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The Suidooster Effect.

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When the word Suidooster comes to mind one cannot help but think of cold and windy areas. But now something else bearing the name has been sweeping through the city of Cape Town!

Suidooster the soapie is making waves! Only within its first year the popular soapie has recently celebrated its 100th episode on DSTV channel Kyknet. It is no wonder that the soapie has moved from three to four episodes a week as it has become the number one most watched show in its timeslot across all DSTV channels, a great and loyal following and it is not slowing down.


Suidooster is refreshing as a multicultural and wholesome soap that draws viewers of all backgrounds and has been able to capture the hearts of the viewers in its story telling.

Huisegenoot has taken notice with the recent Huisegenoot 2016 Tempo Awards where the soapie receiving three nominations for Best Soapie of the year and our actors Jill Levenberg and Danny Ross for the best actor categories respectively.

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Within such success under a year after being created you can believe that Suidooster will be around for Generations to come, excuse the pun ;)!


On the 5th of July, IMSFF celebrated the talents of passionate short filmmakers in South Africa. There was a great turnout throughout the festival and guests braced the cold winter air in the cosy Asbos Teater. Gambit’s short film ‘Nommer 37’ walked away with more than a handful of trophies including best short film and the VIDI choice award which was handed over by VIDI marketing manager Taryn Uhlmann.

Here is a list of all the winners:
• Best Animated Short Film – Burgeon [The Animation School – Produced & Directed by: Frankie Scholtz & M.W. Guldenpfennig]
• Best Makeup & Hairstyling – Sade Barrows & Sadeeqa Martin [Nommer 37]
• Best Costume Design – André Pretorius [Operasie E.N.G.E.L.]
• Best Sound Editing & Mixing – Gareth Wharton [Recovery]
• Best Editing of a Short Film – Simon Beesley [Nommer 37]
• Best Production Design – André Pretorius [Operasie E.N.G.E.L.]
• Best Use of Music – Riaan Smit [Lina and Leo]
• Best Original Score – Celeste Monteith [Die Laaste Ure]
• Best Documentary Short Subject – The Pixie Lowe Story [St Stithians College – Produced & Directed by: Cameron Scott, Robert Fields & Felipe Kirsten]
• Best Student Short Film – Happy Earth Co. [AFDA – Produced & Directed by: Henrik Tjore & Hylton Jandrell]
• Best Cinematography – Jacques Brand [Die Laaste Ure]
• Best Original Screenplay – Daryne Joshua, Nosipho Dumisa & Travis Taute [Nommer 37]
• Best Actress in a Short Film – Shamilla Miller [Nommer 37]
• Best Actor in a Short Film – Daniel Buys [Honesty Pays]
• Best Director of a Short Film – Travis Taute & Nosipho Dumisa [Nommer 37]
• Best International Short Film – The Gunfighter [Six Shooter Films – Produced & Directed by: Sarah Platt & Eric Kissack]
• Best Short Film – Nommer 37 [Gambit Films – Produced & Directed by: Benjamin Overmeyer, Travis Taute & Nosipho Dumisa]
• VIDI Choice Award – Nommer 37 [Gambit Films – Produced & Directed by: Benjamin Overmeyer, Travis Taute & Nosipho Dumisa]

Congratulations to all involved on this fantastic achievement!!!!


In April 2015, Gambit Films in co-production with Homebrew Films, produced a pilot episode of a new soap opera called SUIDOOSTER, for the Afrikaans DTSV channel Kyknet & Kie. Some fantastic news is about to be revealed regarding this soap opera. Watch this space…


Gambit Films / Mzansi Mamela is proud to announce that we will be sharing the exclusive behind the scenes story of the super successful South African feature film “Hard To Get” with the High School learners of Orange Farm & Letlhabile. The Directorial Debut from Zee Ntuli, Produced by Helena Spring & Junaid Ahmed.

FLYING CIRCUS: A Step Into Future Filmmaking

In January 2013, Gambit Films were invited to work with Flying Circus – a new startup company based in Johannesburg that have acquired the same motion capture technology used to create the blockbuster features AVATAR and TIN TIN. Our crew used the facilities, which encompasses 40 Digital motion capture cameras to shoot the final VFX sequence for the upcoming Sci-Fi short film, Precious Metal, directed by Daryne Joshua. This awesome experience, working with a team at Flying Circus that is constantly on the forefront of breaking technology has been unforgettable and is the beginning of a new wave of VFX projects undertaken by Gambit Films…


2013… A year full of endless possibility. First of all, Compliments of the season to all our clients, crew and talented staff. 2012 had been an amazing year of exponential growth for Gambit Films and 2013 is looking even brighter. With a slate of 5 Feature Films, 3 Documentary series, 2 Television Series and various International Trade Missions on the horizon, it’s no doubt that this is the year that Gambit goes global. Strap in and stay tuned as we bring you updates while working towards building a world-renowned company focusing on strategically building our beautiful local industry!

BTS: Converse ‘MEMORIES’ Spec Commercial

In August 2012, Gambit Films produced a series of spec commercials for a number of different brands. Director Travis Taute took on an original concept for Converse as a proposal for a new advertising campaign. The commercial, shot on location in Cape Town over the course of one day by Director of Photography, Zenn Van Zyl is a moody, thematic piece that demonstrates the universal timelessness of the International brand.


Filmmaker IQ is simply one of the most innovative and helpful sites on the net for the emerging independent filmmaker. If you don’t have a big budget but want to accomplish the Hollywood look and feel, the site details comprehensive DYI methods that will enable you to achieve a design that matches your vision at a fraction of the price that would usually be relevant. Case in point: the latest tutorial shows how to create a burning man effect. It’s just plain awesome.


Zenn Van Zyl is one of the most talented individuals we know. Period. The Young SAFTA winning Director of Photography is one of Gambit’s go-to cinematographers. With a unique approach to any shot, Zenn has a delicate eye for composition, lighting and movement. His impressive body of work has already earned him industry respect and his fantastic worth ethic, his brilliant understanding of the moving image and his never-ending quest to achieve nothing less than the perfect shot makes him any director’s dream to work with. There’s no doubt about it; Zenn is on his way to becoming one of the greats. It’s only a matter of time.

Guerilla Filmmaking Guide: How to make a DIY Dashboard Camera!

This is what we love about our industry. Filmmakers are using more and more creative techniques to combat a lack of budget usually required to make a decent film. By being smart about your filmmaking process, you can bypass standard requirements and create equipment that will serve the exact same purpose for your sequences. If there was ever proof that where there’s a will, there’s a way…

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