SPOTLIGHT | ‘Steinheist’ on Showmax; Julia Roberts comedy & Harry Styles thriller out; ‘The Woman King’ wows

Start streaming gripping doccie on SA’s biggest corporate scandal; feel the love in ‘Ticket to Paradise’; catch twisted thriller ‘Don’t Worry Darling’; Heritage Day screenings of Viola Davis box office hit, plus interviews with its stars

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This week’s Spotlight episode has romance, a real-life SA crime series, Heritage Day screenings and a disturbing thriller set in a 1950s Utopian society. 

Showmax kicks off its three-part documentary series, based on award-winning journalist Rob Rose’s explosive book Steinheist, this week. This book-to-film series takes us back to the biggest corporate scandal in SA’s history, which blew up in 2017, with all the revelations since it was published four years ago. The rise and fall of SA billionaire Markus Jooste and the crash of Steinhoff famously knocked R200bn off the JSE, and director Richard Finn Gregory skillfully weaves interviews with the central role players into a gripping doccie.

Romantic comedy fans have the perfect excuse to hit the cinemas this week, with the release of Ticket to Paradise starring the big-screen favourites George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Divorced couple Georgia and David head to Bali on a mission to save their lovestruck daughter from repeating mistakes they think they made 25 years ago. Look out for Ster-Kinekor's Girlfriend Getaway for a special advance screening.

Olivia Wilde-directed film Don't Worry Darling is also out this week. Set in the 1950s, a utopian experimental community is hiding disturbing secrets. This psychological thriller stars Florence Pugh, Harry Styles and Chris Pine. 

Topping the US box office and earning rave audience reviews, The Woman King — shot in SA — comes to Ster-Kinekor cinemas this Heritage Day (Saturday, September 24) ahead of next week's official release. Book your IMAX tickets at Make sure you don't miss Collette Prince’s exclusive interview next week with the beautiful and powerful queens of this movie, Viola Davis and SA's own Thuso Mbedu.

Win copies of ‘Steinheist’ book and Showmax vouchers

This week, Spotlight is giving away autographed Steinheist books and three-month Showmax vouchers.

To enter, visit the Spotlight South Africa Facebook page.

Terms and conditions apply.

Winners will be drawn randomly and notified by SMS after the competition has closed.  Entrants’ personal details will not be retained for marketing purposes. Winners have to provide proof of age (ID/driver’s licence) and cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. By entering participants agree to have their names published on TimesLIVE, SowetanLIVE and Spotlight South Africa on Facebook. Employees of Arena Holdings and their family members are not eligible to enter.

For full interviews, breaking news, trailers and clips, and competition details, visit our Spotlight Facebook page. See you at the movies!

Spotlight hosts a fact or fiction quiz with the cast of new local Netflix series ‘Justice Served’.
Spotlight hosts a fact or fiction quiz with the cast of new local Netflix series ‘Justice Served’.