Tim Greene is the guy who made a crowd-sourced film long before crowd-sourcing was even a word, raising R1000 from 1000 people back in 2004 to finance his first feature film, Boy Called Twist.
The story of a Cape Town streetkid, based on Dickens' classic Oliver Twist, the film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005 and has screened at more than 40 festivals around the world (see last page for critical comments).
Twist was released in South African theatres before going on to successful life on DVD and television, and has catapulted himonto the international film scene as a rising star to be watched.
SKEEM is his much anticipated follow up film, and has already secured theatrical release in the UK and distribution in the USA.
As one of South Africa's top drama directors, and winner of the SAFTA Golden Horn for Best Director: TV Drama in 2006, he is known to a wide range of South African audiences for his often ground-breaking work on TV series like Hard Copy, Tsha Tsha, The LAB, and the cop dramaseries, Zero Tolerance.
Audiences will recognise Tim as the on-screen director for hit TV show Class Act: South Africa's Toughest Film Audition.
Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat heads up Light & Dark Films. In 2007 he financed and produced the film of the best selling novel Confessions Of A Gambler that premiered in competition at the Dubai Film Festival, and played in official selection at the Miami and Dublin film festivals.
In 2008 Zaheer produced a new concept TV show for TV Norge and NBC along with MONSTER TV. The show was the highest rated show ever in Scandinavia and Zaheer produced season 2 in 2008/9.
In 2009, he produced a film adaptation of Athol Fugard's seminal work "MASTER HAROLD ...and the boys" starring Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, Mission Impossible) and Freddie Highmore (August Rush, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland).
Also in 2009, Zaheer produced two international award winning short films on climate change. 2011 see's the completion of Skeem and three new films going in to production, as well as two new TV series.
Zaheer is a member of The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and regularly participates as a finals juror for the Emmy awards and the BANFF International television festival. He is also a long standing board member of the Independent Producer's Organization and a former board member of the Cape Film Commission.