Deepend Films and its sister companies Deep End Post-Production and Splash FX have earned considerable acclaim lately with the production of a number of documentaries, two of which took home major awards at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs), held at the beginning of April.

The completed documentaries form part of an ongoing series exploring the lives and work of some of South Africa’s leading visual artists. Chickens Can Fly, which took the awards for Best Director of a Documentary Feature (for Deepend founder and executive producer Paulene Abrey) and Best Cinematography in a Documentary Feature (for Paul Kruger) and was also nominated in the Best Documentary Feature Category, focuses on Pieter van der Westhuizen. Light and Dark, which was nominated for Best Editor, Best Cinematographer, Best Director and Best Documentary Feature, looks at Norman Catherine. Norman Catherine Curriculum Vitae continues the exploration of this artist’s work, and Outsider, which is due for release this month, examines the work of Beezy Bailey.

Deepend Films was founded by Abrey, together with Luaan Hong, in order to create original content under the Deepend banner, in addition to the services it already offers in the area of post-production. The three companies closely complement and add value to one another, with Deepend Films creating content, and Deepend Post and Splash finishing the products from offline to online and effects. Of course, the two post and finishing facilities also offer their services independently.

Deepend Films is currently working on several features, including three more on the lives of South African artists. Outsider, their most recently finished feature, will premiere at the Labia in Cape Town on 14 May, followed by a screening at Cine Centre Killarney, Johannesburg on 19 May.