Refinery Post Production is extremely proud to be associated with three of the films chosen to have gala premieres at the Toronto Film Festival in September: The Journey is the Destination, Queen of Katwe and A United Kingdom.
Refinery is particularly proud of their work on “The Journey is the Destination”, for Director Bronwen Hughes, Producers Adam Friedlander (Out of Africa Entertainment) and Martin Katz (Prospero Pictures).
Filming on “Journey” began in August 2015. Refinery was involved in all aspects of post-production from the beginning - from dailies through to final delivery. The post- production work on this film was probably the most extensive that has been done on any film in South Africa.
“It is undoubtedly the film I am the most proud of” says Tracey Williams, MD of Refinery. “We had the opportunity to supervise and then execute some fantastic VFX work – matte paintings, set extensions, explosions, CG helicopters and clean up work. “
The film is based on the life of artist and photojournalist Dan Eldon whose inspiring and artistic journals were brought to life with motion graphic sequences created by our team. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for any motion graphics artist.
Along with exciting visuals came the opportunity to create an amazing sound track to do it justice. Director Bronwen Hughes based herself at Refinery for two months while completing this film, and weeks were spent crafting every detail of the sound from crowd ADR, to the smallest sound effect.
Bronwen Hughes was a most rewarding director to work with. Although she had this film very firmly mapped out in her mind, it did not stop her from inviting creative collaboration.
On Queen of Katwe for ABC Disney/Moonlighting Films, Refinery handled dailies and provided editorial resources and infrastructure both in Uganda and South Africa.
Refinery supplied and set up editorial infrastructure for “A United Kingdom” for Advantage Entertainment.
About the FILMS:
The Journey is the Destination Bronwen Hughes, United Kingdom/South Africa
The inspiring life story of late photojournalist, artist and activist Dan Eldon, who abandoned a comfortable life in London to document the struggle, heartbreak and hope of a war-torn and famine-ridden region of Africa. Inspiring and irreverent, the film follows a young man coming of age to realize his purpose, his place in the world, and his belief that we can all create positive change. Starring Ella Purnell, Maria Bello, Sam Hazeldine, Ben Schnetzer, and Kelly Macdonald.
Queen of Katwe Mira Nair, South Africa/Uganda
This vibrant true story follows a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. The support from her family and community instills her with confidence and determination, as she sets out to pursue her dream of becoming an international champion. Starring David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, and Madina Nalwanga.
A United Kingdom Amma Asante, United Kingdom
This biopic tells the true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1947 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.
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