INTERSEXIONS, the popular TV series which explores the spread of HIV and relationships, is coming to an end.
The 26-part drama series has gripped audiences on Tuesday nights, commanding ratings of more than 6 million viewers on SABC1, second only to soapie Generations.
Intersexions asks its audience ‘do you know who your lover`s previous lovers are?’ and depicts the human sexual web which we are all part of, and the risks it carries; the greatest being the spread of HIV/Aids.
Wits drama graduate and 5fm DJ, Dineo Lusenga is one of the fresh acting talents on Intersexions. She says Intersexions was her first professional acting job after her graduation from the Wits school of arts.
She portrayed Tsholofelo, a troubled high school student who is sexually abused by her teacher and is forced to be a mother to her orphaned siblings as her grandmother has fallen ill, in episodes six and seven.
Lusenga says Tsholofelo was a heavy character, and challenging to play. Her character also learns that sex with rich men can get her easy money. Lusenga says “varsity exposes young girls to these rich men” and her observations during her Wits years helped her to channel Tsholofelo`s vulnerability to older men. “Some girls genuinely need the money, abanye ukusa nje (they are being silly).”
She has fallen in love with the show and says it does not teach about Aids but rather focuses on sexual partners who have never met but are sexually linked.
Lusenga acted alongside fellow Wits drama graduate, Wandile Molebatsi, who portrayed Charlie, Tsholofelo`s love interest.
Intersexions was created by television producer and director, Uzanenkosi Mahlangu. Mahlangu says the idea for Intersexions came after he noticed how people put their differences aside to help in the 2006 tsunami and other disasters that followed.
He concluded that disasters occur to teach us about compassion. “I wonder what Aids is here to teach us”, is the question he asked, which sparked the idea for Intersexions, initially titled 6 Degrees, after the 6 degrees of separation idea.
He says “we are connected by blood in ways we can`t imagine –blood we share.”
The finale airs on Tuesday, April 5 and a DVD of the series will be launched in May.