Netflix recently announced and previewed upcoming original South African series and films at MIP Africa, showcasing its investment in local storytelling and partnerships with South African filmmakers. The global streaming platform is committed to exploring unique perspectives and diverse stories from South Africa, entertaining its millions of global members. Here is a closer look at the upcoming series and feature films.
One of the highly-anticipated series is “Miseducation,” produced by Burnt Onion Productions and set to debut on Netflix on September 15th. The story follows a young first-year varsity student named Buntu Petse, who finds herself on the canceled list after her mother’s corrupt political dealings lead to a police raid and seizure of their assets. Determined to reinvent herself and escape her mother’s legacy, Buntu enrolls at Grahamstown University in Makhanda.
Another series to look forward to is “Yoh’ Christmas,” a holiday season series produced by BBZEE Productions. The series’ details and cast will be announced at a later date.
Fans of the hit series “Blood & Water” will be thrilled to know that Season 4 is on its way. The series, created by Nosipho Dumisa and Gambit Films, will continue to follow the thrilling and hard-earned life lessons of the students at Parkhurst High. The new season is set to debut in the first quarter of 2024.
The mystery drama series “Savage Beauty” is also returning for a second season. The show revolves around the powerful Bhengu family and their global beauty empire, filled with drama and revenge. Created by Lebogang Mogashoa and produced by Quizzical Pictures, the second season of “Savage Beauty” will be launched in 2024.
Netflix is also bringing back the pan-African reality series “Young, Famous & African” for its third season. The show features an all-star cast from South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, and Uganda. Production for the new season will kick off soon.
In addition to the exciting series, Netflix will also release several feature films from South Africa. “Kandasamys: The Baby,” the next chapter in the Kandasamys film franchise, is set to premiere on October 20th. Directed by Jayan Moodley, the film was shot on location in South Africa and Mauritius, offering a hilarious and heartfelt story.
“Heart of the Hunter,” a twisty spy-thriller based on the novel by acclaimed author Deon Meyer, will also be launching in the first quarter of 2024. Directed by Mandla Dube, the film features an all-star cast and promises an enthralling experience.
Additionally, Netflix will release “Soweto Love Story,” a rom-com set in Johannesburg’s famous township, in the first quarter of 2024.
Apart from the upcoming series and films, Netflix has also formed partnerships with renowned South African filmmakers and production houses. These partnerships include:
1. A multi-title book adaptation partnership with Akin Omotoso and Ochre Media.
2. A three-picture film partnership with Donovan Marsh, known for his work on films like “iNumber Number” and “Hunter Killer.”
3. A multi-title partnership with Gambit Films, the producers of the hit series “Blood & Water” and “Unseen.”
4. A three-picture partnership with Jayan Moodley, the creator of “The Kandasamys franchise.”
5. A multi-title book adaptation partnership with Stained Glass Productions, led by Gugu Zuma-Ncube and Pepsi Pokane.
6. A multi-title partnership for films and series with Black Brain Pictures, led by Mandla Ngcongwane and Mpumelelo Nhlapo.
These partnerships highlight Netflix’s commitment to supporting and showcasing South African talent in various genres and formats, further expanding its investment in the South African film and television industry.
In conclusion, Netflix’s upcoming original South African series and films, combined with its partnerships with local filmmakers, demonstrate the platform’s dedication to investing in South African storytelling and talent. Fans can look forward to a diverse range of content that reflects the unique perspectives and experiences of the country.