Get Lit!

Loved the book? Chances are you’ll love the movie even more. This month, DStv’s bringing you the screen versions of some stand-out works of literature.

You know the feeling of diving into an amazing book and not wanting to put it down until the very last page? That’s what you are going to get when you watch these movies because they’ve all been based on incredible, moving and noteworthy bestsellers.

There’s something for everyone, from true stories and fantasy to romance, family sagas and comedies. Some of the amazing authors whose books have been adapted include Ian McEwan (The Children Act), Nick Hornby (Juliet, Naked), Stephen King (The Shawshank Redemption) and Nicholas Sparks (The Choice).

Kids will love A Wrinkle in Time, teens can get behind Love Simon, The House of Tomorrow and Vampire Academy, moms will be crazy about A Simple Favor and Crazy Rich Asians, while those in search of more action can watch Seventh Son and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

All in all, it’s a bibliophile’s dream line-up!

Fun Fact: “Totally Lit” is currently seen, and used as slang, but did you know that it actually has its origins in the early 1900s?

“We walked into the vamp's house. We all got lit and had a hell of a time.” – John McGavock Grider, War Birds: Diary of an Unknown Aviator, 1918.

Then, as now, it meant intoxicated, and came from the literal meaning of ‘lit’, as in the past tense to ‘light’. It referred to how, when someone is happy, their face lights up. More recently, it has been used again to denote someone being intoxicated but has gone on to evolve to mean exciting or excellent.

We’re more than confident that whichever meaning you prefer that this film festival will have you glued to DStv this October!

Here’s the complete line-up with the dates and times to diarise:

Crazy Rich Asians

Based on the book by Kevin Kwan
Contemporary and fun, this acclaimed rom-com sees native New Yorker Rachel Chu head to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family. She only discovers when she gets there that they are all super-rich elites – and live in a world very different to hers. It became the highest-grossing romantic comedy at the box office in the past 10 years and received numerous award nominations, including for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes. Starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Gemma Chan. Watch it on Catch Up, DStv Now and Showmax

A Simple Favor

Based on the book by Darcey Bell
Described by Variety as a “clever, naughty suburban noir”, this slick thriller stars Anna Kendrick as suburban widow/vlogger Stephanie Smothers, and her bizarre relationship with fellow mom Emily, a power-dressing, enigmatic and cruel upper-class Blake Lively. As their friendship evolves over Martinis and oversharing, Emily asks Stephanie for a simple favour – to collect her son from school one day, only to mysteriously vanish on the same day. Watch it on Catch Up and stream it online with DStv Now

Juliet, Naked

Based on the book by Nick Hornby
Nick Hornby’s wonderful novel comes to life in this quirky movie about a jaded couple, Annie and Duncan, who have an unlikely encounter with an ageing rocker – someone that Duncan has been obsessed with for the past 25 years. Lapsed musician Tucker Crowe (played by Ethan Hawke) has become reclusive and eccentric but finds himself curiously connected to Annie, and so begins a complicated story. 

Sunday 13 October on M-Net Movies Premiere (104) at 18:52

First Man

Based on the book by James R. Hansen
Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong is the focus of this intense, sweeping character study drama by Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) and lead actor Ryan Gosling. Amid the political scheming and space race innovations, the film hones in on the people behind the mission – their lives, their demons, and what it takes to voluntarily strap yourself into what is essentially a tin can, to be hurtled into the dark unknown. Watch it on Catch Up and stream it online with DStv Now

Boy Erased

Based on the book by Garrard Conley 
Nicole Kidman and Russel Crowe head up this dark drama about a much-loved only child concealing his homosexuality from his parents, only to be violently outed at college and packed off to a controversial gay conversion camp against his will.

Monday 28 October on M-Net Movies Premiere (104) at 20:00

Seventh Son

Based on the book by Orson Scott Card
Swords, sorcery and dragons are on display in this epic adventure where good must prevail over evil. Mother Malkin, a powerful witch escapes imprisonment and seeks revenge on the man who locked her away. But the legend has been training a new apprentice. Starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore. 

Monday 7 October on M-Net Movies Action+ (106) at 13:28


Based on the book by Ron Stallworth
Directed by Spike Lee, this film is based on the true story of how a black undercover police officer infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. With the help of his Jewish colleague, Ron Stallworth and Flip Zimmerman take on the dangerous white supremacist group amidst the racial tension of the civil rights movement in the 70s. This biographical drama is produced by the same team behind the award-winning thriller Get Out, another work of art exploring the underlying racism in the US. Watch it on Catch Up and stream it online with DStv Now

Love, Simon

Based on the book by Becky Albertalli
Simon is a teenager with a secret; the only person who knows about his sexuality is Blue, his pen pal from school and the two quickly form a bond. Things fall apart when Simon is exposed to the whole school and the young man starts to question everything he's believed about life. Starring Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner. 

Monday 14 October on M-Net Movies Smile at 19:00

Vampire Academy

Based on the book by Richelle Mead
Not all vampires are bad, and some even need protecting. Enter Rose Hathaway, a half-human/half-vampire whose job it is to guard the Moroi, a peaceful group of mortal vampires existing discreetly. Starring Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry.

Wednesday 16 October on M-Net Movies Action at 16:15

A Wrinkle In Time

Based on the book by Madeleine L’Engle
Director Ava DuVernay guides this enthralling fantasy based on the charming children’s book. A gifted young girl embarks on a journey through time and space, to find her missing father. Starring Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon. Watch it on Catch Up and stream it online with DStv Now

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Based on the book by Ashley and JaQuavis
This classic action comedy sees a private investigator, a struggling actress and a thief (who's pretending to be an actor) embroiled in a murder mystery. Starring Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer. 

Monday 7 October on M-Net Movies Action (106) at 00:50

The Choice

Based on the book by Edith Eger
Two neighbours in a coastal town hit it off when they meet for the first time. The only problem is Gabby already has a boyfriend. But when a life-changing event happens, their underlying feelings are challenged. Starring Teresa Palmer and Benjamin Walker. Watch it on Catch Up and stream it online with DStv Now


You can also watch...

The Children Act

Based on the book by Ian McEwan
Wednesday 16 October on M-Net Movies Premiere (104) at 21:55

The Shawshank Redemption

Based on the book by Stephen King
Tuesday 15 October on M-Net Movies All Stars (111) at 21:37

The House of Tomorrow

Based on the book by Peter Bognanni
Watch it on Catch Up and stream it online with DStv Now

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