DStv is looking to roll out some joy this festive season with some of the best shows, series, and movies, including six new local Christmas movies.
- Under the banner ‘Choose Joy’ DStv is blending local and international content into a festive viewing jubilee.
- Additionally, there is a return of fan favourites such as ‘Come Dine with Me: South Africa’, [Season 7] on BBC Lifestyle (DStv Channel 174).
- Guests at the ‘Choose Joy’ campaign launch had a chance to preview some of the content lined up for December.
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It’s become somewhat of a tradition, with M-Net’s streaming service Showmax curating content that reflects a South African “festive spirit”, with movies that are a celebration of all things South African. DStv invited some key media and celebrities to the official launch of their ‘Choose Joy’ campaign in Sandton, hosted by the ever-entertaining Mpho Popps.
Here’s what you can look forward to, on the home screen this December:
- Nativity (December 11 at 12:45pm; available on Showmax on December 24): Nagvlug Films brings audiences a holiday-themed comedy starring the iconic South African actress June van Merch. A community group plans a Christmas show to save their local hall – but will things go as planned? Featuring David Isaacs and directed by Bianca Flanders of Troukoors (Wedding Fever) fame.
- Season’s Feelings (Showmax premiere December 9; showing on M-Net Movies 1 on December 18 at 1:55pm): SAFTA-winner Jozua Malherbe teams up with Wonderlus producer Zandré Coetzer for an original holiday comedy that follows a group of outsiders as they travel to a Christmas party. Starring Natalie Robbie, Zandile Lujabe and Kiroshan Naidoo.
- Eve’s Christmas (Showmax premiere December 24; showing on M-Net Movies 1 on December 25 at 12:12pm): From Die Byl actor Marvin-Lee Beukes comes a hilarious M-Net original comedy in which feuding siblings, Carl and Eve, finally face their differences when Carl’s son requests that Eve come to visit for Christmas. Starring Juliette Pauling (Tali’s Baby Diary) and Mark Elderkin (Reyka, Black Sails).
- Asseblief & Dankie (Showmax premiere December 25; showing on kykNET on December 25 at 8pm): A homeless woman saves the life of a wealthy CEO, and in an unusual moment of Christmas spirit, he invites her to recover in his luxury penthouse. He laughs off her claims to be from another world – until his own starts tipping over. SAFTA-winner Crystal-Donna Roberts stars with Laudo Liebenberg in this latest offering from Marche Media (Kanarie).
- Boxing Day (Showmax premiere December 23): Zola Nombona and Hamilton Dlamini star in this original Christmas comedy directed by SAFTA-nominee Mandla N (Lockdown, Loving Thokoza). Two siblings kidnap a government official to obtain money to help bury their grandma. Boxing Day also features Phumlani Magadla and Sthandiwe Kgoroge.
- Love, Lies, and Hybrids (Showmax premiere December 31): Daniel is excited to surprise his fiancée Jessica during her stay at a mountain cabin, but when he gets there he finds something more shocking than he could imagine. Starring Meghan Oberholzer, Shamilla Miller (The Girl from St. Agnes), and Alexander Maniatis. Love, Lies, and Hybrids is directed by two-time SAFTA winner Amanda Lane (Is’thunzi, 4Play: Sex Tips For Girls).
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