There’s a rise in the offering of African productions and we love to see it! Netflix’s second original series, Blood & Water, is doing the numbers both locally and internationally.
You can also stream these African films and series on Showmax at this very moment. And for those of looking to dig even further into the rich pool of African entertainment, here’s a list of African series, movies and comedy specials to watch across DStv this June.
HOUSEKEEPERS SEASON 2
The critically lauded South African drama makes its triumphant return to your screens on Monday, June 15th at 20:00 on 1Magic (DStv channel 1). Picking up where it left off, the second season of Housekeepers starts as the news the Zwide murders is met with mixed emotion by Ngubanes who had strong ties with the Zwides.
Initially scheduled to return on air on April 16th, the series will finally see a premiere after delays caused by the level 5 regulations of the countrywide lockdown. For the plot details, cast and more, read more on Housekeepers Season 2.
There’s nothing quite like delving deep in these stories captured in local movies. On Losing Lerato, a divorced man, Thami (Kagiso Modupe) is down on his luck and denied access to his daughter Lerato (Tshimillo Modupe). Frustrated, he decides to take matters into his own hands and kidnaps her from school.
The movie will make its debut on 1Magic (103) on Friday, June 12th at 21:30.
LEAGUE OF NATIONS 2015
If there was ever a time during which we could collectively use some laughs, that time is now. As such, the League of Nations stand-up comedy special is right on time.
The special is the inaugural edition of the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival and features comedians from Australia, Italy, USA, France and the UK. Filled with social commentary, satire and a comedic take on where we are as a country, this show is a snapshot of simpler times. Hosted by Loyiso Gola.
Make a date with Mzansi Magic on Saturday, June 13th at 21:30.
LOOKING FOR LOVE
A single, unaccomplished Zulu woman must find Mr Right in the pitiless concrete jungle that is Joburg before she turns 40. Following a disastrous drunken display at her sister’s wedding, Buyi Dube (38) has her parents worried that she’s wasting her life working meaningless jobs.
Desperate, Buyi reluctantly allows her sexy best friend, Lindi (36) to help find her a man from an exclusive ‘man market’. A hilariously heart-warming story of acceptance and hope; this movie follows one woman’s journey to learning that the path to finding Mr. Right, starts with finding herself first.
You can watch Looking for Love at 22:00 on Friday, June 12th on Mzansi Magic.
A young woman is getting married and her adoptive father is delighted. However, when her biological father arrives, a battle between the two fathers begins. Imbali will air on Thursday 18 June on Mzanzi Wethu (163) at 17:00
GETROUD MET RUGBY
Bart finally chooses between Mia and Ilse. Julia accuses Linkie that she only wanted Blitz for herself all along. Ryno has to defend himself at a press conference, when the rumour spreads that he wants to leave the Stryders for a French team. Catch it on Friday, June 12th at 21:00.
Identifying the virus doesn’t help the team when time is running out for one of the team members – especially a team member who can’t be traced. Danny Jantjies is in a whole lot of trouble – and he doesn’t even realise it yet.
*Disclaimer: the virus in this storyline has nothing to do with COVID-19. The symptoms are entirely different, and it is mere coincidence that there is a virus storyline now. These episodes were shot before COVID-19 became a pandemic in SA. Binnelanders will air on Friday 12 June on kykNET (144) at 19:30 (series)
DIE REPUBLIEK VAN ZOID AFRIKA
One of the world’s best cricket players, AB de Villiers, are in studio, together with Fynskrif actors, Charlton George and Bennie Fourie. Be ready to be wowed by AB’s singing talents. Catch it on Thursday on Kyknet.
The big day has arrived! It’s Arendsvlei’s very first wedding! The décor and rings are set, the wedding gown is beautiful, but we might have one problem. Thys and Lionel came up with a rather awkward plan and have decided to go ahead with it, even after Ronel repeatedly asked them not to.
Thys secretly invited Ronel’s dad to their wedding. When Ronel finds out she is beyond furious and doesn’t want to go ahead with her wedding. Is her love for Thys deep enough to forgive him for what he did? Find out on Kyknet on Friday, June 12th at 20:00.
Friends Kena (Samantha Mwaura) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) want more from their lives than becoming wives. Despite the political rivalry between their families, they support one another in the pursuit of their dreams. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. The film is now streaming on Netflix.
MOJAK – HOW DID I GET HERE
Catch Joburg comedian and Emmy-nominated writer Mojak Lehoko’s comedy special recorded live during his one-man comedy event. This semi-autobiographical show takes a look at South Africans, their quirks, and all the changes the country has been through since the dawn of its democracy. Stream it on Showmax from June 18th.
Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed
We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.
When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.
A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.
The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.
This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.
Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.
Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.
After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.
Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.
In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.
After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.
Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.
Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.
Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.
In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?
Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.
We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.
What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.
We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.
Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.
First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’
Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.
First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe, the world ready to let old baggage go.
The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.
Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it
‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.
The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.
While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.
When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.
With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.
It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.
We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.