SA’s first local movie channel launches

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On Tuesday 10 September, M-Net’s proudly South African brand Mzansi Magic will add the country’s first local movie channel, Mzansi Bioskop, to its existing popular offering on DStv.

Mzansi Bioskop, to be broadcast on channel 164 on DStv, will bring unparalleled movie magic to a broad audience. It will be available to DStv viewers who enjoy their television entertainment on the Access, Family, Compact, Extra and Premium packages.

Says Collins Khumalo, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa: “We all want to see stories from our own backyard about our own people. Mzansi Bioskop will give our customers access to these stories. And at the same time, we support the local film and production industry. It is a win-win situation that gives our customers even more great local entertainment.”

According to Yolisa Phahle, director of M-Net Local Interest Channels, Mzansi Bioskop is a milestone development for both the brand and local filmmaking in general. “This groundbreaking 24/7 original movie channel was born out of viewers’ love of the Lokshin Bioskop films on our channels, but it’s also testament of our commitment to boost the local movie industry like never before.

“While it will give Mzansi’s filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work on another platform, it will also inspire new talent to tell their stories. Mzansi Bioskop will assist to take South African storytelling to the next level.”

Mzansi Bioskop will revolve around films that reflect the day-to-day realities of the people of Mzansi. Many of these feature films have been hits in busy make-shift bioscopes in townships across the country and others were made especially for the Mzansi Magic audience.

Viewers can look forward to productions such as Who Made Me Pregnant, 2020 Orlando East, Blame It On Love, The Khumalos and other films that have delighted DStv audiences recently.

David Kau’s Taxi Ride will be one of the first big attractions on the channel.

“More good news is that even many more Lokshin Bioskop movies are currently in the making and within the foreseeable future our audiences will be able to enjoy at least 150 new films under the Mzansi Bioskop banner. This will be the home of new film content made by new producers,” Phahle adds.

Visit www.mzansimagic.dstv.com for more information and the September schedule.

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