 13/11)
Connor, Amaya and Greg are just ordinary kids – until they activate their animal amulets and turn into the superheroes Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, ready to save the world.
PREFER ‘E.R’ TO ‘GREY’S ANATOMY’?
Code Black (S1 due 13/11)
Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock) won Best Actress at Monte-Carlo TV Festival and was nominated for a People’s Choice Award for her role as Dr Leanne Rorish, residency director at the overcrowded and understaffed Angels Memorial Hospital ER Room in LA.
NEED A MARVEL FIX?
Guardians of the Galaxy (S1 due 09/11)
The Guardians – Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot – are in a race against time to find a super weapon before it destroys the universe.
Avengers Assemble (S1-2 due 27/11)
Iron Man and Thor lead the Avengers as they save the world from evil villains like Dracula and Dr Doom in this action-packed adventure series.
Avengers: Ultron Revolution (S1 due 27/11)
Ultron is back and the Avengers have to unite and fight him, as well as other evil villians! Can they work together and save the world from their enemies?
FEEL LIKE A HIGH-SCHOOL ROMANCE?
She’s All That (due 13/11)
Freddie Prinze Junior’s high school jock takes a bet from Paul Walker that he can turn an ‘unattractive’ girl (Rachel Leigh Cooke) into the school’s prom queen. A Kids Choice and Teen Choice winner that will take you back to the 90s.
Mignon Mossie Van Wyk (due 06/11)
Mossie is a teenage girl with a loving boyfriend and the future ahead of her. Yet life is more complicated than she thought when a new person enters her world. Winner of two international awards, Mignon Mossie van Wyk was directed by Darrell Roodt (Yesterday).
EVER WANTED TO SEE RUSSELL CROWE SING?
Les Miserables (due 16/11)
A stunning new version of the legendary musical based on the classic novel, where love tries to survive during a revolution. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway won Best Actor and Best Actress at the Golden Globes, where Les Miserables was named Best Comedy or Musical. The film also won three Oscars. And yes, Russell Crowe does sing…
TEENS NEED A DISNEY FIX?
Disney’s K.C. Undercover (S1-2 due 16/11)
K.C. is a whizz at many things, so much so that her secret agent parents recruit her into The Organisation. Now she and her siblings save the world as superspies! As K.C., Zendaya won two Kids Choice awards and two Teen Choice nominations.
Disney’s The Suite Life On Deck (due 20/11)
Zack and Cody have a new home – the SS Tipton. Join them as they make new friends, discover new secrets and get up to all kinds of mischief! As Zack, Dylan Sprouse won two Kids Choice Awards for Favorite TV Actor.
Girl Meets World (S1 due 30/11)
Life’s not simple when growing up but Riley is doing her best with school, parents, and friends, not to mention that boy she has a crush on… Girl Meets World was nominated for two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children’s Program.
Hannah Montana (S1-2 due 06/11)
Miley was just your average teenager, with friends, school and family. But few know about her other identity: the pop star Hannah Montana! Can she keep her secret safe? Hannah Montana earned four Emmy nominations and won lead actress Miley Cyrus three Teen Choice and two Kids Choice awards.
POSTCOLONIAL FILM THEORY ESSAY DUE?
Out of Africa (due 27/11)
In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner (Meryl Streep) has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter (Robert Redford). Winner of seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, and three Golden Globes, including Best Drama.
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