Everything coming to Showmax in August 2022
With no fewer than five Showmax Originals hitting screens in the month of August from South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, plus brand-new and highly anticipated international series,
Mohale: On the Record | Showmax Original | 4 August
Mohale Motaung and his husband Somizi Mhlongo became the poster couple for gay marriage in South Africa when their SAFTA-nominated 2020 wedding special, Somizi & Mohale: The Union, was labelled the Union of the Year and set a then-record for the most first-day views on Showmax at launch. Their relationship was also a central focus on Living The Dream With Somizi S4, which won the 2020 SAFTA for Best Structured or Docu-Reality Show.
Now Showmax is bringing you a tell-all interview between Mohale Motaung and Aldrin Sampear, host of Unfiltered on SABC 3 and the drive-time show Beyond the Headline on SAFM. As Aldrin says, “As a queer person, their union has been a celebration of what many would love to achieve but, because of societal norms, have struggled to. Some of us even lived our fantasies through their love story and became invested in it. This sit-down is an opportunity to hear Mohale’s version of their union, and now, its cracks.”
“A lot has been said about me, both true and untrue,” says Mohale. “I initially had no intentions to publicly speak of the events that have occurred, due to an agreement I had with the other parties involved. But when the agreement was dishonoured by the other party, it became paramount that I tell my truth as I know it. With all the misinformation in the public domain, it is my responsibility to correct any propaganda as I represent not only myself, but those that may have experienced a story similar to mine. I would also like people to truly get to know me for who I am, as opposed to who they have assumed me to be.”
The Comedy Central Roast of Khanyi Mbau Brought To You by Showmax | 8 August at 21:00, with uncensored cut exclusively on Showmax from 15 August at 21:00
The Wife Season 2 star Khanyi Mbau is the first African woman to get her own Comedy Central Roast. “Who else but me?” says Khanyi. “The first African female to be roasted by Comedy Central was only ever going to be me. Even your favs could NEVER. You’ve said what you said; now say it to my face.”
Mpho Popps steps up as Roastmaster, while Celeste Ntuli, Devi Sankaree Govender, John Vlismas, Nadia Nakai, Sello Maake kaNcube, SelBeyonce Mkhize, Tbo Touch, and YoungstaCPT are sharpening their claws as panellists.
“Khanyi Mbau steamed up Showmax screens this year as Zandile in The Wife S2, which broke records and topped Twitter,” says Nomsa Philiso, MultiChoice’s executive head of programming. “Things haven’t turned out well for anyone who’s messed with Zandile and the Zulu brothers’ family so far, so good luck to anyone brave enough to try roast her.”
The Wife: Behind the Veil | 2 episodes every Friday, from 5 August
The Wife broke records on Showmax, won DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards for Abdul Khoza (Nqoba) and Kwenzo Ngcobo (Qhawe), and is now up for 10 SAFTAs, including Best Telenovela, Best Actor (Bonko Khoza as Mqhele), Best Supporting Actor (Abdul Khoza as Nqoba), and Supporting Actress (Zikhona Sodlaka as Mandisa).
While you wait for S3 in November 2022, all your faves are back to revisit all the questions that kept The Wife at the top of Twitter every Thursday for two seasons. From never-seen-before-footage to Mbalenhle Mavimbela and Bonko Khoza talking about Hlomu and Mqhele’s toxic love story, from Khanyi Mbau and Mondli Makhoba talking about that sex scene to the producers and writers weighing in on the changes they made to Dudu Busani-Dube’s books, this is one special the 5am club won’t want to miss …
Big Brother Naija S7: The Buzz | From 2 August
For the second year in a row, Big Brother Naija fans can expect exciting and exclusive content from the biggest reality show on the continent. As BBNaija returns for its seventh season, fans across sub-Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom will enjoy front-row, live-streamed access to all the activities in the Big Brother house on Showmax.
This includes BBNaija S7: The Buzz, making a comeback for a second season, bringing all the scoops, gist and armchair analysis from host Toke Makinwa and guests, without any holdbacks. Expect two episodes a week, every Tuesday and Saturday.
