AFDA alumni in key positions on Queen Sono

News, 03 March 2020

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Queen Sono, the first ever Netflix-commissioned African series, is making waves locally and internationally after premiering on the 28 February in 190 countries.

The show follows the work of the fictional SA spy agency Special Operations Group (SOG) and the life of the star character and secret agent, Queen Sono, played by Pearl Thusi. It was shot in 37 different locations with an all-African cast and crew, following Queen on missions in Kenya’s hub of Nairobi to an elite bar in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, as well as her base in Johannesburg. A variety of languages are interspersed with English throughout the six episodes, including Afrikaans, isiXhosa and Swahili.

It is fantastic to see so many AFDA alumni in key positions both on screen and behind the scenes, in what looks to be a hit six-episode TV thriller.

On screen we see alumni Vuyo Dabula play the role of Shandu Johnson Magwaza, an ex-SOG agent and Ekaterina’s second in command and Chi Mhende does her part as Miri Dube, Director General of the SOG.

Behind the scenes we find alumni Motheo Moeng (SASC) as the Director of Photography (DOP), Melissa Parry does the editing on 2 episodes, Sean Pretorius does the Art Direction on one episode,  Basiami Segola is the Sound Designer on all 6 episodes and  Lindo Langa is the 2nd Unit Director.

Queen Sono is not the first Netflix series to come out of South Africa, but it is the biggest and first to be to be launched simultaneously across Netflix’s streaming channels.

Other South African Netflix originals include Shadow, Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia and Catching Feeling. However, these were not released on the scale that Queen Sono is being released.




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