Finding a good whodunit is one of the most rewarding experiences for a TV viewer. Well, the latest Showmax Original, The Girl from St. Agnes – which was commissioned, produced, written, and directed by women – is getting the tongues wagging and the Twitter P.I.s chatting, all the way from Blouberg to Bronkhorstspruit.
Much like David Fincher’s Gone Girl, this South African-produced mystery drama is more than meets the eye. It’s the type of show that’s full of surprises and takes you down an unexpected road before bringing it all back home. While its premise is about a murder that takes place in a prestigious all-girls boarding school in KZN, there’s a lot more to unravel in eight episodes.
For starters, nothing is quite as it seems and there are various suspects with questionable motives lurking around. In one episode you’ll be certain that you’ve figured it all out, only for the next to throw you off track. It leaves you wanting to know what’s going on – making it absolutely bingeworthy – but it all comes together by the time the credits roll in the end.
Speaking about the show to Channel24, series star Nina Milner, who plays Kate Ballard, said, “I have watched so many whodunits that I was literate to the way stories usually unfold. This show hit every mark but it never felt predictable. How the story unfolded was very surprising to me.”
On the production front, this series pulled out all the stops to ensure it’s top-notch and comparable to international productions. The cinematography is outstanding, while the scenery brings the beauty of South Africa to life – even if the subject matter is darker than its gorgeous surroundings.
Impressively, The Girl from St. Agnes broke a sensational record in its first 24 hours. It surpassed the most unique views in a day, beating out the previous holder and fellow Showmax Original, Tali’s Wedding Diary. Considering the strength and quality of the international content on Showmax, which includes Westworld and Game of Thrones, this is a remarkable feat, and it proves that there is a hunger for local content.
The most important question, though: is it good? Even though it’s hardly been a week since its release, the series debuted to rave reviews from everyone who’s seen it. There’s a buzz around it on social media and everyone’s talking about “that Showmax show” rather than other heavily advertised international dramas.
Starring Nina Milner, Tyrone Keogh, and Graham Hopkins, The Girl from St. Agnes is available now for you to binge on Showmax. It’s conclusive proof that local is lekker and African storytelling can stand toe-to-toe with the other big industries.