County 49 | Date TBC
This Kenyan political thriller follows the political intrigues of the fictional Bwatele County, Kenya’s 49th county and the nation’s breadbasket. Despite the county’s wealth, its citizens are suffering from the high cost of living and scarce resources.
Now against the backdrop of great civilian discontent, a disgraced security officer is compelled to save the governor and her chief of staff – his estranged wife – from a local terrorist group, which has kidnapped them for money and revenge.
County 49 stars Wakio Mzenge (Selina), Nyokabi Macharia (Chaguo), Ainea Ojiambo (Igiza), Maqbul Mohammed (Crime and Justice), Martin Githinji (Sue na Jonnie), Peter Kawa (Uradi), Benson Ojuwa (Njoro wa Uba), Nick Kwach (Chaguo) and more.
The series is being produced by Kibanda Pictures, made up of Supa Modo and Crime and Justice director Likarion Wainaina, producer Millicent Ogutu, and Morning After and Country Queen co-director Brian Munene and actor-producer Bruce Makau. Munene also doubles as the show’s writer, alongside Voline Ogutu (Crime and Justice), Mercy Mutisya (Click Click Bang, Too Early for Birds), and Martin Kingondu, with veteran thespian John Sibi-Okumu as story consultant.
County 49 is the fifth Showmax Original title in Kenya after the police procedural and legal drama Crime and Justice S1 and S2, the coming-of-age film Baba Twins, the drama series Single Kiasi and the thriller series Igiza.
A Black Lady Sketch Show Season 3 | Binge from 1 August
A Black Lady Sketch Show is up for five awards at this year’s Emmys, including Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, Writing, Directing and Editing, which it won last year.
The HBO sketch comedy earned series creator Robin Thede an Outstanding Actress: Comedy nomination at the 2022 Black Reel Awards, where Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary) was also nominated as Guest Actress. Thede won the category in 2021, when Gabrielle Dennis won Supporting Actress over co-star Ashley Nicole Black. This season’s guest stars include Ava DuVernay, Wanda Sykes, Wayne Brady, Vanessa Williams, Lance Reddick and Phil LaMarr.
Already renewed for a fourth season, A Black Lady Sketch Show has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the Root hailing this season as “the smartest, freshest, funniest comedy on TV” and the New York Times as a “spectacular showcase,” describing its stars as “the most exciting comics (and the silliest).”
This Is Going To Hurt | Binge from 1 August
Currently the sixth best-reviewed series of 2022 according to Metacritic, comedy-drama This Is Going To Hurt stars Emmy winner Ben Whishaw (Mary Poppins Returns, Q in No Time To Die, voice of Paddington) as a junior doctor in the labour ward.
Based on the bestselling memoir of real-life doctor Adam Kay, This Is Going To Hurt has a 94% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Time hailing it as “the best medical drama in years”.
Radio Times calls the series “a hilarious but heartbreaking tribute to the NHS” – England’s National Health Service – praising the “stellar performances” from Whishaw and newcomer Ambika Mod and adding, “A fast-paced emotional rollercoaster, This Is Going to Hurt is hands-down one of the best dramas we’ll see in 2022… With the show hitting home just how much pressure the NHS is under right now, the adaptation couldn’t come at a better time.”
The Responder | Binge from 1 August
Rotten Tomatoes’ 12th Best TV show of 2022 (So Far), The Responder follows Chris Carson (Emmy winner Martin Freeman from Sherlock, Black Panther and The Hobbit), a morally compromised urgent response officer tackling a series of crisis-stricken night shifts in Liverpool.
While trying to keep his head above water both personally and professionally, Chris is forced to take on a rookie partner, Rachel (Adelayo Adedayo – named “Britain’s most exciting rising star” by Harper’s Bazaar). Both soon discover that survival in this high pressure, relentless, night-time world will depend on them either helping or destroying each other.
Written by ex-police officer Tony Schumacher, The Responder has a rare 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “Martin Freeman is magnificent,” writes The Guardian. “With rage in his heart and spit on his face, Freeman will surely win all the awards for this drama written by an ex-cop that’s as riveting as a thriller and as profound as a documentary… If you are looking for a state-of-the-nation piece, it is here.”
