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Diamonds, Cars and Fashion! Nice Work if you can get it!


10 February 2016

Our summer season is flashing by in a whir of activity and as we come up for air we realise its’ been months since we sent out a newsletter.
We have been very fortunate to have worked on some really exciting projects in the last few months.

One such project being “Jewel Of Africa” – a documentary set in Letlhakane diamond mine in Botswana. This is the mine where the biggest diamond since the Cullinan, was found.
Undeterred by the extreme heat with temperatures exceeding 45 degrees celcius, our small hit team of dedicated filmmakers worked bravely to capture the story of this documentary. We look forward to unveiling the project in the next few months.

Numerous commercials have followed including a great car commercial out of France and the UK for Citreon with David Lodge at the helm. Known for his off the wall humour and ability to create great moments of masterful visual comedy  - Lodge does not disappoint in these spots. Watch this space for the finished work. We cant wait to show it to you.


Another one of our really fun jobs this season was a spot for Rossman fashion. Shooting beach wear on a rooftop, and swanky Clifton beach house amongst other locations was hard work at its happiest. The spot was directed by Antoni Nykowski, whose exquisite visual narrative is decidedly easy on the eye, and lit by frequent collaborator Michal Dabal.

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South Africanisms


weird and wonderful things about south africa and its people

Eish! - Substitute any of the following: No shit! Dang! Holy Cow! Ouch! You're kidding! Bummer! Oh well. Geez!

Submitted by Mark Upton

in some parts of South Africa we have a pretty heart stopping collection of creepy crawlies. We call them “Goggas” which comes from the Khoi San word meaning creeping things.

Submitted by Zollie Tshabalala

"Shebeen" - a township tavern or drinking hole. Once illegal and frequently raided by the fuzz, shebeens are now pretty groovy hangouts in the townships. Note- AMEX not accepted here.

Submitted by Justice beeba

"Sharp Sharp" a lovely expression that can mean so many things, but all upbeat and positive. Can be a greeting, a farewell, an agreement or just to express enthusiasm.

Submitted by Shaun O'Connel

We South africans like a bit of a party, and “Epic” denotes a pretty fab party. If its even better than fabulous we may throw in “flipping” before “Epic” . so ... "That Afrika Burn jol was flipping Epic my Bru”

Submitted by Hlumela Masha

"Toyi Toyi" (pronounced TOY-TOY) this is a traditional South African form of protest. It is a knees up dance done by protestors and can be very intimidating.

Submitted by Jaques Du Plooy

“Poepol” is an affectionately used term to denote an idiot. so you might say “ag you poepol you’ve locked the keys in the blerry car! Now we’re really in the dwang!”

Submitted by Jeanne Watson

"Yebo" a Zulu word meaning yes or used to show approval. For example: Question: "Hi there, can I get a pint in this Shebeen ?" Answer: "Yebo!"

Submitted by Sipho Mahlangu

“Rooineks” Is the name the boers gave to the English settlers in the old days because their necks were always sunburnt from the harsh South African sun. The name stuck and you still see a fair amount of sunburnt necks about.

Submitted by Derrick Le Roux

"Kwaai" South-African street slang for cool. "I climbed table mountain today and it was Kwaai.

Submitted by nickyd

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