About Moonlighting Films

Moonlighting Films is widely recognised as South Africa’s foremost Production Company in the provision of highly skilled motion picture and television co-productions and production services.
Founded by Genevieve Hofmeyr and Philip Key in 1997, the company has serviced, produced and/or structured finance for more than fifty international motion picture and television productions. With experience that allows the flexibility to understand all types of budget, the company’s productions range from big budget Hollywood studio pictures to smaller television dramas and documentaries.
Quality services rendered by Moonlighting Films and supervised by Hofmeyr, have assisted in the successful execution of the off-shore production of numerous mainstream Hollywood motion pictures, many helmed by filmmakers such as Clint Eastwood, Edward Zwick, Michael Mann, Marc Forster, Roland Emmerich, Phillip Noyce, Mira Nair and Bruce Beresford.
In addition to A-List and Oscar® winning talent such as Denzel Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, and Hilary Swank, Moonlighting Films’ has facilitated motion pictures starring some of the world’s most bankable stars including Ryan Reynolds, Matt Damon, Daniel Craig and Gerard Butler.
Having established a reputation of production excellence and delivery of world-standard productions, Moonlighting Films has partnered with Universal Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Sony (Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures), Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and leading Independents such as Mandalay Pictures, Focus Features, Kennedy/Marshall, Relativity Media, Alcon Entertainment, and Working Title Films, as well as the major networks HBO, NBC Universal, Fox Television, Sony Pictures Television, BBC.
Moonlighting Films also provides production support for location based projects throughout Africa, with particular experience in Namibia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Ghana amongst others.
In addition to its significant influence in positioning South Africa as a proficient and cost competitive filming destination, Moonlighting Films has been a front-runner in the development of the local entertainment industry, structuring co-productions and maximising government subsidies.

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Moonsport and 6 months with the Proteas Cricket Team

21 January 2014

The Castle Lager Proteas Test Team “Road to Number One” documents the journey by the SA cricket team to lead the log by a huge margin.  The South African Cricket board partnered with Moonlighting and some of the greatest cricketers the world has ever seen – Graeme Smith, Gary Kirsten, Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander –  to tell this story.  Released in time for Christmas, the doccie is the result of a 6 months labour of love directed by Liza Key and with production by Emanuel Ferreira.  It is also the first production from Moonsport – a division of Moonlighting that is providing digital sports content resulting from strong player relationships the company has nurtured through the years.  The company capitalizes on having serviced the sports industry in many disciplines since inception.

 


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Four Corners – South Africa’s Official Submission to the 86th Academy Awards ©

20 January 2014

Director Ian Gabriel’s powerful coming-of-age crime drama was produced by Giant Films and Moonlighting Films. Set in the heart of the Cape Flats, the all South African cast includes Lindiwe Matshikiza who plays Zindzi Mandela in the Golden Globe © nominated “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”.

Nominated by the International Press Academy for “Best International Film” as well as being South Africa’s Official Selection for the 86th Academy Awards ©,  Four Corners chronicles the lives of four characters confronted by gang violence and the difficult choices that life in their community offers them. Reviews include award winning actor Danny Glover’s “See Brendon Daniel’s committed performance in a powerful movie” and Academy award winner Gavin Hood’s “a searingly honest piece of art”. The film is released in South Africa on 28th February. To watch the trailor, see www.fourcornersthemovie.com 


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South Africa Picks ‘Four Corners’ for Oscar

21 September 2013

Variety – 20 September 2013

South Africa has selected child-gang thriller “Four Corners” as its contender for the foreign-language Academy Award race.

Directed by Ian Gabriel, “Four Corners” revolves around a 13-year-old chess whiz drawn into the Cape Town’s well-known child-gang culture. Touted as the first film to delve into the 100-year-old war between South Africa’s so-called Number gangs, the 26 and the 28, it blends the Sabela, Tsotsi-taal and Cape Afrikaans dialects and mixes established talents with non-actors and first-time thesps from schools and communities across the Cape Flats.

“Four Corners” is South African prison slang for the four corners of a prison cell.

Pic is produced by Genevieve Hofmeyr (Moonlighting Films) and Cindy Gabriel (Giant Films), and partly funded by the National Film & Video Foundation South Africa, the Berlinale Co-Production Market and New York’s IFP No Borders.

Ian Gabriel’s previous work “Forgiveness,” influenced by the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, screened at the Locarno fest in 2004.

The last date to submit entries for the foreign-language Academy Awards is Oct. 1. Nominations will be announced Jan. 16 and the ceremony will be held March 2 at the Dolby Theater.


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Filming at the Aquarium

8 January 2013

More of this one to come later. We can just say that we filmed at the Aquarium early December; that the resident sharks were most accommodating; that the turtle was very inquisitive; and we ended up filming sunset at Llandudno Beach – doesn’t get much better than that!


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The Best Christmas Party Ever

8 January 2013

Moonlighting Commercials and Moonlighting Films got together for the best Christmas Party ever at Harbour House at the Waterfront the Friday before Christmas. Manni surpassed himself as usual as organiser / Master of Ceremonies.


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The Dinosaur Project

25 July 2012

New movie The Dinosaur Project, shot with Moonlighting Films and set to be released in UK cinemas August 10th, features previously unseen footage from the ill-fated, eponymous 2011 expedition to the Congo in search of the Mokele Mbembe. Discover a world lost for millions of years.
Studiocanal are delighted to finally bring this astonishing story of the missing Congo expedition to UK audiences, and the findings of the Cryptozoological Society to audiences around the world. The film features stunning recovered footage of creatures thought to be extinct for 65 million years. As the search for the missing crew continues, questions remain about the source of the missing footage and the manner in which it was discovered. Producer Nick Hill said in a statement, “It has been incredible to have the original source material to work with, and we have great respect and admiration for the work of the Cryptozoological Society and are keen to support them in their search. The movie raises important questions about species which conventional science tells us have long since become extinct, and we hope it will help raise awareness of the search to locate the missing persons and the BCZS’s ongoing work in the Congo. http://uk.ign.com/articles/2012/07/11/the-dinosaur-project-trailer


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