What To Watch This Festive Season

Not too sure what to get up to this holiday season? Don’t fret. We, and your trusty streaming subscription, have your back. Loads of high quality, must-watch content is coming to Netfilx and Showmax.

Five Fingers For Marseilles

The local film that raked in awards and critical acclaim across the globe, it has been explained as a contemporary South African western. Years ago, a gang of vigilantes fought to free the rural town of Marseilles from brutal police oppression. Now, as Tau returns, he finds the town under new threat. He must reunite the Five Fingers to fight once more. This stellar piece of local cinema comes to Showmax on 3 December.

Liewe Kersfeesvader

This local festive season flick tells the story of a small-town family that suffers a massive emotional blow on Christmas Eve. As a result, their patriarch has a breakdown and falls into the delusion of becoming Father Christmas. It is up to the children to save their family and their own sanity. This comedy-drama about acceptance for the whole family also streams on Showmax from 3 December.

Getting To The Nutcracker

This is a documentary about the annual ballet production of The Nutcracker performed in cities over the world over the Christmas season. The Marat Daukayev School of Ballet provides an insider look into what it takes to produce this classic ballet performance each year. This insightful documentary film has been streaming on Showmax since November.

Mowgli

This much-awaited film, based on the Jungle Book of Rudyard Kipling, has been pushed back for release since 2016. All due to the much-loved previous live-action adaptation hailed by Jon Favreau. This version is directed by Andy Serkis and stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch. Now, after a change in name and becoming an original streamed film, this dark retelling of the story about the adventures of a young boy raised by jungle animals is coming to Netflix on 7 December.

White Christmas with Schalk Bezuidenhout

A hilarious South African stand-up comedy special perfect for those staycation blues. It features comedy sets by local talents such as Donovan Goliath, Dusty Rich, Glen Biderman-Pam, and the incomparable Schalk Bezuidenhout. This Christmas comedy special has a planned release date of the 17 December on Showmax.

The Christmas Chronicles

The Christmas Chronicles is this year’s unofficial Christmas movie. Every year has at least one which will find its way onto screens for all holiday seasons to come. When two youngsters decide to capture Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, things go awry. They join forces with Saint Nick and his elves to save the holiday before time runs out. The perfect festive family adventure movie. Starring Kurt Russell, as Santa Claus with Darby Camp and Judah Lewis. The film currently streams on Netflix.

The Kominsky Method

This is the new television series by master Chuck Lorre, the man behind Two and a Half Men, Mom, and The Big Bang Theory. This time around with a heart-warming, but brilliantly funny, single-camera format dramedy. The show tells the story of has-been actor and acting coach, Sandy Kominsky and his friend and agent, Norman Newlander, as they deal with the death of loved ones and the challenges of ageing. It stars Michael Douglas as Kominsky and Alan Arkin as Norman. The first season is currently streaming on Netflix.

Fireplace: For Your Home

You can see where this is going. Netflix now has the option of streaming a real live roaring and smouldering fireplace. This is perfect as a background mood-inducing element for those Christmas parties and dinners. You will find this weird and wonderful feature of the contemporary era under their It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Netflix category. They present a Birchwood Edition and a Classic Edition currently streaming on Netflix.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The brand-new film by masters of the medium, the Coen brothers, has been explained as an anthology film comprising six idiosyncratic stories, each dealing with a different aspect of the Old West. It was intended to be a miniseries, but like all things the Coen brothers do, it turned out to be something entirely dissimilar. It stars Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan, James Franco, Stephen Root, Liam Neeson, and Tom Waits. This ideal off-beat holiday movie has been streaming on Netflix since late November.

Happy watching.

by David C. Steyn