Dreamlands Film & Media was formed in 2016 in Durban, South Africa and has recently established its headquarters in Cheshire in the United Kingdom. The owners, Brett Halliday and Gillian O'Donoghue recently established the UK office but Gillian also heads up production in our South African office in Kwazulu-Natal.
Gillian comes from an advertising background with skills in both copy writing and design, and Brett is a talented script writer who graduated at NYFA (Los Angeles) in 2002 where he studied film direction, writing and editing. Gillian and Brett pooled their resources and co-wrote Rare Blood, a thriller set in the KZN Midlands in South Africa.
Rare Blood was a chance for Gillian and Barry Downard (photography, lighting and props design) to shine creatively on production design, costume design and lighting. Being a psychological thriller, it presented many instances of choice and creativity to portray the layered psychological themes within the narrative.
Devin Carter, our trusted cinematographer, forms the backbone of our team. With Dev's skills and experience, we are assured of meeting our target in terms of quality filming. Dev films all over the world and has a strong portfolio in film and TV.
Wendy Moulton is a valued member of our production team with a longstanding career in Publishing and Advertising. Wendy has managed TV shows and is the chief co-ordinator of South Africa's largest annual Garden Show. She is highly organised and manages the budget and scheduling. Wendy will be in charge of administration and finances for the South African drama, The Man in the Mirror.
Working with a cohesive team of talented players, the aim of Dreamlands is to make well-crafted films as well as television series with content that is both entertaining and meaningful.
Dreamlands is in development with three feature films one in the Republic of Ireland, another in England, and a Zulu drama set in South Africa. Also in the pipeline is an exciting repeatable TV series Morphic Twist to be filmed in UK.
The media arm of the business incorporates publishing and advertising to niche markets. With over thirty years in both sectors, our team ensures maximum reach for our client's brands.
“Unlike all the other art forms, film is able to seize and render the passage of time, to stop it, almost to possess it in infinity. I’d say that film is the sculpting of time.”
– Andrei Tarkovsky