Watch Red Ink trailer starring Bonko Khoza and Nqobile Nunu Khumalo

• Adapted from Angela Makholwa-Moabelo’s bestselling novel

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• Starring SAFTA nominee Nqobile Nunu Khumalo and SAFTA winner Bonko Khoza in the lead roles

• Produced by Makholwa’s Britespark Films in partnership with Bomb (Shaka Ilembe, Yizo Yizo)

• Stream from 12 February with new episodes on Tuesdays

Showmax has just released the trailer for Red Ink, based on Angela Makholwa-Moabelo’s bestselling debut novel. 

The eight-part thriller tells the story of journalist turned publicist Lucy Khambule, who is approached by an imprisoned serial killer to tell his story. 

SAFTA nominee Nqobile Nunu Khumalo (Nqobile, The Herd) plays Lucy, with SAFTA winner Bonko Khoza (Mqhele in The Wife) as Napoleon Dingiswayo, nicknamed the Butcher by the media.

Red Ink is a partnership between Makholwa-Moabelo’s Britespark Films and Bomb Productions. This marks the first Showmax Original from Bomb, who made DStv’s most-watched drama ever, Shaka ILembe, as well as classics like Venice winner Yizo Yizo, Oscar nominee Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation, Sundance winner Amandla: A Revolution In Four-Part Harmony and multi-award winner Isibaya. SAFTA winners Zeno Petersen and Adze Ugah direct Red Ink, having been part of the directing team onShaka Ilembe

Red Ink reunites Khoza on screen with two of the other Zulu brothers from The Wife: DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice winners Kwenzo Ngcobo (Qhawe) and Abdul Khoza (Nqoba). The all-star cast also includes Nirvana Nokwe-Mseleku, the breakout star of Showmax’s latest hit, Outlaws, as well as SAFTA winners Bongile Mantsai (Inxeba: The Wound), Jo-Anne Reyneke (Black Tax) and Lorcia Cooper Kumalo (Lockdown), not to mention Tsholofelo Maseko (Intersexions) and Yonda Thomas (Mrs Right Guy, Mina Nawe).

Adapting your book to another medium can be daunting for any author. “The fear from an author normally stems from having to let go of something that you have birthed and nurtured. Any book is a labour of love for a writer, so handing it over to somebody else to translate into a different medium will always be nerve-wracking,” says Makholwa-Moabelo, who executive produces and co-writes the Showmax Original. “But I’m excited; there’s less trepidation on my side than you’d expect. It’s been a great pleasure because I’ve been in the writer’s room. I’m an executive producer on the show so I’m involved in the decision-making, anything from casting to wardrobe. It’s not always done this way but it’s an extremely empowering feeling; I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”

The Reed Dance Stalker, Makholwa-Moabelo’s long-awaited sequel to Red Ink, is now available in all good bookstores. 

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