From the Mother City to Ibiza, here’s a watching brief for the weekend
If it’s millennial life in Cape Town, men after meaning, or Spanish club life you want, these series have it covered
Blood & Water — Netflix
Netflix’s second original African series is set in a private school in Cape Town, where a young girl battling a tragic family secret sets out to solve the mystery that’s torn her family apart. Directed by Nosipho Dumisa, it’s a well-executed if somewhat familiar piece of YA intrigue that offers a glimpse of millennial life in the Mother City that’s refreshing to see on screen.
After crossing paths at a party, a Cape Town teen transfers to an elite school to prove whether the popular star student is her sister who was abducted at birth.
Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich — Netflix
In the wake of what’s happened to the world over the past few months, it seems such a long time ago since disgraced billionaire and accused paedophile Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide in a US prison cell in August 2019. Produced by his former Palm Beach neighbour, best-selling author James Patterson, this difficult to watch, deeply uncomfortable but necessary docuseries traces the story and terrible perversions of the man once described as the “Great Gatsby” of one-percenter American society through the voices of his victims. It’s a harrowing reminder of how absolutely corrupt absolute power can be and of the shattering consequences to the lives of hundreds of women that Epstein’s evil left in its wake.
Homecoming Season 2 — Amazon Prime Video
In spite of a welcome starring role for singer Janelle Monáe, the departures of creator Sam Esmail and previous star Julia Roberts leave a bit of a hole in what was a fascinating and complicated psychologically twisted exploration of trauma and its difficult-to-understand consequences. That said, Monáe delivers a strong performance, even if she’s too often let down by a second season that’s never quite able to escape from the shadow of the first.
Dispatches from Elsewhere — Amazon Prime Video
Jason Segel creates and stars in this singularly quirky series about an ordinary man looking to bring excitement and meaning to his life by joining a group of similar searchers in a strange game that will change their lives. There’s a lot of Charlie Kaufman-style psychological postmodern play and a welcome love of subversion of expectations and experimentation with the possibilities of the medium that make it an intriguing, smart but sometimes uneven fantasy-adventure with a good dose of black humour at its heart.
White Lines — Netflix
Created by Álex Pina, the man behind Netflix’s most successful foreign-language series, Money Heist, this crime caper celebrates the heady, trippy madness of the club life of Ibiza. When a woman arrives on the island in search of answers to her DJ brother’s death some years ago, she’s drawn into a web of gangsters, drugs and thumping club life that leads her to learn some hard truths about herself.