Whether you’re rolling solo or with a partner, M-Net Movies 1 (DStv 104) has a romantic and diverse lineup of movies for this Valentine’s Day and the month of love, led by a fantastic, proudly local film.
Directed and executive produced by Amy Jephta (director of South African official Oscar submission Barakatand the Showmax noir series Skemerdans), the heartfelt Late Bloomer stars Nicole Fortuin (Alles Malan, Die Boekklub) as a party girl in her mid-30s who is forced to grow up when she falls pregnant.
Premiering on Saturday, 12 February at 8pm, the flick follows Lauryn, a woman for whom nothing is permanent – not jobs, relationships or even living arrangement. Not only must she confront the choices she’s made, she also needs to contend with her changing body.
Late Bloomer also stars Danny Ross (Arendsvlei, Suidooster, Skemerdans), Monique Rockman (Suidooster,Gaia), award-winning comedian Kate Pinchuck, and award-winning stage actor Tankiso Mamabolo. Make sure to tune in to this heartwarming work of art.
Late Bloomer will be available on Showmax from Thursday, 28 February 2022.
Other movies that will help you put on rose-tinted glasses for the month of love include:
How to Be Single (11 February at 20:00): Diane Keaton and Jeremy Irons star as part of an ensemble of colourful characters seeking love against the backdrop of a wedding.
Valentine’s Day (14 February at 20:00): This romantic comedy with an all-star cast follows the stories of couples, their make-ups, break-ups and all the expectations and pressures that Valentine's Day brings.
The Proposal (15 February at 20:00): The Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds modern classic romcom follows a hated boss who, desperate for a green card, must marry one of her staff to stay in America.
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (17 February at 20:00): This sequel to the sweet romcom classic sees Bridget Jones finally in a stable relationship with Mark Darcy. But doubts brew when her ex-lover Daniel Cleaver returns.
10 Things I Hate About You (18 February at 20:00): The modern classic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, starring Julia Stiles and the late Heath Ledger.
The Runaway Bride (19 February at 20:00): Julia Roberts and Richard Gere star in this timeless romcom about a woman who can’t commit to marriage and the journalist writing a story about her.
The Breakup (20 February at 18:15): Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston play a once-happy twosome who go to war after breaking up – with things getting nastier by the day.
When in Rome (21 February at 20:00): A woman, unlucky in love, travels to Rome where she steals coins from the renowned fountain of love and is then pursued by a band of suitors.
Twilight Saga: New Moon (23 February at 20:00): In the second Twilight film, Bella is devastated after Edward’s abrupt departure. She soon finds herself forming a bond with Jacob, who has his own secrets.
Twilight Saga: Eclipse (24 February at 20:00): Fierce wolf vs vampire action in the third Twilight film as Bella is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob.
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt 1 (25 February at 20:00): The global hit begins its epic conclusion. Bella and Edward get some disturbing news that threatens the Wolf Pack and Bella's life.
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt 2 (26 February at 20:00): In the final chapter, the Cullens gather vampire allies in an attempt to save the life of the newborn.
This Is 40 (28 February at 20:00): Knocked Up director Judd Apatow offers up a frank and often side-splittingly funny look at a couple struggling to come to terms with getting older.
From vampire love to a later in life coming-of-age tale, this February on M-Net Movies 1 caters to every Valentine’s taste. There’s no boredom on the horizon!