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Giant Films director Karien Cherry is in the running for the prestigious Young Director Award (YDA) at this year's Cannes festival. Karien received the nomination for her award-winning New Balance spot, 'Baby vs Dale Steyn', for the King James Group. Amongst a record number of over 400 entries, Karien is the only director from the African continent to receive recognition in the Web Film category. 22 Jun 2016 Read more Giant Films' director Karien Cherry's recent Sanlam campaign has just been awarded first place in the Creative Circle 'TV, Cinema and Film' category for March. This is the second time in just four months that Karien has claimed the 'Ad of the Month' award. SA Film Reel also recognised Karien's direction of the campaign with a Special Mention in their March craft category. 1 Jun 2016 Read more Giant Films' director Karien Cherry received a Gold Pixel Craft Award at the IAB Bookmarks, South Africa's premier digital awards, for her direction of the New Balance spot, 'Baby vs. Dale Steyn'. The film was conceived by King James Group and also bagged the agency a Bronze Pixel in the hotly contested Branded Content category. 7 Mar 2016 Read more One day ago debut director Karien Cherry had had a pretty good year... but oh the difference a day can make! Today it has officially turned into a great year: Karien just won her first first at the Creative Circle Awards for her New Balance spot through King James Group. 2 Dec 2015 Read more In the same way it happens every year, the awareness of year-end office parties drawing near urges us to ponder on what we have done with the 8,760 hours at our disposal. Karien Cherry can look back on her year and pour herself a Bell's. 1 Dec 2015 Read more "When your newest director's debut starts winning awards at the One Show, you know you're onto something, or someone. And we couldn't be happier to officially welcome Karien Cherry to our roster of directors," says Emma Lundy, Executive Producer. "Karien's cinematic visual sense and her intuitive grasp on performance and narrative add an intimate touch to the GIANT house reel." 21 May 2015 Read more The climax of the night at the 2015 SAFTA Coming of Age Golden Horn Awards was the announcement of the Best Feature Film winner. And the big winner for the night was the coming-of-age thriller, Four Corners, which walked off with six awards from 13 nominations, including the coveted Golden Horn Best Feature Film and the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Awards. 24 Mar 2015 Read more The award-winning coming-of-age thriller, Four Corners, has made history by securing the youngest ever SAFTA Best Actor nomination for first-time actor, Jezzriel Skei. The Jo'burg school-goer, who performed the role at age 13, has been commended for his landmark lead performance as Ricardo, the talented chess whizz kid living in jeopardy of gangs controlling the streets he lives in on the Cape Flats. 27 Feb 2015 Read more Competing with over 150 films from across the globe, South African crime thriller, Four Corners, received its most recent nomination from the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles for 'Best Narrative Feature'. 5 Feb 2015 Read more Ian Gabriel's South African thriller, Four Corners, achieved a double win at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival where it played in competition with films from the USA and around the world. The film received the Best International Feature award and walked away with the evening's top honour winning Best Feature (International or USA), beating out Tommy Lee Jones' directorial outing, The Homesman starring Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep, which received the Best Feature (USA) Award. 23 Oct 2014 Read more The South African award-winning thriller, Four Corners, has been invited to screen as part of a special UK film tour designed to bring attention to South Africa's 20 years of democracy. 17 Sep 2014 Read more Following on from Four Corners' Best Film win at the Niagara Film Festival in Canada last month, the South African thriller continued its award-winning streak as Director Ian Gabriel picked up his second international Youth Jury Award last weekend, taking second place for the 'Best Film Gryphon' at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy. Four Corners was the only South African picture selected to screen at the Italian festival, and was featured in the Generator +18 category where it was praised for 'outstanding direction, cinematography, performances and music that gave a strong sense of the world of the film'. The category's winner was Korea's Joon ik Lee's true story, Hope. 31 Jul 2014 Read more South African director Ian Gabriel was awarded top honours last night when his film, Four Corners, was named 'Best Film' in the feature film category at the Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF). 