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I still remember my first visit to The Labia. It was winter and I ordered myself a glass of gluhwein before hurrying to my seat. It was the 2013 Baz Luhrman rendition of The Great Gatsby. It was gorgeous and nostalgic, and ever since then I’ve often treated myself to a film when visiting the city.

With all the craziness of 2020, it is activities like going to the movies that I miss most. That feeling of being completely immersed by a film in a pitch-black cinema, with the sound at the optimal levels, and most importantly – no distractions! Seeing movies the way the directors intended.

Except for that, this pandemic has certainly ensured an absence of good new films as most movie houses are waiting for the continuation of theatrical releases. So where do you go for a good film, preferably something that you haven’t seen before, at a good price – and now safe and sound in the comfort of your own home?

The Labia recently released their Labia Home Screen offering, priced at R60 a film, payable via credit card. Once paid, you have 9 hours to view the film. You also have the option of testing your machine’s compatibility before making the commitment, which does come in quite handy.

I have a 20mb fibre line at home and although it did stream perfectly on my MacBook, it did have some trouble casting. I would definitely recommend connecting your computer to the TV via an HDMI cable. On the website, they do note that an HDMI works best and that they are working on a smart tv app to be released in the near future.

We rented the film Tracks starring Mia Wasikowska and (my favourite) Adam Driver. It’s a harrowing tale about a young girl trying to make it on her own in the scorching Australian desert. The film focuses heavily on Australian culture and its indigenous people which makes it very interesting. It is based on a true story and directed by John Curran, best known for his work on The Painted Veil.

They currently have 12 titles available for streaming and although it is not all the latest releases, it’s quite an impressive selection of art-house films, spanning over different genres and languages.

Tracks trailer:

Cover image courtesy of The Film Stage.


Free State-girl, living in Stellenbosch. Love to explore small towns, read in Afrikaans and everything pop-culture. My favourite yoga move is 'The Pigeon' and one day I'd like to own my own vintage cinema.

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