Described as a time capsule for 1990s South Africa: Showmax’s original “Catch Me A Killer” is led by Charlotte Hope.
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Starring Charlotte Hope, who played Myranda in Game of Thrones, Catch Me A Killer is a true crime-based serial killer series adapted from Pistorius’ memoir (former journalist-turned-psychologist MICKI PISTORIUS – South Africa’s first serial killer profiler) and directed by Rene van Rooyen.
Showmax unveiled the trailer of the incredible killer profiler series Catch Me A Killer which will be premiered on 12th February 2024.
Supporting cast includes Donna Cormack-Thomson, Steven John Ward, Vaughn Lucas, Grant Ross, Sean Cameron Michael, Meghan Oberholzer, Bjorn Steinbach, Gavin Werner, Chris van Rensburg, and a host of others.
Amy Jephta (Oscar entry Barakat, Devil’s Peak, Showmax Original Skemerdans) is the lead writer, alongside the likes of Sarah Hooper (Shameless), Jessica Ruston (Harlots) and Oliver Frampton (Sister Boniface Mysteries). Among other episodes, Amy scripts the two-part pilot, which tells the story of the Station Strangler.
“The series opens in the place that I come from, Mitchell’s Plain,” says Amy. “I was in grade 1 at the time of the Station Stranger killer and my mother was a police officer at the same station that Micki was assigned to in 1994. I was in and out of that police station. So I remember the fear in that community and what it felt like to be a kid at a time when these boys were being abducted. So I could draw a lot on my first-hand feeling.”
“It’s not a whodunnit; it’s a whydunnit,” adds Amy. “You’re inside the perspective of these killers and the victim’s families as much as you are inside Micki’s perspective.
Can she get to the heart of understanding the mind of the killer she’s tracking? Why did these people commit these acts? It’s a fascinating cat and mouse story.”
In anticipation of Showmax’s relaunch in February, the streaming service will be releasing 21 showmax originals from four African countries.
The content slate for each country is stated below:
Four Nigerian epic dramas: Cheta’m, directed by James Omokwe; reality TV series Sadau Sisters, starring Nigerian actress Rahama Sadau and her three sisters; documentary series Freemen; romantic comedy movie The Counsellor; and a new season of the hit drama series Flawsome.
South Africa: Adaptation of two South African local bestsellers; Angela Makholwa’s serial killer thriller Red Ink, and Catch Me A Killer, the memoir of Micki Pistorius, South Africa’s first serial killer profiler.
South Africa Showmax Originals; a high school drama Youngins, from Tshedza Pictures; a university drama, Wyfie; crime drama Koek; comedy Ekhaya Backpackers; and films Forever Yena, Intlawulo, and Matilda en Matthys.
MICKI PISTORIUS, the author of the book Catch Me A Killer is a South African forensic or investigative psychologist and author. She was the first woman in her profession and the first profiler in South Africa. She says she has “hypoesthesia”, an extra-sensory perception for killers.
She is recognized as one of the world’s foremost psychological profilers, by the FBI.
Pistorius has six books to her name, one of which is Catch Me a Killer which was written to “purify” herself of her experiences while profiling.
She has empathy for serial killers, who she says are “not monsters; they are human beings with tortured souls. I will never condone what they do, but I can understand them”- She’d say.
South Africa’s Catch Me A Killer is programmed for 12th February 2024 on the new Showmax App.