There's a wealth of local and lekker content coming to Showmax this November, from cooking shows to award-winning short films, reality TV to award-winning feature films.
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. It's been hailed as "a new level of Afrikaans food television" by WatKykJy and "a TV show that has us all drooling" by GoodThingsGuy. New episodes appear weekly. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVz9MZ18bBU.
iNumber Number: the film
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. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tfXb9jUELI
Silwerskerm short films
The best short films from this year's Silwerskerm Film Festival are now available first and only on Showmax, 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. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG6Hkjh0ui0
While You Weren't Looking
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). Watch from 16 November 2017. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3v_E75-T2M
Boer Soek 'n Vrou
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 appear weekly, express from kykNET. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RNH6cfjgY8
Mignon Mossie Van Wyk
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). Watch from 6 November 2017. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI9fYsgduGE
Also look out for Johannesburg-born actress Jessica Marais (Legend of the Seeker) starring in Magic City, alongside Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Grey's Anatomy, The Good Wife, The Walking Dead), Bond girl Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace), and Danny Huston, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role as mob boss Ben Diamond.
See more of Showmax's local and international highlights at https://blog.showmax.com/shows-coming-showmax-november/.
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