The Gilded Age | Binge from 1 August
One of Rotten Tomatoes’ most anticipated shows of 2022, The Gilded Age is a new period drama from Oscar winner Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Gosford Park).
Nominated for a 2022 Emmy for its production design, The Gilded Age kicks off in 1882, when young Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) moves from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father. She moves in with her thoroughly old-money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Emmy winner Christine Baranski from The Good Fight) and Ada Brook (two-time Emmy winner Cynthia Nixon from Sex and the City).
Accompanied by Peggy Scott (Denée Benton), an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts and her stupendously rich neighbours, a ruthless railroad tycoon George Russell (Critics Choice nominee Morgan Spector from The Plot Against America and Homeland) and his ambitious wife, Bertha (Emmy nominee Carrie Coon from Fargo). Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?
HBO has already ordered a second season of The Gilded Age, which has an 8/10 rating on IMDb and was hailed by NPR as “brilliantly cast and beautifully shot… addicting and juicy.”
The Baby | Binge from 1 August | First on Showmax
The Baby stars Michelle De Swarte (The Duchess) as 38-year-old Natasha, whose life implodes dramatically when she is unexpectedly landed with a baby. Controlling, manipulative but incredibly cute, the baby twists Natasha’s life into a surreal horror show. As she discovers the true extent of the baby’s deadly nature, Natasha makes increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of it. She doesn’t want the baby, but the baby definitely wants her.
The HBO Max comedy horror series has an 82% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with TIME Magazine saying, “It’s more than just fun – it’s also a whole lot smarter and more thought-provoking than most of the shows sucking up all the attention.”
The cast also includes Tanya Reynolds (Lily in Sex Education), multi-award-winner Sinéad Cusack (V for Vendetta) and Ghanaian-born actor Patrice Naiambana.
The Equalizer Season 2 | Binge from 16 August
Oscar nominee Queen Latifah (Chicago) was nominated for a 2022 Critics Choice Super Award for Best Actress in an Action Series for The Equalizer, a reimagining of the classic 80s series and the 2014 blockbuster movie with Denzel Washington. She was also nominated for People’s Choice, Black Reel and Image awards for her performance as Robyn McCall, a single mother and former CIA operative who helps those with nowhere else to turn.
Already renewed for a third and fourth season, The Equalizer was named Best New Show by The African American Film Critics Association in 2021, and nominated as The Drama Show of 2021 by The People’s Choice Awards.
Critics Choice Award winner Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black), Screen Actors Guild nominee Adam Goldberg (Saving Private Ryan, A Beautiful Mind), and Image Award winner Laya DeLeon Hayes (the voice of Doc McStuffins) co-star.
Landscapers | Binge from 1 August
Oscar winner Olivia Colman (The Father, The Crown) and Emmy nominee David Thewlis (I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Fargo, Harry Potter’s Remus Lupin) star as real-life couple Susan and Christopher Edwards in Landscapers, a unique love story that sees a pair of ordinary Brits become the focus of an extraordinary investigation when two dead bodies are discovered in the back garden of a house in Nottingham, England.
Based on real events, Landscapers won three 2022 BAFTAs, with nominations for Best Miniseries, Director (Will Sharpe), and Leading Actor (Thewlis). The four-part miniseries has a 98% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with widespread acclaim for its script (by Ed Sinclair – aka Mr Olivia Colman – who wrote the role of Susan specifically for his wife).
In their five-star review The Guardian wrote, “Imagine two of the greatest actors of their generation being even better together than they are separately. That’s Landscapers… Heartbreaking and utterly convincing… A rich, generous, clever, multi-textured thing.”
The Thing About Pam | Binge from 16 August
Two-time Oscar winner Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jones Diary, Judy) stars as Pam Hupp in the riveting true-crime drama based on the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria, which resulted in her husband Russ’s conviction, though he insisted he did not kill her.
One of Rotten Tomatoes’ most anticipated shows of 2022, The Thing About Pam also stars Emmy winner Josh Duhamel (Transformers) and Screen Actors Guild nominees Judy Greer (Ant-Man, Jurassic World), Glenn Fleschler (Barry), and Sean Bridgers (Deadwood, Rectify).
