A host of AFDA alumni and alumni founded production companies are part a string of new and returning productions and deals revealed by Netflix recently.
The new line-up includes the fourth season of hit drama “Blood & Water” created and directed by AFDA alumni Nosipho Dumisa, Travis Taute and Daryne Joshua from Gambit Films.
Burnt Onion Productions, co-founded by AFDA alumna Rethabile Ramaphakela returns to work with Netflix following “How To Ruin Christmas” with a new young adult drama series “Miseducation” about a self-absorbed Varsity student (played by Buntu Petse) who finds her life turned upside down after her mother (Baby Cele) is arrested for corruption. The series drops on Netflix on the 15 September.
Netflix also announced several new deals with AFDA alumni production companies and creatives: Gambit Films (the team behind Blood & Water) are working with Netflix on multiple new series and films. Stained Glass Productions, co-founded by AFDA alumna Gugu Zuma-Ncube are working on multiple book adaptations and Black Brain Pictures, founded by AFDA alumnus Mandla Ngcongwane are working via a multi-title partnership.
“We are incredibly excited to continue with our investment in South African storytelling and to expand our relationships with these amazing storytellers,” said Ben Amadasun, Netflix’s VP of content for Middle East and Africa. “These long-term partnerships with local filmmakers have enabled us to uncover unique perspectives and diverse stories from South Africa to entertain our more than 238 million members around the world. This is why we’re committed to investing in South Africa’s creative industry and showcasing the incredible talent the country has to offer.”