EXCLUSIVE: Here’s an exclusive trailer for Trompoppie, the latest Afrikaans language drama from African streamer Showmax.
The series, which premieres on December 7, follows Luna, a talented gymnast, who is awarded a bursary to a prestigious private school she could never afford, and thrust into the cut-throat world of an elite group of drum majorettes, aka ‘trompoppies.’ After a hazing ritual goes badly wrong, cheerleaders start turning up dead and the seemingly perfect facade of the community begins to crumble.
In the trailer, we see Luna (Melissa Myburgh) agreeing to spend a year on the drum team, with things quickly going from bad to worse as people begin turning up dead, with threatening letters revealing a series killer is on the loose.
Trompoppie is the first Showmax Original from South African Film and Television Award and Silwerskerm-winning writer and director Etienne Fourie (Stiekyt, Die Windpomp, Tydelik Terminaal) and Homebrew Films, the maker of 2023 Silwerskerm winner Magda Louw, is producing. MultiChoice has international sales rights.
Stian Bam (The Story of Racheltjie de Beer, Donkerbos) appears alongside Mybirgh as Luna’s widowed father. Marion Holm (Suidooster) plays an ageing soap star who discovers Luna, arranges her bursary and takes her under her wing. Albert Maritz (Alles Malan) plays her husband and Celeste Loots (One Piece) and teenage newcomer Luca Human play their children. Frank Opperman (G.I.L., Nêrens, Noord-Kaap), Braeden Buys (Spinners), Daneel van der Walt (Recipes for Love and Murder, Nêrens, Noord-Kaap), Armand Aucamp (One Piece), Cantona James, Jane de Wet (The Girl From St. Agnes, Griekwastad, Spoorloos), Elzet Nel (Vaselinetjie, Magda Louw) and Zandelle Meyer (Binnelanders) also appear.
“It’s a wild ride but it’s entertainment, pure and simple, a whodunnit made to keep you on the edge of your seat, to get you excited to be the first to know what’s going to happen next before your friends and colleagues,” said Fourie, who designed Trompoppie to appeal to a wider audience than his Tallin Black Nights Film Festival arthouse project Stiekyt. “I wanted my mother to be able to watch it, my sisters, my friends: anyone should be able to watch it and be surprised and entertained.”
Siekyt is among his films on Showmax.