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The Showmax Original Skemerdans is a Cape Flats neo-noir murder mystery set at the Oasis jazz club, the centre of a power struggle between two brothers, a scorned widow and an organised crime syndicate.
SAFTA winners Kevin Smith (Isidingo, Arendsvlei), Ilse Klink (Stroomop, Isidingo) and Brendon Daniels (Four Corners, Sara se Geheim, Arendsvlei) lead an all-star cast that includes Trudy van Rooy (Die Byl, Sara Se Geheim); SAFTA nominee Vinette Ebrahim (7de Laan, Binnelanders); 2019 Comics’ Choice nominee and Good Hope FM Happy Hour host, Carl Weber; Bongo Mbutuma (Die Spreeus, Erfsondes); and the dearly missed Ceagan Arendse (Suidooster, Arendsvlei), who passed away in February 2021.
2019 Standard Bank Young Artist Amy Jephta (writer on Trackers and Die Ellen Pakkies Storie, and director of the upcoming feature Barakat) is executive producer and showrunner, co-directing alongside Ephraim Gordon (Sara Se Geheim, Suidooster), with SAFTA-winning DOP Chris Lotz (Jan, The Endless River, Rage, Shoreline) behind the camera. Nagvlug Films (Rage) is producing.
Filmed along Cape Town’s Voortrekker Road and at the legendary Club Galaxy in Rylands, the 13-part series unfolds through an organic, hyper-local mix of Afrikaans and English, with a nostalgic Cape jazz soundtrack guaranteed to take you back to your own time on the Galaxy dancefloor as you try figure out who the murderer is.