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Dreamlands Film & Media was formed in 2016 in Durban, South Africa where they made their debut feature film, Rare Blood, a thriller set and filmed in the KZN Midlands in South Africa. The company has two divisions, Cinema headed by Brett Halliday, and publication and design headed by Gillian O'Donoghue.


Writer director Brett Halliday, a graduate of the New York Film Academy, as a writer, has a unique eye for storytelling weaving intricate story threads whilst retaining a powerful emotional journey for the characters he creates. As a director he creates a symphony of images and sound that moves the story forward in a gripping manner. 

Brett works with a tight knit team of creatives that, with a kind of telepathic shorthand, conceptualise the creative vision that subliminally generates a myriad of emotions in the viewer, and moves the story forward in a compelling manner. These creatives include his partner in Dreamlands Gillian O’Donoghue in production design, Devin Carter cinematography, Daniel Mitchell editor, and other talented creatives, allowing Dreamlands to deliver a commercial product with an outstanding production value.


Rare Blood was a chance for Dreamlands Creative Producer and Production Designer Gillian O'Donoghue and Barry Downard (photography, lighting and props design) to shine creatively. Being a psychological thriller, it presented many instances of choice and creativity to portray the layered psychological themes and nuances within the narrative.

Gillian has an extensive 35 year background in Advertising, Design and Publishing. Her numerous achievements include establishing one of South Africa’s leading Advertising agencies ODA, publishing and producing SA’s first environmental magazine Biosphere. Gillian is the senior designer and a copywriter for Lonehill publications which include ‘The Gardener’, Grow to Eat, and ‘Die Tuiner.’  Gillian covers the South African press for the RHS shows and recently wrote the series of articles, ‘Heroines of Horticulture. 


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. Gillian is able to spot and nurture emerging talent, and has assembled a highly talented team of creatives. 



Dreamlands will accept commissions for: Graphic Design, Script writing, Script consultancy, Copywriting, Film Production, Logo Design, Production Design, Pitch Decks, & Proposals, etc





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“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

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