What To Stream On Showmax: Feb – Apr 2018

THE HANDMAID’S TALE S1

Streaming only on Showmax
Once, June had a husband, a job, a life. Now she’s Offred, enslaved as a walking womb in a country where the only thing rarer than pregnancy is escape. Winner of eight Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series, Directing (Reed Morano) and Lead Actress (Elisabeth Moss). Winner of the Golden Globes for Best Drama and Best Actress. Binge-watch from 1 February 2018.

VEEP S6

Streaming only on Showmax
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won the Emmy for Best Actress In A Comedy for the last six years in a row for her role as ambitious, ruthless, bungling politician Selina Meyer. In 2017, Veep won five Emmys, including Outstanding Comedy Series for the third year in a row. Binge-watch from 1 March 2018.

TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL

Streaming only on Showmax
Recently returned to Sydney, Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) is trying to rebuild her life. When the body of an Asian girl washes up on Bondi Beach, there appears little hope of finding the killer, until Robin realises ‘China Girl’ didn’t die alone. Created by Oscar-winner Jane Campion (The Piano), Top of the Lake: China Girl co-stars three-time Golden Globe winner Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies) and Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie, among others. Best Limited Series nominee, Golden Globes, 2018. Binge-watch from 1 April 2018.

Season one, which earned Moss her first Golden Globe and the series a Cinematography Emmy, is also available on Showmax.

COMING SOON

FEEL LIKE SOLVING A MYSTERY?
Thirteen S1 (due 01/02)
Ivy escapes from a house 13 years after she was first abducted. Soon she is reunited with her family, but not everything is what it seems… As Ivy, Jodie Comer was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Actress in 2017.

NEED A ROMCOM FOR VALENTINE’S DAY?
No Tomorrow S1 (due 01/02)
Evie’s life is super ordered – and going nowhere. Then she meets the hunky Xavier, who might be perfect, except he thinks the world will end in a few months. Best Comedy and Outstanding Actor (Joshua Sasse) nominee at Monte-Carlo 2017.

FEEL LIKE AN ARTHOUSE CLASSIC?
The Immigrant (due 01/02)
A nurse is forced to become a prostitute in this searing period drama about a stranger in a strange land, trying to save her sister from quarantine. Oscar-winner Marion Cottilard (La Vie En Rose) stars opposite Oscar-nominees Joaquim Phoenix (Her) and Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker). Winner of 15 international awards.

FEEL LIKE AN OSCAR-NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY?
A Girl In The River: The Price Of Forgiveness (due 19/02)
A Pakistani woman didn’t know falling in love would mean death. But she survived and now takes us into the dark world of honour killings in this unmissable documentary. Won the Oscar for Best Short Documentary in 2016.

NEED A CLASSIC ADULT FAIRYTALE?
Pan’s Labyrinth (due 19/02)
Beauty and horror come together in this adult fairytale about a girl who finds a special and terrifying secret in the garden, where she has a chance to become immortal. Directed by Guillermo del Toro (a 2018 Golden Globe winner for The Shape of Water), Pan’s Labyrinth is #130 on IMDB’s Top Rated Movies and is number 17 on the BBC’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies of the 21st Century.

NEED A LAUGH?
High Maintenance S1 (due 01/03)
Based on a hit web series, High Maintenance is an HBO comedy about a city of strangers with one common connection: their weed dealer.

JUST FINISHED ‘THE DEUCE’?
The Wire S1-5 (due 01/03)
Before creating The Deuce, David Simon and George Pelecanos made The Wire, which explores the Baltimore drug scene through the eyes of both the drug dealers and law enforcement. As Variety says, “When television history is written, little else will rival The Wire.” Look out for younger versions of your favourite stars, from Idris Elba (Luther) to Dominic West (The Affair) to Michael Kenneth Williams (The Night Of).

WANT TO RE-LIVE THE END OF HIGH SCHOOL (WITH WEREWOLVES)?
Teen Wolf S6 (due 01/03)
Teen Wolf is back for the final ten episodes. It’s the last months of high school but will anyone get out alive? Winner of nine Teen Choice Awards, including Choice Summer TV Show.

THINK YOUR MARRIAGE IS BAD?
Imposters S1 (due 01/03)
A dark comedy that focuses on a female con artist who marries people and then disappears with their money.

FEEL LIKE SOME SCI-FI?
Incorporated S1 (due 01/03)
When corporations hold all the power, the only way to take it back is from the inside. Best Science Fiction TV Series nominee, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, 2017

NEED A HOLIDAY IN GREECE?
The Durrells S2 (due 01/04)
The Durrells stay in Corfu for another season of dealing with their eccentric mother and some unusually wild pets. Based on the Gerald Durrell’s classic autobiography. A 2017 BAFTA nominee for Best Drama Series.

NEED SOME AWE AND WONDER?
Planet Earth II (due 02/04)
Filmed 10 years on from the original, Planet Earth II is an immersive exploration of the jungles, mountains, deserts, islands, grasslands and cities of the world. IMDB’s top ranked TV series, Planet Earth II won Emmys for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series and Cinematography, among other prizes.

NEED SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS?
Kung Fu Panda (due 02/04)
An obese panda must learn martial arts and become the Dragon Warrior to save China from the savage Tai Lung. Nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe as Best Animated Feature.

AND SO MUCH MORE…
This is just a small selection of the confirmed titles; many more will be added as contracts are finalised in the coming weeks. Please note schedules are subject to change. Let us know if you need updated lineups or more information and high-res pictures on any of these titles.

Published by Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za And IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/

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