From the creators of How To Ruin Christmas comes Miseducation, a new young adult series on Netflix launching in September. The show is a coming of age of sorts, one where Mbali Hadebe (played by Buntu Petse) runs to the Makhanda-based Grahamstown University after her mother (Baby Cele)’s corrupt political dealings come to light.
Searching for re-invention, this teen comedy-drama sees Mbali driving the campus cab, appearing on the campus gossip show, and also running an SRC campaign. This is where the dramatic situationship with Sivu Levine (Lunga Shabalala) begins.
Rethabile Ramaphakela, creator of Miseducation and Burnt Onion’s Creative Director, said, “We’re excited for South Africa and the world to see our latest comedy-drama that we’ve cooked up with Netflix. This time around, a teen comedy about varsity life. The thing about varsity is, anything goes. And where anything goes, chaos is not far behind… Throw in some teens trying to fix the world’s issues within their own, isolated, self-absorbed world, in a very small South African town and then suddenly, growing pains start to seem even more painful. We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Netflix in telling uniquely South African stories that we can take to the world. Miseducation promises to be an offbeat and fun comedy-drama series with a diverse bunch of colourful characters who are just trying to get through this thing called life”.
Lunga Shabalala and Baby Cele are the biggest names in the ensemble cast. Fairly new industry faces fill up the rest of the roles, which is always an exciting experience. Nicole Bessick plays Raeesah, host of the campus gossip show, The Spill. Prev Reddy and Micaela Tucker are cast as Jay and Natalie, Mbali’s squad. Mpho Sebeng and Ebenhaezer Dibakwane round up the more prominent roles as campus activist ‘Comrade’ Caesar, and hotep conspiracy theorist Mubarak.
The show premieres on the 15th of September, only on Netflix.