• BURN MEDIA
    • Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Gearburn
      Incisive reviews for the gadget obsessed
    • Ventureburn
      Startup news for emerging markets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!

5 Netflix exclusives coming to South Africa this April

New month, new you, same confusing Netflix website.

There’s a lot of fresh content coming to the streaming service in April, but it’s a cumbersome and confusing process trying to figure out which are going to be available in South Africa and which aren’t. Worry not: we here at Memeburn know how simple all aspects of Netflix binging should be, so here’s a list of the best exclusives coming to your devices this month.

7 April: The Get Down

The second season of the critically acclaimed The Get Down is premiering the first Friday of April and will be available in Ultra HD 4K for all those with fancy TVs.

“Set in New York in 1977, this music-driven drama series chronicles the rise of hip-hop and the last days of disco -– told through the lives, music, art and dance of the South Bronx kids who would change the world forever,” reads the description.

On the same day, you’ll also be able to catch Win It All — a film that tells the story of a gambling addict (Jack Johnson, New Girl) who is asked to look after a convict’s duffel bag.

“When he discovers cash in the bag, he’s unable to resist the temptation and winds up deeply in debt. When the prison release is shortened, Eddie suddenly has a small window of time to win all the money back.”

14 April: Sandy Wexler

Look, I’m not stoked about it, but Adam Sandler movies are the most-watched originals on Netflix and they’re not going away any time soon. So if you’re one of the many who’s excited for the comedian’s latest feature, all you have to do is wait for the second Friday in April.

[Sandy Wexler] follows a talent manager working in Los Angeles in the 1990s, who diligently represents a group of eccentric clients on the fringes of show business. His single-minded devotion is put to the test when he falls in love with his newest client, Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson), a tremendously talented singer who he discovers at an amusement park.”

The film also stars Kevin James, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider and Jane Seymour.

21 April: Bill Nye Saves the World, Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On

The world may seem dark (and a little too warm) but don’t worry about it, because Bill Nye has our back.

Bill Nye Saves the World is the scientist’s new talk show in which he teaches us about science and we all learn to love again.

“Each episode of Bill Nye Saves the World entertainingly and enthusiastically dives into a specific topic or concept through lively panel discussions, wide-ranging special correspondent reports and Bill’s very special blend of lab procedure and genuine persona,” reads the description. “Equipped with inquisitiveness, chemical-resistant gloves, and his beloved bow ties, Bill’s a magnetic force that’s hard to resist.”

I’ll say.

Also premiering on 21 April is the documentary on the porn industry Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On

The six-episode series tells of the lives of women in the porn industry and the men who consume their product.

“This unflinchingly honest series tells personal stories about people whose lives are affected by the explosion of the Internet where social media, pornography and virtual relationships are all just a click away. Each episode explores the intersection of sex and technology telling stories of intimacy, connection, disconnection, self-promotion, race and gender politics.”

But your Friday night isn’t ruined if you’re not interested in either of these. Sand Castle, the war film starring Nicholas Hoult, will also be popping up on the platform that Friday.

“Set in Iraq in 2003, Sand Castle follows a group of American soldiers in the early days of the second Gulf War. Bearing witness to the heat and the horror is the inexperienced Private Matt Ocre (Nicholas Hoult), who together with several fellow soldiers is ordered to the outskirts of Baqubah to repair a water pumping station damaged by U.S. bombs. But as Ocre discovers, in an atmosphere where resentment and anger fester, trying to win the hearts and minds of the locals is a task fraught with danger. It’s here, in the streets, squares and schools that he discovers the true cost of war.”

And finally, Girlboss, the series chronicling the career of Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso will be premiering on Netflix too. The show features 13 30-minute-long episodes.

“The series centers on Amoruso (Britt Robertson), who began selling vintage clothes on eBay and, by the age of 28, had built the multi-million dollar fashion empire, Nasty Gal.”

28 April: Dear White People

Remember that time everyone flipped out over a trailer that asked white people not to wear cultures as costumes? Well, the show that started the drama is finally coming to our screens this month — and love it or hate it, you’re going to be hearing about it. So why not settle back and form an opinion before hopping on to Twitter?

“The satirical series — which picks up where the acclaimed 2014 film by the same name left off – follows a group of Winchester University’s students of color as they navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness (or lack thereof) and sometimes misguided activism in the millennial age.”

Casting JonBenét also makes its debut on the last Friday of the month. The documentary, centred around the murder of a six-year-old girl in 1996, delves into the way the crime impacted local residents’ lives.

“After twenty years of media speculation and public hysteria that cast JonBenét’s parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, of killing their own child, Casting JonBenét presents audiences with a hybrid of fiction and non-fiction filmmaking that examines the macabre legacy of this tiny starlet.”

And finally, to end off the month is Small Crimes, the original film about fictional cop Joe Denton (Jamie Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones) who is released after serving time for the attempted murder of a District Attorney.

“An embarrassment to his parents and abandoned by his ex-wife, it seems as if things can’t get much worse. But then Joe finds himself trapped in the mess he left behind — in the cross fire between a crooked sheriff, the vengeful DA, and a mafia kingpin who knows too much.”

Author | Julia Breakey

Julia Breakey
Julia is a UCT film graduate with a passion for dogs, media, and dog-centric media. If she's not gushing about the new television show that you need to watch, she's rewatching The Good Place (which you need to watch). More

More in Streaming

ShowMax wants to give you free Vodacom data, but...

Read More »