This Christmas, Showmax has put collectively its largest ever pile of presents for native audiences, with eight native movies; Christmas specials from HBO and Adult Swim; and over 30 worldwide movies, together with Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) within the 2019 blockbuster Last Christmas.
ROBOT CHICKEN: SANTA’S DEAD (SPOILER ALERT) HOLIDAY MURDER THING SPECIAL | Stop-motion
Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken was one in every of three nominees for Best Short Animated Program on the 2020 Emmys, for its Christmas particular, Santa’s Dead (Spoiler Alert) Holiday Murder Thing Special (also called S10, ep 11). Think Murder of the North Pole Express, with Inspector Jesus on the case and a practice stuffed with fairytale suspects.
Listen out for the voices of Robot Chicken co-creator and three-time Emmy winner Seth Green as Santa, four-time Golden Globe nominee Jason Alexander (George in Seinfeld) as Krampus; and Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) as Ginger.
Warning: This isn’t actually within the Christmas spirit…
SOMERKERSFEES | Movie | First on Showmax, 1 December
In Somerkersfees, a dysfunctional household’s Christmas seashore vacation forces them to come to phrases with their flaws, variations, hate and love for one another.
Directed by multi-award-winning theatre director and SAFTA nominee Jaco Bouwer (Rage, Dwaalster, Die Spreeus), Somerkersfees stars Milan Murray (Liewe Kersfeesvader, Die Waterfront), Edwin van der Walt (Wonderlus), Marguerite van Eeden (Sara Se Geheim), Joanie Combrink (Fynskrif, Dwaalster), Marvin-Lee Beukes (Wonderlus, Die Byl) and SAFTA winner Lionel Newton (Triomf).
POSBUS 1 | Movie | First on Showmax, 1 December
In Posbus 1, when Ben (Carel Trichardt from Rhodes) and his spouse’s handle is given out as Santa’s, they get 1000’s of letters from hopeful kids. When Ben’s spouse dies, he burns each letter besides one, which sends him on a journey of therapeutic. Cindy Swanepoel (Binnelanders), Charlie Bouguenon (Vuil Wasgoed), Melissa Willering (Getroud Met Rugby), and Thapelo Aphiri (Parable) co-star. Posbus 1 is directed by Nico Scheepers, who gained Best Director at Silwerskerm 2017 for Die Maan Val Bewusteloos.
HERB & MOON | Movie | First on Showmax, 5 December
In Herb & Moon, Herbert Brenner (SAFTA winner Robert Whitehead from Legacy) could also be shedding his marbles however he’s not ready to lose his granddaughter. Can an outspoken man with rusty joints get away of his previous age residence, make his means throughout city, overcome his daughter and son-in-law’s makes an attempt to preserve him from his granddaughter, and provides Gemma her Christmas reward?
Herb & Moon is directed by SAFTA winner Tim Greene (Skeem, Hard Copy, Taryn & Sharon), with Keenan Arrison (Shirley Adams, When We Were Black) co-starring.
A BOERE-KRISMIS | Movie | 5 December
In A Boere-Krismis, Lara Toselli (Tali’s Wedding Diary, Swaaibraai) stars as Claire, a failed comic-actor-director-screenwriter-producer-playwright-presenter who makes use of her Afrikaans fiancé’s household to additional her profession by documenting their disastrous Christmas Day.
Johann Vermaak (It’s Complicated, Swaaibraai) co-stars as her fiancé, alongside the likes of SAFTA winner Louw Venter (Swartwater, Die Laaste Tango), Albert Maritz (Alles Malan, Dwaalster), SAFTA nominee Cintaine Schutte (Fynskrif, Ekstra Medium), Silwerskerm winner Carel Nel (Rage, Slaaf, Hum), Lida Botha (Rage) and Sean Cameron Michael (Black Sails). A Boere-Krismis is directed by Silwerskerm winner Willem Grobler (Hum) and produced by Marche Media (Kanarie).
EUPHORIA SPECIAL | Christmas Special | 7 December 2020
Zendaya grew to become the youngest ever finest actress Emmy winner this yr for her efficiency in Euphoria as Rue, a 17-year-old who returns residence from rehab with no plans to keep clear, and falls for the brand new lady on the town, Jules (performed by trans famous person Hunter Schafer). Euphoria additionally gained 2020 Emmys for Original Music and Lyrics for All For Us by Labrinth, in addition to Contemporary Makeup (Non-Prosthetic).
Now the hit HBO drama is again with Trouble Don’t Last Always, which follows Rue as she celebrates Christmas, within the aftermath of being left by Jules on the practice station and falling again into previous habits.
JOE PERA HELPS YOU FIND THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE | Christmas particular | 7 December 2020
Comedian Joe Pera’s breakout Adult Swim particular was known as Joe Pera Talks You To Sleep: he simply has that type of voice – in a great way.
This Christmas, let his deadpan comedy get you into the Christmas spirit as he helps you discover the right Christmas tree. As Decider says, “This Adult Swim classic is about so much more than finding the perfect Christmas tree. Pera’s folksy charm and aw-shucks sincerity combine to make his outstanding holiday special a treat that can be enjoyed by the entire family… Insanely funny.”
HOME AFFAIRS: A CHRISTMAS TALE | Movie | 19 December
In Home Affairs: A Christmas Tale, a feuding household is compelled to spend Christmas underneath the identical roof. Will they find yourself killing one another earlier than the turkey is served? Or will they overcome their previous points and realise the rationale for the season?
