One man's fight against every man's temptation
WRITER, DIRECTOR, EDITOR
Donovan has worked in the film industry since 1992, writing and directing feature films, drama, television and commercials
He has just completed iNumber Number (writer, director, editor), a stylish gangster film created for the winner of a TV show Donovan created called Class Act - a nationwide search for new acting talent. Class Act Season I, was broadcast in 2010 and Class Act Season II was completed in 2011. iNumber Number had its premiere at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.
At the end of 2012 he filmed Spud II, The Madness Continues (written & directed) staring John Cleese.
In 2010 he wrote and directed Spud, staring John Cleese, a feature film adaptation of South Africa’s best selling novel. The film was a box office hit in South Africa and was nominated for six South African Film awards including Best Film
In 2005 Donovan completed his first full length feature film, Dollars and White Pipes (Wrote, Directed and Edited), produced by Anant Singh which had its world debut at the Montreal Film Festival and won Best Director, First Feature at the 2006 Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles and Best Director and Best Screenwriter at the 2006 South African Film Awards where it received 6 other nominations
He directs commercials, most recently a campaign for First National Bank and a Brand Activation series of ten 3 minute commercial/dramas, which he also wrote, called Crossroads, which won a Silver Loerie at the 2007 Loerie Awards. Crossroads II, 2008, was nominated for 5 Safta Awards, including Best Drama and Crossroads III, 2009, won a Silver Apex award. Other commercial clients include Edgars, Standard Bank, Nashua Mobile and John Hopkins University
In 2008 he conceptualized, wrote and directed Seduction 101 – 52 three minute comedies for cellphones and GO Channel, M-Net. It was nominated for Best Mobile Communication at MIPCOM 2008 in France. It received three nominations for the 2010 Saftas, including Best Comedy, Best Ensemble Cast and Best Director
Donovan also directs television drama, most notably episodes for the award winning series Hard Copy and Tsha Tsha, as well as the television film The Good Fight, all for Quizzical Pictures.
In 2002 his short film Dead End (wrote, directed, edited), was produced by Anant Singh and won Best Short Film at the Durban International Film Festival and was selected for the Mind Ignite short film series in Australia. Also in 2002, Donovan won Best Music Video Director at the South African Music Awards for his music video, Ghetto Scandalous for Zola.
From 1992-2002 he directed live multicamera shows including local versions of Gladiators and Who Wants to be a Millionaire. In partnership with other producers he directed and produced Gladiators locally and in Nigeria. He produced and directed the SABC motivational show Invent Your Self and directed many live shows, pageants, corporates and commercials
Donovan received a Honours degree in Drama from the University of the Witwatersrand winning the class medal for media studies and the Edgar Bold Award for Best Film Student.
Harriet Gavshon is one of South Africa’s most experienced television producers, but iNumber Number is her first feature film
She was born and brought up in Pretoria and received a BA Dramatic Arts (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand and a MA degree in Cinema Studies from New York University
She taught at UNISA and the University of the Witwatersrand before leaving to become one of the founders of Free Film Makers – a film co-operative made up of directors and actors. She then went on, together with a number of friends to start Weekly Mail Television which became Mail and Guardian Television, Curious Pictures and now Quizzical Pictures, which she heads
Quizzical Pictures is one of South Africa’s most innovative film and television production companies, responsible for some of South Africa’s most admired work. Noted projects she has produced includes Ordinary People, Tobias’s Bodies, A Country Imagined, Hard Copy, The Lab, Soul City, Tsha Tsha, Heartlines, Hopeville, Intersexions, 4Play, Masterchef South Africa and Rhythm City.
Her work has been shown all around the world and has won numerous awards including most recently a Peabody Award for Intersexions, a Rose D’Or Award in Lucerne Switzerland for Best Drama series for Hopeville, Best Television Film at Fespaco for Hopeville, and the Africomnet best Mass media Campaign 2012 for Intersexions.
Harriet Gavshon has also received a Woman of Courage and Vision Crystal Award from Women in Film and a special award in 2010 from the Minister of Arts and Culture as one of South Africa’s premier women artists.
