DStv mains committed to investing in authentic African stories as well as storytellers and has already amassed a local content library of over 60 000 hours. Perfectly timed to coincide with the “month of love”, M-Net, Mzansi Magic, and Showmax will premiere four new local original movies to add to DStv’s ever-expanding collection. These local films follow the success of a strong slate of locally produced Christmas movies, which included the widely watched M-Net original films A Twisted Christmas, Home Affairs: A Christmas Tale and A Zulu Christmas.
By investing in African stories that touch lives, DStv hopes to champion homegrown production houses and support new talent, including writers and filmmakers. These home-grown films feature some of South Africas’ biggest names, including Sisanda Henna, Linda Mtoba, and Lea Vivier and include a vast array of diverse themes most notably in the Showmax exclusive, No Hiding Here. As Africa’s most-loved storyteller, DStv is bringing its audiences exactly what they’ve asked for – fresh local content.
Here are the four must-see original local movies coming to your screens soon:
One Night kwa Mxolisi
Directed by Sisanda Henna (Trackers), One Night kwa Mxolisi stars Henna and Linda Mtoba (The River). A once semi-successful rugby player invites his friends to the opening of his new restaurant but after one too many drinks, truth-bombs are thrown. What follows is leading to shattered illusions and tested friendships.
Friday, 26 February on Showmax and Saturday, 27 February on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) at 21:30
Home Affairs: A Love Story
This local movie sees the cast of Home Affairs: A Christmas Tale return to celebrate Pieter and Benita’s wedding weekend. The Williams family are under the same roof once again and it’s safe to say that tensions will run high. Will family politics steal the show or will love overcome all in this loved-up sequel? Hilton Pelser (Moffie, The Kissing Booth), David Viviers (Love Runs Out, Kanarie) and Bronté Snell (Arendsvlei) all return for a second round.
Friday, 12 February on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv Channel 104) at 20:00
The Day We Didn’t Meet
A chance encounter sees one-time lovers Alex and Sam reconnect. The two decide to play a game of pretend where they live the life of an old married couple. Reality keeps knocking at the door and the pair find it difficult to ‘escape’ into their pretend world. Was their encounter an act of fate or simply a coincidence? The star cast includes Lea Vivier (Wonderlus, Binnelanders) and Steven John Ward (Inconceivable, Vagrant Queen).
Thursday, 11 February on Showmax and Friday, 19 February on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv Channel 104) at 21:35
No Hiding Here
Showmax is no stranger to diversified content and this original movie is no different. No Hiding Here is a LGBTQ+ romcom set in a small South African town where a beloved drama teacher accidentally plays porn at a huge event. Forced out of town by an outraged community, he flees with the event’s featured guest – a LGBTQ+ celebrity. Together, the two get off to a shaky start while hunting for answers to the tantalizing scandal. No Hiding Here is directed by actor Gabe Gabriel (Hold Fast, Good Luck) and stars David Viviers (Kanarie, Black Sails),Tiffany Barbuzano (Still Breathing) and 2020 Fleur du Cap winner, Earl Gregory (Kinky Boots).
Thursday, 18 February on Showmax
Disclaimer: Please note these broadcast details are subject to change.