Based on a Dateline podcast that’s been downloaded over 20 million times, The Thing About Pam was NBC’s top rated new series this year and their biggest digital launch ever, according to Deadline. AVClub hails The Thing About Pam as a “twisty true crime story” with “impressive performances”.
La Brea Season 1 | Binge from 1 August
Nominated as the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2021 at the People’s Choice Awards, La Brea kicks off with a massive sinkhole mysteriously opening up in Los Angeles, separating part of a family in an unexplainable primeval world alongside a desperate group of strangers.
Already renewed for a second season, La Brea’s cast includes Natalie Zea (The Following, Justified) and Eoin Macken (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Merlin).
The Time Traveler’s Wife | Binge from 1 August
Romance meets science fiction in The Time Traveler’s Wife, which tells the intricate love story of Clare and Henry, and a marriage with a problem… time travel.
People’s Choice and Teen Choice winner Theo James (Tobias “Four” Eaton in The Divergent film series, and Sanditon’s Sidney Parker) and BAFTA Scotland winner Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones’ Ygritte, DS Kirstin Longacre in Vigil) lead the the six-part miniseries, which is based on the acclaimed 2003 bestselling novel by Audrey Niffenegger.
Emmy and BAFTA winner Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Sherlock) wrote the screenplay, with triple-Emmy winner David Nutter (Game of Thrones) directing. The Mary Sue says, “The HBO series is a lot better than the 2009 Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams movie adaptation… I openly laughed out loud… And who doesn’t want to see Theo James and Rose Leslie falling in love with each other out of order?”
The Good Karma Hospital Season 4 | Date TBC | First on Showmax
The dedicated doctors of The Good Karma Hospital are back for a fourth season of this life-affirming drama. Screen Actors Guild award nominee Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones) stars as Dr Ruby Walker, with BAFTA nominee Amanda Redman as Dr Lydia Fonseca.
The new season sees a tragic turn of events bring Gabriel (British Independent Film Award winner James Krishna Floyd from My Brother the Devil) back into Ruby’s life, while Lydia confronts a blast from her past (played by Ace Bhatti from Alex Rider and Line of Duty). There’s also a wedding on the cards … if the bride can leave the hospital for long enough to say “I do”.
Screen Actors Guild Award winner Raquel Cassidy (Downton Abbey, The Worst Witch) joins the cast this season, while Neil Morrissey (Line of Duty, Grantchester), Darshan Jariwala (Gandhi), and Nimmi Harasgama (Doctors) are all returning, along with Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Philip Jackson (Brassed Off, Little Voice, Poirot).
Spreadsheet Season 1 | Binge from 1 August | First on Showmax
BAFTA winner Katherine Parkinson (Jen in The IT Crowd, Pauline in Doc Martin) stars in the 18SN Aussie sex comedy Spreadsheet. She plays Lauren: a freshly divorced mother-of-two, looking for sex without strings attached.
Lauren’s already functioning at full capacity with a successful career as a lawyer, two wilfully disobedient but hilarious children and a slightly inept ex-husband. So how is she supposed to manage a slew of emotionally needy men as well? With a spreadsheet, that’s how.
In their four star review, Daily Mail hailed Parkinson as “one of the funniest actresses on TV,” saying Spreadsheet “combines traditional family comedy with raunchy scenes verging on all-out pornography… like channel hopping between Outnumbered, Sex and the City and an X-rated TV station.”
The Sydney Morning Herald similarly gave Spreadsheet four stars, calling the show “delightful to watch” and praising “Parkinson’s impeccable comic timing.”
Reyka | Binge from 1 August 2022
The opening night series at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, Reyka follows criminal profiler Reyka Gama (SAFTA winner Kim Engelbrecht from Raised by Wolves and The Flash) as she investigates a string of brutal murders committed by a serial killer in the sugar cane fields of KwaZulu-Natal. Reyka is traumatised by the experience of being abducted as a child by a farmer (Iain Glen from Game of Thrones), but this also helps her enter the minds of Africa’s most notorious criminals.
