FIRST LOOK | New Showmax original Skemerdans filming at iconic Cape Town nightclub

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Kevin Smith as Glenn.
Kevin Smith as Glenn.
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  • Showmax has announced that a new original drama, Skemerdans is in production.
  • The 13-episode murder mystery will launch on the streaming service in 2021.
  • The series stars Safta winners Kevin Smith, Ilse Klink and Brendon Daniels.

A new Showmax Original, Skemerdans is currently in production in Cape Town. The murder mystery will launch on the streaming service in 2021.

After the murder of owner Glenn Fortune, The Oasis jazz club becomes the centre of a power struggle between two brothers, a scorned widow and an organised crime syndicate.

SAFTA winners Kevin Smith (Arendsvlei), Ilse Klink (Stroomop) and Brendon Daniels (Four Corners) lead the all-star cast as Glenn, his wife Shireen and his brother Trevor respectively.

Rounding out the Fortune family is Vinette Ebrahim as the matriarch of the family, Ceagan Arendse (Arendsvlei) the black sheep of the family, Warren, and Trudy van Rooy (Die Byl) as Jessie, the prodigal daughter.

Other cast members include: Carl Weber (2019 Comics Choice nominee), Bongo Mbutuma (Die Spreeus), Mbulelo Grootboom (Sara Se Geheim), Ann Juries (Arendsvlei), Danny Ross (Nommer 37), Kim Syster (Binnelanders), Carmen Maarman (Arendsvlei), Sanda Shandu (The Kissing Booth) and Cape Town muso Alistair Izobell.

SEE FIRST LOOK PICTURES HERE:

Kevin Smith as Glenn.
Kevin Smith as Glenn.
Ilse Klink as Shireen.
Ilse Klink as Shireen.
Brendon Daniels as Trevor.
Brendon Daniels as Trevor.
Vinette Ebrahim as Mercia.
Vinette Ebrahim as Mercia.
Ceagan Arendse as Warren.
Ceagan Arendse as Warren.
Trudy van Rooy as Jessie.
Trudy van Rooy as Jessie.
Sanda Shandu as Charlie.
Sanda Shandu as Charlie.
Danny Ross as Denver.
Danny Ross as Denver.
Ann Juries as Melanie.
Ann Juries as Melanie.

Amy Jephta (Trackers, Die Ellen Pakkies Storie) is executive producer and showrunner and is co-directing alongside Ephraim Gordon (Sara Se Geheim, Suidooster).

Filming is taking place along Voortrekker Road and at Club Galaxy in Rylands which is doubling as both The Oasis and the Adams brothers’ strip club, The Velvet Room. Safta-winning director of photography Chris Lotz (Jan) is shooting mostly between dusk and dawn, leaning into the shadows, silhouettes and neon lighting that make the locations perfect for a noir series.   

"We wrote the story with Galaxy and Voortrekker Road in mind. We wanted to take these completely local settings and give them the same treatment we associate with LA noir, to make them feel as cinematic and iconic."
- Amy Jephta, executive producer, showrunner and co-director


Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht

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