The Unfamiliar Releases Digitally In South Africa

After the film’s successful USA, UK and Vietnam release, South Africa is finally able to watch THE UNFAMILIAR on DSTV Box Office, iTunes or Google Play! THE UNFAMILIAR tells the story of a British Army doctor (Jemima West) who comes back from war, thinking she has PTSD, only to discover that there are malevolent spirits present in her home, making the life that she knew unfamiliar.

South African filmmaker, HENK PRETORIUS, known for Leading Lady, Bakgat and Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, directed THE UNFAMILIAR and co-wrote the screenplay with Jennifer Nicole Stang. The film stars JEMIMA WEST (Indian Summers, The Mortal Instruments) and CHRISTOPHER DANE (Being Sold) in the lead roles and was produced by South African-born LLEWELYNN GREEFF (Modder en Bloed, Leading Lady) and BAREND KRUGER.

“I am thrilled to finally share The Unfamiliar with my friends back home and hope that our first effort at creating a British horror film will make you proud”. – Henk Pretorius, writer and director.

International critiques praise Pretorius for his powerful, emerging voice in THE UNFAMILIAR.

“A great calling card for Pretorius that showcases a powerful voice.” – Craig Draheim, Ginger Nuts of Horror

“A strong movie is driven by a story that starts in very familiar territory (ghostly goings-on) before revealing a strong hand.” – Carl ‘The Disc’ Fisher, GBHBL

“…a very well-made film, nicely acted with highly effective use of lighting and sound leading to some very effective jumps and scares.” – Simon Ball, Simon’s Horrible Hothouse of Horror

“The Unfamiliar is no slow burner, as Izzy’s descendent into terror begins early on and rarely lets up.” – Joseph Perry, Horror Fuel

“The Unfamiliar” is a can’t-miss.” – Moe Long, Cup of Moe

THE UNFAMILIAR has just signed a major SOUTH AMERICAN CINEMA DEAL, after opening at Number 2 in over a thousand cinemas in Vietnam and was officially selected to be part of APPLE’s Halloween promotion in the USA.

“Distributing a film worldwide during COVID has challenged us far beyond our comfort zone, yet we have, with the support of a great team and motivated by a film we all believe in, risen to the challenge.” – Llewelynn Greeff, producer

FILMFINITY (PTY) LTD releases THE UNFAMILIAR digitally in South Africa on 28 October 2020 on DSTV Box Office, iTunes and Google Play.


Na die rolprent se suksesvolle vrystelling in die VSA, VK en Viëtnam, kan Suid-Afrikaners uiteindelik ook THE UNFAMILIAR op DSTV Box Office, iTunes of Google Play kyk! THE UNFAMILIAR vertel die storie van ’n Britse weermagdokter (Jemima West) wat terugkom van die oorlog af en dink dat sy aan Posttraumatiese Stresversteuring (PTSV) ly, net om te ontdek dat daar bose geeste in haar huis is. Die lewe wat sy voorheen geken het, word ingrypend verander.

Die Suid-Afrikaanse rolprentmaker, HENK PRETORIUS, ook bekend vir Leading Lady, Bakgat, en Fanie Fourie’s Lobola was die regisseur van THE UNFAMILIAR en het die draaiboek saam met Jennifer Nicole Stang geskryf. JEMIMA WEST (Indian Summers, The Mortal Instruments) en CHRISTOPHER DANE (Being Sold) vertolk die hoofrolle en die fliek is vervaardig deur die Suid-Afrikaners LLEWELYNN GREEFF (Modder en Bloed, Leading Lady) en BAREND KRUGER.

“Ek is baie opgewonde om THE UNFAMILIAR met my vriende by die huis te deel en hoop dat ons eerste Britse gruwelprent almal sal trots maak.” – Henk Pretorius, skrywer en regisseur.   

Internasionale rolprentkritici prys Pretorius vir sy puik werk in THE UNFAMILIAR. 

“’n Puik eerste poging deur Pretorius, wat sy talent ten toon stel en ’n kragtige boodskap weergee.” – Craig Draheim, Ginger Nuts of Horror 

“’n Sterk rolprent, met ’n aangrypende storie, en ‘n geykte begin (spook-element) wat dan ’n verrassende rigting inslaan.” – Carl ‘The Disc’ Fisher, GBHBL

“…’n baie goeie rolprent, met goeie toneelspel en die puik gebruik van beligting om die spanning te help bou.” Simon Ball, Simon’s Horrible Hothouse of Horror 

“Izzy se grusame ervaringe hou jou op die punt van jou stoel.” – Joseph Perry, Horror Fuel 

“THE UNFAMILIAR is ’n fliek wat jy nie moet mis nie.” – Moe Long, Cup of Moe 

THE UNFAMILIAR het pas ’n SUID-AMERIKAANSE BIOSKOOP-OOREENKOMS losgeslaan, nadat dit in die nommer-twee posisie in duisende Viëtnamese bioskope geopen het en is gekies om deel te wees van APPLE se amptelik Halloween-promosieveldtog in die VSA. 

“Dit was ’n groot uitdaging om gedurende die COVID-19 pandemie ’n rolprent vry te stel en ons moes vêr uit ons gemaksone beweeg. Gelukkig het ons die ondersteuning gehad van ’n gedugte span mense, wat almal in die potensiaal van hierdie fliek glo en só het ons die mas opgekom.” – Llewelynn Greeff, vervaardiger

THE UNFAMILIAR word op 28 Oktober 2020 digitaal in Suid-Afrika vrygestel, deur FILMFINITY (EDMS) Bpk., op DSTV Box Office, iTunes of Google Play.

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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/