If you’re a South African living overseas you may well have already heard of Showmax. Think of it as the South African version of Netflix. You can watch some of your old favourites from South African TV as well as classic movies, but they also have award winning Afrikaans movies and documentaries.
There are some interesting new movies and documentaries available now and coming soon, and if you’re a fan of South African music from the 1990s and 2000s, you aren’t going to want to miss these.
The Springbok Nude Girls
First up is a documentary about the Springbok Nude Girls – which I must admit was one of my favourite bands while I was growing up in Cape Town.
It premiered in June last year and the documentary focuses on the band’s formative years in apartheid-era Stellenbosch, and their rapid journey to becoming the poster-children for free-thinking, alternative young people who resisted the regime. They exploded on the scene back in 1994, and quickly became embedded in South Africa as rock legends. Frontman Arno Carstens’ old-school rock ‘n roll appeal drove crowds wild, and the band’s reputation as hardcore party animals lent them street cred in spades. But, as you’ll see when you watch the documentary, it wasn’t all plain sailing.
In 2001, the band split up, but in 2007, the Nudies reunited, with drummer Francois Kruger, trumpeter Adriaan Brand and bassist Arno Blumer joining Arno Carstens and Theo Crous to record Peace Breaker, the Nudies’ first new album in four years.
Find out more about the super-group’s ups and downs, the high notes and the low, and the forever footprint they’ve left on South African rock by watching the Springbok Nude Girls documentary on Showmax.
Fokofpolisiekar: Forgive Them For They Know Not What They Do
Keeping with the South African music scene, another interesting documentary about controversial alternative rock band Fokofpolisiekar is available to watch now on Showmax.
It follows the story of the band, started in 2003 initially as a joke to shock the conservative Afrikaans community. The documentary was made in 2009 and won the Audience Awars at the Encounters International Documentary Film Festival that year. Their lead vocalist is Francois Van Coke, who recently played in Perth with his band Die Gevaar at Oor Die Water. Despite the controversy around the band and their music, they continue to be one of the most popular South African music acts today and recently announced they’ll be recording a new studio album this year.
If you’re more into movies than music then you want to check out the latest award winning South African movie to hit Showmax this month.
Sink is the heart wrenching film about three people’s attempts to deal with a devastating loss. It tells the story of Rachel, a domestic worker from Mozambique, who is forced to make a difficult decision after her daughter dies whilst in the care of her employers. Should she return to a life of poverty in Mozambique, or keep working for the people responsible for her daughter’s death? Things get even more complicated when Rachel learns that Michelle, her employer, is expecting her first child.
The film is based on Innes’ book Rachel Weeping, and the cast includes well known actors Anel Alexander, Jacques Bessenger and Amalia Uys. Shoki Mokgapa won the kykNET Silwerskerm Award for Best Actress in 2015 for her portrayal of Rachel, and Sink has also been nominated for a SAFTA in the Best Film Category. Critics were entranced by Sink, with Leon van Nierop hailing it as one of the ten best Afrikaans films of all times.
Watch Sink on Showmax now.
If you haven’t signed up to Showmax but want to check out what all the fuss is about, you can sign up for a free 14 day trial here.
*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Showmax.