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Shudder’s ‘GOOD MADAM’ Trailer Explores the Generational Trauma Inherent to South African Culture

Shudder has just unleashed the first trailer for its impending Shudder Original release, Good Madam ahead of the film’s July 14 debut on the streaming platform.

A genre film entrenched in the ordinary everyday horrors in our society is the fourth feature film from celebrated South African writer/director Jenna Cato Bass (High Fantasy, Flatland) having premiered to rave reviews at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival before garnering similar success at Fantastic Fest, AFI Fest, Torino Film Festival, Göteborg Film Festival and Glasgow Film Festival.

Exploring the generational trauma inherent to South African culture, sprawling from the past to the present day, Good Madam centers around Tsidi, a single mother, who is forced to move in with her estranged mother Mavis, a live-in domestic worker caring obsessively for her catatonic white ‘Madam’ in an affluent Cape Town suburb. As Tsidi tries to heal her family, however, a sinister specter begins to stir.

The film stars Chumisa Cosa, Nosipho Mtebe, Kamvalethu Jonas Raziya, Sanda Shandu, Khanyiso Kenqa, Sizwe Ginger Lubengu, Siya Sikawuti, Peggy Tunyiswa and Chris Gxalaba, who all share writing credits with Bass.

Good Madam is produced by Fox Fire Films, Sanusi Chronicles, and Causeway Films in association with Salmira Productions and Strange Charm. Baartman, Cato Bass, Kristina Ceyton (The Babadook, The Nightingale), and Samantha Jennings (Cargo) produce while Salman Al-Rashid, Sam Frohman, Richard Mansell, David Bass and Jason Newmark serve as executive producers.

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