Neo-noir fans can look forward to an exciting new series on Showmax in 2021 – Skemerdans – which is currently in production in Cape Town’s Cape Flats.
The series is centred around a jazz club called The Oasis. The murder of its owner, Glenn Fortune, sparks a power struggle between two brothers, a scorned widow and an organised crime syndicate.
Skemerdans features an all-star cast that includes SAFTA winners Kevin Smith (Isidingo), Ilse Klink (Stroomop) and Brendon Daniels (Four Corners).
Smith stars as Glenn, Klink as his wife Shireen and Daniels as his brother Trevor. Other luminaries include Ceagan Arendse (Suidooster), Trudy van Rooy (Die Byl), and SAFTA nominee Vinette Ebrahim (7de Laan).
The 13-part series is an organic, hyper-local mix of both Afrikaans and English and features a nostalgic Cape jazz soundtrack.
Filming is taking place along Voortrekker Road and at the famous Club Galaxy in Rylands. SAFTA-winning DOP Chris Lotz (Jan, The Endless River) is shooting mostly between dusk and dawn, enhancing Skemerdans‘ noir feel.
Amy Jephta, who clinched the coveted 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist and has written Trackers and Die Ellen Pakkies Storie, is the series’ executive producer and showrunner.
She is also co-directing alongside Ephraim Gordon (Sara Se Geheim, Suidooster). Nagvlug Films (Rage) is producing.
“We wrote the story with Galaxy and Voortrekker Road in mind,” Amy says. “We wanted to take these completely local settings and give them the same treatment we associate with LA noir, to make them feel as cinematic and iconic.”
More new series on Showmax are expected, including reality series Lebo M: Coming Home, due 2 December, 2020, and a Megan Fox action movie Rogue, due 3 December, 2020.
Fans can also look forward to Jahmil XT Qubeka’s ancient Africa series Blood Psalms, the long-awaited second season of Tali’s Wedding Diary and the small town horror Dam, all expected in early 2021.