Hey South Africa… I’m film fanatic and movie critic, Spling!
This Heritage Day we’re celebrating arts, culture and our nation’s rich heritage by watching the South African coming-of-age sports drama, Beyond the River on Showmax at 8pm sharp. Starring Lemogang Tsipa and Grant Swanby, it’s based on the powerful true story of unlikely dusi canoe marathon team, Piers Cruickshanks and Siseko Ntondini. ‘Beyond the River’ is an inspirational and stirring movie with a positive message of hope for one and all.
Joining me as a special guest for the next Bingeing with Spling watch party is beloved South African actor, Lemogang Tsipa himself, who you’ll also recognise from films such as: Eye in the Sky, Back of the Moon, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and The Dark Tower! We’ll be doing a special Q&A that follows directly after the main feature via SPL!NG channels to talk about the movie and what’s happening in his exciting world.
But wait, there’s more!
We’re turning our monthly Bingeing with Spling series into a movie night festival! To kick off the evening’s line-up, we’re watching Sibusiso Khuzwayo’s beautiful and touching SAFTA-winning short film ‘The Letter Reader’ on Showmax at 7pm. The story is inspired by Thabo Mbeki’s biography, The Dream Deferred, and follows a young boy who travels from Johannesburg to the Drakensberg where he reads letters for local villagers.
Another highlight to our Heritage Day celebration is that renowned local muso, ShenFM, will be performing a special mash-up on the day as part of the watch party fun!
How do you get involved? You can start by following Spling Movies on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates. Join the official Bingeing with Spling watch party group on Facebook, use the hashtag #BingeingWithSpling on the day to track and join in the conversation on Twitter or why not join our WhatsApp chat room group. You’ll find details below. The movie night kicks off with some warm up games from 6:30pm… so tune in then to help us get the watch party started and prepare to hit play at 7pm for The Letter Reader and then again at 8pm for Beyond the River, which are both accessible via Showmax.
You can sign up for a free trial, but we’d encourage you to join us even if you have to rent the DVD! To help share the love and get people excited for the watch party, we’re giving away 3x three-month Showmax vouchers, 2x three-month Showmax Pro vouchers and 3x copies of ‘Confluence’ by Piers Cruickshanks from Pan McMillan. Use the #BingeingWithSpling hashtag to enter the draw and stay tuned to our channels to find out how you can win BIG! What’s more, the best comments and tweets of the night will make the SPL!NG round-up article on Monday!
The best way to participate is with your smartphone in hand so that you can track the action on your favourite social media platform during the course of the movie night watch party festival. Share your live-commentary, check out the movie trivia, invite your friends to join, post your own review, talk to our special guest, enter the draw for prizes, eat lots of popcorn, enjoy the movies, celebrate the public holiday in your own way and share the experience with movie lovers from across the nation!
Looking forward to seeing you on the night! Sending you love, hope, peace and prosperity… signing off, Spling.