Lights, Camera, Action! South African Film and Television Picks for February

February 19, 2024

As the summer sun paints the South African sky, it's the perfect time to dive into the vibrant and diverse world of local film and television.

From gripping dramas to heartwarming comedies, South Africa’s entertainment scene has something for everyone.

So, as we celebrate love this month, why not spread some love for our country and its talent?

Grab your popcorn and get ready for a cinematic adventure as we explore what’s hot in the world of South African film and television.

“Reyka” (TV Series):

In 1994 in South Africa, the daughter of a multiracial couple is kidnapped. She escapes and, as an adult, becomes a detective. Reyka Gama uses her skills to raise her child and solve mysteries.

“Knuckle City” (Film):

For those craving a gritty and intense cinematic experience, “Knuckle City” is a must-watch. This South African boxing drama explores the harsh realities of life in the Eastern Cape, offering a raw and unflinching portrayal of a boxer’s struggle for success in the face of adversity.

“Blood & Water” (TV Series):

Follow the intriguing story of high school students navigating love, friendship, and the search for truth in the bustling city of Cape Town. With its captivating plot twists and youthful energy, it’s bound to keep you hooked.

“Seriously Single” (Film):

Get ready to laugh out loud with “Seriously Single,” a romantic comedy that takes you on a hilarious journey through the ups and downs of modern dating in Johannesburg. Filled with relatable characters and witty humour, this film is a delightful escape into the world of love and self-discovery.

“Spinners” (TV Series):

If you’re a fan of thrilling come-of-age dramas, “Spinners” is set to deliver a dose of suspense and intrigue. Ethan is a 17-year-old driver working for a local gang. Disgusted with gang life, Ethan discovers a possible way out via spinning, an extreme motorsport. But the looming gang war jeopardises that hope.

“Material” (Film):

“Material” is a heartwarming comedy-drama that explores themes of family, tradition, and following one’s dreams. Set in the colourful world of an Indian-Muslim family in Fordsburg, Johannesburg, the film follows the journey of a young man torn between his father’s expectations and his own aspirations as a stand-up comedian.

“Recipes for Love and Murder” (TV Series):

Tannie Maria sees food as “medicine for the body and heart”. She envies romance as much as she enjoys cooking and eating. But it’s death that shakes up Tannie Maria’s life, when one of the correspondents to her column is brutally murdered.

Whether you’re in the mood for romance, comedy, drama, or crime, the local entertainment scene has it all. So, grab your laptop, check out these recommendations, and immerse yourself in the captivating narratives that showcase the talent and creativity of South Africa’s film and television industry.

Happy watching!

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