After the success of Netflix South African originals like ‘Queen Sono’, ‘Blood & Water’ and ‘Seriously Single’, the streaming giant has officially greenlit another proudly South African project. In a statement, Netflix confirms that the Ramaphakela siblings, through Burnt Onion Productions, will return this Festive Season with their trademark humour on a series titled ‘How To Ruin Christmas: The Wedding’.
The 3-episode-format allows for action-packed episodes, with witty performances that feature an ensemble cast comprised of new faces, popular talent and beloved industry veterans. Viewers will love the indulgence, perfectly backdropped to the cheer and laughter of the Dezemba holidays.
In the upcoming production, Busisiwe Lurayi stars as Tumi Sello, the family rebel and disappointment who begrudgingly joins her dysfunctional family for the first Christmas holidays in years. It is, however, not the merry return of the prodigal daughter everyone was hoping for. She manages to ruin her younger sister, Beauty Sello’s (played by Thando Thabethe) Christmas wedding before it even takes place, and spends the next three days frantically trying to get things back on track.
Executive producer for the three-part series, Rethabile Ramaphakela is thrilled about Burnt Onion’s second collaboration with Netflix and admits that she felt that the stakes were higher than ever before. “Shooting during a global pandemic was very different to what we’re used to,” she explains. “‘How To Ruin Christmas: The Wedding’ is a very COVID conscious production. The safety of the crew and cast was paramount to being able to bring this story to life and having the support of a partner that is committed to diverse storytelling and that believes in uniquely African stories proved essential to our success. That we can still use our voices, talent and creativity, to bring the spirit of the holidays to audiences on a global platform like Netflix at this time, is remarkable and exemplary of the strength of this partnership.”
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KeDezemba at home with the folks AND a wedding? Hayibo! That's what Dineo has to deal with in How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding, a 3-episode-series with an all star cast coming soon! 🎉👰🏽 Starring Busisiwe Lurayi, @thando_thabethe , @clementine_mosimane , @yondathomas, @sandilem_ , @tlatsi83 , Saint Seseli, Charmaine Mtinta, @ramichuene , @trevorgumbi , Nandi Nyembe, Desmond Dube, Keketso Semoko @swankiemafoko, @lethabo_b, @ms_dippy, @ladynam_bm & Seputla Sebogodi
The three-part holiday special explores the all too relatable dysfunctional family whilst offering up the familiarity of class tensions within the black community. It boasts the star power of an entirely South African cast that includes Clementine Mosimane as Dineo Sello, Yonda Thomas as Khaya Manqele, Sandile Mahlangu as Sbu Twala, Motlatsi Mafatshe as Themba Twala, Saint Seseli as Vusi Twala, Charmaine Mtinta as Valencia Twala, Rami Chuene as Aunt Grace, Trevor Gumbi as Siya Twala, Nandi Nyembe as Gogo Twala, Desmond Dube as Uncle Shadrack and Keketso Semoko as Aunt Moipone.
Rounding out the cast are breakout talents Swankie Mafoko as Lydia Twala and Lethabo Bereng as cousin Bokang, as well as Dippy Padi as Thando and Nambitha Ben-Mazwi as Refiloe. With appearances by industry heavyweights Kate Normington as Candice Harden and Seputla Sebogodi as Edmund Mokoena, the series serves up a roster of some of South Africa’s most inspiring talents.
Dorothy Ghettuba who leads African Original Series at Netflix, speaking to the streaming service’s continued investment in the African continent said, “Christmas is a time to have fun, kick back and enjoy some holiday cheer. We are excited to bring to our viewers this truly South African Christmas Special. We hope to bring our local and global viewers laughter, joy and spur them into the spirit of Dezemba!”
‘How To Ruin Christmas: The Wedding’ premieres ahead of this year’s festive season.