24 Jun 2014 Read more Two long-lost films written by novelist Mordecai Richler starring Peter Sellers, found outside a film company in a trash can have been restored and will show at the inaugural Niagara Integrated Film Festival. 20 Jun 2014 Read more Director Ian Gabriel attended this year's International Press Academy Satellite Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night where he represented the South African feature film 'Four Corners' in the Best International Motion Picture category. 26 Feb 2014 Read more Always known as a boutique production company, Giant Films has doubled its director roster in the past year while simultaneously producing Ian Gabriel's hard-hitting feature film, Four Corners. "We have grown our roster very specifically to accommodate our vision of a studio-like production environment that can take on any task," says EP Cindy Gabriel. "Giant directors Sam Coleman, Peri van Papendorp, Robin Goode and Ian Gabriel have strong backgrounds in theatre, digital, fashion, writing and art direction, a combination of talents and backgrounds that creates a rich and rewarding environment to work in." 6 Feb 2014 Read more With less than a month to go till the start of the next Design Indaba, Alistair King, co-founder and chief creative officer at the King James group of companies, has nominated Giant Films' director Ian Gabriel's hard-hitting feature film Four Corners for the Design Indaba's MBOISA (Most Beautiful Object in South Africa) Award. 5 Feb 2014 Read more South Africa's Official Oscar Submission for Best Foreign Language Film, Four Corners, is recipient of a Best International Film Nomination from the International Press Academy in Los Angeles. The South African coming-of-age film, set in the 'unknown world of the Cape Flats', was completed only twelve weeks ago and is a newcomer in a field of well-established competitors in the International Film category. 5 Dec 2013 Read more It's been a busy few months for the Giant family. No sooner had Ian Gabriel's epic gangland feature film, Four Corners, been completed when it was already selected as the official SA Foreign Language film contender for the 2014 Academy Awards. The film is pegged for national and international release early next year. 8 Oct 2013 Read more Castle Lite's new viral campaign, Ice Breakers, launched with its first episode two weeks ago (Friday, 13 September), and within its first week grew to 127,316 hits, becoming the third biggest YouTube video in SA that week, coming in behind Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball (1st with 212 458), but ahead of Katy Perry - Roar (4th with 101,316). 30 Sep 2013 Read more In times of economic uncertainty, investors seek the haven of 'an ordinary day' to find relief from risk. This was the basis of Giant Films' Ian Gabriel's approach when invited to treat on the Nedgroup Investments 'Ordinary Day' commercial conceptualised by Brandlab creative director, Mark Fisher. The lead character in the true story commercial is Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger, ranked second only to Right Stuff hero, Chuck Yaeger, in Time magazine's '100 most influential heroes' stakes. 12 Jul 2013 Read more Like all well-planned families, Giant Films has slowly been procreating, adding new siblings to its home. Last year, Giant welcomed global creative, Sam Coleman, from the shores of NYC as a debut director, and now the newest addition to the family - awarded Cape Town creative and industry regular: Peri van Papendorp. 30 Apr 2013 Read more Debut director Sam Coleman has taken local songstress Zolani Mahola on a heady journey into a dark dreamscape in Freshlyground's latest music video. With the release of their fifth studio album, Freshlyground have moved in a direction that promises to shake up any pre-conceptions that they're strictly an afro-pop collective. 22 Feb 2013 Read more Fashion supermodel Alek Wek and Giant Films' director Ian Gabriel together focus on African originals in a new spot for Amarula. The celebrity fashion icon and humanitarian activist loved being in the African bush, working alongside the elephants who, together with Alek, played a central role on the shoot. 