What’s done in the dark comes to light

Local 29 November 2022

Detective Fanie van Wyk searches for a serial killer on the loose in Showmax’s latest offering.

What’s done in the dark comes to light

Set in Limpopo, Showmax Original mystery series, Donkerbos kicks off after six corpses of minors are found in a backwater forest of a small town. The murder case sees Stephanie “Fanie” van Wyk (played by Erica Wessels), wrestling with her dark past, her family and the community to catch the killer before another child’s life is taken. The storyline is filled with plot twists that you won’t see coming…

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Catching a serial killer

The eight-part series is written and directed by Nico Scheepers (Nêrens, Noord-Kaap), and it’s produced by Nagvlug Films (2022 SAFTA winner Nêrens, Noord-Kaap, 2022 SAFTA nominee Skemerdans, and 2022 Oscar entry Barakat). “Erica brings empathy. She elevated the character so much; I couldn’t fathom the depth she brought,” says Nico.

In the quest for the truth, Detective Tsedza Tshivenga (Sanda Shandu) is brought in from Johannesburg to assist Fanie and the team on the headline-grabbing case. “He’s perfect for making Fanie walk on eggshells,” says Nico. “His eyes are magnets, but you never know what he’s thinking.”

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Nico describes Donkerbos as “a story about how almost everyone fails the most vulnerable members of society - children - but there is hope in the men and women who keep fighting, despite the odds.”

The star-studded cast includes Jacques Bessenger (Fynskrif), Stian Bam (The Story of Racheltjie de Beer), Aphiwe Sithole (Poppie Nongena), Carel Nel (Gaia), Rolanda Marais (Trackers), Wilhelm van der Walt (Fynskrif), Leandie Du Randt (Meisies Wat Fluit), and newcomers Steph van der Merwe, and Marko Vorster.

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