Windhoek – Streaming platform Showmax has taken a documentary on South Africa’s national men’s rugby team the Springboks to the world stage, with viewers across Africa and several parts of Europe and Oceania now able to access the film titled Chasing the Sun.
As of this week, subscribers in Africa, Australia, Italy, the United Kingdom and New Zealand can stream Chasing the Sun, which captures the Springboks quest for glory at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. In all, it is available in 15 European countries, as well as in Indonesia, with more markets to be added.
It was a historic campaign that saw Siya Kolisi become the first black player to captain a team to Rigby World Cup victory.
Produced by SuperSport, the five-episode documentary tells the story of a team that defied the odds to achieve international glory.
Yolisa Phahle, Multi Choice Group CEO of General Entertainment and Connected Video said, “Chasing the Sun is a uniquely South African story about winning against odds. It’s also a universal story of resilience, commitment and the power of belief. We know our international audience will love this phenomenal and emotional documentary as much as our viewers back home did.”
Meanwhile, South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has partnered the world’s largest streaming platform, Netflix, to produce six local feature films in a R28 million deal.
The parties will each contribute 50 percent of the investment in the partnership aimed at boosting recovery of the creative industry after a coronavirus-induced slump.
All six films will premiere on Netflix, which has 240 million paying viewers in at least 190 countries.
“We are excited as the NFVF to be partnering with Netflix and appreciate their investment into local content. The incorporation can only benefit the industry further. We hope this is simply the start in what will no doubt be a long and fruitful relationship.” said NFVF head Makhosazana Khanyile.
Netflix’s director of content in Africa, Ben Amadusun, weighed in saying: “The creative community, that we are part of has supported us through the good times so we want to help them to continue to create the stories our members love …”