It was a setting right off a story book. One could be forgiven for using “fairy-tale-wedding” to describe the scenic view and the elegant get-up that the actors went through to capture the scene. However, the reality is that no wedding is without its hiccups. Scandal! characters Yvonne Thebe (Kgomotso Christopher) and Damon Bradbury (Craig Urbani) were set to melt South African hearts when they finally tied the knot after a rocky start to their relationship. The couple had survived multiple attempts at driving a wedge between them from the hands of siblings, business partners to past lovers. Thus it was a befitting conclusion to wed, silence all the naysayers once and for all.
Speaking to Craig, he’s description of the onscreen romance is a combination of high level of acting prowess and good chemistry. “What sets the acting apart depends on who you playing against and opposite and who you acting with. She’s (Kgomotso) such a professional, everything is very unforced, nothing is pretentious. As long as you as her co-actor are ready to go and have done your prep the magic happens. It helps if you clique as people. I adore her. I always look forward to my scenes with her” Craig gushes.
In similar vein, Kgomotso sang Craig’s praises, attributing the good vibes seen on screen to great acting. “I don’t believe in good vibes, I think Craig is a professional, I am a professional, he’s trained, I’m trained. I think good vibes is what viewers experience when all those elements work together at the same time. Also being comfortable as an artist that you in good hands of a professional, talented and prepared co-actor” enthused Kgomotso.
“We’re not messing around, we’re not dealing with people that are trying to horn their craft, dealing with people who are at the top of their game”.
With the wedding taking a turn for the worst, we broached the subject of what happens after with much caution. “Ironically, Damon came in playing games and found a kindred spirit in Yvonne, someone who was a grifter like him, someone difficult to trust, there was always an agenda. But I do believe that he fell a lot heavier than he would care to admit. The later story will reveal perhaps that Damon’s feelings are much more real than he might thinks” admitted Craig without revealing too much about the relationship. Regarding Damons charges, fans will have to tune in to see what happens. “We’re yet to find out if jail time is on the cards, but we’ll definitely see an unraveling of who Damon Bradbury really is, enough with the half-truths, the lies, we find out how he actually feels about Yvonne”.
Having dawned a dress flown in from Bahrain and left at the alter, Yvonne is left to pick up the pieces. Whether she picks the pieces up alone is a different matter all together. “This character is so delicious that me as the actress I don’t even know. She’s a woman who makes sure that she always has a few bees buzzing around the queen bee and therefore there are no guarantees. She always makes sure that there are one, two or three more options” shares Kgomotso. Catch Scandal! weekdays at 7:30PM on etv to see what unfolds next.
Full List of All SAFTA Nominees 2021
Check out the full list of SAFTA Nominees for 2021.
Despite the pandemic disrupting most of the television production last year, Mzansi actors and actresses pushed through the extremely taxing conditions to deliver jaw-dropping performances every week. It would only be fitting to award each and every one in the industry with an award for the sheer commitment to the craft.
But since this is not a perfect world, only those that displayed Herculean resilience to keep us gripping our seat have received nods for the 15th South African Film And Television Awards (SAFTAs).
It was an exceptional year for content on the streaming service Netflix, with a total of 45 SAFTA nominations. The front runner is How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding, leading the pack with 10 nominations. They go up against viewer’s favourite The River and Legacy, which earned 12 nominations on their debut season. Its quite telling, since both shows are from the local production house, Tshedza Pictures.
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— NetflixSA (@NetflixSA) April 29, 2021
Here is the full 2021 SAFTA nominees list:
Best Supporting Actress – Feature Film
Ira Blanckenberg, Toorbos
Jane De Wet, Griekwastad
Tarryn Wyngaard, Stam
Best Supporting Actor – Feature Film
Hakeem Kae Kazim, Riding with Sugar
Justin Strydom, Dust
Nicholas Campbell, Gat in die Muur (Hole in the Wall)
Best Feature Film
Riding with Sugar
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Binding Adventures from The Animation School
Flower in the Subway from The Animation School
The Boy and the Robin from The Animation School
Best Made for TV Movie
A Christmas Chorus
Home Affairs – A Christmas Tale
Best Documentary Feature
A New Country
Days of Cannibalism
Day Zero Films
How to Steal a Country
Mother to Mother
Best Documentary Short
Lefu – The Funeral
Lindela under Lockdown!
