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Last night I started watching the brilliant Afrikaans series 4 Mure, with tannie Lida Botha in the lead role as Marcelina and realised that I grew up watching her in almost every South African movie and TV series as a kid. I had to really wrack my brain and some of the TV memories are very vague, but I recall her in roles in movies and TV series such as Nommer Asseblief, Die Vlakte Duskant Hebron, Het Van Verlange Kraal, Wolwedans in die Skemer, Ma-plotters, Veldslag, Simon en Sandra, Meester, Die Storie van Klara Viljee, Die Manakwalanners, Meeulanders, Invictus, ‘n Pawpaw vir My Darling and even a role in and episode of the very popular American action TV series from the 90s, Tropical Heat!
Tannie Lida’s role in 4 Mure was that of a charming yet incompetent hotel cleaner which she played brilliantly and it got me wondering what other “recent” work this 70-something year old auntie could be found in in terms of streaming. I got a moerse shock, because I found another nineteen(!) titles featuring Lida which you can stream right now. But the biggest shock was her age! This lady is so light and quick on her feet that I was truly convinced that she was in her mid to late 70s. It turns out she is actually closer to 90 at the age of 86!
Go find her in these movies and TV series, make your pick and stream it this weekend.
My personal favourites are marled with an asterix (*):
Fiela se Kind – as Barta van Rooyen (*)
Any South African should be familiar with the Dalene Matthee classic . This is the original Katinka Heyns classic starring Shaleen Surtie-Richards and Dawid Minnaar
Vallei van Sluiers – as Ta’ Effie Roberts
This movie follows the lives of three fruit farmer families, the De Bruyns, Robertse and Van Rhijns and everyone else who gets drawn into the quarrles feuds and family scandals.
Hoofmeisie – as Tannie Betsie
There can only be one and at a prestigious school the race is on to become the new head girl. For Nadia, this would be a dream come true. But she has a lot of competition from other students and their parents.
Oupa en Ouma Sit op die Stoep – as Debora Vermeulen
This series deals wit the different aspects of growing old and adjusting to be grandparents. Deborah’s niece, Annas, stays with them in their house, and their son, Seuna, gets the responsibility as their caregiver.
Die Boekklub – as Bettie Niemandt
Tom Niemandt takes an unexpected trip to the Karoo, and meets an eclectic group of people who change his life forever.
Donkerland – as Ta’ Emily (*)
The story takes place on the farm, Donkerland and spans a period of over 150 years. It follows the De Witt family’s struggle of survival over seven generations.
Hollywood in my Huis – as Ouma Kruger (*)
Jana van Tonder is inspired by Charlize Theron’s Oscar win in 2004 and decides to have her own “Hollywood Red Carpet” glamorous event for the matric farewell.
Hoener met die Rooi Skoene – as Enith Conradie
Bonnie van de Byl discovers the body of her boss, a Mossel Bay businessman, and decides to take it upon herself to find out who the killer is, despite the efforts of Constable Mickey Mentz.
Vrekfontein – as Buks du Plooy (*)
For 30 years, Valk Volschenk has been the men’s singles champion in Vrekfontein. When an ambitious documentary filmmaker arrives in town, a dark tale in white tennis clothes is exposed. This short film is fokken hilarious!
Susters – as Kitty
Jo, Cecile and Lexie are adopted sisters who head off on an insightful trip through the Karoo with a male nurse.
A Boere-Krismis – as Esther Botha
A chaotic South African Christmas comedy. In Claire’s final attempt at becoming an actress-director-writer, she uses her fiancé’s family in a docu-film to launch her failed career.
Hotel – as Hettie (*)
‘n Sidesplitting South African mocumentary and the first of its kind locally, which follows the quirky personnel of a small town boutique hotel.
Die Spreeus – as Mev. Erasmus (*)
The “Spreeus” take on cases that make other detectives’ hair stand on end. Bas and Beatrice are the fearless members of an investigative unit which tracks crime into other worlds.
Kanarie – as Mrs. Visser (*)
One of my all-time favourite South African movies featuring comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout who showcases his dancing and singing skills in this coming-of-age musical war drama. The film follows a young man’s journey to discovering who he really is through hardship, camaraderie, love and music.
Griekwastad – as Ouma Bettie Steenkamp (*)
After the 2012 murder of a family on their farm, the tough search for the truth around the murders begins.
Poppie Nongena – as Ansie (*)
In this harrowing examination of the injustice of South Africa’s apartheid-era Pass Laws, a woman who loses her right to live in the city, fights to keep her family together.
Rage – as Hermien
What is supposed to be the best holiday of their lives turns to horror as a group of teenagers is picked off one by one in a small coastal village. Jirre, I haven’t watched this yet, but it sounds like I need to check it out!