JP’s career in Television started in 1999, with experience in Public Relations, Sales and Marketing he moved up the production ladder quickly and by 2001 he was both Production Manager and Floor Manager on a variety of music, magazine and live television shows
After a hiatus in London, he returned to South Africa in 2003 and worked as a producer for music television shows and television commercials and gained experience in the (almost dying) art of shooting on 35mm film.
The commercial work quickly dominated his career and he joined Quizzical Pictures (then called Curious Pictures) in September 2007 as a freelance producer. The company soon recognized his contributions and offered him a permanent position as Head of the Commercials division. At Quizzical Pictures, JP expanded to produce a variety of genres for major brands and broadcasters including; Apex and Loeries Award winning mini-drama series campaign for Castle Lite, reality series for Amstel’s Class Act and Shoprite’s Perfect Sishebo, TV game show for Sunlight Liquid, commercials for Peroni, Pin Pop, Brothers for Life and Amstel in addition to documentaries and corporate videos. iNumber Number is the first Feature Film which he produced
JP has always been dedicated to both the company and the projects which he manages. He is approachable and friendly, valued by clients and respected by his colleagues and peers. JP is a creative producer and problem solver, who does detailed planning and manages budgets with flair. These important project management skills have served him admirably and are of great value to any project which he lends his support to.
Mariki van der Walt
Mariki van der Walt’s career in film and television started more than 20 years ago after she obtained an honours degree (cum laude) in dramatic art. She cut her production teeth as insert and studio director at Africa Growth Network. Since then she has worked all over South Africa and gained experience in almost every genre of South African television production before finding her niche as producer with Quizzical Pictures, one of South Africa’s most innovative and exciting production houses.
Mariki has produced various drama series, documentaries, branded content and reality shows for Quizzical Pictures, most notably the multi award winning Heartlines drama series of 8 films made for television and the mini series Hopeville (Rose d’ Or award recipient and International Emmy nominee). She also produced 4 Play: Sex Tips for Girls and two seasons of Intersexions (Peabody award recipient). Mariki was also series producer of the first series of MasterChef South Africa.
Currently head of productions at Quizzical Pictures, Mariki was executive producer on projects such as the documentary series A Country Imagined, daily soap Rhythm City. In 2010 Mariki produced her first feature film “Inside Story” for Discovery Channel, followed by “iNumber Number” and “Nothing for Mahala” in 2013.
Director of Photography
After thirteen years in the industry, Tom Marais, Director of Photography, still maintains a steady relationship with his first love: visual story telling. His latest mistress being his 11th box office release feature film, Stuur Groete Aan Mannetjies Roux.
Tom is an indie filmmaker at heart. He was part of the revolutionary team that made Bakgat! and Bakgat! 2, which kick started commercially viable South African films again and he hasn’t stopped ever since. He also recently received an award for best Cinematography for the Afrikaans Boer War movie “Traitors” at the “Silwerakerm Fees” in Cape Town.
Although Tom prefers the feature film format, his work also includes numerous award winning television dramas and he also enjoys shooting commercials and music videos.
Tom loves a challenge and enjoys the process of collaborating with creative individuals on each and every project. He prides himself at being flexible and part of this creative process is finding the right look and feel for each narrative, working closely with the director every step of the way.
Chantel Carter is one of South Africa's up and coming young designers. Her design career started off by designing the beautiful, highly textured sets for Avie Luthra's 2005 award-winning short-subject film version of LUCKY
With 16 years’ experience in the Art Department and an Honours in Fine Arts, Chantel 's hands on approach to design is dedicated to a deep responsibility to the honesty and texture in all the layers involved in film making. As a purist, the visual language of each script and director’s brief, is of utmost importance. The challenge of marrying each element of the process to a cohesive visual narrative, gives each design process a life of its own. Chantel’s approach is not formulated and therefore she strives for an authentic look for each film.
Chantel draws inspiration from having worked with some extremely talented designers, Directors and DOP's. To mention a few: Donal Woods on TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (2005) as well as DIAMONDS (2008), Anthony Dod Mantle on MY BLACK LITTLE HEART (2006), Maria Djurkovic on MAN TO MAN(2005), Lance Gewer on OTELO BURNING (2010), Donovan Marsh INUMBER NUMBER (2012), Kristian Levring on THE SALVATION (2013) and many more.