VoD: Top local TV dramas, movies and children’s shows now on SA’s online streaming entertainment service


VIDI, South Africa’s premier video on demand entertainment service, has signed deals with the SABC and local producers that will see award-winning content available on the service in the months ahead.

Available from SABC on VIDI from the beginning of February is the drama High Rollers and the hilarious sitcom My Perfect Family as well the hit children’s series URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika and the acclaimed and educational African Sky Stories.

High Rollers is set against the glamorous and backstabbing world of gambling. When the stakes are high and the chips are down, it’s brother against brother in the game of life, business and family. The series features several A-list stars of South African stage and screen led by Brümilda van Rensburg, Justin Strydom, Antony Coleman, Rolanda Marais, Fezile Mpela, Xolile Tshabalala, Carmel Fisher, Carine Rous and Vilje Maritz.

The South African sitcom My Perfect Family, created by Katleho Ramaphakela and Rethabile Ramaphakela, follows the growing pains of socially-awkward teen soap star Luyanda Nkosi as he takes on the role of trying to keep his already broken, dysfunctional family together. The cast includes Lethabo Gumede as Luyanda as well as Sizo Motsoko, Nhlanhla John Lata, Baby Cele, Lilian Dube and Charmaine Mtinta.

URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika is the biggest animated series to come out of South Africa. It meshes rollicking sci-fi action with African mysticism and pop culture satire, but it also tackles serious themes, including environmentalism, consumerism, equality and family values. The show combines 2D characters with 3D backgrounds of a future Cape Town.

The innovative African Sky Stories echoes the rich storytelling culture of the African continent. Each of the stories in both series has been told around fires under the African sky for countless generations. Some of the stories are about the sky and the beginnings of the all that we know. Other stories are symbolic representations of bravery, good conquering evil, and the rewarding of honesty and compassion.

Meanwhile, VIDI subscribers can also enjoy a raft of locally made movies including:

• Liefling - the story of Liefling Marais, an adventure-loving young girl with a passion for life who gets caught up in a sumptuous musical celebration that will have audiences laughing, crying and singing along. The movies features local stalwarts Elize Cawood and Sonja Herholdt.
• Jimmy in Pienk - in which a conservative mielie farmer is elated when his rich gay uncle offers him a way to save his farm from bankruptcy - only to find out he'll have to bare his midriff and master the up-do!  Sharleen Surtee-Richards and Louw Venter head an all-star cast.
• Louw Venter turns up again in Semi-Soet, a romantic comedy in which a young woman is desperate to save her company from a take-over. When she hears that being in a relationship will get her a deal, she hires a model to be her fake boyfriend.
• Between Friends - after seven years, college friends reunite at an up-market game lodge in South Africa. Long buried secrets are eventually exposed, causing tensions to arise in current relationships. A stylish, funny tale of the new South Africa directed by Zuka Nodada and starring Thapelo Mokoena, Amanda DuPont, Dumisani Mbebe, Siyabonga Radebe, Mandisa Nduna, Lihle Dhlomo and Morne DuToit
• How To Steal Two Million - It's been five years since Jack has seen his partner and best friend Twala. Jack did five years for a robbery gone bad. Twala never got caught and Jack never talked. But Twala is as treacherous as Jack is honourable. He's married Jack's former fiancée. Jack wants to go legit but after being rejected for a loan he needs a new source of capital. Twala presents him with an opportunity a job with a R2 million take. The complication is that the mark is Twala's father. Menzi Ngubane and John Kani star!
• Paradise Stop - in Paradise Stop, a clean cop on a backwater beat discovers that the man behind a series of freeway heists is also his only friend in town, the owner of the Paradise Truck Stop. This local movie produced by Kenneth Nkosi, Rapulana Seiphemo and Jann Turner, with Rapulana and Nkosi as the lead characters, and Turner as the director, the same award winning team that was behind the hugely successful and critically acclaimed romantic comedy White Wedding.

“VIDI is delighted that it will now offer such quality and popular local television shows and movies,” says Taryn Uhlmann, VIDI’s Marketing Manager. “These homegrown titles now on the platform all deliver high production values, outstanding casts and compelling storylines.”

Further exciting local content will be added to the VIDI line-up in the weeks and months ahead.

Source: Company Press Release