With a solid reputation for spotting young directing talent, Darling Film's Executive Producers (and Loeries Hall of Famers!) Lorraine Smit and Melina McDonald announced that they have found the newest Darling Director to join the roster. Judging from the work that Thea Small has shot, we can see why she now goes by the name Darling.
In the last three years alone Director Jeana Theron from Darling Films has been awarded a Gold Cannes Lion and two Loeries Grands Prix. We know right, where are the headlines?! Jeana’s quiet demeanour has perhaps masked her razor-sharp edge and ability to make even the most gruesome storytelling beautiful. In our opinion, this proven versatile contemporary filmmaker has been flying way too low under the radar. So, you probably haven’t thought of Jeana like this, but you really should…
Director Gale Maimane’s great eye and raw approach to storytelling have seen her leap from researcher to director. This shouldn't come as a surprise as she’s already been in demand as a director for quite some time and has a substantial reel to prove it. We go behind her WhatsApp Memoji to find out how this rising star is making her unique voice heard.
We met up with Director Kit to talk about becoming a darling at Darling Films, representation (or lack thereof) of women in the industry, her badass background as a child TV star and why she’s had to say goodbye to her real name, Keitumetse Qhali.
‘It’s Friday night, let’s hit the ballet’ - said no one under the age of 50 ever! Until now. We talk to Darling Films about winning big at Cannes Lions and creating Five! … Six! … Seven! … Eight #BreakingBallet videos. 😜
When Darling Films invited us into their home to meet the family we weren’t ready. Eight multi-talented directors, all equally eccentric, wonderfully weird and extraordinarily skilled in their own way. With one thing in common of course, they’re all absolutely Darling!