Siembamba (The Lullaby). Picture: Screengrab

This September, Showmax is bringing you an award-winning line-up of local favourites, from a hit horror film that’s up for eight Africa Movie Academy Awards next month, to a multi-award-winning short film that’s in the running for the Oscars next year, to two of South Africa’s favourite soap operas and telenovelas express from Mzansi Magic. 

Here are seven highlights to add to your Watchlist straight away…

Siembamba (The Lullaby)

A 19-year-old woman falls into a deep depression after the birth of her first son. In her paranoia, she begins to hear voices and comes to believe that a strange entity is haunting her child.

 

The Hangman

Khetha (Thato DH Dhladla) is a black prison warder guarding black inmates in Pretoria Central Prison’s gallows near the end of Apartheid. His job is further complicated when his estranged father (Khulu Skenjana) is transferred to Death Row.


Shepherds and Butchers

Oscar-nominee Steve Coogan (Philomena) plays a lawyer trying to prevent a prison hangman from being hanged himself.

 

The Queen S3, express

Connie Ferguson is back for a third season in her career-defining role as trophy-wife-turned-matriarch-and-drug-lord Harriet Khoza, one of South Africa’s most loved villains.

 


Isithembiso S2, express

After matric, Simi and Zamani leave their families behind to pursue a better life in Johannesburg, where a heist is about to go badly wrong…

 

Hotel S2
An Afrikaans mockumentary about a middle-aged hotel manager, Ferdie Kruger (James Borthwick), struggling to keep the doors of his Mpumalanga hotel open.

 

Die Boekklub S2 

In season one, Cape Town hipster Tom (Armand Aucamp) inherited a guest house in the Karoo - and a book club. Season two finds him now running the guest house alongside Sofia (June van Merch) - and yes, they’re still fighting every day...