The eight-part contemporary crime drama also stars SAFTA winners Anna-Mart van der Merwe (Kanarie, Poppie Nongena), Hamilton Dhlamini (Five Fingers for Marseilles), Kenneth Nkosi (Tsotsi, District 9), and Desmond Dube (The Adventures Of Supermama), as well as SAFTA nominees Thando Thabethe (Blood Psalms), Nokuthula Ledwaba (Roots), and Fiona Ramsey (Hard Copy, Black Sails).
Directed by SAFTA nominee Zee Ntuli (Hard To Get) and SAFTA winner Catharine Cooke (The Girl From St Agnes), Reyka was sold by Fremantle to 80 territories, including BritBox North America, CANAL+, Channel4 in the UK, HBO LatAm, and Sky Italia.
Reyka is jointly produced by Serena Cullen for Serena Cullen Productions in the UK (Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Cold Feet) and Harriet Gavshon for Emmy-nominated Quizzical Pictures in South Africa.
“Forget the chilly surrounds of snow and ice: the haunting cane fields of South Africa is our new favourite location for a dark crime drama,” says Australia’s SBS. “Lovers of dark crime fiction will find their appetites for the grim and grisly well satiated with this compelling South African noir.”
The Deal | Stream from 11 August
The short film The Deal tells the story of 18-year-old Thandeka, who finds herself in a transactional relationship with a wealthy older man.
Written and directed by award-winning dancer, actor and social entrepreneur Paul Modjadji and produced by Wandile Molebatsi (Silverton Siege), The Deal looks at the social challenges faced by young people in South Africa – issues of gender-based violence, mental illness, fatherlessness, and the fine line between coercion and consent.
Spoken word artist, SA’s Got Talent winner and Scandal! actress Botlhale Boikanyo stars alongside the
likes of SAFTA Lifetime Achievement recipient Abigail Kubeka and SAFTA winners Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha (Tsotsi) and Aubrey Poo (Isibaya).
African Zulu Goddess | Binge from 15 August
Join Shauwn “Mam’Mkhize” Mkhize in the BET special African Zulu Goddess as she celebrates her lavish thanksgiving ceremony, which was held in April – her birthday month – to give thanks to God, her family, and ancestors.
“It’s been a long time coming,” the beloved businesswoman, socialite, soccer club owner, philanthropist and host of the Mzansi Magic reality series Kwa Mam’Mkhize. “I’m over the moon that I finally got to have my thanksgiving, and now I get to share the whole experience with you in this two-part special.”
The SAFTA-nominated documentary series Huisgenoot Ware Lewensdramas returns with a new season, going behind the true-life stories that made the headlines to talk to the people involved, experts, and the journalists who first broke the stories in one of SA’s oldest and best-loved publications. Season 8 revisits the stories of Anton Lubowski, Brett Goldin and Richard Bloom, and the Palma attack in Mozambique, among others.
Whether you’re planning your dream wedding or just dreaming of one, you can now binge the whole of Season 11 (and all ten seasons before that) of the ever-popular Mzansi Magic reality show Our Perfect Wedding, hosted by Khanyisa Titus.
Last Night In Soho | Stream from 25 August
An aspiring fashion designer (BAFTA nominee Thomasin McKenzie from Jojo Rabbit) is mysteriously able to enter the swinging Sixties, where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer (Emmy nominee Anya Taylor-Joy from The Queen’s Gambit). But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something darker.
Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, The World’s End, Shaun of the Dead) won Best Director at the 2022 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, while Last Night in Soho was nominated for Best Horror Movie at this year’s Critics Choice Super Awards, where both McKenzie and Taylor-Joy were up for Best Actress in a Horror Movie. The horror was also nominated for Outstanding British Film and Best Sound at the 2022 BAFTAs. As The New York Times says, “Nothing in Wright’s previous work quite prepared me for Last Night in Soho, its
easy seductiveness and spikes of sophistication.”