Directed by Lizé Vosloo (screenwriter on Raaiselkind, Alles Malan and Nul Is Nie Niks Nie), Home Affairs: A Christmas Tale stars rising stars like Hilton Pelser (The Kissing Booth 1 and 2, Moffie), David Viviers (Rage, Tali’s Baby Diary), Bronté Snell (Sara Se Geheim) and Shamilla Miller (The Girl From St Agnes, Blood & Water, Tali’s Baby Diary) alongside acquainted faces like SAFTA winner Deon Lotz (Trackers, Skoonheid), SAFTA nominee Christia Visser (Tess), and Fleur du Cap winner Rehane Abrahams (Arendsvlei, Vimeo Staff Pick brief movie Buitenkant).
LAST CHRISTMAS | Movie | 21 December
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Emma Thompson (Years and Years) star for director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) within the romantic comedy Last Christmas.
Kate (Clarke) harrumphs round London, a bundle of dangerous choices accompanied by the jangle of bells on her sneakers, one other irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas store. Tom (Golding) appears too good to be true when he walks into her life and begins to see via so a lot of Kate’s obstacles. As London transforms for essentially the most great time of the yr, nothing ought to work for these two. But generally, you gotta let the blizzard the place it might; you gotta pay attention to your coronary heart.
Last Christmas options new music from Grammy winner George Michael, in addition to his bittersweet vacation traditional of the movie’s title. The movie was the 62nd largest field workplace hit of 2019.
A ZULU CHRISTMAS | Movie | 25 December
In A Zulu Christmas, a younger boy – who’s used to town life, being spoiled by his mom and getting his means – has to spend Christmas together with his grandmother on her farm in KZN. Will he rediscover his heritage and discover a deeper which means in Christmas?
Directed by Thabo Ntsako Mashaila (Uhambo), A Zulu Christmas starsDeli Malinga (Imbewu), Thembinkosi Mthembu (The River), Sphumuzo Sidzumo (Matwetwe), Ayanda Banda (Omen) and SAFTA winner Nomsa Buthelezi (Lockdown, Our Perfect Wedding).
A CHRISTMAS CHORUS | Movie | 25 December
When the Covid-19 pandemic shuts down all theatres, a bunch of actor buddies determine to come collectively and create a novel Christmas Eve efficiency. The directorial debut of SAFTA-winning Kanarie screenwriter and composer Charl-Johan Lingenfelder, A Christmas Chorus is a musical about awakening hope and fervour throughout darkish occasions.
A Christmas Chorus stars Fleur du Cap winners Dean Balie (Kat and the Kings) and Edith Plaatjies (King Kong) alongside SAFTA winner Jill Levenberg (Ellen: Die Storie Van Ellen Pakkies), KKNK Kunste Onbeperk Young Voice 2019 winner Lynelle Kenned (West Side Story, Wonderlus) and 2020 Fleur du Cap nominees Bianca Flanders (Krotoa: Eva Van De Kaap) and Namisa Mdlalose (Kinky Boots), who additionally gained the 2020 Standard Bank Ovation Award for lady.
Produced by Marche Media (Kanarie) as a celebration of the humanities, A Christmas Chorus was filmed on the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town whereas it was closed for lockdown.
A TWISTED CHRISTMAS | Movie | 26 December
In A Twisted Christmas, a rich household loses the whole lot simply earlier than Christmas and the one particular person prepared to take them in is their long-time Muslim gardener and his household. Together, they rejoice a ‘Mubarak’ Christmas and study the which means of actual household.
Directed by Muneera Sallies, co-writer of Encounters Audience Award winner Action Kommandant, A Twisted Christmas stars Kate Liquorish (Still Breathing, Queen Sono), Euodia Samson (Arendsvlei) and Abduragman Adams (Suidooster).
BUT THERE’S EVEN MORE IN YOUR STOCKING
Showmax will likely be counting down to Christmas by releasing a brand new Christmas film day by day from 25 November.
These embrace A Christmas Princess, A Christmas Surprise, A New York Christmas Wedding, A Royal Christmas Engagement, A Taste of Christmas, Another Christmas Coincidence, A Very Nutty Christmas, Baking Christmas, Candy Cane Christmas, Carole’s Christmas, Check Inn to Christmas, Christmas at Graceland, Cooking Up Christmas, Home for the Holidays, Christmas Break In, Christmas Getaway, Christmas Love Letter, Christmas Matchmakers, Christmas on Holly Lane, Christmas on Ice, Elf Day, Elfland, Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer, First Christmas, Homemade Christmas, Lucy Shimmers and the Prince of Peace, Merry Wishmas, Merry Ex Mas, Miss Christmas, Mistletoe & Menorahs, My Dad’s Christmas Date, One Fine Christmas, One Crazy Christmas, Pixi Post and the Gift Bringers, Road Home for Christmas, Rose for Christmas, Santa Girl, Santa’s Squad, Staging Christmas, Starring Christmas, Switched for Christmas, The Christmas Lottery, and The Last Christmas Home.
And if that doesn’t have you ever overflowing with Christmas spirit, Showmax additionally gives you the traditional Senegalese brief movie, Dyana Gaye’s Deweneti, which gained the Special Jury Award: International at Clermont-Ferrand, the world’s most prestigious brief movie pageant, amongst different awards for its story about Ousmane, a beggar on the streets of Dakar, who decides to write a letter to Santa.
Or you may rewatch favourites just like the Oscar-winning Dr Seuss adaptation How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which is celebrating 20 years this yr; Annecy-winning Julia Donaldson animation Stick Man, animated in South Africa by Triggerfish; Golden Globe-nominated animation Arthur Christmas; field workplace hit A Bad Moms Christmas, with Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn; or with the children, Peppa Pig’s Christmas Party particular; Timmy’s Christmas Surprise; A Garfield Christmas. And we haven’t even began on Christmas episodes of your favorite exhibits: this yr, we particularly suggest Santa, Schmanta from the Emmy-nominated animation American Dad!, the place Roger the alien converts to Judaism and tries to make Hanukkah extra in style than Christmas.