In January 2014, Writer/Director Travis Taute will be representing Gambit Films as part of a delegation heading to the Sundance International Film Festival through the Cape Film Commission under the tutelage of the DTi. With the purpose of exposing the local film industry to an international market and continuing to build inter-continental relationships to further Gambit’s international platform, the mission is set to move many of Gambit’s projects forward. Stay tuned as we bring you updates on the mission’s developments…
In January 2014, Gambit Films completed a new commercial for the weight-loss brand, Herbex. The first men’s range testimonial focuses on 21 year-old De Wet Els, who lost a whopping 21 Kilograms. The commercial, scheduled to air in late January 2014 on National broadcasters the SABC and MNET, was directed by Nosipho Dumisa and features an adventurous take, filmed high up on the rolling hills of Somerset West.
In October/November 2013 Producer Benjamin Overmeyer represented Gambit Films, working in collaboration with Sun Dog Pictures as a Fixer in their new BBC3 factual program starring Reggie Yates. “The Real South Africa” is a 3 part observational film series shot in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Gambit Films facilitated the Cape Town episode, which focused on teenage gang problems in the Khayelitsha Township. Through the prism of Doctors based in the casualty ward of Khayelitsha’s newest Hospital and the inside story of young gang members the episode looks at the life of young South Africans in the 21st Century. Reggie Yates discovers both the beauty of a City rated the number must see in 2014 by the New York Times as well as the desperate lives of hopeless youngsters stuck in townships full of social ills.
In December 2013, Gambit’s in-house Post-Production Supervisor Simon Beesley married his sweetheart Christie Fawcett in a beautiful ceremony in Kokstad, Kwa-zulu Natal. We know this is an unconventional place to post, but Gambit would like to take the opportunity to say congratulations to two of our very own! We wish you nothing but happiness and success on this new venture, for the rest of your days!
In November 2013, Gambit Films’ Writer/Director Nosipho Dumisa was invited to participate in the Produire au Sud Script Studio Residency in Nantes for her first feature film, The Bill, currently in development with the National Film and Video Foundation. 3 South African directors were selected for the 9 day residency at the Durban Film Mart 2013, with the aim of the workshop to allow the directors an opportunity to benefit from script consultations with international experts such as Miguel Machaaski (Il Futuro , Al Juma Al Akheira ) and Gualberto Ferrari (Diaro para un cuento ). 2013 marked the first Script Studio at the festival and it was an honour to be selected to be part of it. We thank everyone at the Festival des 3 Continents and the Durban Film Mart for the opportunity. The Bill is still currently in development….
In the picture: Meg Rickards (Whiplash), Nosipho Dumisa (The Bill), Madoda Ncayiyana (Hhola Hhola), Guillaume Mainguet (Produire au Sud) and Julie Frederikse (Hhola Hhola)
In November 2013, Writer/Director Daryne Joshua travelled to Santa Monica as part of the South African delegation through the Association for Transformation in Film and Television to attend one of the most competitive markets in the world as a representative for Gambit Films. As Gambit’s first venture to the world capitol of Film and television, the goal was to create meaningful relationships with content buyers, possible financiers and co-producers and understand what kind of content, international buyers desired from South African filmmakers – something that was definitely achieved. With a great interest in South African filmmakers and what they have to offer, it became clear that people from a variety of companies and countries are open to meet and discuss possible future collaborations. This key understanding will propel Gambit forward as we approach production for our first slate of feature films… Watch this space!
Happy New Year! We know it’s been a while… But the collective Gambit Films is back and stronger than ever! After a fantastic 2013, which entailed immeasurable progress on the feature film and television fronts, 2014 is set to be the year wherein Gambit soars to new heights. With a slate of feature films in development and heading into production later this year; a number of television pilots on their way to broadcasters, short films on their way to festivals around the world and our creatives heading to various world-renowned film markets around the globe; a strengthened resolve and dedication to the passion of film means only one thing: 2014 will become synonymous with the rise of Gambit Films. The time has come… Watch. This. Space.