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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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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Safe House, shot with Moonlighting Films, is a first for Cape Town

6 February 2012

Universal’s “Safe House” starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, which will be released on Friday 10th February, was shot in and around Cape Town with Moonlighting Films and represents a first for Cape Town and for the South African film industry.

Safe House, directed by Daniel Espinosa, is the first major Hollywood action film to be set in Cape Town. Genevieve Hofmeyr, supervising producer for Safe House and owner of Moonlighting Films, says “Cape Town transformed itself for this Hollywood action film which would not have been possible without the incredible co-operation of the public, the City of Cape Town and the many traffic officers to whom we owe huge thanks. The success of the production shows that Cape Town has been elevated to a city that can accommodate big Hollywood projects. The city’s co-operation will ensure that Hollywood keeps coming back for more.”

The feature film was in pre-production for 5 months and then shot for 14 weeks. Locations included downtown Cape Town (with numerous road closures, including Western Boulevard), Belville, Langa and Moorreesburg. “We built a huge set right in the heart of the Langa community where we shot an extensive night sequence. We are incredibly grateful to the residents and community leaders of Langa who engaged with us whole-heartedly to make it work, as well as fulfilling positions ranging from security to extras”.

The positive impact of the production on the City of Cape Town and the South African film industry is significant. “This was a great opportunity for us to showcase the formidable crew talent that we have here in South Africa, and to grow it exponentially thanks to the skills transfer between international and local crew,” Genevieve continues. “Furthermore, we are for once proudly presenting Cape Town and iconic locations such as Greenpoint Stadium and Table Mountain instead of doubling our city for somewhere else – this will no doubt result in a considerable boost in “film” tourism for Cape Town.”

Safe House is produced by Scott Stuber and distributed by Universal Pictures. It was written by David Guggenheim and directed by Daniel Espinosa. Executive producers are Denzel Washington, Scott Aversano, Adam Merims, Alexa Faigen, Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans.


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Skoonheid and Retributon premiered at the Durban Film Festival

11 July 2011

Oliver Hermanus’ Skoonheid (screened at Cannes Film Festival 2011 and winner of the Queer Palm Award) and Mukunda Michael Dewill’s psychological thriller Retribution – two feature films co-produced by Moonlighting Films – will have their South African premier at the Durban Film Festival, running from 21 – 31 July.

Retribution starring Joe Mafela and Jeremy Crutchley is a psychological thriller of the Cape Fear genre and was written and directed by Mukunda and produced by Moonlighting’s Philip Key. Skoonheid, produced by Equation in association with Moonlighting Fims and starring Deon Lotz and Charlie Keegan was directed by Oliver Hermanus and produced by Didier Costet and Dylan Voogt with Moonlighting Films’ Marvin Saven serving as Executive Producer.



Skoonheid awarded at Cannes 2011

25 May 2011

The second annual Queer Palm Award at Cannes 2011, presented independently, has gone to Skoonheid – a film by Oliver Hermanus produced by Equation in association with Moonlighting Films.

Hermanus was on hand at the ceremony on Cherie Cherie Beach to receive the award which was presented by actress Julie Gayet and director Joao Rodrigues.

The Queer Palm 2011 jury was comprised of Elisabeth Quin (president), Gerard Lefort, Thomas Albetshauser, Fred Arends, Esther Cuenot and Roberto Schinardi.

Visit the website for Skoonheid at www.skoonheid.com.


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