25 Oct 2012 Read more Two films currently in production, one local and one international, both deal with the contemporary Cape Flats gangland crisis that has continued to make headlines throughout the year. Principal photography wrapped this week on Four Corners, the Cape ganglands coming-of-age thriller directed by Ian Gabriel and produced by Giant Films and Moonlighting Films with producers Genevieve Hofmeyr and Cindy Gabriel. Meanwhile cameras have started to roll on international French crime drama Zulu, also set in the Cape Flats, starring Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker. 23 Oct 2012 Read more Coronation's 2012 Trust is Earned campaign launches from the true story inspiration of Lawrence Anthony whose book The Elephant Whisperer, chronicles one man's relationship with an enraged herd of rogue elephants. As survivors of a cull, the herd was stressed and dangerous, posing a real threat to man. Lawrence Anthony was determined to overcome this threat and through a series of compassionate acts over time he slowly and surely earned the trust of the matriarch of the herd. With the book fast becoming a bestseller around the world, Giant Films' Robin Goode was challenged by FoxP2's executive creative director Justin Gomes and Sue Stewart to bring the powerful and emotive backstory of The Elephant Whisperer to life. 31 Jul 2012 Read more Word on the streets is that Robin's good is just getting better as he continues work at double pace through 2012. 11 Jun 2012 Read more Giant Films' Ian Gabriel was challenged to get babies to talk their minds in a new Huggies Gold commercial for Ogilvy Joburg, written by Irene Styger and art directed by Alexa Craner with creative directors Robyn Bergmann, Peter Little & Catherine Conradie. 30 May 2012 Read more A PSA to create awareness and education around township baseball was shot recently in Du Noon by Giant Films' director Robin Goode. 16 Nov 2011 Read more CNN's African Voices program this fortnight focused on the evolution and growing status of film for Africa. 2 Nov 2011 Read more Giant Films' director Robin Goode's Love To Meet You campaign for brandhouse, conceptualised by Cape Town based FoxP2, was one of two TV and Cinema Golds awarded at this year's Loerie Awards festival. The viral spot also picked up a Gold in the Internet, Mobile and interactive Communication category. 23 Sep 2011 Read more Giant Films Robin Goode's unexpected treatment exploring the daily rhythm of life, gives fresh and quirky meaning to the new Mutual and Federal 60 second TV spot. The commercial was conceptualized by Glenn Jeffrey and Bethea Frank for Volcano Advertising. 25 Aug 2011 Read more Giant Films' Robin Goode has followed up his Drive Dry success at Cannes and D&AD with a playful, execution-savvy spot for Kia Picanto. 21 Jul 2011 Read more "Given the opportunity to shoot not one but three commercials with edge-to-edge dialogue, strong performance and subtle humour, I leapt at the chance," said Giant Films' Ian Gabriel about the Momentum spots he recently completed for Draftfcb Cape Town. 18 Jul 2011 Read more Giant Films' director Robin Goode has achieved the accolade most commercial directors' dream of - recognition by the international awards industry's two toughest award shows, the D&AD Awards and the Cannes Lion International Festival. 28 Jun 2011 Read more With his directorial debut, Giant Films' director Robin Goode has achieved the accolade most commercial directors' dream of - recognition by the International Awards Industry's toughest Award Show, the D&AD awards. 3 Jun 2011 Read more 'We're all connected...' - This is the concept Ian Gabriel explores in a launch spot for 49M, a unique initiative that asks that we look for a sustainable future and a better tomorrow for all, focusing on the interdependence of the 49 million South Africans who make up Mzansi in 2011. 11 Apr 2011 Read more The Creative Circle's Ad of the Year in the Viral category was awarded to the controversial and attention-getting Drive Dry "Photo" viral, directed by Giant Films' Robin Goode. This is the first year in which a viral spot has been awarded, indicating the growing prestige and importance of the Viral category. 