What’s new to watch in South Africa this weekend?

Pearl Thusi in Queen Sono. (Photo: Netflix)
Pearl Thusi in Queen Sono. (Photo: Netflix)

South Africans have lots to choose from when it comes to entertainment this weekend.

From packing a punch at cinemas to kicking ass on streaming platforms – local content is keeping it fierce this weekend alongside some unmissable international hits.


QUEEN SONO – Netflix

Note: A proudly South African production and an African first for Netflix.

South African spy Queen Sono finds herself in a nefarious web of business and politics as she seeks to uncover the truth behind her mother’s death. (Read our interview with the cast here)

KNUCKLE CITY – In cinemas

Note: Knuckle City was SA’s official entry in the 2020 Oscar race.

Mdantsane township is South Africa’s boxing mecca. There, Dudu Nyakama, a down and out ageing boxer, struggles to fight the one match that he believes will change his life. (Watch our interview with Bongile Mantsai here)


Note: Our editor’s choice. It’s perfect for those who know nothing about F1 and even for those who are aficionados. 

Season 2 of this must watch docu-series finally arrives. This time the show follows the 2019 F1 season and includes all 10 teams vying for the podium. (Read more about the show here)


Note: The film shows the invisibility of abuse, the traumatic hold it can have on survivors.

Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy, brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister, Emily, their childhood friend, James, and James’ teenage daughter, Sydney. (Read our review here)

THE INFORMER – In cinemas

Note: A typical paint-by-numbers thriller

Reformed criminal and former Special Ops soldier Pete Hoffman must work undercover for crooked FBI handlers in order to free himself from jail and return to his wife and daughter. (Read our review here)