FIRST LOOK | New psychological thriller Dam coming to Showmax

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Lea Vivier in Dam.
Lea Vivier in Dam.
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  • Filming for Showmax's new original drama, Dam has wrapped.
  • The psychological thriller was filmed in the Eastern Cape.
  • The cast includes Lea Vivier, Pallance Dladla and Neil Sandilands.
  • The series will launch on the streaming services in February 2021.

Filming has wrapped on the Showmax Original Dam, a small-town psychological thriller shot in the Eastern Cape.

Lea Vivier (Wonderlus, Fynskrif) stars as Yola Fischer, who returns from Chile to the Eastern Cape to bury her father, only to be tormented by spirits in the farmhouse she has inherited. But with her mother institutionalised, and her meds running out, Yola has to wonder if the spirits are real or just in her head?

Pallance Dladla (Shadow, Isibaya) co-stars as Themba, her love interest, a biker on the run. 

Neil Sandilands returned from Hollywood for the series - his first South African role since 2013's Die Ballade Van Robbie De Wee.

"It's the story of a family - and a town - with dark secrets, and about how what you push down will eventually rise up," says Alex Yazbek (The Wild, Unmarried, Isibaya), a four-time SAFTA winner who is writing and directing the eight-part series.


Lea Vivier as Yola.
Lea Vivier as Yola.
Pallance Dladla as Themba.
Pallance Dladla as Themba.
Lea Vivier in Dam
Are the spirits real or is it just in Yola's head?
Is that a monster? A scene in Dam.
Is that a monster? A scene in Dam.

Other cast members include Natasha Loring, Antoinette Louw, Faniswa Yisa, Laudo Liebenberg. Gerald Steyn, Jennifer Steyn, Andrew Buckland, Siv Ngesi, Thembisa Mdoda-Nxumalo, Tarryn Wyngaard, Andre Odendaal, Marvin Lee Beukes, David James and Francis Chouler, who is making his local TV series debut.

It's safe to say you've never seen anything like Dam on South African TV.
-- Candice Fanguiero, Showmax head of content

Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht

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