Kompleks is a new drama series with many layers, a quirky look at young love and in the hands of a talented team in front and behind the cameras. Louis Pretorius, who wrote the series, calls it a coming of age story.
“It is a light drama in the classical style of 90’s series such as My So Called life and Dawson’s Creek,” explains Louis who, together with Albert Snyman, was also responsible for series such as Die Boekklub and Fynskrif . “The series was born out of memories of being a teenager and the inability to express how you feel.”
On the one hand the story of two teenagers is told, on the other side it looks at how the decisions we make can influence our entire lives. The series is not only for young people, but for anyone who has lost their hearts at some stage.
In one of the universes it is the winter holiday of 2019. Sean and Mika (played by Arthur Falko and Melissa Myburgh) are two teenagers. They are at home and their friends are away. Sean’s parents (played by Milan Murray and Stian Bam) exist in silence, while Mika’s parents (played by Therese Bam and Paul du Toit) are about to divorce. Then by pure chance - which includes a wasp and a dog leash - the two teenagers meet, and everything changes. Through random conversations, planet hunting, and a shared love for music, a relationship starts that will define their entire existence.
In another universe, similar to this one yet different, it is the beginning of 2019. In this universe Sean and Mika are much older. Sean (Armand Aucamp) is an actuary and his friends think he is lonely. Mika (Roeline Daneel) is a widow, and her daughter thinks she’s lonely. Then Sean meets Belinda (Greta Pietersen) and Mika meets Tristan (Ivan Botha). Both decide to give love another chance, but in the back of their minds is a winter holiday many years ago and the forgotten dream of a friendship.
The two universes are brought together with Koos Kombuis as the narrator of the story. Deon Meiring is responsible for the theme song and his, as well as Kombuis’ songs, are used throughout the series.
Story telling techniques such as hearing the teenagers’ thoughts, split screens, and the use of abstract imagery to portray emotions, will ensure a unique viewing experience.
The series also stars Crystal Donna Roberts, Stephren Saayman, Wian Taljaard, Nicol Steyn, Keeno Lee, Daniah de Villiers and Nancia Dorland.
The series, that was shot under strict rules and regulations during lockdown, comprises of nine 30 minute episodes and starts on 22 September at 20:00 on kykNET (DStv 144).