Everything on Showmax SA in August 2019
Feel like you’ve seen everything on TV? Showmax has you covered with plenty of series, movies and documentaries you’ve definitely never seen before.
Here’s what to look forward to in August – from brand-new local movies to big international hit series to shocking doccies.
Dwayne Johnson’s Spencer is expected to start the season off with guns blazing as he attempts to settle his score with the NCAA. He wants to see justice served following his brother’s suicide – will he manage to do that? New episodes land every Friday at 21:30 from Monday, 26 August. Planned release date: Monday, 26 August.
Project Blue Book | First on Showmax
College professor Dr J Allen Hynek is recruited by the US Air Force to investigate UFO encounters in the 1950s. Inspired by the real-life top-secret Project Blue Book operation. Planned release date: Thursday, 1 August.
Sweet Bitter | First on Showmax
Tess moves to New York, eager to experience new things. She lands a job at a top restaurant and has to navigate life in the Big Apple along with the crazy world of the restaurant business. Based on the novel. Planned release date: Thursday, 1 August.
Ben, Maddie and Ryn are doing everything in their power to keep the group of mermaids who’ve arrived in Bristol Cove safe and hidden. But most of their efforts are thwarted by factors outside of their control. Planned release date: Friday, 2 August.
The cat is out of the bag about Liza’s age and her relationship with Charles, so they all live happily after, right? Not a chance. This season of Younger promises more drama than ever, with twists you never expected. Planned release date: Thursday, 22 August.
Kidding S1 | New episodes weekly
Jim Carrey stars as Jeff Piccirillo, better known by his long-time children’s puppet show persona Mr Pickles. Jeff’s whole world starts to fall apart following the death of his oldest son. New episodes land every Friday at 22:30 from Friday, 9 August. Planned release date: Friday, 9 August.
Gangland Undercover S1-2
To avoid a 20-year prison sentence, drug dealer Charles Falco agrees to go undercover to infiltrate dangerous motorbike gangs for three years. The series is based on his 2013 memoir. Planned release date: Thursday, 1 August.
When an ex-SEAL turned private security contractor is kidnapped, his former teammates attempt to rescue him. But they uncover information about him that makes them question their mission. Inspired by actual events. Planned release date: Thursday, 1 August.
Prince Robert shouldn’t get too comfy in the King’s seat as Prince Liam and his dethroned uncle, Cyrus, are already plotting his downfall. Meanwhile, Queen Helena is battling to find her place in the new palace. Planned release date: Thursday, 1 August.
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Lean on Pete | First on Showmax
Based on the novel of the same name, this heartbreaking tale follows 15-year-old Charley who lands a job at a local racetrack. He bonds with an ageing racehorse bound for slaughter and goes to extreme lengths to save his life. Planned release date: Thursday, 8 August.
Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz star in this real-life drama about Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s tumultuous love affair with journalist Virginia Vallejo. Based on her memoir Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar. Planned release date: Thursday, 15 August.
In this thought-provoking drama about parenting, Viggo Mortensen plays a father who raises his children in the forest with very little contact with the outside world. But circumstances force the family to reintegrate into society. Planned release date: Thursday, 15 August.
Diane Keaton plays an American widow who falls in love with a British man who lives in the shelter he built on Hampstead Heath. When developers threaten to bulldoze his home, the two decide to fight for his right to the land. Planned release date: Monday, 19 August.
5 Children and It
Five kids are sent to take shelter from World War I in their eccentric uncle’s mysterious mansion, where they meet a sand fairy who has the power to grant wishes. Starring Freddie Highmore. Planned release date: Monday, 19 August.
The Happytime Murders | First on Showmax
In the seedy underbelly of LA, puppets and human beings co-exist. Two detectives, one human, one puppet, are forced to work together to crack a murder investigation. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks and Maya Rudolph. Planned release date: Thursday, 22 August.
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House
Discover the true story of Mark Felt, who, using the pseudonym Deep Throat, fed information to journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Their investigations uncovered the Watergate scandal in 1972. Planned release date: Thursday, 22 August.
A young girl who spends more time partying than working has to leave New York and move back to her hometown. She then has to figure out the connection between herself and a gigantic monster destroying South Korea. Planned release date: Thursday, 29 August.
