- BET Africa has partnered with the KZN Film Commission to create a series of films titled The 7 Deadly Sins.
- Made up of 7 different movies, produced by local companies in KZN, each film will represent one of the 7 deadly sins - sloth, gluttony, greed, pride, envy, lust, and wrath.
- The series of films will kick off with a double bill on Friday, 8 October on BET Africa (DStv 129) at 21:30 CAT.
BET Africa and the KZN Film Commission have teamed up on a new short film series titled The 7 Deadly Sins.
The films were produced by seven local production companies in KZN "who were given a brief to develop stories in line with the theme".
"The content will bring a unique interpretation of the 7 Deadly Sins, told through the lens of authentic young African filmmakers," a press statement reads.
The series of films will kick off with a double bill on Friday 8 October on BET Africa (DStv 129) at 21:30 CAT, with A Better Way to Die and Indonda.
Speaking about the movies, BET's Monde Twala said: "We truly value the collaboration with the KZN Film Commission as it enables us to meet our commitment of continuously creating innovative local content and investing in African talent. BET Africa is the home that celebrates black excellence, culture and storytelling. It's a privilege to unite talented producers, storytellers and artists to bring audiences content that is truly reflective of South Africa's rich heritage and cultural diversity."
The films which form the series are A Better Way to Die (representing the sin of sloth), Indonda (represents pride), Double Life (lust), Cash-in-transit (greed), Sweet Wild Thing (envy), Before 8am (wrath), and Red Tape (gluttony).
See a breakdown of each film below:
A Better Way to Die
Cathy, portrayed by Andile Mpise, who suffers from clinical depression, goes to the top of a building to commit suicide by jumping to her death. Before she can go forward with her plan, she is interrupted by another would-be-jumper, Pete, played by Wandile Nodilwa. After an intense dialogue, the duo reach a surprising decision.
Buhle, played by James Khumola, has lost touch with his Zulu identity and is struggling to come to terms with the loss of his father at a young age.
Stars seasoned actor Tony Kgoroge in the lead role as Pastor Gumede, and Fanele Ntuli as the Pastor's forbidden fruit. This film delves into the ever-alluring topic of lust. Gumede, a charismatic man of the cloth who is a sex addict, is given a second chance to redeem himself and uplift a church in crisis.
This movie takes viewers on a journey of hidden treasure in KZN's scenic Newcastle, where a doctor, a prison warden, a petty thief and a grumpy old man played by veteran Patrick Ndlovu, compete to get their hands on the money.
Sweet Wild Thing
Amanda, played by lead Savanni Chinnapan, grew up on the streets of Durban. In the complex relationship of the protection of a gang in exchange for her safety, she has to prove her loyalty continuously.
In Before 8am, audiences are introduced to Trevor Adams (played by Zahir Bassa), who is dealing with the loss of his wife due to Covid-19. Through his lack of understanding and overwhelming grief, which turns into intense rage, he blames the Higher Power and himself for her death.
Radebe, played by the award-winning actor Jet Novuka, is a "righteous" man and single father whose pride knows no bounds as he lives for his son. With his excessive pride, his only saving grace will be his passion for justice.