Congratulations to the entire Cast & Crew of ‘Suidooster.’ We’ve recently completed filming our 100th episode! The fact that we’ve gotten this far in such a short space of time is testament to the fantastic family of crew and cast that we’ve built over the last year! Catch ‘Suidooster’ Mondays to Wednesdays on Kyknet and Kyknet&Kie, Channel 145, 146 respectively on DSTV @6PM and the omnibus on Sundays from 3PM.
Catch the Omnibus of Kyknet’s Suidooster soapie, Sundays at 14:00 on Kyknet and Kyknet&Kie. Don’t miss it. You’ll hate yourself.
Cape Town – M-Net’s Afrikaans Channel, kykNET, will launch a brand new soap opera on Monday, 16 November. Suidooster is the first soapie to be set in the Western Cape and screened on kykNET & kie (DStv Channel 145).
Over the past few years, M-Net has steadily increased its investment in local content and now produces programming in multiple languages for viewers across the continent.
These world-class home-grown shows are available on a variety M-Net channels, exclusively for DStv customers.
The exciting new Suidooster will bring together the talents of top South African stars while also giving local cast and crew a valuable platform to showcase their abilities. It’s anticipated that the new series will contribute to creating more employment opportunities in the television and entertainment industry in South Africa.
Speaking on the development of Suidooster, M-Net Director for Afrikaans Channels Karen Meiring says: “Binnelanders and Villa Rosa, our two popular kykNET soaps, were set in Gauteng – it’s time we expand our production footprint nationally. Suidooster allows us to do this, while still delivering a compelling story for our viewers. 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.”
Suidooster will be produced for kykNET by Gambit Films.
Gambit has proven itself a force to be reckoned with thanks to a tried and tested skill for scripting and shooting within the drama genre. Their short film Number 37 received critical acclaim at the kykNET Silwerskermfees and they were also instrumental in producing the 20 Ons Stories films that aired on kykNET & kie in 2014.
“It is a tremendous honour to be tasked with creating a brand new soapie for kykNET and is a great acknowledgement that our hard work is paying off. Over recent years M-Net has played an integral part in our development journey by affording us valuable opportunities to showcase our work,” says Gambit Director Travis Taute. “All those steps have been leading to this moment, and we’re determined to deliver on the confidence that M-Net has placed in us. We’re focussed on ensuring that Suidooster becomes must-watch Afrikaans TV entertainment.”
Meiring also thanked Homebrew Films for their role in mentoring the team at Gambit: “M-Net is delighted that this partnership – which we actively supported, encouraged and nurtured for several years – has led to the birth of a series that’s expected to become a highlight on our schedule. We are passionate about developing capacity in the industry and the kykNET Silwerskermfees has been instrumental in achieving this.”
DStv customers can watch Suidooster every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 16 November in the primetime 20:00 timeslot on kykNET & Kie (DStv channel 145). KykNET & kie is available on the DStv Family package and upwards.
From the 21st-23rd of February, Gambit films produced a TV pilot for a youth drama series called, Danz! for local broadcaster Kyknet on DSTV. The coming-of-age series follows a young boy from the wrong side of the tracks, who finds a home within a dance school as he struggles to escape his haunting past. Directed by veteran Jan Engelen, we look forward to bringing you more updates on this exciting production as the series heads further into development…
Gambit Films recently worked with South Side Productions and veteran Director Jan Engelen on the production of the latest season of the SABC 2 Educational youth series HOW DO THEY DO THAT? The show, which travels around the country posing interest questions about the origins of everyday household items, was fantastic to shoot and working with Jan, as the Director and the rising local star, Andrea Frankson as the Cape Town presenter made for a fun experience! Stay tuned as we bring you updates on when the series begins broadcasting on the SABC.
In July 2014, Gambit Films completed production on one of the 20 ‘Ons Stories’ Television Films for Kyknet & Kie. In association with Freeway Pictures in Johannesburg, this 48-minute Afrikaans film, set on the backdrop of Cape Town’s notorious ghetto, the Cape Flats, is an intimate reflection on one family’s struggle to cope with the loss of their patriarch, and tells the story of a young girl named Haddie, and her attempt to understand the meaning of life and the importance of family during a particularly tumultuous time. In the wake of her grandfather’s passing, Haddie, a gifted young poet is asked to do the eulogy at his funeral and while collecting stories for her piece from various family members, she accidentally resurrects old family wounds that may threaten to destroy her family for good. ‘As Ek Huis Toe Kom,’ directed by Travis Taute will premiere on the Kyknet & Kie channel in Spring this year. Stay tuned as we bring you more updates!
In April 2014, Writer/Director Travis Taute will be heading to one of the largest international markets in the world – MipTV in Cannes, France; to represent Gambit with a slate of projects in various stages of development. From fiction to documentary, Gambit will be looking for co-producers, broadcasters and financiers for their various and exciting body of projects. Stay tuned for updates!
The Forgotten is a 13-part documentary TV series pilot following the displacements of hundreds of families during the tumultuous Apartheid era and their arduous quest to return to their rightful homes.
Each episode will delve into the lives of communities spread throughout South Africa, and asks the hard-hitting questions that the new South Africa has forgotten to ask, presenting points of view from both the historically disadvantaged, still unable to return to their homes, as well as those who have since settled in these areas, creating thriving communities.
Directed By Daryne Joshua and Produced By Travis Taute, Gambit Films will be taking the pilot episode to MipTV in Cannes in April 2014 in order to find a home for this eye-opening series. Stay tuned as we bring you updates!
In October/November 2013 Producer Benjamin Overmeyer represented Gambit Films, working in collaboration with Sun Dog Pictures as a Fixer in their new BBC3 factual program starring Reggie Yates. “The Real South Africa” is a 3 part observational film series shot in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Gambit Films facilitated the Cape Town episode, which focused on teenage gang problems in the Khayelitsha Township. Through the prism of Doctors based in the casualty ward of Khayelitsha’s newest Hospital and the inside story of young gang members the episode looks at the life of young South Africans in the 21st Century. Reggie Yates discovers both the beauty of a City rated the number must see in 2014 by the New York Times as well as the desperate lives of hopeless youngsters stuck in townships full of social ills.
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