Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BREAKING. New Afrikaans soap, Suidooster, starting on kykNET & Kie from 16 November; produced by Gambit Films.

The new Afrikaans soap opera Suidooster ("Southeaster") will start on 16 November at 20:00 on M-Net's kykNET & Kie (DStv 145) as a three day a week soap set in the Western Cape.

Suidooster is produced by Gambit Films.

Suidooster on kykNET's second tiered channel, will be that channel's first soap opera following kykNET's (SDtv 144) Binnelanders and cancelled Villa Rosa, and will revolve around and primarily be aimed at the coloured community.

kykNET put out a commissioning brief for the new soap exactly a year ago.

Gambit Films last year produced the Ons Stories ("Our Stories") documentary series for kykNET & Kie and Homebrew Films, also based in Cape Town, played a mentoring role the past few years to help Gambit Films.

kykNET says it wants to "create more employment opportunities in the television and entertainment industry in South Africa" and that Suidooster is an example of M-Net's commitment to the transformation of the South African TV industry, "promoting and supporting producers from previously disadvantaged communities".

Karen Meiring, M-Net's director for Afrikaans channels, says Suidooster will be a "compelling" soap opera. "Even though the show calls the Western Cape home,  its storylines are universal - we look forward to sharing this story with Afrikaans viewers throughout South Africa."

"We're determined to deliver on the confidence that M-Net has placed in us," says Travis Taute, Gambit Films director about producing Suidooster. "We're focused on ensuring that Suidooster becomes must-watch Afrikaans TV entertainment."