‘Good Madam’ preview: Shudder’s latest horror film is a South African psychological thriller

Shadow and Act has an exclusive preview of Shudder’s latest film, and on the face of it, it is keen to explore the generational trauma inherent in South African culture through the lens of horror.

good lady centers on Tsidi, a single mother forced to move in with her ex-mother Mavis, a domestic worker who obsessively cares for her catatonic white “Madame” in an affluent suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. As Tsidi tries to heal his family, a sinister specter begins to stir.

The fourth feature film by South African screenwriter and director Jenna Cato Bass, good lady was an official selection at the world premiere of Toronto International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, AFI Fest, Torino Film Festival, Gothenburg Film Festival and Glasgow Film Festival.

good lady 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) are producing while Salman Al-Rashid, Sam Frohman, Richard Mansell, David Bass and Jason Newmark serve as executive producers.

good lady stars Chumisa Cosa, Nosipho Mtebe, Kamvalethu Jonas Raziya, Sanda Shandu, Khanyiso Kenqa, Sizwe Ginger Lubengu, Siya Sikawuti, Peggy Tunyiswa and Chris Gxalaba, all of whom share writing credits with Bass and Babalwa Baartman.

Watch the clip for good lady below.

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