Hopefully ‘Cabin fever’ hasn’t gotten the best of you and if that’s the case then continue hanging in there! Luckily for us, in Netflix we have a friend we can count on to keep us busy and our spirits up despite what may be. This May, they have the highly anticipated second African original, Blood & Water. The series boasts a female lead ensemble, consisting of Ama Qamata, Khosi Ngema, Gail Mabalane, Natasha Thahane, and Cindy Mahlangu, who are directed by Nosipho Dumisa. This one is very much rooted in a world of mystery, raw family dynamics and light-hearted relief. It doesn’t end there as there are more local shows coming to the service next month, namely Material and Intersexions. So, grab your popcorn and stream, because staying indoors has never been easier! Local and is very much Lekker in May on Netflix, here are our top picks from them:
Blood & Water – Coming Soon
At Parkhurst College, a prestigious inner-city school for Cape Town’s elite scholars and academic overachievers, we follow the exploits of the intelligent, proactive and impulsive 16- year-old Puleng Khumalo. She engineered her transfer to the school to investigate the 17-year- old cold case of her older sister, who was abducted-at-birth.
Hopeville – Already Streaming
Hopeville tells the story of Amos, a reformed alcoholic on a mission to forge a relationship with his estranged son, Themba. When father and son arrive in the dusty town of Hopeville, they discover a mean little community where apathy, fear and suspicion are the order of the day. When Amos decides to restore the public swimming pool so that his son can pursue a swimming career, he is met with scepticism and resistance from the town’s authorities and its inhabitants. Through patience, determination and above all courage, Amos’ selfless acts ripple through Hopeville, inspiring others to take action and to do what they know is right. Slowly but surely transforming the town and its inhabitants for good.
Material – 5/1/2020
Cassim is a young Muslim man who works in his father’s fabric shop in Johannesburg. Cassim wants to be a stand-up comedian but his father disapproves. So when he gets a gig at a local bar, he has to find a way of keeping it a secret.
Gangsters Paradise: Jerusalema – 5/1/2020
A journey of a young hoodlum’s rise from being a small-time criminal, to becoming a powerful crime entrepreneur, during the turbulent years of before and after the fall of apartheid.
Intersexions – 5/5/2020 (season 2 coming 5/12/2020)
Intersexions is an award-winning television series that shows how inter-relationships between sexual partners enable HIV to spread insidiously across society.
And for all you global originals fanatics here’s what you can expect:
Dead to Me: Season 2 – 5/8/2020
In the aftermath of a bloody backyard reveal, Jen and Judy struggle to hide a dark secret. With a surprising new visitor in town, and Detective Perez hot on their heels, the stakes have never been higher.
Dynasty: Season 3 – 5/23/2020
The modern-day reboot of the iconic soap opera that follows two of America’s wealthiest families returns for Season 3.
Hollywood – 5/1/2020
A new limited series from Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, HOLLYWOOD follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood as they try to make it in Tinseltown — no matter what the cost.
Pacific Rim: Uprising – 5/23/2020
As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.
The Blacklist: Season 6 -coming soon
Now knowing that Raymond Reddington isn’t who he claims to be, Liz must decide if she’ll help him uncover the traitor who has landed him on Death Row.
Call Me by Your Name – 5/9/2020
In 1980s Italy, romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.
Apollo 13 – 5/22/2020
NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely. This, after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage that put the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.
Before I Fall – 5/26/2020
February 12 is just another day in Sam’s charmed life, until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over and over, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she’s losing.
And if that wasn’t enough for you then check here for the entire line-up.
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