Orion– as Carolina de Jager (*)
A damaged ex-cop describes himself as trash and acts self-destructively. He reluctantly agrees to take on a job for an attorney, investigating a murder. Also featuring our South Africa’s other Hollywood star, Neil Sandilands.
‘n Kombi, Kameelperd en ‘n Camcorder – as ouma Dorothy (*)
A Silwerskermfees entrant of 2018, this movie follows the story of four friends who pick up grandmother Dorothy for her granddaughter Celia’s wedding. The wheels come off between the Happy Endings Old Age Home and the wedding in Potchefstroom. Also stars long-time friend of Watkykjy and accomplished actor, Hannes Brummer.
Need more streaming goodness? Check out our top 10 list of movies and TV series picks from the Plumlist. It is my to-go-to website when I’m stuck for streaming ideas from Netflix, Showmax and Amazon Prime:
|#10. Showmax Original Tali’s Baby Diary is “a joy to behold”
In the laugh-a-minute mockumentary, an unexpected pregnancy forces Tali (Julia Anastasopoulos, aka SuzelleDIY, who we first met in Tali’s Wedding Diary in 2017) into a desperate pivot from Insta-influencer to wholesome momfluencer. .
|# 9. Ten Martin Scorsese series and movies to stream in South Africa
To say Martin Scorsese is a living legend is not an overstatement. As a director, since the 1970s he has brought some of the best movies to the screen, many now considered classics – Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Colour Of Money, Casino and many more. As a producer he has multiple credits, and his documentaries are as entertaining as any of his scripted films. Shine A Light, about the Rolling Stones’ Beacon Theatre performance during the band’s Bigger Bang tour in 2006, remains one of the best doccies I’ve seen.
|On Netflix & Showmax
|#8 Stream 9 of the 2021 Golden Globe Award winners
Cinema has the Oscars, television has the Emmys; it’s always been clear and exclusive. The Golden Globes honour both, and not even that long ago, the movie categories belonged to films on the big screen, and TV knew its place – in the home. In 2021 the line between the two is blurrier.
|On Amazon Prime, Netflix & Showmax
| #7 Showmax licenses Temptation Island for the first South African season
The ultimate relationship test, Temptation Island follows four couples at a pivotal time in their relationship, where they must mutually decide if they are ready to commit to one another for the rest of their lives — or go their separate ways. .
|#6 Stream the M-Net Sunday Night Movies in March 2021
This month is all-out action on M-Net on Sunday nights, starring some of our favourite bad-ass heroes, from Vin Diesel and Bruce Willis to Dwayne Johnson and Will Smith. Here are the movies to look forward to in March, and where and when to stream them.
|On DStv Now
| #5 Meet the all-star cast of DAM, the Showmax Original thriller series
DAM has been called “South Africa’s answer to The Outsider and Sharp Objects“. It was shot on location in the Eastern Cape, and comes from the pen of four-time SAFTA winner Alex Yazbek. As you’ll see, the ensemble cast is full of exceptional local talent. Here’s a guide to the characters in DAM, and the stars who bring them to life.
| 4# Seven of the best Amazon Original movies to stream on Prime Video
HBO’s dystopian space opera has made waves with its bold vision and sweeping visuals of desolate alien landscapes, all filmed in Cape Town. But it’s not only the gorgeous cinematography, typical of anything Ridley Scott, that’s had fans gripped, eagerly following each episode.
|On Amazon Prime
| #3 Fifteen reality love shows to stream
Does it feel like everyone you know is getting married at the moment? These shows will keep any singleton company, and serve as very entertaining reminders that most dates are, let’s face it, completely awful – and weddings are veritable stress-fests.
|On DStv Now, Netflix & Showmax
| #2 Interview: Leandie du Randt on weapons training and healing after divorce
Leandie du Randt is a familiar face on South African TV and movie screens and you’re about to see her a lot more on TV, seeing as she recently landed the role of presenter on Love Island South Africa. We chatted to her about her journey to stardom, her favourite and least favourite roles and on never being able to f**k up.
| On DStv Now & Showmax
| #1 Where to binge-watch all seasons of Superstore in South Africa
Calling all quirky-comedy devotees! Season 6 of Superstore has just landed on DStv online, with new episodes hitting our screens every Wednesday night. If you’ve never dropped by Superstore before, catch Seasons 1 through 5 on Showmax or S1-4 on Netflix.
|On DStv Now, Netflix & Showmax
Our randomized trailer pick of the week
Each week we take a number from 1 to 10 from our list of suggestions and put it through a randomizer to choose a trailer to show you. This week it landed on our number 3 spot, “Fifteen reality love shows to stream” and from that list we selected “Love Island”:
Get ready as some seriously hot singles take over the hottest villa in the Balearics for six weeks of sun, sea and smooching in their quest for the ultimate summer romance and £50,000 prize!:
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