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The Girl From St Agnes

At St Agnes, a prestigious all-girls boarding school in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, the only saint is in the name. When a popular student is found dead at the base of the old mill, the school is quick to declare the death a tragic accident. But drama teacher Kate Ballard (Nina Milner) doesn’t believe it. The more she investigates, the more Kate realises that she didn’t know the dead girl, Lexi Summerveld (Jane DeWet), or the school at all. Behind the imposing walls of St Agnes, Lexi’s killer won’t be the only person exposed.

The eight-part TV show, The Girl From St Agnes, premieres on Showmax on 31 January 2019.

Click through to watch the trailer and to read about four reasons to be excited about the show.

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Here are four reasons to be excited about the series:   

It’s a drama in South African English, for a change

The TV show is a rare showcase of South Africa’s English-language acting talent.
“English-speaking actors generally work internationally and they have to do American or British accents to make decent money,” says legendary casting director Moonyeenn Lee, who’s been nominated for two Emmy Awards in the past three years, for The Looming Tower and Roots. “That was why it was nice when this came up, to do English, but South African English.” 

It’s being distributed internationally

In a South African first, the dark drama is being distributed internationally by Red Arrow Studios International (Death and Nightingales, Bosch). 

It’s only eight binge-able episodes

Look, we love soaps and telenovelas as much as the next South African, but sometimes it’s nice to watch something with a satisfying ending, like finding out who killed Lexi Summerveld and why. 

It’s like nothing you’ve seen before on South African TV

On Showmax, South Africans normally turn to HBO series for edgy content, rather than local series, which tend to be a lot more conservative, with nudity and divisive topics generally avoided. Conservative isn’t a word anyone’s going to use for this TV show.

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Get GTA: San Andreas free on PC

Rockstar Games has introduced its new Games Launcher for Windows, which includes a free download of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for a limited time.

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The Rockstar Games Launcher is a new Windows desktop application that allows users to access the Rockstar Games PC collection in a single place, across both digital and disc-based titles. This includes Rockstar Games tittles purchased from various other digital stores like Steam. Users can also use the Launcher to shop for new Rockstar Games PC titles to add to their collection.

The Rockstar Games Launcher comes with a host of features, including the addition of cloud save functionality to supported titles, the ability to keep one’s Rockstar Games PC library updated automatically, and ways to follow Rockstar Games news from inside the Launcher.

For a limited time, anyone can install the Rockstar Games Launcher and claim a free copy of the classic Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on PC within the Rockstar Games Launcher, to permanently add it to their Social Club account’s library.

The Rockstar Games Launcher is available for download now here: https://socialclub.rockstargames.com/rockstar-games-launcher

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Control: Combat meets supernatural

In Control, Jesse Faden becomes the new director of the Federal Bureau of Control and uncovers the supernatural threats that haunt the headquarters.

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When the new Director of the Federal Bureau of Control starts her job, she discovers the headquarters has been taken over by some kind of supernatural threat. She needs to do what it takes to get the building back.

Control’s reluctant leading lady arrives at the bureau searching for the truth behind a tragic event from her childhood that ended in the unexplained disappearance of her brother – the supernatural ripples of which have followed her ever since.

She’s a far cry from an alpha male videogame archetype. Traditionally, the bureau is starchy and by-the-book, but Jesse is spontaneous, instinctive and prepared to do whatever necessary to get the answers she needs. 

Control’s big-bad is The Hiss – a mysterious otherworldly entity which travels between dimensions, corrupting and consuming everything it comes across. What that means for Jesse is a skyscraper full of compromised bureau employees out for her blood.

Don’t assume that translates as hordes of cookie-cutter white-collar office drones coming after you. Remedy has taken the concept and run with it, twisting the bureau’s workforce into variety terrifying forms that require strategic thinking to take down.

The bureau’s name is the Oldest House, where the game’s action plays out. It’s a huge, brutalist, Tardis-like structure that transcends its own physical boundaries, shifting its dimensions as players explore.

Control’s combat sees players combining two separate sets of systems to devastating effect: a highly customisable service weapon, and a range of supernatural powers. It’s sophisticated, creative and lots of fun to play around with.

Alongside the big action set pieces, players also need to exercise their grey matter to solve both environmental puzzles and narrative riddles that, in keeping with the dream logic that underpins the game’s plot, demands thinking outside the box. 

Control is out now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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