8 local Christmas movies to get you feeling festive

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  • Fans of Christmas movies are in for a treat this year with M-Net and Showmax.
  • The #TGIF (Thank goodness it's festive) line-up has eight proudly South African films.
  • With award-winning directors and cast, these are movies you don't want to miss.

If you're tired of Christmas movies filled with snow, cold and hot chocolate, you're in for a treat this year.

M-Net and Showmax have unveiled its slate of original local Christmas movies that celebrate South Africa's festive season which is synonymous with sun, sand, braais and staycations with friends and family.

1. Somerkersfees

In Somerkersfees, a dysfunctional family's Christmas beach holiday forces them to come to terms with their flaws, differences, hate and love for each other.

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:

WATCH IT NOW ON SHOWMAX

2. Posbus 1

When Ben (Carel Trichardt from Rhodes) and his wife's address is given out as Santa's, they get thousands of letters from hopeful children. When Ben's wife dies, he burns every letter except one, which sends him on a journey of healing.

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:

WATCH IT NOW ON SHOWMAX

3. Herb & Moon

Herbert Brenner (Robert Whitehead ) may be losing his marbles, but he's not prepared to lose his granddaughter. Can an outspoken man with rusty joints break out of his nursing home, make his way across town, overcome his daughter and son-in-law's attempts to keep him from his granddaughter, and give Gemma her Christmas gift?

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:

WATCH IT NOW ON SHOWMAX

4. A Boere-Krismis

Struggling actress Claire (Lara Toselli) tries to jump-start her career as an actress-director-writer by filming her fiancé's family for a documentary, with unpredictable – and hilarious – results. Starring local favourites Lara Toselli, Johann Vermaak and Albert Maritz.

Drama and disaster ahead in A Boere- Krismis.
Drama and disaster ahead in A Boere- Krismis.

WATCH IT NOW ON SHOWMAX

5. Home Affairs: A Christmas Tale

A feuding family is forced to spend Christmas under the same roof. Will they end up killing each other before the turkey is served? Or will they overcome their past issues and realise the reason for the season?

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:

WATCH IT NOW ON SHOWMAX

6. A Zulu Christmas

First on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 20:00, Friday 25 December

A spoiled city boy is in for the shock of his life when he is sent to spend the holidays with his grandmother on her farm in rural KZN. For many kids, that would be a dream come true, but this one isn't ready for Granny's list of daily chores. She's also a fountain of stories about his heritage and their family's traditions and, if he listens, he'll see Christmas in a whole new light.

A Zulu Christmas coming to Mzansi Magic.
A Zulu Christmas coming to Mzansi Magic.

7. A Christmas Chorus

First on M-Net (DStv 1010) at 21:00 and Showmax, Friday 25 December

When the Covid-19 pandemic shuts down all theatres, a group of actor friends decide to come together and create a unique Christmas Eve performance. The directorial debut of SAFTA-winning Kanarie screenwriter and composer Charl-Johan Lingenfelder, A Christmas Chorus is a musical about awakening hope and passion during dark times.

A celebration of the arts in A Christmas Chorus.
A celebration of the arts in A Christmas Chorus.

8. Twisted Christmas

First on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:00 and Showmax, Saturday 26 December

A wealthy family loses everything just before Christmas, and the only person willing to take them in is their long-time Muslim gardener (and his family). With such kindness, there's plenty of reason to be merry as everyone celebrates together and learns the meaning of real family. The diverse cast includes Kate Liquorish, Euodia Samson and Abduragman Adams. 

Discover the true meaning of Christmas in A Twiste
Discover the true meaning of Christmas in A Twisted Christmas.

Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht

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