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REVIEW: Queen Sono Netflix Original Series

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Probably the one single silver-lining amid calls for social distancing to mitigate the potential spread of the Coronavirus is binge watching Netflix’s very first African produced web series Queen Sono.

It is unlike anything we’ve seen come out of the Mzansi’s film and television production houses. From the world-class visuals of the vibrant colours captured on the screen to the perfect choreography in the stunts during action sequences.

If you go down memory lane, without throwing any shade, Queen Sono is on a league of its own. The producers did away with the recycled  storyline of rags to riches tales of the African child or the criminal element that viewers just can’t help but fall in love with.

Instead, Pearl Thusi is positioned as the protagonist on this series, a refreshing sight reinforcing the strength of women in society. The creator, Kagiso Lediga seemingly took a conscious decision to carry the underlying tone of the movie when casting the supporting acts in the movie.

Queen Sono is a great exploration of the African landscape, both literally and figuratively. Even if you ignore the transgeographical flow of the series, Lediga made a concerted effort capture a linguistic collage of Northern and Southern tongues in the continent.

The spy thriller follows the escapades of a no-nonsense South African agent that deals with her psychological issues through fist-fighting and rebellion to authority. It seems like the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. She is the daughter of revolutionary fighter Safiya Sono, who was assassinated during the apartheid era and she uses her position to find who the culprit is.

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Aiding Sono in her quest to rid the streets off bad guys is Loyiso Madinga as Frederique Kazadi. He pulls of an accent as a field technician in the cross-cultural special operations unit that undertakes dangerous missions around the continent.

The six part series touches on almost every pressing subject that still plagues the continent as a whole. From corrupt government officials, diamond smuggling and coupe de tats, to the very reason for it all, the greed for money.

All of the sombre subject matter is diluted by the beautiful and talented actresses that feature on the show. You’ll witness cameos from legendary thespians such as Abigail Kubeka, Connie Chiume, Kate Liquorish and Enhle Maphumulo that counterbalance all of the gunfire action.

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Get started on the binge-fest and enjoy Pearl in her breakout role as lead following her amazing work on Quantico. Sign up on Netflix today and get a 30 day trial for free.

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South African Horror Film ‘8’ to Premiere on Netflix

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Those with the nerve to indulge in some spine chilling gore and freaky scenes are in for a treat as Neftlix has announced the addition of 8 to their library.

Set to launch on June 19, the South African original horror flick will be satiating the tastes of locals who not only enjoy the genre, but are keen to seen how it plays out when brought to life in our very context.

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The supernatural thriller is grounded in South African folklore and mythology in a dark story of atonement, rooted in traditional beliefs about ancestors and the spirit world. Reality and superstition collide in the intersection where the world of the living meets the dead.

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8 tells the story of an unaccomplished William Ziel (Garth Breyetenbach) who returns to the farmhouse he inherited from his estranged father with his wife, Sarah (Inge Beckmann), and their adopted niece, Mary (Keita Luna).

Soon after moving in, they meet a mysterious local outcast Lazarus (Tshamano Sebe), who carries with him a dark secret that will put everyone at risk. Lazarus persuades William to hire him in spite of Sarah’s reservations and successfully forges a kindred bond with Mary, who, like him, still aches for her lost kin.

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But among the locals, Lazarus is an unwelcome menace who carries a dark secret in his sack: a demon reincarnation of his deceased daughter with an insatiable appetite for human souls. In his pursuit to calm her nag, he facilitates several deaths and killings in the village, drawing the circle closer to the Ziels.

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Action Thriller ‘Extraction’ to Premiere on Netflix

Tyler Rake embarks on the deadliest mission of his career in looming Netflix action blockbuster.

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Fears of a possible extension to the ongoing lockdown might be causing a wave of panic for most South Africans.

But while the government is yet to make an official statement on the matter, there’s more entertainment on the pipeline to look forward to either way. On April 24th, 2020, Netflix will be premiering Extraction, an action thriller starring Hollywood leading man Chris Hemsworth, and amongst the main cast  Rudhraksh Jaiswai, Randeep Hood and Goldhifteh Farahani.