The cast includes Emmy nominee Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown and the upcoming House of the Dragon), BAFTA winner Rita Tushingham (Doctor Zhivago, The Responder), and Oscar nominee Terence Stamp (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert). Last Night in Soho also marks the final cinematic appearances of late Emmy winner Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones’ Olenna Tyrell) and Margaret Nolan (Goldfinger).
Scream (2022) | Stream from 11 August
The #18 biggest movie of this year so far, Scream reboots the satirical slasher/black comedy franchise created by the late horror master Wes Craven, with a new killer donning the Ghostface mask, 25 years after a new streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, California.
A direct sequel to 2011’s Scream 4, the horror sees Emmy nominee Courteney Cox (Friends’ Monica), Teen Choice Award winner David Arquette, and MTV Movie Award winner Neve Campbell reprising their roles from the earlier films. Of the fresh faces, Jenna Ortega (You) won Most Frightened Performance at the 2022 MTV Movie + TV Awards, where the film was nominated for Best Movie. Also look out for Jack Quaid (Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan’s son, from The Boys), Jasmin Savoy Brown (Yellowjackets), Melissa Barrera (In the Heights, Vida), and Dylan Minnette (13 Reasons Why).
Empire Magazine calls the film “a ‘re-quel’ as fast, funny and ferocious as a Scream movie should
be,” saying, “In an era of elevated horror, it’s a gloriously gory basement party.” The Wrap says Scream is, “a horror movie, through and through. It’s also a small-town drama. It’s also a vicious and spot-on commentary about some of the more repugnant fads in the modern entertainment hellscape…” and, “It’s also extremely funny,” while Variety says, “The new Scream may be the first horror movie that turns the mockery of fan service into its own fan service.”
Dear Evan Hansen | Stream from 4 August
An adaptation of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical, Dear Evan Hansen follows a high school senior with Social Anxiety disorder on an unlikely journey of self-discovery and acceptance following the suicide of a fellow classmate.
Evan is played by Emmy-,Tony- and Grammy-Award winner Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect), who originated the role on stage. Emmy nominee Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart, Unbelievable and the upcoming Ticket to Paradise), Oscar winner Julianne Moore (Still Alice; Crazy, Stupid, Love), six-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams (Arrival, Vice), and Teen Choice winner Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give, The Hunger Games) co-star.
Dear Evan Hansen is directed by Critics Choice nominee Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wonder) from a screenplay by Steven Levenson (tick, tick…BOOM!, Fosse/Verdon), and boasts a Grammy-nominated soundtrack by Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Emmy winner Alex Lacamoire, and Emmy nominee Dan Romer.
Forbes says Dear Evan Hansen is an “engaging and entertaining passion play, strengthened by a deluge of onscreen talent and subtly directed in a way that opens up the play without calling attention to its stage-bound roots.”
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins | Stream from 29 August
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins stars Teen Choice nominee Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians, The Gentlemen) as Snake Eyes, a tenacious loner who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage, where he finds a home and learns the ways of the ninja warrior. But, when secrets from his past are revealed, Snake Eyes’s honor and allegiance will be tested – even if that means losing the trust of those closest to him.
Based on Hasbro’s iconic G.I. Joe character, the film’s cast includes Critics Choice Super Award nominee Andrew Koji (Warrior), IGN Summer Movie Award nominee Samara Weaving (Bill & Ted Face the Music), Úrsula Corberó (Money Heist) and Iko Uwais (The Raid).
Screen Rant proclaimed Snake Eyes “the best G.I. Joe movie yet… the origin story we’ve been waiting for… A wildly entertaining thrill ride.”
Copshop | Stream from 18 August
In Copshop, Fangoria Chainsaw Award nominee Frank Grillo (Boss Level, The Grey, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) stars as a wily con artist on the run from a lethal assassin (MTV Movie Award winner Gerard Butler from 300). He devises a scheme to hide out in a small-town police station but when the hitman turns up at the precinct, an unsuspecting rookie cop (Alexis Louder from Watchmen and The Tomorrow War) finds herself caught in the crosshairs.
Copshop is directed by Joe Carnahan (Boss Level, The Grey, The A-Team, Smokin’ Aces), who co-wrote the script from a story by Ozark creator Mark Williams. Also look out for Black Reel winner Chad L Coleman (The Walking Dead’s Tyreese Williams, and Dennis “Cutty” Wise in The Wire) among the cast.
