Documentaries

A re-enactment in The Illuminated

Must-watch trailer: Showmax Original docuseries The Illuminated

Showmax drops the trailer for The Illuminated, a documentary series exploring South African religious movements that fall outside of the mainstream. Lands 6 March 2024. 

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Savior Complex on Showmax

HBO’s docuseries Savior Complex: Deadly delusions

HBO documentary series Savior Complex explores how an American evangelical missionary earned a reputation as a baby killer in Uganda. 

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Savior Complex

A hard-hitting documentary about controversial American missionary Renee Bach, who set up a charity for malnourished children in Uganda.

Victoria's Secret: Angels and Demons

Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons

This riveting three-part documentary explores the rise and fall of the iconic lingerie brand and its former CEO.

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Libby, Are You Home Yet S1 is on Showmax

Libby, Are You Home Yet?

This award-winning true-crime British series tells the story of a 21-year-old who was sent home alone in a taxi, from a nightclub – but never arrived.

Black and White image of Reeva Steenkamp in front of newspaper headlines about her murder, from My Name is Reeva on Showmax

My Name is Reeva

A first-hand account of what Barry and June are forced to deal with, Thomas Mollett’s investigation and Reeva’s life and defining moments.

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How To With John Wilson is on Showmax

How to do more in 2024: start by streaming How To With John Wilson

New year, new skills! As 2024 kicks off, let HBO series How To With John Wilson S3 take you on a rambling journey to learning something new. It’s a cheerfully chaotic journey that kicks sand in the face of perfectionism.

How to with John Wilson S3 on Showmax

How to With John Wilson S3

An HBO comedy shot in a documentary style as you see New York through the lens of John Wilson as he travels through the iconic city.

Investigative journalist Jana Marx in Convict Conman

“Compelling and riveting”: Convict Conman comes to Showmax

Stream the two-part true-crime documentary Convict Conman, about the bold investigations by journalists Jana Marx and Sasha Wein, only on Showmax.

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Convict Conman on Showmax

Convict Conman

This Showmax Original true-crime series follows the investigations into Dawie de Villiers, a supposed model agency boss accused of multiple rapes, and shadowy publisher Michael O’Connor. Warning: contains descriptions of sexual abuse.

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Convict Conman on Showmax

Eye-opening homegrown documentaries to stream

These unmissable South African shows and movies deliver surprising insights on the country we’re living in today.

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Trailer alert: Convict Conman investigates “the Kempton Park Hugh Hefner”

Showmax has dropped a trailer for Convict Conman, the docuseries investigating “the Kempton Park Hugh Hefner”. Landing on 6 and 13 December.

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Dr Gérard Labuschagne

“He didn’t seem overly put off by what he did” – Boetie Boer now ready to binge

Psychologist Dr Labuschagne talks about meeting South African serial killer Stewart Wilken. Boetie Boer is now available to binge-watch.

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Director of Boetie Boer Jasyn Howes

Boetie Boer director Jasyn Howes on meeting serial killer Stewart Wilken

Boetie Boer director Jasyn Howes talks about meeting Stewart Wilken, the subject of Showmax’s most disturbing Original true-crime series.

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Boetie Boer is on Showmax

Boetie Boer: Inside The Mind Of A Monster

In the most disturbing Showmax Original true-crime series to date, we go back in time to 1990 as Stewart “Boetie Boer” Wilken starts his killing spree in Gqeberha.

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Jub Jub gets interviewed on Unfollowed, now streaming on Showmax

Unfollowed: Jub Jub says, “I don’t regret going to prison”

In Unfollowed episode 8, the season finale, host Thembekile Mrototo speaks to TV star Molemo Katleho “Jub Jub” Maarohanye. 

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Love to Love You Donna Summer is on Showmax

The sound of Donna Summer on Showmax

What’s a summer soundtrack without Donna Summer? Watch HBO documentary Love to Love You, Donna Summer and see the series and movies that keep her music alive today.  

Mihlali Ndamase gets interviewed on Unfollowed, now streaming on Showmax

“People’s opinions have nothing to do with my reality” – Mihlali Ndamase, Unfollowed

In episode 7 of Unfollowed, host Thembekile Mrototo speaks to superstar influencer Mihlali Ndamase. New episodes land Wednesdays on Showmax.

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Love to Love You Donna Summer is on Showmax

Love to Love You, Donna Summer (2023)

Her dreams, voice and story are explored in this powerful and revealing HBO documentary that follows the life of iconic singer Donna Summer.

The best SAFTA-winning local content to stream now

The best SAFTA-winning local content to stream now

Stream all the best SAFTA-winning content now on Showmax, from Tali’s Joburg Diary to Donkerbos and Life With Kelly Khumalo.

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Made With Money With Brian Cox is on Showmax

Two documentaries to stream after HBO’s Succession

Succession had us enthralled. From Made of Money with Brian Cox to The Murdochs: Empire of Influence, here’s what to watch after Succession on Showmax.

Ntsiki Mazwai gets interviewed on Unfollowed, now streaming on Showmax

Unfollowed episode 6: Twitter vigilante Ntsiki Mazwai

Ntsiki Mazwai tells Unfollowed host Thembekile Mrototo why she’ll never stop being spicy online in episode 6 of the Showmax docuseries.

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Made With Money With Brian Cox is on Showmax

Brian Cox on his documentary Made of Money

Succession star Brian Cox tells us about travelling to the front lines of the exploding wealth gap to talk to billionaires on one hand and homeless people on the other. 

Zoe Mthiyane gets interviewed on Unfollowed, now streaming on Showmax

“This interview is going to get me in s**t” – Zoe Mthiyane on Unfollowed

In episode 5 of Unfollowed S1, Generations: The Legacy actress Zoe Mthiyane speaks to host Thembekile Mrototo about Lebo M, Robert Marawa, Rapulana Seiphemo and more. New episodes land Wednesdays on Showmax.

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