About 2018-07-31T16:36:11+00:00

Boondogle Films specialises in telling stories that meet African needs and challenge common perceptions of the continent. Our core team works with a network of specialised freelancers, and is also committed to providing training opportunities for up-and-coming filmmakers.

Most recently, Boondogle Films produced Tess (2016), released in South African cinemas in February 2017. Tess was picked up for international sales by The Little Film Company of Los Angeles/ LondonThe film won best South African Film at the Durban International Film Festival, as well as the Best Editing and Best Actress awards; and at the Silwerskermfees won the Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Actress awards.

Prior to Tess, Boondogle Films produced 1994: The Bloody Miracle. This feature documentary, which counts down to South Africa’s first democratic elections, was broadcast on eNCA and eTV throughout Africa as well as by the Netherlands’ VPRO. The documentary won the audience award at the Durban International Film Festival and the South African Screenwriters’ Guild award for best documentary script. The film opened the Nobel Peace Laureate Youth Summit, as well as the Watch Africa Festival in Wales, and was screened in several cities as part of the ‘Freedom Tour’ in the UK.

1994: The Bloody Miracle has been used extensively as a tool to spark debate, for instance by the Cypriot peace initiative and by the Young African Leader’s Programme. Boondogle Films has also collaborated with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to screen the film at educational institutions throughout South Africa to initiate dialogue around democracy and the complexity of reconciliation.

Services Offered

Although Boondogle Films usually generates its own content, if the project is right, we do offer certain services, including:

Our aim

Meet the Team

MEG RICKARDSWriter-Director
In 2015 Meg directed her first fiction feature, Tess – a gritty story of a sex worker’s journey to shedding misplaced guilt. Prior to that, she co-directed the award-winning documentary feature 1994: The Bloody Miracle. Her miniseries and tele-feature versions of Land of Thirst were translated into several languages and distributed widely. Meg holds a PhD in Film Studies from the University of Cape Town, studied at London Film School on a Commonwealth Scholarship, and completed the Writers’ and Directors’ programmes at the Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam.
Paul Egan produced the South African feature Tess in 2015. Prior to that, he produced the much-talked about 1994: The Bloody Miracle, about the lead-up to South Africa’s first democratic elections – screened extensively by eNCA, eTV, and the Dutch national broadcaster VPRO. Paul’s short film Orbis was selected for Hot Docs 2015 and his multiple award-winning documentary Forerunners (dir. Simon Wood), an examination of South Africa’s new black middle class, was broadcast by Al Jazeera. He holds an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch.
Bert Haitsma
Bert HaitsmaDirector-Cinematographer
Bert, the cinematographer on Tess and co-director and cinematographer on 1994: The Bloody Miracle, is a Dutch Director of Photography currently based in Botswana. He has been working as a DOP for many years, filming documentaries, feature films and drama series. His work has been nominated for various awards and recently he won Best Cinematography for Tess. He is a member of the Netherlands Society of Cinematography.
Kim Williams spent ten years at DO Productions as head of Business & Legal Affairs, developing a particular expertise in financial structuring and co-productions and gaining a good deal of experience dealing with local and international funding institutions and sales agents. In 2015, he produced his first feature, Tess, funded by the National Film & Video Foundation, MNet, and the DTI. He is a director of the not-for-profit training institution F.I.L.M. and holds an LLB and MBA from the University of Cape Town.
Born in Cape Town, Mustapha attended the University of Cape Town where he studied a BA in Drama and Film and did his Honours in screenwriting. To date he has written more than 200 scripts for animated children’s TV shows, international e-learning programs and TV drama series. He has a passion for telling stories and bringing vibrant characters to life. In 2017, he produced his first feature documentary, The Activation Camp, which follows 8 students as they embark on an experimental course aimed at empowering young adults.
STANFORD GIBSONProducer, Director and Writer
Stanford has had ten years experience as an IT Auditor and Forensic Analyst before immersing himself into cinema. Trained at Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking, for the last six years he has focussed on documentaries, short films and Virtual Reality pieces such as Soweto Times of Wrath, One Humanity One Justice (Feature length documentaries), The Other Dakar and Nairobi Berries (Virtual Reality), and Beauty Beyond Colour (Documentary short). He has worked at Fireworx Media and Electric South before joining Boondogle Films.