First Look at New Showmax Thriller with Pallance Dladla & Lea Vivier

It’s the story of a family – and a town – with dark secrets

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There’s already a couple of original South African series lined-up to premiere on Showmax in 2021. And the filming of ‘Dam’, a small-town psychological thriller shot in the Eastern Cape, has just wrapped.

Lea Vivier stars in ‘Dam’, set to premiere on Showmax in 2021.

THE PLOT 

‘Silwerskerm’ Best Actress winner Lea Vivier (WonderlusFynskrif) stars as Yola Fischer, who returns from Chile to the Eastern Cape to bury her father, only to be tormented by spirits in the farmhouse she has inherited. But with her mother institutionalised, and her own meds running out, Yola has to wonder if the spirits are real or just in her head?

Two-time South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) winner Pallance Dladla (ShadowIsibaya) co-stars as Themba, her love interest, a biker on the run.

Natasha Loring (who’s voiced game characters in both the Star Wars and Game of Thrones franchises, and starred in international series like Beaver Falls) plays Yola’s sister, Sienna; SAFTA winner Antoinette Louw (An Act of DefianceDie Laaste Tango) plays her aunt Dora; and Fleur du Cap winner Faniswa Yisa (Blood Psalms, Knuckle City and Skin) is Lindiwe; with aKing frontman Laudo Liebenberg (Black SailsDie Byl) and Gerald Steyn (Meisies Wat Fluit, Fiela Se Kind) as brothers Rudy and Max Reese.

“It’s the story of a family – and a town – with dark secrets, and about how what you push down will eventually rise up,” says Alex Yazbek (The WildUnmarried, Isibaya), a four-time SAFTA winner who is writing and directing the eight-part series.

Neil Sandilands returned from Hollywood for the series – his first South African role since 2013’s Die Ballade Van Robbie De Wee. Since then, Sandilands has appeared in hit shows like The FlashThe 100The Americans and Hap and Leonard, as well as films like Paul Greengrass’s News of the World, opposite Tom Hanks.

Dam’s all-star cast also includes Jennifer Steyn (Goodbye BafanaAbo Mzala, Master Harold and the Boys) as Yola’s mother, Yvette, and theatre legend Andrew Buckland (Catching Feelings) as her father, Jacob.

Siv Ngesi (Blood PsalmsStill Breathing, Knuckle City), Thembisa Mdoda-Nxumalo (Baby MamasUnmarriedOur Perfect Wedding), Tarryn Wyngaard (Noem My SkollieRaised by WolvesDwaalster) and Andre Odendaal (SwartwaterDwaalster). There’s also Marvin Lee Beukes (Die Byl), David James (District 9, Isidingo), and Francis Chouler, who is making his local TV series debut after more than 20 international roles in the likes of Eye in the Sky and Prisoner 760.

Picture Tree (Vehicle 19) are producing the series with Tom Marais (Hunter Killer, iNumber Number) as DOP; Sue Steele (MaterialVehicle 19) as production designer, creating things like frog-covered floors; award-winning model maker Roger Titley creating barbel fish-headed monsters; and SAFTA winner Smartie Olifant (IntersexionsThe Wound) overseeing makeup, including a trypophobia-inducing skin disorder.

“It’s safe to say you’ve never seen anything like Dam on South African TV,” says Candice Fanguiero, Showmax’s head of content.

Dam premieres on Showmax in February 2021.

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