TV DRAMAS

Our award winning dramas include When We Were Black, 90 Plein Street, and Noah’s Ark. When We Were Black won 7 awards at the SAFTAS (South African Film and TV Awards) in 2007, the best drama at Fespaco and the REIMS International Film Festival in France in 2010. It was screened on SABC 1 as part of the 30th Anniversary of the 1976 student uprisings, on Canal + in 2010 as well as on French TV channels in West Africa.

90 Plein Street at TV Drama, six seasons, was based on the world of SA Government. The drama was selected and screened at the prestigious public broadcasting festival INPUT in Australia as well as won three awards at the 2013 SAFTAS.

WHEN WE WERE BLACK

SEASON 1

Length: 4 x 48 min SABC 1

Awards:  Fespaco 2008 - Best Drama. / SAFTAS 2008 - 7 awards for Best Script, Drama, Direction, Music, Wardrobe, Editing, Cinematography / Reims International Film Festival - Best Drama, Award Canal+ (Fr) Broadcast

This award winning mini-series is a coming of age drama set against the backdrop of June 1976 during the liberation struggle in Soweto. It is a love story so beautifully told, that it instils pride and longing. The series won numerous awards, including Best Director, Best TV Series, Best Cinematographer, Best Supporting Actor, Best Script, Best Music and Best Wardrobe at the South African Film and TV (SAFTAS) Awards in 2007. The Series also won Best Television Drama at Reims - 21 Rencontres Internationales de Television in France, 2008 and in 2009 went on to win the Jury Prize for Best Television Drama Series at FESPACO. The series discovered new talent, and actors who have now become regular faces on South African screens and also featured some of the country’s best known talent; Jerry Mofokeng, Tony Kgoroge and Presley Chweneyagae.

SEASON 2

Length: 6 x 48 Mins, SABC 1

Awards: SAFTAS 2014, Best Supporting Actor, Deon Lotz

​It’s 1985. Political tension in the Cape Province is at an all-time high and the apartheid government declares a State of Emergency. Amidst this turmoil, Mandisa (Zandile Madiwa), a young dreamer with a golden voice, yearns to become the next Brenda Fassie. Her mother Rebecca (Andrea Dondolo) knows is that her darling child sings at their church in Langa, and that one day Mandisa will follow in her footsteps and become a nurse. When she comes home to find Mandisa singing along and dancing provocatively to Brenda Fassie’s “Weekend Special” on television, Rebecca is horrified. Rebecca tries to stop Mandisa from venturing out of the safety of childhood. She bans Mandisa from watching television, from improving her singing at MAPP (a venue in the “coloured” suburb of Athlone where art and musical ability is nurtured). Rebecca is pleased when Mandisa’s best friend, Jomo (Lemogang Tsipa), returns from his studies at Fort Hare. She is sure Jomo will contain Mandisa’s restlessness. Jomo has always been in love with Mandisa but her feelings for him are ambiguous. Mandisa is encouraged to go to MAPP by her teacher, Mistress, and Jomo agrees to take her there. In Athone, Mandisa encounters a world that will change her life forever. She meets a talented and appealing guitarist, Shaheed (Keenan Arrison), which leads to Mandisa joining his band. But there are deeper challenges within the band: three of its members: Shaheed (Keenan Arrison), Rachael (Kim Syster) and Zwelakhe (Mbulelo Grootbom) are MK operatives. They belong to a cell run by Benny Mahmood (Charlton Geogre), one of the most wanted cadres in the Cape Province – by the Security Branch. Headed by the recently appointed Kobus Landman (Deon Lotz), the Anti-Terrorist Unit is set on doing whatever it takes to take Benny down to quell the bombing in the area.


90 PLEIN STREET

Long-Running TV Drama Series, 5 Seasons, 26 x 24mins SABC 2

Awards: 90 Plein Street: Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Editing, SAFTAS. INPUT Australia, Selected for the Japanese Prize.   Best Sound Design and Music Score

The first of its kind in South Africa, this popular 26-part drama is set in South Africa’s real-life parliament and creates a fine weave between a family’s personal life and their political playground. 90 Plein Street follows the personal and political intrigues swirling around Dineo Nkgatho (Warona Seane and season 4-5 Thembi Mtshali), an ANC MP trying to balance her private life, the demands of a broken family, and her party loyalty. She goes onto become the President of South Africa after a plane crash that kills the president at the end of Season 3. During Season 4 and 5, we meet her as the President of South Africa and she has to face many dramas to ensure that she keeps her position and is not kicked out by a group of hungry politicians.


NOAH'S ARK

Length: Noah’s Ark 4 X 48 mins,

Series Director Teddy E Mattera and Penny Flasces Series

Producers Busi Ntintili, Werner Cloet, Tsholo Mashile and Carolyn Carew

Noah's ArK 96 min feature film SABC 2, 2008

An expat Sotho doctor loves his family and loves his wife. On the outside they seem to live this perfect life. But Moses Mokoena can't shake the memory of the beautiful Afrikaans girl he once loved 30 years ago. And when the love child he never knew suddenly turns up in his life, the past and present converge in an emotional collision that will challenge everything he's ever known. Noah's character is the metaphor of the power of family love and his symbolic 'ARK' represents family, starting over, dreams, hopes, the past, the future   and,     finally,     promise.     Through     six     strong characters, Noah's Ark explores   dramatic   issues   that   many South African families face; issues of grieving, of midlife crises, of hopelessness and of the hope that shines strong through even the darkest times. This mini-series stars acclaimed local actors Patrick Shai, Nakedi Ribane, Koketso Mojela, Moshidi Motshegwa, Susan Coetzer and   Antonio Summerton


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