When the Flame Speaks
Best Made for TV Documentary
Badimo S1 – Music and Trance
Chasing the Sun
Evolution of Mzansi Street Culture
My Story of Kwaito – I am Still In Love with Kwaito
Best Structured Soapie Reality Show
Lebo M: Coming Home
Life with Kelly
Somizi & Mohale: The Union
Best Variety Show
Mzansi Magic Music Specials
Republiek van Zoid Afrika
Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar
Best Online Content
AFI Fashion Week 2020
Noko Mashaba – Lockdown Shandis
Best TV Presenter (Public Vote Category)
Devi Sankaree Govender, The Devi Show
Dineo Ranaka, Yimlo
Entle Bizane, Hectic on 3
Palesa Tembe, Afternoon Express
Katchie Nzama, Come Again
Katlego Maboe, Tropika Island of Treasure Curacao
Waldimar Pelser, KN Verslag in Gesprek
Best Actress – Feature Film
Elani Dekker, Toorbos
Inge Beckmann, Stam
Tinarie Loots, Gat in die Muur (Hole in the Wall)
Best Actor – Feature Film
Andre Odendaal, Gat in die Muur (Hole in the Wall)
Gideon Lombard Lombard, Stam
Tshamano Sebe, 8
Best Actress – Telenovela
Crystal Donna Roberts, Arendsvlei
Mary-Anne Barlow, Legacy
Sindi Dlathu, The River
Best Actor – Telenovela
Dawid Minnaar, Legacy
Menzi Ngubane, Isibaya
Presley Chweneyagae, The River
Best Supporting Actress – Telenovela
Rami Chuene, Isono
Michelle Botes, Legacy
Quanita Adams, Arendsvlei
Best Supporting Actor – Telenovela
Andrew Buckland, Legacy
Lawrence Maleka, The River
Meshack Mavuso, The River
Best Actress – TV Soap
Cindy Swanepoel, Binnelanders
Petronella Tshuma, Rhythm City
Shoki Mmola, Skeem Saam
Best Actor – TV Soap
Clint Brink, Binnelanders
Cedwyn Joel, Suidooster
Bongile Mantsai, Scandal!
Best Supporting Actress – TV Soap
Mapula Mafole, Rhythm City
Masasa Mbangeni, Scandal!
Portia Joel, Suidooster
Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap
Molefi Monaisa, Skeem Saam
Mothusi Magano, Skeem Saam
Roderick Jaftha, Getroud met Rugby
Best TV Soap
Best Actress – TV Drama
Kate Liquorish, Still Breathing
Tiffany Barbuzano, Still Breathing
Tina Jaxa, Erased
Best Actor – TV Drama
Abduraghman Adams, Melody
Brandon Auret, Still Breathing
Zolisa Xaluva, Kings of Joburg
Best Supporting Actress – TV Drama
Jay Anstey, Inconceivable
June van Merch, Sara se Geheim
Lorcia Cooper, Housekeepers
Zola Nombona, Lockdown
Best Supporting Actor – TV Drama
James Ngcobo, Queen Sono
Lindani Nkosi, Housekeepers
Michael Richard, Still Breathing
Best TV Drama
Blood and Water
Best Actress – TV Comedy
Busisiwe Lurayi, How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
Chanelle de Jager, Kniediep in die Warm Water
Mari Molefe van Heerden, Die Vlieende Springbokkie
Best Actor – TV Comedy
James Borthwick, Hotel
Keenan Arrison, The Riviera
Mandla Jwara, Black Tax
Best Supporting Actress – TV Comedy
Chantal Herman, The Riviera
Clementine Mosimane, How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
Martelize Kolver, Hotel
Best Supporting Actor – TV Comedy
De Klerk Oelofse, Hotel
Desmond Dube, How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
Motlatsi Mafatshe, How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
Best TV Comedy
How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
Mark your calendar’s so that you don’t miss the event that will take place on Saturday, 22 May. The award ceremony will be broadcast on SABC 3, DStv Channel 193.
WATCH: Official Trailer of The Underground Railroad
Check out the trailer from The Underground Railroad starring Thuso Mbedu!
If you needed another reason to flex about the crop of talent that South Ah exports to the U.S., Thuso Mbedu is the latest case study.
The actress is set to feature on an Amazon Prime Video’s limited series as lead on The Underground Railroad. She plays the role of Cora Randall in Barry Jenkins’ 10-episode series that is adapted from Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel.
The novel follows the story of Cora, a slave who concocts a plan to escape from a plantation in Georgia with the help of her trusted companion, Caesar. The duo’s journeys out of the Antebellum South sees them make a run for it though the rumoured underground railroad.
While on the run, hot on the heels of her every turn is a bounty hunter that is intent on catching her because the only other slave that evaded his clutches was Cora’s mother. Cora flees from state to state, passing North and South California in search for freedom – a journey that leads her to Tennessee.
The series will drop next month May 14 on the streaming platform. The thespian has been dropping scenes from the series on the socials as teasers. Cav
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Watch the official trailer of The Underground Railroad below:
Bonang on another ‘Being Bonang’ Season “I’m Over it”
“They owe me money”
Bonang Matheba has squashed every last fantasy of ‘Being Bonang’ ever coming back on our screens.
The South African media personality responded to a fan on Twitter, who pleaded with her to revive her popular reality television series. It’s not happening, Queen B confirmed. “I’m over it”, she revealed, because also “they owe me money.”
It’s unclear who owes Bonang money. But the the show, which aired it’s third and last season in October 2019, was produced for BarLeader for M-Net. We’re guessing it’s somewhere there.
The news wouldn’t come as a surprise to those who know that she’s already said no more. On the last day of its airing, Bonang shocked fans when she announced that she wouldn’t be making herself available for another season. At the time, she did not get into the details of why she had opted to discontinue the series, despite its popularity.
As soon as the final episode had aired in 2019, the media personality went ahead and described the filming of the third series as “one of the worst experiences in my life”
….making Being Bonang Season 3 was one of the worst working experiences of my life!! Glad it’s ending….. remind me to tell ya’ll why one day! ❤️
— Bonang Matheba 👑 (@bonang_m) October 11, 2019
And then went on to confirm that it’s “finished, finished, finished!”
Matheba did however tease the possibility of reloading B*Dazzled, the web docu-series she did in 2011. If she shops that around, we could still basically get ‘Being Bonang’, under a different title.