Lea Vivier, Pallance Dladla to star in new Showmax thriller ‘Dam’

Lea Vivier and Pallance Dladla in "Dam." Image credit: Showmax.

Fans of psychological thrillers should look forward to a new Showmax Original titled Dam, which will launch in February 2021 and stars Lea Vivier and Pallance Dladla.

Filming of Dam, which was shot in a small town in the Eastern Cape, has officially concluded. 

Dam’s storyline

Silwerskerm Best Actress winner Lea Vivier (WonderlusFynskrif) stars as Yola Fischer, who returns from Chile to the Eastern Cape to bury her father, only to be tormented by spirits in the farm house she has inherited.

But with her mother institutionalised, and her own meds running out, Yola has to wonder if the spirits are real or just in her head.

Image credit: Showmax

Two-time SAFTA winner Pallance Dladla (ShadowIsibaya) co-stars as Themba, Yola’s love interest and a biker on the run.  

“It’s the story of a family – and a town – with dark secrets, and about how what you push down will eventually rise up,” says Dam‘s writer and director Alex Yazbek (The WildUnmarried, Isibaya), a four-time SAFTA winner. 

Stellar cast

Other stars include Natasha Loring (who hass voiced game characters in both the Star Wars and Game of Thrones franchises) as Yola’s sister Sienna and SAFTA winner Antoinette Louw (An Act of DefianceDie Laaste Tango) as her aunt Dora.

Fleur du Cap winner Faniswa Yisa (Blood Psalms) plays Lindiwe while Laudo Liebenberg (Black SailsDie Byl) and Gerald Steyn (Meisies Wat Fluit, Fiela Se Kind) play brothers Rudy and Max Reese.

Neil Sandilands returned from a high-profile Hollywood stint for this eight-part series – his first South African role since 2013’s Die Ballade Van Robbie De Wee.

Dam’s all-star cast also includes big names such as Jennifer Steyn, Andrew Buckland, Siv Ngesi and Thembisa Mdoda-Nxumalo. SAFTA winners Picture Tree (Vehicle 19) are producing the series.

“It’s safe to say you’ve never seen anything like Dam on South African TV,” says Candice Fanguiero, Showmax’s head of content. 

Dam premieres on Showmax in February 2021. 

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