Patriot

We’ve been around for a while. We’ve got some nice work on our reel and we’ll help you make something really nice too. And it’ll be a nice experience. Nice.

Cape Town

Director: Anton Visser / Aadil Dhalech
Executive Producer: Zayd Halim

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Anton Visser | Director

Anton was an award-winning copywriter before he moved behind the camera in 2004. His impeccable timing and top-notch performance chops have made him a sought-after comedy director since then, while his eye for cast and knack for situational humour mean the worlds of his commercials are always fantastic places to visit.

Zayd Halim | Producer

A seasoned producer, Zayd has 16 years of production experience under his belt. He joined Velocity Films in 2005 and quickly climbed the ranks under the tutelage of mentors like Karen Kloppers, Carmen Amos and Peter Carr. He partnered with Anton in 2011 and has overseen a multitude of campaigns, content and award-winning spots since then. His production smarts, work ethic and can-do attitude make him a favourite with both agencies and clients.

PATRIOT

Executive Producer
Zayd Halim
083 353 9818
zayd@patriotfilms.tv

Awarded by IDIDTHAT

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
Patriot | Aadil Dhalech
Volkswagen ‘Cupcake Boss’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Claudi Potter, CD at Joe Public United
June 2019

Judges Comment: “I love the performances of the boss and her granny, and dad’s little shrug. A well-contained story, with just the right amount of sass.”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
Patriot | Aadil Dhalech
Kia ‘Sloth’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: John Davenport, CCO at Havas South Africa
March 2019

Judges Comment: “I have to honest here: I’m a sucker for a spot with a bit of physical comedy where a person in a supermarket knocks things over. This piece is just funny. And although lots of people TRY to be funny, few of them are. Well done Aadil. Not everyone can direct comedy, but you’ve done a great job here. SA has a shortage of directors who can do comedy, and you’re one of them. Keep up the great work.”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
Patriot | Anton Visser
MTN ‘The Sweater’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Suhana Gordhan, Creative Director at FCB Joburg
November 2018

Judges Comment: “It’s great to laugh out loud at an ad. It’s a hard reaction to achieve but this one does it brilliantly. It fully embraces the unreal and that lack of compromise is what makes the humour awesome. If Jordan Peele saw his meme coming to life, he’d be proud.”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
Patriot | Anton Visser
Hansa ‘Escape’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Xolisa Dyeshana, Chief Creative Officer and Partner at Joe Public
October 2018

Judges Comment: “It seems this was the month of lighthearted work and Hansa really showed up with this piece. For a brand we haven’t seen in a while, I thoroughly enjoyed this and it made me appreciate and understand the new direction that Hansa is going in.”

AWARDED: BEST IN CRAFT (DIRECTION)
Patriot | Aadil Dhalech
WAIF ‘Repertoire’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Nicola Wielopolski, Creative Director at DDB South Africa
May 2018

Judges Comment: “An Art Nouveau commercial, with a beautiful and clever treatment. We’re bombarded with so much that it takes a lot to hold the viewers’ attention and not skip a commercial. This piece succeeds, and it’s partly because it doesn’t feel like an ad. You can see the love that went into it, proof that you don’t need big budgets to make great work, you need passion. I’m off to buy some earrings and start smoking.

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
Patriot | Anton Visser
Telkom ‘Fridge’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Brendan Hoffmann, Group Creative Director at Publicis Machine
June 2017

Judges Comment: “It seems like it’s been a while since I watched a funny SA ad. And this one is a goodie. The casting is great, the funny moments land, there’s a perfect amount of weirdness and the tie up at the end is rather smart. I enjoyed watching this and I’m sure the rest of the country will too.

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
Patriot | Anton Visser
SPCA ‘Get This’ Campaign
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Tim Beckerling, Creative Director at Network BBDO
April 2017

Judges Comment: “This campaign shows you can choose your best friend but not your family. The performances of the leads are dry, funny and real and the contrast between them and the characters that are introduced to the scenes to land the idea are nicely timed. Some good old comedy to support a cause that’s close to my heart. Cheers dudes, nicely done.

Featured Work

iDidTht Editorial

The brains behind ‘Basement’ sit down to talk inspiration, the process, and shooting on film

March 6th, 2020|Comments Off on The brains behind ‘Basement’ sit down to talk inspiration, the process, and shooting on film

Patriot Films Director, Aadil Dhalech, sits down with DP Fabian Vettiger and Ex Olympic musician and sound engineer Nic van Reenen to discuss what went into their latest short film entitled ‘Basement’. The trio of creators touch on the challenges and excitement of shooting on 35mm, their creative processes and explore the film’s dark themes.

Aadil Dhalech from Patriot Films gets real about how his journey as a mixed-raced misfit has shaped him as a Director.

April 4th, 2019|Comments Off on Aadil Dhalech from Patriot Films gets real about how his journey as a mixed-raced misfit has shaped him as a Director.

Born to a Thai mother and an Indian father, Director Aadil Dhalech from Patriot Films, shares his beautiful personal story of finding his voice as a performance Director. For anyone who has ever gotten lost in those quiet ‘in-between’ spaces.