LA Times praised the film’s “intelligent, precise script”, “well-staged action and strong performances throughout,” saying, “Butler turns in one of his best, most understated performances — but the star of this show is Louder,” while Hollywood Reporter says, “Copshop is ridiculous on almost every level, but damn if it isn’t a whole lot of fun.”
Critics Choice winner Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings’ Frodo) and Emmy winner Luke Kirby (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Gossip Girl) star in the Camerimage-nominated biographical crime drama No Man of God, which examines the complicated relationship that formed between FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier and serial killer Ted Bundy during Bundy’s final years on death row, based on real-life transcripts of their conversations.
Tom Cruise classics
With Top Gun: Maverick at the top of the blockbuster list on circuit and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning coming next year, it’s the perfect time to remind yourself why triple-Oscar nominee Tom Cruise remains the perennial action A-lister, with both the Oscar-winning 1986 original Top Gun and 2018’s BAFTA-nominated Mission Impossible: Fallout now on Showmax. Plus, catch Cruise in Jack Reacher and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller and Tom Holland star in the biographical adventure drama The Lost City of Z, which tells the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett’s relentless quest to find an ancient lost city in the Amazon in the early 1900s. Based on The New York Times bestseller The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann, the film won multiple awards, and holds an 86% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Nominated for Best Original Film at the 2022 Bloodguts UK Horror Award, Seance is set at an elite boarding school for girls, where six friends jokingly engage in a late-night ritual to call forth the spirit of a dead former student who reportedly haunts their halls. Before morning, one of the girls is dead, leaving the others wondering what they may have awakened. Written and directed by Fangoria Chainsaw Award winner Simon Barrett (V/H/S, You’re Next), the film’s cast includes Suki Waterhouse (Assassination Nation, The Girl Who Invented Kissing).
Mind Over Murder | Stream from 1 August
The HBO true crime docuseries Mind Over Murder chronicles the bizarre and psychologically complex story of six individuals who were convicted for the 1985 murder of a beloved 68- year-old grandmother, Helen Wilson. Despite five of the individuals originally confessing to the crime, the “Beatrice Six” as they became known, were exonerated by DNA evidence in 2009, a turn of events which divided the rural town and incensed Helen’s family.
As the filmmakers track the case from the murder, through investigation, trial, exoneration and two civil suits, shifting perspectives cloud the truth, and a stranger-than-fiction tale emerges that raises salient questions about the reliability of confessions and memory in criminal cases.
Mind Over Murder is directed by Nanfu Wang, who won the SXSW Audience Award for In The Same Breath, the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Born In China, and was nominated for an Emmy for One Child Nation. The six-part series has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with RogerEbert.com saying, “[Wang’s] comprehensive style, particularly her uncanny ability to diagram how authoritative systems can act against vulnerable individuals, somehow moves with a sharper precision than ever in Mind Over Murder.”
Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story | Stream from 1 August
Legendary romance novelist Jackie Collins is the focus of the 2022 Royal Television Society Award-nominated documentary film Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story. Taking viewers on an immersive journey through the writer’s trailblazing life, the film weaves together fact and fiction to reveal the untold story of a ground-breaking author and her mission to build a one-woman literary empire.
Narrated by a cast of Jackie’s closest friends and family, the film shares the private struggles of a woman who became an icon of 1980s feminism whilst hiding her own vulnerability behind a carefully crafted, powerful, public persona. The film evolves from a celebration of Jackie’s revolutionary novels – which placed female sexuality at the heart of their storytelling – into a multi-layered deliberation on feminism, family dynamics, and the universal quest to understand how our childhood experiences and early traumas ultimately make us who we are.
With Emmy winner John Battsek (Searching for Sugarman) among its producers, the documentary has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says, “Helmed with the same frothy glamour as its subject’s novels, Lady Boss is a joyous retrospective of Jackie Collins and a persuasive reappraisal of her literary contributions.”
