This post apocalyptic themed cinematic series is directed by Desmond Denton, while the costume design and conceptualisation is headed by 2013 FEDISA graduate, Sabrina Helene Linder (SHL). During the 9-233k production phase of costumes at FEDISA, students worked closely with the Spelonk team and exposed to various workshops ranging from fabric aging to stage weaponry. Second year students was responsible for dressing and styling various characters from the mini-series and film and was presented at the Fashion Flash this winter.
Director Desmond Denton, writer and director of Spelonk chosen for international film mart, to represent Spelonk
Proud to be one of the 20 filmmakers across Africa chosen for the Durban Talents- an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival
20 filmmakers from eight countries across the continent, including South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Egypt and Madagascar, will be in attendance.
Presented under the theme Degrees of Separation: Connecting People and Story, Talents Durban aims to boost the already rising flow of contemporary filmmaking in Africa, and to encourage filmmakers on the continent to share their stories through the lens of their own own particular culture. Participants will interact with over 600 delegates from DIFF and Durban FilmMart, the co-production and finance forum which takes place from 17-20 June during the festival. The talents will also get to be part of several project-oriented, hands-on skills development programmes. Practical development programmes within Talents Durban include Story Junction, masterclasses, and one-on-one mentorships.
Story Junction is a platform showcasing projects linked to the festival. Participants will present their project at Story Junction to peers and industry delegates. Delegates will be able to request meetings with projects that they wish to engage with further.
Like last year, Talents Durban participants will have access to all industry master classes, panel discussions and festival functions. In addition, the Talents will be invited to all festival functions as well as events of the Durban FilmMart.
Each of the Talents Durban participants will receive a mentor for an intensive programme of one-on-one consultation and project and strategy development workshops for the entire group. The mentors selected are experts in their respective fields (e.g. documentary, fiction, drama series, web, mobile content, TV) that suit the needs of the participant and their projects.
Talents Durban is supported by the Goethe Institut SA, the German Embassy in South Africa and the Gauteng Film Commission.
We are excited to have been working with Ricardo Marnewick from Dolly produxion in designing concept art for spelonk
A word from Ricardo
I have studied 2D animation but it wasn't my strong point though because I discovered that I'm more into graphic designing especially image retouching which is one of my stronger abilities. I'm very excited to work on this project just for the fact that I'll get a chance to combine two of my passion, designing and film.
I see the world of Spelonk as something exciting and also something new for Cape Town, South Africa. Spelonk can be huge amongst the sci fi fundis in the mother city especially myself as I am a big sci fi fan cause I admire the cgi being used in sci fi films. I watch sci fi films mostly for the cgi. To be able to be part of Spelonk is such a bonus.
We are truly honoured to have some of the best local companies involved with the film. Since the start of our conversation with Chris from Jensen, we were warmly welcomed. It is truly a pleasure to have them involved with the film. See below for a word from them and be sure to visit them.
All of us at Jensen Belts are extremely excited to be involved with the Spelonk film. Being a local manufacturer of quality leather products we love to celebrate anything and everything local. The film is a great showcase of local talent and artists and is also an employment creating enterprise, which we fully support. We cannot wait for the film and congratulate the team working on Spelonk for all their hard work and dedication.
Spelonk is a fast paced post apocalyptic film, produced by award winning filmmakers. The film has already secured international release and have a wide reach through multi platform based marketing approach (from the making to release).
We are currently busy producing a series of commercials, music videos and other film shoots to fund Spelonk.
By contributing to the film (whether you are getting involved as a sponsor, crew, marketing or buying one of the limited edition Spelonk merchandise) you will be helping us to share an important point in today's turbulent world under the packaging of a science fiction film. Your contributions will be used to create props, hire actors, secure locations, acquire wardrobes and satisfy many other production needs. In short assist us to make the film even better.
a great marketing opportunity for your company to have your product and brand filmed by award winning creative team of Spelonk
Our film ripples across media (print, online, on screen, expo etc) and has a huge market reach on multiple platforms
Companies' products will be showcased and with this we aim to grow international appeal for South African products.
We are creating an appealing, interesting way to draw people in through story and expose them to products (from the making of/ behind scenes/ in the film showcase/ premiere as well as producing a commercial for your own use at shows, television or related
Writing of spelonk have been inspired by many elements for myself (Desmond Denton). From a big love for history, folklore, creating South African films that can bridge our borders.... all these elements and yet one key component has been driving it all along.
