M-Net is upping the entertainment ante yet again with additions to its movie offering. In future, DStv Premium customers will be treated to two blockbuster premieres on a Sunday night - one on M-Net 101 and one on M-Net Movies Premiere.
From December 16 until January 29 a special pop-up channel called M-Net Inspire will infuse positive thinking on DStv’s channel 109, and during the holidays the young at heart can expect visits from their favourite animation characters with a special Animania movie festival on channel 105, M-Net Movies Smile. Then, there’s also a first-class, unprecedented gift for movie connoisseurs: from mid-December, premium channel M-Net Edge (channel 102) will boast a world cinema slot with the best of the best foreign language or nouveau films.
From December 4 there will be two brand new blockbuster movie premieres on the M-Net Channels. This means that M-Net 101 and M-Net Movies Premiere channel 104 will not be screening the same film 30 minutes apart any more. There will be another fresh blockbuster on M-Net Movies Premiere at around 20h30.
While the rip-roaring comedy Vacation will be the premiere on M-Net 101 on December 4 at 20h05, M-Net Movies Premiere will be the first to screen The Night Before, in which three friends, including the always hilarious Seth Rogen, are out to find an unforgettable Christmas bash. Due to the high age restriction of this movie, however, it will only be screened at 21h00.
Hugh Jackman will take viewers to Neverland in the family adventure Pan on M-Net 101 on December 11. Then, on M-Net Movies Premiere at 20h30, Chris Pine and Casey Affleck are in grave danger in the disaster and rescue film The Finest Hours, based on a true event.
Multi-talented Bradley Cooper dons the apron as a down-and-out chef in Burnt on M-Net 101 on December 18, alongside a top-notch cast including Sienna Miller, Emma Thompson and Uma Thurman. On the same night the dystopian young adult science fiction thriller The 5th Wave will keep M-Net Movies Premiere viewers on the edge of their seats from 20h30.
On December 25, M-Net 101 will celebrate Christmas with three Oscar winners - Diane Keaton, Alan Arkin and Marisa Tomei – in Love The Coopers, while Will Smith is in top form on M-Net Movies Premiere in the sports drama Concussion.
Following hot on the heels of the Harry Potter pop-up Channel, M-Net Inspire is the perfect pop-up curation for the festive season. Launching on December 16 at 06h00 and running until January 29 at midnight, M-Net Inspire will feature movies that are motivational and celebrate the triumphs of the human spirit.
Every evening from 19h45, viewers can catch a feel-good film. These titles include inspirational favourites such as Yes Man, Eight Below, The Preacher’s Wife and American Dreamz. There will also be a selection of awesome classics including Coach Carter, Remember The Titans, Rocky (instalments 1 to 6) and Invictus.
December also sees the start of a special movie slot on M-Net Edge, channel 102 on DStv Premium, on Sunday nights at 21h00. As of December 18, discerning viewers can get right into the kind of films they have been craving: highly-acclaimed world cinema. The Palestinian film The Idol, which received rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, will be on M-Net Edge on December 18. Then, the following week, the French film Saint Laurent, about famed fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent will be the special Christmas viewing treat.
All the Sunday night premiere movies (M-Net 101, M-Net Premiere and M-Net Edge) will also be available on DStv Catch Up and Catch Up Plus as well as through DStv Now. Selected titles from the M-Net Inspire pop-up channel, as well as from the Animania festival, will be available on Catch Up Plus as well as through DStv Now.