28 Mar 2011 Read more Robin Goode, together with his long-time producer Laura Sampson, has joined director-producer team Ian and Cindy Gabriel at Giant Films. Equally big news for Giant and the industry is that television producer Emma Lundy has joined Cindy Gabriel as Co-Executive Producer, heading up Giant's Director division as it expands during 2011 and beyond. The move for Emma comes after five years as Head of Broadcast at Ogilvy Cape Town and many years as Agency Producer within the Ogilvy Group. 12 Jan 2011 Read more Ian Gabriel's Johnnie Walker 'Walk with Giants' spot for King James Advertising features cultural icon and world long distance runner, Haile Gebrselassie. The project was designed to run across various platforms exploring web, TV, outdoor and radio communication to encapsulate a holistic approach to the celebration of an extraordinary and inspiring Giant's career in Africa. 7 Dec 2010 Read more A giant Google pin seen from space recently attracted attention when it scooped a Silver Loerie for Giant Films in the brand identity category at last month's Loerie Awards. 29 Nov 2010 Read more A giant google pin place marker standing almost 5 metres tall which can be seen across Cape Town's CBD and is visible from space on Google's map of Cape Town won Giant Films a Silver Loerie at the 2010 Loerie awards 12 Oct 2010 Read more Giant Films congratulates all the Loerie Award Winners and Giant's own Bruno Bossi and Foxp2 for their Loerie for MWeb "Lost". 29 Sep 2009 Read more In a year that's sure to be filled with World Cup football mayhem, the latest global television commercial for Castrol produced by Giant Films, features the biggest name in soccer today, Cristiano Ronaldo. 23 Sep 2009 Read more A giant Google pin, designed by environmental artist, Brendan Smithers, has recently arrived and now overlooks Cape Town's South West City Bowl. 21 Sep 2009 Read more In the same week that the new Castrol ‘Cholestrol' ad was panned on Cape Talk, the spot received the Orchid of the week in The Argus' Media and Marketing column. 14 Sep 2009 Read more What do you get when you cross a campaign about strong, healthy bones with Giant talent in the form of Bruno Bossi? A series of three TV spots for the Dairy Board that'll get you in the mood to praise the goodness of dairy. 25 Aug 2009 Read more The latest emotive instalment in the MWEB ‘Connect and You can' campaign is a visual feast created by Bruno Bossi of Giant Films, for FoxP2 Cape Town. The spot follows the poignant story of a little girl spreading the message of her lost dog to the world. 21 May 2009 Read more Parlotones' I'll Be There music video, directed by Bruno Bossi, walked off with awards across three categories at the MK Music Channel Awards Ceremony. 7 Apr 2009 Read more Giant Films' Ian Gabriel followed up new campaigns for Castrol with Ogilvy Cape Town, and American Express with Ogilvy One London, with three fun-in-the-sun 7Up spots for BBDO Paris with the crack South American creative team Mario Gomez and Diego Forero out of BBDO Colombia. 2 Apr 2009 Read more FoxP2 recently commissioned Bruno Bossi to direct their launch commercials for new client MWEB. The campaign, Connect & You Can, launches with a quirky spot in which old schoolfriends connect. It's definitely not your average school reunion! 31 Mar 2009 Read more Tired of getting burnt? Giant Films director Richard Wall stepped up to the plate to fight the fires that habitually ravage the Mother City Mountain in his latest spot, ‘Love Story', for Volunteer Wildfire Services. 27 Mar 2009 Read more Bruno Bossi teamed up with Ogilvy Cape Town to produce two quirky spots for Volkswagen Polo. Taking their ridiculously low prices to the streets meant employing some unusual advertising methods. 25 Mar 2009 Read more London-based agency Ogilvy One recently commissioned Giant Films' Ian Gabriel to direct a new series of five commercials in a global campaign for American Express. 3 Dec 2008 Read more The Parlotones hit, "I'll Be There", received a Craft certificate for animation and special visual effects. This marks the first time a music video has won at the Loeries. 11 Aug 2008 Read more Giant's Bruno Bossi recently completed the new Yardley commercial for the launch of English Blazer ‘Black'. 14 Jul 2008 Read more Bruno Bossi recently completed the first local TV commercial for Hansgrohe. 13 Jun 2008 Read more In addition to Ian Gabriel and Bruno Bossi, the company now proudly represents newcomer, Richard Wall. 30 May 2008 Read more Filmmakers, a few astounded members of the public, and the occasional rogue journalist managed to catch a glimpse of Academy Award winner Charlize Theron in action on home ground, during the filming of the new campaign for Sun International. 