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Nosipho Dumisa to direct Blood & Water: A South African Netflix Original

Netflix, the world’s leading internet streaming video service, has announced Blood & Water as its second original series from South Africa.

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Blood & Water will be a teen-led drama, which follows a local teen uncovering her family’s secret past and navigating the complicated world of a South African high school. The series will feature an up-and-coming talented South African cast, and will be filmed later this year.

The series will be directed by the award winning South African female director, Nosipho Dumisa. Dumisa has already made her mark globally, with Nommer 37, which earned her the Cheval Noir jury prize for Best Director at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Quebec. She has also been nominated for best picture, among other, in this year’s  SAFTA awards. The Nommer 37 production team will also be onboard, with Daryne Joshua and Travis Taute writing and co-directing with Nosipho, Bradley Joshua and Benjamin Overmeyer as producers and Simon Beesley as lead editor.

Nosipho said: “Gambit Films and I are so excited to be working with Netflix on this explosive young adult drama, with not only a cool look at strong female leads but also a powerful mystery at its core. As a director who loves genre, this series combines the best of so many and isn’t shy to delve into the real issues of youth culture, whilst jam-packing it with twists that will keep viewers guessing.”

Kelly Luegenbiehl, VP of International Originals – Europe, Turkey and Africa, at Netflix, said: “We are delighted to be investing further in African content and to partner with Nosipho and the team at Gambit Films to bring our second original series from South Africa to Netflix.  Great stories are universal, so we expect this gripping teen drama, with its view on contemporary high school life, to appeal to young adults from South Africa, as well as the rest of the world. Following on the heels of Queen SonoBlood & Water is the next step in our further investment in original African content and we’re excited to explore more projects across the region.”

The series is due to start production in 2019 and is expected to launch globally in 190 countries in 2020. 

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Knives Out in cinemas now

The film gives a new take on whodunit, with a touch of comedy while solving the mystery of who murdered a well-off crime novelist.

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When renowned, well-off crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is announced dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday party, which he celebrated with the entire Thrombey family, the suave Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) mysteriously arrives to investigate the series of events that led to the death of Harlan.

Viewers are introduced to Harlan’s dysfunctional family members one by one, while Blanc sifts through a web of their narcissistic lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s suspicious death. 

With an all-star ensemble cast, including Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell, Knives Out is a witty whodunit film which guarantees to keep audiences guessing until the very end. 

For further information on ‘Knives Out’ including official trailers, please visit its Facebook page and Instagram

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The Irishman – Netflix

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci star in an epic saga of organised crime in post-war America, in a true story told by Frank Sheeran, a hustler and a hitman.

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Spanning decades, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, namely the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa,. It offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organised crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in this epic saga of organised crime in post-war America, told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious crime figures of the 20th century.

Other notable cast members include Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Jack Huston, Kathrine Narducci, and Jesse Plemons. The film was produced by Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Irwin Winkler, Gerald Chamales, Gaston Pavlovich, Randall Emmett, and Gabriele Israilovici.
The film will be available to stream on Netflix from 27 November 2019.

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