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Blood & Water: A South African Netflix Original launching in 2020


Netflix has announced Blood & Water as its second original series from South Africa. Nosipho Dumisa leading the directing team for the series.

Blood & Water will feature an up and coming talented South African cast and will be filmed later this year. The series will be a teen-led drama which follows a local teen uncovering her family’s secret past. She’ll be navigating the complicated world of a South African high school.

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Director Nosipho Dumisa has already made her mark globally, with Nommer 37. This earned her the Cheval Noir jury prize for Best Director at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Quebec.

Dumisa has also been nominated for best picture, among others, in this year’s  SAFTA awards. The Nommer 37 production team will also be onboard, with Daryne Joshua & Travis Taute writing and co-directing with Nosipho, Bradley Joshua and Benjamin Overmeyer as producers and Simon Beesley as lead editor.

Nosipho Dumisa comments on Blood & Water

“Gambit Films and I are so excited to be working with Netflix on this explosive young adult drama, with not only a cool look at strong female leads but also a powerful mystery at its core.

As a director who loves genre, this series combines the best of so many and isn’t shy to delve into the real issues of youth culture, whilst jam-packing it with twists that will keep viewers guessing.”

More info about Gambit Films

Gambit Films is an independent, award-winning film and television production company. It’s comprised of a talented and diverse collective of filmmakers. They’ve produced over 750 TV episodes and have a slate of films in various stages of development, with local and international partners attached.

Their latest feature film, Nommer 37 had its World Premiere at The SXSW Film Festival. It was distributed in North America (which included a theatrical release), German-speaking Europe, China and Japan. Their mission is to continue producing world-class entertainment for local and international audiences.

Kelly Luegenbiehl (Vice President of International Netflix Originals) had this to say about it

“We are delighted to be investing further in African content and to partner with Nosipho and the team at Gambit Films to bring our second original series from South Africa to Netflix

Great stories are universal, so we expect this gripping teen drama, with its view on contemporary high school life, to appeal to young adults from South Africa, as well as the rest of the world.

Following on the heels of Queen Sono, Blood & Water is the next step in our further investment in original African content and we’re excited to explore more projects across the region.”

Blood & Water is due to start production in 2019. It’s expected to be launched globally in 190 countries in 2020.

I’m curious to see what Dumisa comes up with and how the world responds to it. It’s great that South African film makers are getting opportunities to tell their stories to a global audience.

Shadow (another South African series) will be making its global debut on Netflix on the 8th of March. Make sure that you don’t miss it!

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