6 May 2008 Read more Enthusiastic feedback is pouring in for the historic 90-second commercial for Sun International featuring Academy Award winner Charlize Theron. 5 May 2008 Read more Bruno Bossi and Blackginger have teamed up once more to create a masterful music video for The Parlotones latest single, "I'll be there". Once again Bruno's love of post and visual effects enabled the team to seamlessly integrate beautiful live action footage with 3D. 20 Feb 2008 Read more A new South African film, to be directed by Ian Gabriel, is an official selection for the 2008 Berlinale Co-Production Market. 17 Jan 2008 Read more Bruno Bossi teamed up with Giant Films and The Jupiter Drawing room recently to produce two intriguing spots to launch the new Hyundai Accent. 11 Oct 2007 Read more Age-old French tradition comes in for a bit of a twist in Ian Gabriels' comedy spot for Richelieu. Using French-speaking talent for all the parts, the subtitled commercial resonates with tongue-in-cheek sexiness and authentic Gallic flavour. 11 Sep 2007 Read more A hit single by Skwatta Camp and free fall stunts by London-based parcourt free flyer Blue are at the centre of Ian Gabriels' gritty high energy commercial for Malta Guinness. 3 Sep 2007 Read more Freshlyground bid farewell to their hit debut album Nomvula this month with a new edition music video for their hit song I'd like. Their new album Ma Cherie releases on September 3rd. 28 Aug 2007 Read more A commercial on air this week, depicts the labour of epic proportions required to build a new South African stadium. 23 Aug 2007 Read more A BBC World project that aims to show "extraordinary South Africans and special incidences of cultural crossover" will feature Freshlyground with Giant Films' Ian Gabriel shooting a music video for the Freshlyground signature song ‘I’d like’. 15 Mar 2007 Read more Giant Films Director Ian Gabriel takes the plunge into 2007 with a provocative new ad for Investec Private Bank that hit the screens this week. 22 Jan 2007 Read more Yoko Ono has declared December 8th a day of forgiveness as it was on this day that John Lennon was shot down outside his apartment in New York. 7 Dec 2006 Read more Positive word of mouth from festivals and audiences has created a buzz around local movie Forgiveness, which is creating new and unexpected audiences for itself. 28 Nov 2006 Read more Dv8 and Giant Films' feature film Forgiveness received a total of six Golden Horn nominations at the first South African Film and Television Awards announced this week. 5 Oct 2006 Read more The new TV spot for Polka proves once again that the South African spoken word is rich ground for memorable advertising humour. 20 Jul 2006 Read more The Department of Education has approved the inclusion of the award winning film Forgiveness and a comprehensive Forgiveness film study guide as part of this year's Literature Resource List for Grades 11 and 12. 6 Jul 2006 Read more In the Antarctic Emperor penguins brave temperatures of below -75°F, venturing out to reveal the long hidden secret of their famous march... 29 Jun 2006 Read more South African director Ian Gabriel has been invited by Princeton University’s History Faculty to present the award winning South African film Forgiveness to students and faculty members at a series of viewings in April 2006. 24 Apr 2006 Read more Senior school students across South Africa will soon have the opportunity to watch and to study Forgiveness – the award winning film directed by Ian Gabriel. 20 Apr 2006 Read more Ian Gabriel follows up his sexy ad for Sissy Boy with a tongue-in-cheek exploration of the seductive arts at a high society party, this time for Parmalat Iced Tea. 17 Apr 2006 Read more Ronald Sassoon's at it again, teaming up with Ogilvy Cape Town and Giant Films' director, Ian Gabriel for this week's launch of the newest cinema and TV ad for Sassoon's fashion flagship, Sissy Boy. 21 Nov 2005 Read more The story of one man's journey from hardship to reward is at the centre of VW's new Passat ad directed by Ian Gabriel for Ogilvy Cape Town. 5 Oct 2005 Read more Applied by Debussy in music and by Da Vinci in art and popularized in literature from Euclid in the 3rd century BC to Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code in the 21st century, the mystic Golden Ratio "phi" is now featured in a new ad for J&B, directed by Giant Films' Ian Gabriel for JWT Cape Town. 26 Sep 2005 Read more The year's ongoing romance between International Film Festival audiences and films from Africa continued this month with the Sydney Film Festival announcement that three of the top six Sydney Festival Urban Cinefile Audience Choice Awards were films produced by African directors telling African stories. 