AMC Networks International (AMCNI) – UK announced today that it will launch SundanceTV in South Africa for the first time, on DStv channel 108. SundanceTV, which celebrates independent feature films, world cinema, documentaries as well as outstanding original drama series, will launch on 1 June exclusively to DStv Premium customers as a 24/7 linear HD channel.
Louise Cottrell, Vice President, Affiliate Sales for AMCNI UK, said: “SundanceTV will offer a selection of award winning and locally appealing programming exclusively to audiences in South Africa. We’re excited to launch this premium channel for the first time in South Africa on the DStv platform, which reinforces our long-standing partnership with MultiChoice, Africa’s leading video entertainment provider.”
“We’ve listened to what our customers are saying about our content, and are committed to bring them more fresh content more often and fewer repeats. SundanceTV will bring great variety through its high quality art movies and unforgettable series. We’re confident our customers will welcome SundanceTV to the DStv family and into their homes,” commented Aletta Alberts, Head of Content for MultiChoice.
SundanceTV is a renowned global brand, true to the vision of its founder Robert Redford to celebrate creativity. It offers a compelling mix of exclusive festival films and original drama series and delivers an upscale and highly engaged audience of films and series fanatics.
Launched in 1996, SundanceTV showcases today’s creative icons and the emerging talent of tomorrow while celebrating the unique spirit of creativity and independent storytelling established by the world-renowned annual Sundance Film Festival.
SundanceTV showcases award-winning films from the Festival, many of which are seen exclusively on the network. The channel will also broadcast internationally acclaimed and popular original drama series from AMC studios and other leading distributors such as “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Into the Badlands” and “Breaking Bad”, among others.
Another great series which starts in June is The Son, starring Pierce Brosnan. It’s a sweeping saga spanning 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family and is based on the best-selling novel of the same name.
Some of the great Film Festival Selections which will premiere on the channel, includes the gripping documentary Cries from Syria, which bears witness to the resiliency of the people of Syria in the wake of their exposure to unthinkable crimes against humanity. I Smile Back is an unflinchingly authentic and humanising portrait of a suburban wife and mother dealing with depression and disillusionment that send her careening into a secret world of reckless compulsion.
The Eyes of My Mother is the debut movie from writer/director Nicolas Pesce and is the tale of Francisca. She grows up in a secluded farmhouse where her mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening some unique curiosities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca’s loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a distinctly dark form.
For more information about the schedule of the channel, keep an eye on DStv.com closer to the launch date, as well as the TV Guide on your DStv decoder or on the DStv Now app on the day of launch.
Premieres on 6 June at 21:00 CAT
Based on Philipp Meyer’s New York Times best-selling and Pulitzer Prize finalist novel, “The Son” is a sweeping saga spanning 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family. The series traces the story of Eli McCullough (Pierce Brosnan), the charismatic family patriarch. As a child, he was kidnapped and raised among the Comanche Native American tribe and applies the brutal Comanche worldview to his business dealings.
Produced by AMC Studios and Sonar Entertainment, “The Son” is written and executive produced by Meyer, Lee Shipman, Brian McGreevy and showrunner Kevin Murphy. “The Son” is distributed internationally by Sonar Entertainment.
“Fear the Walking Dead”
Catch-up of Seasons 1 & 2 from 5 June. Season 3 premiere on 24 July at 21:00 CAT
“Fear the Walking Dead” portrays the efforts of a highly dysfunctional blended family to stick together when they realise a reported virus is actually the onset of the undead apocalypse. The series is developed and produced by Robert Kirkman, creator of “The Walking Dead,” and Dave Erickson, known for “Sons of Anarchy.” The series’ main cast includes Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, The Blind Side, “Lost”), Cliff Curtis (Missing, The Dark Horse, Gang Related) along with upcoming actors Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey and Lorenzo James Henrie.
As the series returns for season three, our families will be brought together in the vibrant and violent ecotone of the U.S.-Mexico border. International lines done away with following the world’s end, our characters must attempt to rebuild not only society, but family as well.
Dedicated to founder Robert Redford’s mission to celebrate creativity, SundanceTV is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different. Bold, imaginative and uncompromising, SundanceTV offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of high-quality independent films, documentaries and original programs. In addition to being widely distributed throughout North America, SundanceTV is available throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Owned and operated by AMC Networks International, SundanceTV is a highly recognisable and magnetic brand that is available in HD and across multiple platforms.