Filmmaker Nosipho Dumisa will lead the directing team on the second original South African series on Netflix, the streaming entertainment service.
Called Blood & Water, the teen-led drama is about a youngster who uncovers a family secret while grappling with being in a South African high school.
“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,” Dumisa says.
“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.”
Dumisa has already left her mark in the industry, locally and internationally. Her film, Nommer 37 earned her the Cheval Noir jury prize for Best Director at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Quebec. She has also been nominated for best picture, among others, in this year’s South African Film and Television Awards.
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“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,” says Kelly Luegenbiehl, Netflix Vice-President of International Originals for Europe, Turkey and Africa.
Dumisa will bring the Nommer 37 production team onboard, with Daryne Joshua and Travis Taute writing and co-directing with Dumisa, Bradley Joshua and Benjamin Overmeyer as producers, and Simon Beesley as lead editor.
Production on Blood & Water starts later this year, with the show launching in 2020 in 190 countries.
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