Undercurrent: The Disappearance of Kim Wall | Stream from 15 August
The two-part HBO documentary Undercurrent: The Disappearance of Kim Wall tells the story of accomplished journalist Kim Wall, who went missing in 2017 while interviewing eccentric entrepreneur Peter Madsen aboard his self-made submarine in Danish waters.
Directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Erin Lee Carr (I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth V. Michelle Carter, At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal), the documentary weaves together trial testimony, expert opinion, never-heard-before audio from Madsen himself, new interviews with those who knew Wall and Madsen, and commentary from the officers, scientists, and journalists close to the case.
Also watch the award-winning dramatisation of the investigation in the series The Investigation on Showmax.
Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men | Stream from 1 August
Merging music, socio-cultural commentary and intimate family portrait, the documentary mini-series Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men examines the cultural history of hip-hop’s most influential group as they commemorate the 25th anniversary of the group. Their ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit brought them together to overcome the poverty, violence and oppression of their New York neighbourhoods. But it was music and their shared lyrical genius that allowed them to form one of the most recognised musical movements in the world, all while walking the tightrope that links business with brotherhood.
The four 60-minute episodes include never-before-seen archival footage and performances, and interviews with all nine living members of the group – RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and Cappadonna – as well as footage from 2004 featuring the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
The docuseries was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program, with filmmaker Sacha Jenkins (Burn Motherf*cker, Burn!, Word Is Bond) nominated for a Black Reel Award for Outstanding TV Documentary. It has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says, “Of Mics and Men condenses the mythology surrounding the celebrated Wu-Tang Clan with finesse, honoring the hip hop collective’s aura of legend while also delving into each member’s earthy humanity,” and RogerEbert.com calls it, “A joyous document of the history of one of music’s most important bands.”
Also watch the dramatisation of the Wu-Tang Clan story in Wu-Tang: An American Saga.
Sing 2 | Stream from 28 August
Get ready for big dreams, spectacular hit songs, and a reminder of the power of music to heal even the most broken heart in the animated family feature film Sing 2. It comes from Illumination, the studio that gave us Despicable Me, The Minions and The Secret Life of Pets. The sequel to 2016’s Sing, Sing 2 was the biggest animated film of 2021 and the 10th highest-grossing film of the year.
The story follows the ever-optimistic koala, Buster Moon (Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey) and his cast as they plan to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza yet in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. But to get their show on at the Crystal Tower Theater in glamorous Redshore City, they need to win over ruthless mogul wolf Jimmy Crystal (Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale), and persuade reclusive lion rock legend Clay Calloway (voiced by U2 frontman Bono, in his animated film debut) to return to the stage.
The sensational returning voice cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, and Nick Kroll, along with a host of new characters voiced by the likes of Black Panther’s Letitia Wright, comedians Eric Andre and Chelsea Peretti, and music superstars Pharrell Williams and Halsey. The soundtrack includes hits from Billie Eilish, BTS, Elton John, Whitney Houston, Kiana Ledé, Kygo, Sam i, Anitta, and Mercury Rev.
Also catch the original, Sing, from 4 August.
Also on Showmax in August
9 Bullets, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Fiesta S22-23, Have Faith S1, Lasizwe S1, La’t Wiel S6, Miss Delivery, Outopsie S1
Die in a Gunfight, Hannes Aan Huis S1-4, How To Train Your Dragon, Life Begins: Riaad Moosa, Met ‘n Happel In Die Stap S8-11, Monster Trucks, The Smurfs 2 and Smurfs: The Lost Village
A Horse Called Wish, Bee Movie, Camp Getaway, Hart in Bos, Monsters vs Aliens, Night of the Sicario, Tiaan Proe S1, The House on Sea Horse Bay
Date, Agteruit S1, Habit, Myne Vir Joune, Skyfire, XXX: Return of Xander Cage
How To Adventure S1, Kom Ons Trou Nou S3, Lara Croft Tombraider, Lara Croft Tombraider: The Cradle of Life, Spoedgrens, Wanted
Coming To America, Norm of the North: Keys To The Kingdom, The Gateway
G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Vuurdop
The Dictator, Madagascar: Escape To Africa, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure,
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, The Ride