Gail Mabalane earns praise for role in new South African Netflix show ‘Unseen’

Unseen Netflix show
Unseen Netflix show

Gail Mabalane is already earning praise for her role in new Netflix series ‘Unseen’ where as a wife and cleaner, she goes in search of her husband who was released from prison only to go missing, coming up against powerful and violent criminals.

Released on March 29 to Netflix, fans that had a taste have been delighted with the range offered by Mabalane starring as Zenzi Mwala.

In the past Gail Mabalane played roles in shows including The Wild and The Road and Blood & Water.

Gail Mabalane as Zenzi Mwala in 'Unseen'
Gail Mabalane as Zenzi Mwala in ‘Unseen’

Unseen, created by Travis Taute and Daryne Joshua is a South African crime series detailing the perils associated with letting people in homes to execute manual labour especially by the wealthy. The pair also worked on the Netflix series Blood & Water (2020).

As it turns out, Unseen draws inspiration from the 2021 Turkish Netflix series Fatma. The six 45-minute episodes have components of crime but also drama, and thriller.  

Zenzi struggles to survive when faced with financial problems and actual physical threats. In the end, she’s the cleaning woman who sees everything but goes unseen herself.

Cast of the Unseen series
Cast of the Unseen series

Unseen Credit Roll:

Creator: Based on Fatma by Özgür Önurme; Adapted by Travis Taute and Daryne Joshua

Directors: Travis Taute, Rolisizwe Nikiwe, Twiggy Matiwana

Writers: Sean Drummond, Meesha Aboo, Tristram Atkins

Produced by Gambit Films, the company behind Blood & Water

Cast: Gail Mabalane, Brendon Daniels, Hein de Vries, Waldemar Schultz, Vuyo Dabula, Ilse Klink, Colin Moss, Mothusi Magano, Abduragman Adams, Shimmy Isaacs, Dineo Langa, Rapulana Seiphemo, Shamilla Ismail Miller and Clifford Young


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