In all honesty I will admit that a large part of writing Spelonk came from having my first daughter, Katelyn. It has been an incredible journey this far and I feel like I am learning so much about myself, the world world and finding big truths with her in the middle of ordinary moments. I have been fortunate to travel with her to countries such as USA and, Istanbul and first hand experience how the world came alive to her. As I am a writer, director and storyteller, I ask myself what story do I tell little Katelyn about the world she grows up in. What hope do I grow in her heart?
In a way Spelonk has become my personal question- of what world little Katelyn will grow up in, what world we leave behind in a way. It is a journey of hope and yet sometimes fear.
Dealing within a context of South Africa where there is a strong dual view - Firstly looking at the country with what it has accomplished, the rainbow nation, filled with potential, talent, creativity, with hope. A place where people have found ways to get together beyond our differences, to build a new nation. I grew up seeing the miracle, the change of Apartheid to the rainbow nation and stood up together as we triumphed over many obstacles. I am personally very proud of so many things we can boast with as a country.
Yet in the same breath one can't ignore the current reality which often overshadows this hope. While many emigrate away from South Africa whether due to economical of safety reasons- I believe we should look at both sides of the coin. In this country of hope, I often find myself in thought regarding what we can do to change the situation. We find high levels of corruption, murder rates unseen in any other country, babies being raped by various men and left for dead, hate speech flaring up all over and people divided... The rainbow nation becomes a chess board of black and white, and the magic of the rainbow nation seems to fade. All this happens while top level politicians often merely laugh when addressed about matters of importance.
Clearly, humans are a force of nature, but unlike any other natural disaster, we are not only the cause of so much destruction, we participate in it (whether directly involved, or passively watching). The film in itself is an act of awareness, of our impact on nature, each other and bringing about the question of what future are we shaping, or passively watching as it is shaped by others. The film brings about the best of an post apocalyptic action film with a tale of caution to society, a testament to people who care about future generations.
Spelonk allows us to research, investigate the unique setting of South Africa and Cape town, yet with very real concerns.
"Our apocalypse is not caused by the "what if’s, its caused by the "what if we don't’s "
We are very excited to be confirming the intern team of 2016 that will be part of Spelonk. Below one of the interns
Read below for more about Jonathan Maree.
Through his love for film, Jonathan has worked tirelessly in the industry, as an extra/featured and cast trying to carve a name for himself while working in the medical field. His dedication and loyalty has inspired and left such an impression that he was quickly recommended by casting producers and agents alike featuring in commercials locally and abroad.
Jonathan decided to quit his job to concentrate on pursuing his passion. As his passion grew, his inquiring mind wanted to experience the scenes behind camera because it intrigued him to the extent that he it his mission to get into the industry fulltime.
A change given to him by Desmond Denton of Imagenheart films in the capacity of intern, learning all aspects of filmmaking.
Imagenheart has an exceptionally good name as an international award winning Film Company.
Just like they do, I also want to live my dream. Imagenheart can open a whole new world of adventure for me through my internship, as I feel I can, through them live my dream and give wings to my imagination and take me to greater heights. Imagenheart is putting butterflies in my belly once again and I know I can soar with the guidance of their professional team led by Desmond Denton.
What fascinates me the most about the Spelonk movie is the message its carries about globalization and the waste and depletion of our natural resources. Spelonk movie needs to be watched by everyone because we all the responsibility to learn and rediscover ourselves and change our way thinking where our planet is concerned.
Alicia Smit is the latest "spelonker" to join the Imagenheart team to bring this film to life
Alicia have a background in design and marketing. Read more about her involvement with project
I like working with interesting people I can learn from and help me be more creative. It is a very stimulating environment. Imagenheart is also a very good film company with very good productions. I also have a interest in film production and would love to learn more about it.
world of Spelonk:
A lone bounty hunter seeking what was in the ashes of Cape Town trying to make sense of what had happen. Uncertainty and sadness rules as he tries to unravel the mystery and restore his beautiful city. I am excited to work on spelonk because it is a unique South African movie, and plays of in Cape Town witch is very familiar scenery to me.
