Available on Netflix SA
5 out of 5 stars
Seriously Single is a sexy, hilarious South African romcom that’s joined Netflix’s global branded film slate. The movie is part of Netflix’s strategy to amplify African voices and stories for a global audience.
Netflix’s director of licensing and co-productions in Africa, Ben Amadasun, says: “Our acquisition of Seriously Single from Indigenous Film Distribution will not only contribute towards the growth in diversity, genre variety and quality of African content on the service, but also demonstrate the opportunities available for content creators across the continent to collaborate with us to take their great quality content to a global audience.”
Starring some popular actors, including Fulu Mugovhani, Tumi Morake, Bohang Moeko and Yonda Thomas, it’s produced by the acclaimed Ramaphakela siblings Tshepo, Rethabile and Katleho from Burnt Onion Productions.
The comedy airs the difficulties young black women face in the dating and romance scene in Johannesburg.
This builds on a wave of light, funny local romcoms such as Happiness Is a Four-letter Word and Looking for Love.
Shot in the affluent suburb of Sandton, we follow Dineo (Mugovhani) as she explores the world of dating along with her best friend Noni (Morake), who acts as her adviser and shoulder to cry on.
After Dineo breaks up with her boyfriend on Valentine’s Day, she meets Lunga (Moeko), who seems to be everything she’s ever wanted in a relationship.
But there’s something hidden behind Lunga’s charm. Noni explores her own world of love with Max (Thomas), who is the owner of a bar.
Their hilarious adventures in love portray true friendship traits.
This film was made by locals for locals. The language used, the music and the characters are just amazing. And the message is refreshing and clear: it’s okay to be single.
Morake is the most enjoyable to watch; her sense of humour is something I’ll never get enough of. Local, South African House music was used in the film, giving it the perfect Mzansi flavour.
Seriously Single is definitely not one to miss.