Storyscope seeks to unlock the freshest energy of creative Africa to develop original ideas for the local and global content markets. Comfortable working across content genres, cultures, and time zones, Storyscope is drawn to narratives exploring personal and political revolutions.
Our award winning team has unlocked a wealth of proven experience across the media value chain in both the fiction and non-fiction spaces. We are highly motivated to unleash the potential of emerging and established African storytellers, and nurture a creative space where the most compelling ideas are given every opportunity to thrive.
Between Storyscope’s founding partners – Neil Brandt, Laura Colucci and Thandi Davids – we have developed, produced, commissioned and distributed hundreds of hours of fiction and non-fiction content on broadcast, theatrical and SVOD platforms. Including ARTE, Netflix, Al Jazeera, VPRO, MTV, Sundance Channel, BBC, PBS, ZDF, NHK, CGTN, FX, National Geographic Channel and Fox Channels.
Feature documentaries are at the core of our DNA, and Storyscope’s most recent, a Canadian/South African co-production, “INFLUENCE” directed by Richard Poplak and Diana Neille, is a global-trotting political thriller in a time where democracy is up for sale. The film competed in official competition at Sundance 2020 and is currently on the global festival circuit, winning best South African Documentary at Durban International Film Festival 2020 and going on to screen at over 50 festivals worldwide. The film is currently screening on Arte (France), CBC (Canada), eTV (South Africa) and iTunes (US).
Further recent non-fiction films include The March of the White Elephants (2017), Whispering Truth to Power (2018), Ga Da Lomba (2019), An Islanders Lens (2020), I’Mary (2021) and The Ghosts of Gadaffi (2021). Whispering Truth to Power won the Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs.
Storyscope is excited to be currently producing a series of films for BBC World, “HER STORY”, filmed across Southern Africa and the US, profiling extraordinary woman from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia, including firefighters, the youngest female MP in Africa, and a global motor-cross champion!
The series is a forerunner to our “WOMEN IN DOC” series, developing 9 feature documentaries as a recipient of the NFVF Slate Funding Programme and is supported by the SABC, putting female authors in front and behind the camera every step of the creative journey, covering stories from internet hacking to fertility rituals.
Storyscope is currently in production on “HALO DAZE”, a psychological thriller directed by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, diving deep into the fault-lines where class, race and power intersect. A SA/German co-production financed by Mnet, DTI, NFVF, BerlinMediumBoard and US based private equity Studio SKG Global, the film is a classic example of what can happen when powerful story intersects with global finance. The film is due for release in early 2022.
Storyscope is a partner in MOON VALLEY STUDIOS in Johannesburg, a dynamic studio hub, with a vision of building a creative accelerator for content entrepreneurs in a collaborative environment. Cameras are constantly rolling at the studios, including television series, features, commercials, and music videos, enabling a dynamic Pan-African storytelling environment.
While StoryScope’s core focus is independent productions and original intellectual property (IP), it also works on commissions that speak to its value system; providing end-to-end audio-visual solutions best suited to the communication needs of its commercial and advocacy clients, including the European Union, National Treasury, UNICEF and the Global Coalition to End Child Violence.
StoryScope is committed to a collaborative and structured creative process, working with the best available talent in ways that ensures synergy between concept, creation and what eventually ends up on screen!
● Neil Brandt. Multiple award winning EP with 20 years’ experience as a creative producer and entrepreneur in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Neil currently sits on the board of the Durban Film Mart Institute. (IMDb Profile)
● Thandi Davids. Broadcast Professional who ran commissioning and TV channels at Fox International and National Geographic Africa Channels and is an award winning marketer. Thandi currently sits on the board of the Independent Producers Organisation.
● Laura Colucci. Media Lawyer, financing and packaging expert with experience in international media and global rights management across the value chain.