Netflix announced the release of the Cape Town based drama series on Wednesday, 20th May 2020.
This is the streaming giant’s newest African Original series. Blood & Water follows the exploits of 16-year-old Puleng Khumalo, as she engineers her transfer to the prestigious Parkhurst College, to investigate the cold case of the abducted-at-birth older sister she’s never met.
Blood & Water is directed by one of South Africa’s most recognizable black female directors, award winning Nosipho Dumisa (Best Director, Fantasia International Film Festival) and produced by Gambit Films led by Bradley Joshua and Benjamin Overmeyer as producers, with Daryne Joshua & Travis Taute as co-directors and writers and Simon Beesley as lead editor.
The series will include a line up of fresh, talented young cast including two newcomers as the female leads. Ama Qamata (My Perfect Family, Rhythm City) stars as Khumalo, an intelligent, proactive and impulsive teen on a mission to find her sister. In the search Puleng meets beautiful, alluring Fikile “Fiks” Bhele from nearby private school, played by Khosi Ngema starring in her debut role. Joining the female leads is Thabang Molaba playing Karabo ‘KB’ Molapo, resident bad boy and high school heart throb who is struggling to live up to his father’s high expectations. In her on-going search Puleng finds an ally and assistant investigator in Wade, played by Dillon Windvogel (Arendsvlei), while also having to handle the opinionated Wendy Dlamini, who at times is a bit too ‘woke’, played by Natasha Thahane (Skeem Saam, The Queen, Lockdown).
Completing the diverse cast are Gail Mabalane (The Road, The Wild), Sello Maake (The River, Scandal, Generations), Arno Greef (Binnelanders), Ryle De Morny (Top Billing), Getmore Sithole (Scandal), Xolile Tshabalala (High Rollers), Sandi
Schultz (Binnelanders), Monique Rockman (Nommer 37) and Cindy Mahlangu (The Herd).