Buying Kenya for Kenya is the way to go.
Roy Njuguna, Lead Showmax partner marketing and commercialisation
Ascending towards the third floor of the ever-busy Westgate Mall, I couldn’t help but notice the red and black fonts engraved on each corner bellowing, FAITHLESS.
Ahead of its official launch on July 6, Showmax treated guests to an exclusive screening of the new Showmax Original crime drama Faithless on Wednesday, June 28.
Hosted by Homeboyz presenter Lotan Salapei, the screening was ushered in with eye-popping glitz and glamour. In attendance were the cast of the show, including the four leading ladies Rosemary Waweru, Avril Nyambura, Beatrice Mwai, and Fatma Mohammed, and the show’s directors Abdi Shuria, King Muriuki, and Janet Chumbe. Also gracing the event was the cast of Showmax telenovela Second Family and Pepeta, as well as executives from Showmax and MultiChoice.
Faithless is a story that just fits into the Kenyan context very well, and it’s a story that just came naturally so we didn’t have to struggle with the ideas.
Shuria also co-directs Faithless alongside King Muriuki (Igiza) and Janet Chumbe (Sanura).
I was really interested in this spiritual aspect of Faithless, and how it spirals into something else as the show proceeds. The thing about prayer is that you pray for stuff but you never really know how it’s going to be answered, and that’s the same for our four leading women – their prayers are answered, but not just how they expected.
Faithless, a 10–part crime drama series is set in the aftermath of a heist gone wrong, a story of four church faithfuls drawn into a life of crime and violence when their chama is turned into a money laundering operation by a dangerous crime lord.
Produced by Live Eye TV, Faithless stars Rosemary Waweru (Tabasamu), Avril Nyambura (Pepeta), Beatrice Mwai (Paa), Fatma Mohammed (Kina), Aleks Kamau (Volume), Morris Mwangi (Famous), Peter Kamau (Selina), Arabron Nyyneque (Second Family), Abubakar Mwenda (Subira), Brian Ngaira (Pepeta), Antony Kyule Njuguna (Sue na Jonnie), Ashley Kareez (Single Kiasi), Steve Matias (State House), Kennedy Luyali (18 Hours), Zawadi Kayyoh (Pieces of Us), Azziad Nasenya (Selina) and news anchor Mark Masai who makes his acting debut all under casting director, Isaya Evans.
Don’t fret, I won’t spoil in-depth plot details, but it would be a huge disservice to not highlight the outstanding performances of the four leading ladies whose characters are no doubt the heart of the story. Religion, dignity, and family are some of the themes compellingly brought to life by actresses, Rosemary Waweru, Avril Nyambura, Beatrice Mwai, and Fatma Mohammed.
Speaking of religion, as I sat through the screening, I was intrigued by the approach took of balancing the concepts of faith and crime. Characters in a psychological and spiritual war, reason hanging in the balance.
Gritty, edgy, riveting tense drama, that was my take away as I walked out of the Westgate Cinema let alone dozens of questions that I desperately want answered. All I can do is wait for July 6th and every Thursday afterwards exclusively on Showmax for them to be.
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