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Television

Blood Lily

Historical Drama/Action

A journey of childhood friends – a privileged white boy and a young black farmhand – through the violent civil war of 1970’s Rhodesia to the tragedy of life in today’s Zimbabwe. Their strength and loyalty are put to the test on the battlefield and in their relationship in this epic tale of friendship, war, and treachery.


Potential television spinoff also in development.

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At the Gates of Thunder

Historical Drama/Adventure

In the mid-1850s, hoping to spread commerce and Christianity to put an end to the slave trade, world-renown doctor David Livingstone convinced the British government to back his journey into the interior of Southern Africa down the Zambezi River. This is the epic true story of that ambitious and grueling expedition which tested him and his companions to the point of death.

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City of Hope

Television Series

After tragically losing his sister in a gang-related shooting, an impassioned white cop leaves the force to accept the unlikely pastorate of an inner-city black Baptist church, hoping he can intervene earlier in the lives of would-be delinquents than he could as an officer. Defying convention at every step, the untrained and ardent young pastor faces opposition to his unorthodox outreach methods from traditional church leaders, institutional law enforcement, and violent criminal networks, while he struggles against community racial tension and congregational distrust. In this gripping human drama, unflinching in its honesty, watch as a city comes back from the brink, one soul at a time.

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Manzovo - Place of the Elephants

Historical Drama

Set in Zimbabwe and South Africa, Manzovo - Place of the Elephants depicts one man’s ambitious quest to raise awareness of the plight of the African Elephant through his poetry. Gary Albyn’s abiding love for the bush and concern for the profligate destruction of Africa’s natural heritage motivates him to set off on an expedition to seek out the folklore and facts surrounding these great creatures. His epic odyssey across Southern Africa embraces the diverse cultures, natural wonders and outstanding landmarks that give character to this region.

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Universal Healthscare

Documentary

America’s health care system is suffering an alarmingly silent yet growing epidemic of patients falling victim to substandard care. A lack of performance accountability has led to increasing numbers of misdiagnosed and mistreated conditions leading to persistent patient sickness, development of unrelated illnesses, and even death. What has led to this trend, can it be reversed, and what steps can be taken to safeguard the public’s health going forward?

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Izwi Lami

Historical Drama/Adventure

The destinies of two young warriors, a Zulu boy and a mighty leopard, are intertwined in this sweeping South African drama. Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 19th century, the story races toward its titanic showdown - the epic defeat of Britain’s imperial forces at the hands of Cetshwayo’s Zulu impi. On the day of that historic battle, under the eerie gloom of a solar eclipse, Kosan and Sitha the leopard are fated to meet in a defining moment.

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ABOUT US


With over 75 years combined production experience the Definitive Films team joined forces in 2015, leveraging their extensive and diversified backgrounds to become a powerhouse production company. With international credits and experience in a complete range of disciplines the team can skillfully guide projects through the entire production process.

Meet our team

As every filmmaker knows, great films begin with great stories. And great stories begin with great ideas. That’s why Definitive Films is in the idea business. We encourage a free-flow of imagination throughout the conception phase and operate an “idea farm” of sorts, taking seeds of potential and cultivating them until they are ready to enter the world of project development.

During the development phase the story is fleshed out, as is the production team. Through this process, care is taken to ensure the integrity of the initial creative spark. Emphasis is placed on building upon the original inspiration and allowing the story to progress organically and dynamically. On the administrative side, wheels are set into motion to secure the resources and team members necessary to bring the project through the production process.

Here’s where the rubber meets the road. All cylinders are firing and the initial concept becomes a reality. During every step of the pre-production through post-production process, a small army of talented individuals work together to serve the story and bring it to life. In fact, the “magic” of filmmaking is truly not in any trickery or illusion, but in the spirit of human ingenuity and imagination which is on display when great people work together to tell great stories.

 
“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.”

Orson Welles

Director: Citizen Kane, Othello, Touch of Evil

“We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.”

Walt Disney

Producer: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan

“Filmmaking is all about appreciating the talents of the people you surround yourself with and knowing you could never have made any of these films by yourself.”

Steven Spielberg

Director: Schindler's List, Raders of the Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan

“If two men on a job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, then both are useless.”

Darryl F. Zanuck

Producer: Cleopatra, The Grapes of Wrath, Gentlemen's Agreement

“In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.”

Alfred Hitchcock

Director: Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo

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