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Celebrate Heritage Day with a Movie Night Festival


The next Bingeing with Spling watch party and movie night festival is happening tomorrow evening on Heritage Day, 24 September. Being South African, Spling is making it possible for people to celebrate their arts, culture and rich diversity from the comfort of their couch. Get your braai on, grab some popcorn, put drinks on ice and remember to charge your phone so that you can tweet along, track the conversation or join our WhatsApp chat room group.

The main feature is Beyond the River, based on the true story of unlikely dusi canoe marathon team, Piers Cruickshanks and Siseko Ntondini.

"Beyond the River is a stirring uniquely South African guts and glory underdog sports drama. It’s emotionally taut as we witness two men trying to dig themselves out of a rut through teamwork and perseverance. They're constantly breaking barriers, overcoming prejudices and inspiring others around them with the symbol of the river adding layers of meaning. It makes for compelling viewing to see the everyday battles playing out against the background of a much grander narrative for South Africa's future." ~ Stephen Aspeling, SPL!NG

The curtain-raiser is The Letter Reader, a SAFTA award-winning short directed by Sibusiso Khuzwayo about a Joburg boy who travels to the Drakensburg where he reads letters to rural villagers.

Both South African films are streaming on Showmax, where we're staging this month's watch party. Stay tuned to our socials and get ready to hit play at 7pm (GMT+2) for The Letter Reader and at 8pm (GMT+2) for Beyond the River.

Our special guest is Beyond the River's Lemogang Tsipa, a South African actor who's best known for Back of the Moon, Eye in the Sky and The Dark Tower, who's famous for his recurring TV roles in eKasi+ and Traffic!

To open the watch party and movie night festival, local muso ShenFM will be performing a special Heritage Day song. Having collaborated with Jimmy Dludlu, played for Mandela at his 90th birthday and competed on The Voice, he's a big-hearted South African with immense musical abilities.

As host and head film fanatic, Spling will be sharing fascinating movie trivia, running live-commentary on each film and getting people warmed up with some fun movie games on socials before the opening credits roll.

It's easy to participate. Subscribe to Showmax if you aren't already! Follow /SplingMovies on Facebook and Twitter, join the official Bingeing with Spling watch party group on Facebook, use the #BingeingWithSpling hashtag on Twitter or hop onto our new WhatsApp watch party chat room group.

To spice things up, we're giving participants a chance to win some amazing prizes including: 3x Showmax standard vouchers (3 months), 2x Showmax Pro vouchers (3 months) and 3x copies of the book 'Confluence' by Piers Cruickshanks. Check out our competition posts or simply comment with #BingeingWithSpling to stand a chance of winning a prize.

Being a celebration of movies, our heritage and our nation we're hoping to reach as many South Africans as possible!

Bingeing with Spling is a watch party event series and the "best movie night in... ever" according to one of our regulars. Being passionate about film, Spling wants to build a community of movie lovers (not fighters) who share in the magic of movies by doing movie night together. Picking a main feature, inviting special guests, hosting the event and highlighting special performances with a curtain-raiser short film... it's a celebration of everything film!