HBO’s Who Killed Garrett Phillips? | First on Showmax
In 2011, the murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips rocked a small New York town. This documentary examines the case and the inefficiencies of the DA and police that nearly led to a terrible miscarriage of justice. Planned release date: Friday, 9 August.
Zog | First on Showmax
Zog is a young dragon determined to do well at Dragon School, where he learns about flying, roaring and breathing fire. But poor Zog experiences a few challenges along the way, many caused by his clumsiness. Planned release date: Thursday, 8 August.
Live: EFC fight at Time Square, Pretoria
MMA fans will be in their element with the latest in the live series of EFC events taking place across South Africa at 20:00. Planned release date: Saturday, 10 August.
South African additions
Kanarie | First on Showmax
Comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout showcases his dancing and singing skills in this coming-of-age musical war drama. The film follows a young man’s journey to discovering who he really is through hardship, camaraderie, love and music. Planned release date: Thursday, 1 August.
Mayfair | First on Showmax
After losing his job, Zaid returns to his family home in Mayfair where his money laundering father is facing death threats. He has no choice but to get involved in a world he tried to escape. Planned release date: Thursday, 1 August.
Liyana | First on Showmax
Combining documentary scenes and animation, Liyana is described as a hybrid documentary. It follows the story of a young Swazi girl who attempts to rescue her twin brothers after they’re kidnapped. Inspired by real-life stories. Planned release date: Thursday, 8 August.
Whispering Truth to Power
This thought-provoking documentary follows former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela during her final year in the role as she works to eliminate corruption from the Presidency in South Africa. Planned release date: Thursday, 8 August.
Radio Raps Live: Laat Ek You So Sê
Radio Raps’ one-man show covers everything from current news and big events to random everyday things. Planned release date: Thursday, 8 August.
Radio Raps Live: Dingetjies en Goetertjies
In this hilarious one-man show, Radio Raps takes a unique and hilarious look at life’s smallest irritations. Planned release date: Thursday, 8 August.
The Queen S4 | New episodes weekly
There’s never a shortage of drama in this fast-paced telenovela about two families living the high life while being involved in criminal activities. Planned release date: Monday, 12 August.
A support group consisting of a doctor, two moms, a daughter and a suicidal woman go on an epic adventure learning valuable life lessons along the way in Ivan Botha’s directorial debut. Planned release date: Monday, 12 August.
Tertjag Die Melktert Kommissie & Klapjag Live
Two Afrikaans bands you haven’t heard from in a while, Die Melktert Kommissie and Klopjag, join forces for a two-shows-only reunion. Planned release date: Monday, 12 August.
Nimrod Nkosi hosts a diverse group of people desperate to identify their biological fathers through a paternity test, including a girl who grew up suspecting her mother cheated with a man who shares her lover’s last name. Planned release date: Monday, 12 August.
Twee Blondines Op Toer
Anelma le Roux and Irusha Krohn both want to have kids, but before they take on the adventure of motherhood, they head off to Eastern Europe for an unforgettable, albeit budget, trip. Planned release date: Thursday, 15 August.
Konings van Kitskos S1-3
If you’ve watched Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, you’ll love this local take. In it, Gerhard Steyn and Alvin Bruinders travel around the country and sample some of the best fast food SA has to offer. Planned release date: Thursday, 15 August.
This gritty take on South Africa’s darkest stories follows a woman who is charged with murder after attacking a man she caught in the act of raping her daughter. Planned release date: Thursday, 15 August.
Weg Agterpaaie S1-4
Weg! magazine’s Erns Grundling and Toast Coetzer take us with them on journeys to explore some of Southern Africa’s travel gems. They meet some incredible people along the way. Planned release date: Monday, 19 August.
Armand Kook Kaal S1
Actor Armand Aucamp hosts local celebs in his kitchen, sharing keto recipes and advice for healthier living. Planned release date: Monday, 19 August.
Ellen, The Ellen Pakkies Story
Based on the true story of Ellen Pakkies, whose troubled relationship with her drug-addicted son drives her to commit murder. Winner of four SAFTAs. Planned release date: Thursday, 22 August.