Last night marked the end of season 2 for the hit telenovela The River and we anticipate the start of the new season which promises nothing but fire, we cannot help but to celebrate this successful drama series on South African television.
Credit must be given to powerful producer duo Phathutshedzo Makwarela and Gwydion Beynon for producing and writing this masterpiece. Within a short space of time The River has managed to get everyone on the edge of their sits every weekday. It has become a favourite show among many South African viewers. This production has redefined the crafting of storytelling in Africa. It was the most awarded at the 2019 SAFTAs and scooped awards not only for talent in-front of screen but also behind-the-scenes talent. The River represented South Africa on global stage when they got nominated for International Emmy Award for Best Telenovela.
The River boasts with a stellar cast in the likes of Sindi Dlathu, Hlomla Dandala, Larona Moagi, Presley Chweneyagae, Lunga Mofokeng, Lawrence Maleka, Tinah Mnumzana, Lunga Shabalala, Zenokuhle Maseko, Matshepo Mokgopi, Lunga Shabalala, Tango Ncetezo, Galaletsang Koffman, Thapelo Sebogodi to name a few. What’s also worth of note is how when casting roles for a certain profession or field they make sure to give a platform to celebrity in that particular business or profession like with a part where they cast a chef they take a real chef that is known for that skill.
The directing is impeccable and made up of the most dynamic storytellers in Zolani Phakade, Ferry Jele who also acts on the show and Johnny Barbuzano. The quality and the skill in how this telenovela is shot really defines the standard in our industry.
The River simply has Creme De La Creme of talented actors, but lets agree that without a great script its impossible to package a show like the one we are seeing right now .
Here is a production that took a risk on new amazing talent, mingled it with a few excellent household names and doesn’t compromise on value. We see this in the execution special episodes including the well-orchestrated cash-in-transit episode shot in Mandela Bridge, the special wedding of Tumi and Zolani.
Last night’s episode reminded us of why The River is top show in Mzansi.
Its also very inspiring to see how The River keeps re-introducing to us some of Mzansi talent we’ve grown up watching and haven’t seen for a while on our screens. The synergy between seasonal actors with the new breed blends in just fine.
As we await a brand new season of The River lets appreciate these moments in our industry, hoping this will help other productions in making sure we maintain the standard in telling these stories.
The River plays weekdays at 8PM on 1 Magic Channel 103