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Shot on location in India, Extraction is being touted as one potentially of the biggest blockbusters in 2020. Photo: Netflix

The Sam Hargrave directed blockbuster flick centres on the story of a black market mercenary who gets deployed on a mission to rescue the son of an imprisoned international crime lord.

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Portrayed by Hemsworth, Tyler Rake is a valiant black market mercenary who doesn’t doesn’t give a flying care about ethics where getting the bag is concerned. Now with nothing left to lose, his special skills are solicited to save a drug lord’s abducted kid.

Despite his experience and knack for the jugular, the dark underworld of weapon dealers and drug dealers cumbers the mission, which goes from being deadly to being an impossible, hopeless undertaking. What happens next alters the lives of Rake and the boy.

MOVIE INFO

GENRE: Action Thriller

DIRECTORS: Sam Hargrave

WRITERS: Joe Russo

PREMIERE: 24 April 2020

CAST 

Chris Hemsworth

Rudhraksh Jaiswal

Randeep Hooda

Golshifteh Farahani

Pankaj Tripathi

Priyanshu Painyuli

and David Harbour

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Two South African Horror Films Debut on Showmax

Something to chill your spine

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Two freaky new South African horror movies have just descended on Showmax: Jaco Bouwer’s Rage and Beer Adriaanse’s Parable, both produced by Nagvlug Films (Wonderlus, Hotel). These are the first two Showmax Original movies, as well as the streaming service’s first foray into horror.

RAGE

In Rage, a group of school-leavers descend on a tiny coastal town for a celebration of their freedom. Roxy, Sihle, Kyle, Leon, Tamsyn and Neo party on the beach and drink themselves silly every night. The townsfolk, Hermien and her son Albert, are welcoming – maybe too welcoming.

During a psychedelic trip on the beach, the friends witness a disturbing birth ritual, which could be a hallucination, or not. Soon fertility figurines start to appear at random places, and what is supposed to be the best holiday of their lives turns to horror as the teenagers are picked off one by one.

Nicole Fortuin, whose previous film, Flatland, opened the Berlin Panorama, stars as Tamsyn, with The Girl From St Agnes’ breakout stars Jane de Wet and Tristan de Beer as Roxy and Kyle; two-time Silwerskerm winner Carel Nel (Dwaalster, Hum, Slaaf) as Albert; Sihle Mnqwazana, who co-wrote and acted in The Fall, a New York Times critic’s choice play, as Neo; Shalima Mkongi (IsithembisoNkululekoKeeping Score) as Sihle; and Fiesta, Kanna and Fleur du Cape nominee David Viviers (Kanarie) as Leon.

Rage is directed by Jaco Bouwer, a multi-award-winning theatre director who’s one of three Best Director nominees in the drama series category at the 2020 SAFTAs, for Dwaalster.

His short film, this country is lonely, premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2018 and he also directed Die Spreeus, one of the 10 most-watched local series on Showmax in 2019.

PARABLE 

Jane De Wet has another starring role in the Showmax Original horror Parable. She plays Esther, a teenage girl forced into gay conversion therapy. When a famous lay preacher, Reverend Randal Day , accidentally conjures a demonic spirit while trying to ‘cure’ her, he tries to hide his mistake in a church house deep within a security complex.

The gated community is home to Kasper, a slacker with a recently tarnished reputation, who starts getting dream visits from the missing girl in the news – and she wants his help to escape…

Fleur du Cap winner Michael Richard (Still Breathing, Disgrace) and newcomer Jay Hlatshwayo co-star as Reverend Day and Kasper respectively, with Carla Classen (StroomopFiela Se Kind) as Lina, Thapelo Aphiri (Scandal) as Julian, and Danny Meaker as Loyd.

Parable is the feature film directorial debut of Beer Adriaanse, who wrote, directed and acted in Buurtwag; was nominated for a SAFTA for co-writing Hotel; and has starred in everything from Fynskrif to Hotel, Kanarie tWonderlus, which earned him the Silwerskerm award for Best Supporting Actor.

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