7 Aug 2005 Read more Negotiations were concluded this week to bring the South African film "Forgiveness", directed by Ian Gabriel and executive produced by Jeremy Nathan to the London stage next year. 4 Jul 2005 Read more Giant Films' Ian Gabriel headed a unique co-production between Moonlighting and Giant Films to direct Freshlyground's new music video "Nomvula". 12 May 2005 Read more Giant Films director Ian Gabriel has been invited to present his film Forgiveness at the Amnesty International Festival in Amsterdam this week. Forgiveness is the first South African film and one of nine feature films and 16 documentaries selected by Amnesty International from around the world. 9 Mar 2005 Read more Giant Films' Ian Gabriel has just completed six spots with FCB Cape Town for internet service provider Polka.co.za. 31 Jan 2005 Read more Directed by Ian Gabriel, "Forgiveness" received the 2004 Best African Film Award at this week's Cape Town World Cinema Festival Awards as well as the Signis Jury Award for its contribution to ethics in cinema, and a Best Actress Special Mention for Quanita Adams' riveting on-screen performance in the film. 25 Nov 2004 Read more The South African feature film "Forgiveness" directed by Ian Gabriel was the big winner at the Cape Town World Cinema Festival Gala Awards presented on Saturday night. The film received the 2004 Best African Feature Film Award. 22 Nov 2004 Read more Director Ian Gabriel and Creative Director John Smeddle from Herdbuoys McCann Erickson hit the streets of downtown Joburg in search of soccer fans to shoot a spot for SAA's Super 8 promotion. 4 Aug 2004 Read more Giant Films director Ian Gabriel's debut feature film Forgiveness premiered last week in Cape Town and Johannesburg after participating in the Durban Film Festival. 28 Jun 2004 Read more Giant Films directors Mosese Semenya and Ian Gabriel have been joined by Leon Jacobs, ex-Creative Director of TBWA\Fusion and agency producer Kirsten Clarence. 6 Jun 2004 Read more Giant Films' director Mosese Semenya recently joined forces with Herdbuoys McCann Erickson to shoot a campaign for Telkom in their support of the World Cup Soccer bid. 13 May 2004 Read more Herdbuoys McCann-Erickson chose Ian Gabriel of Giant Films to direct the new Telkom commercial. Driven by Creative Director John Smeddle's honest copy, the commercial looks at the first ten years of democracy in South Africa and points the way forward to the next ten years. 25 Apr 2004 Read more Giant Films' director Ian Gabriel recently teamed up with Taxi Films in Los Angeles to shoot the latest Boeing commercial marking the launch of new designs that promise to propel aviation travel to the next level. 25 Mar 2004 Read more Giant Films director Ian Gabriel recently shot the new Carling Black Label epic for Ogilvy & Mather. The commercial, which is currently on air, shows a behind- the-scenes rebuilding of Chapmans Peak drive. 9 Feb 2004 Read more Giant Films director Mosese Semenya has recently completed a campaign for Nik Naks with BBDO/Network. The 'Secret Society' campaign tracks down trendy city slickers slipping off to underground Nik Nak parties. 8 Feb 2004 Read more No rest for the wickedly ingenious Ian Gabriel who is scheduled to seize the reigns of the new upcoming and epic Carling Black Label shoot this November. 6 Nov 2003 Read more Characteristically Ian Gabriel is not stopping for a moment. Principal photography on his first feature film, Forgiveness, is scheduled for completion at the end of October. Then he steps straight on to a prestigious TV campaign for a leading SA brand, shooting in November. 16 Oct 2003 Read more Following his earlier success at the Vuka Awards, Giant Films director, Mosese Semenya, is entering a pro-bono commercial for this year's awards. The commercial forms the television component of Joe Public's much-talked-about print campaign for Habitat for Humanity. 12 Oct 2003 Read more As the summer season takes off in the Western Cape, Giant Films commences principal photography on the feature film project Forgiveness. 12 Oct 2003 Read more