How beautiful is the Afrikaans word; SPELONK. The English translation being, a cave or a grotto. Or the Afrikaans word; SPELONKagtig, that translates to, cavernous. And my personal favourite, as it resonates with my being; SPELONK bewoner, meaning cave dweller or Troglodyte. This last word, Troglodyte which in Afrikaans is; hermiet, kluisenaar and troglodiet. So, SPELONK, the title of the new film currently in development by the hugely talented and creative force, Desmond Denton who has amassed an impressive portfolio in his young life. Desmond is definitely the one to watch. His relentless pursuit of creating world class entertainment is admirable, to say the least. His passion for good story telling is like a breath of fresh air in the somewhat jaded local creative landscape. The world he creates in SPELONK is a futuristic but all too realistic view of the future of the world if it continues on the runaway path it’s currently on. It’s the story about survivors in a post-apocalyptic environment. A world where excitement and danger is de rigour. A world we will recognise but hope to never live in. Our world. And yes, there are trogs, loners, weirdoes, fearless women and men, who have to face their own and sometimes all too real demons. And they will do whatever it takes in order to survive. This is an ambitious attempt by the writer/director of SPELONK, Desmond Denton, to awaken South African audiences and to shake them out of their weary, ‘maar net nog n Afrikaans fliek’, slumber. Exciting, fast paced, sexy, intelligent. A peak at our not so impossible future. It’s like nothing we have ever seen from a local film maker. And ambitious because it is an entirely created world where nothing is as it was before. Where people will fight to the death for a piece of the last and very limited natural resources. A world that’s become harsh and unfriendly. Where people kill out of necessity, and form alien and unsavoury alliances for survival. And SPELONK is also a world where fearless women and men with untamed hearts roam the barren landscape searching for meaning and passion. Searching for a foothold in a world that’s not for the weak and fearful. This film is going to take your breath away and take you on the ride of your life. A Film that’s going to make you think about yourself and the world we live in in a whole new way. The future is near. SPELONK will bring it to your life. Remember this word; SPELONK.
ABOUT ZOLIE MARKEY
To write a short bio of oneself. To refer to one’s self in the third person. To stay unbiased. To prevent sounding too blasé on the one hand and to not wax lyrical on the other. Funny how hard it is for me to talk about myself. To tell who I really am yet stay in the context of the intended reader. The words that serve as a sales pitch for you. One could be glib; I am more than the sum of my parts. Mythological; I am that which is. Whimsical; I am just a girl standing in front of you wanting to be loved. Clever; has hidden depth within the vortex of my sole. Or honest; I am brave or practical; I am a writer, director, actress, mother and widow. Do these different versions of the practical me way up in equal measurements? That would take a visit to a shrink. So let me simplify things and let’s just talk about my passion. That which makes me come alive. That thing that makes me tingle all over like the first date with your brand new, very handsome, sexy and vigorous lover to be. I can remember that. That thing is…. Drumroll please… Making movies! Creating and bringing to life stories for other people to watch and judge me by. A place than can be as scary as it is exciting. A place I feel alive in. I don’t expect you to understand the depth of my love and passion for movies. Let me try and explain. Creating a story can feel, at times, easy for me. The audience’s expectations, what’s going on the world, what is currently fashionable in Hollywood and at home, what’s in the heart of disenfranchised South Africans and people all over the world and what can do to spread ones creative tentacles to reach the hearts and minds of audiences across borders, well that’s a little more daunting. So where did this thing, this passion, this that makes me tingle, that thing, where did it come from? I suppose it started when as a 5 year old, going on 40, child my grandma would drop me every Saturday morning without fail, in front of the Roxy, the only cinema in Uitenhage. For her it meant a couple of hours‘ reprieve from a busy little girl and for me it meant the world of wonders. I felt very independent, grown up. So much so that I stole a pair of my mother’s pantyhose and would slide them in the ladies toilet the minute I had bought my ticket. I could have fitted my entire body into those pantyhose. The other kids would stare and snigger at the bunched up pantyhose feet sticking out of my little open toed sandals but I was unfazed by their mirth. And then there was/is fate. When I turned 9, and had long grown out of my pantyhose fetish (for good I might add)) I joined my mom and her brand new husband in Natal. His house was being renovated to make place for his new instant family and we stayed in the Berea Lido Hotel for what felt to me like forever. It was here that I one day sauntered past the dance hall of the Hotel and first heard and then saw a taping of the radio show, Pick a Box. I stood there staring with wide eyes. Years later I would be in a Disney movie with Peter Lotus and after that I was one of the leads in a Television series called Winchester with Maureen O Dair and Roger Service who played my mom and dad in the show. These were the 3 people I saw that day at the Berea Lido Hotel when I was nine, and remarkably they remembered me. Or, it could have been the time when as a high school teenager I saw the play ‘Die van Aardes van Grootoor, written by and starring Pieter Dirk Uys and Magda Beukes. It was the very paly I starred and was directed by Pieter Dirk Uys a few years later. This then is where it began. This is my world. The place I breathe easy. The place that terrifies and elates me in equal measures. The only thing that has never left me. The thing that I think loves me back. The world of entertainment. Movies. To write them, to create them, to direct them, to produce them. I can’t imagine doing anything else.