Who We Are?

Durban Motion Pictures (DMP) is an independent film and television production company which has been operating since 2006. It is co-owned by Bonie and Philani Sithebe. DMP produces a slate of unique, exciting, original African films and Television programmes. From concept to post-production.

MEET THE TEAM

Philani Sithebe

Writer/ Director

Philani, a co- founder of Durban Motion Pictures is an award-winning script writer and director. When he is not creating amazing content, he is appreciating nature somewhere in the Drakensburg Mountains. Philani's storytelling passion began at a very young age. He has been a creative force as a content producer, storyteller and a micro budget filmmaker for over a decade. Philani has a diploma in electronics and was trained by Sony SA as an analogue and digital camera technician in the early nineties. In film, Philani started out as an aspiring script writer and in 2001 he won the second best short film pitch at the ISITHENGI FILM MARKET in Cape Town.

He won the best script and best director awards at the 2016 KwaZulu Natal Film Commission's Simon Sabela Film Awards. He has twice won best script awards at the Durban Metro film Awards. Twice won the best director at the Durban Metro film Awards. Philani has written, directed and produced more than twenty micro budget films commissioned by Multichoice's MNET. Philani's keen storytelling sense permeates the way he works with actors, directs the camera and makes the right cut. He continues to build a powerful set of skills as a well-rounded Filmmaker, Director and Content Producer as he shares his knowledge as a production mentor to upcoming filmmakers.

Philani's keen storytelling sense permeates the way he works with actors, directs the camera and makes the right cut. He continues to build a powerful set of skills as a well-rounded Filmmaker, Director and Content Producer as he shares his knowledge as a production mentor to upcoming filmmakers.


Bonie Sithebe

 Producer/Writer/Director

Bonie Sithebe is a Creative producer, Writer, Director and a co-founder of Durban Motion Pictures. Her twelve-year journey in the tv/film industry had challenging yet rewarding moments leading to success and recognition. Bonie has assembled a strong team of creatives that is turning Durban Motion Pictures into a production powerhouse in South Africa. The secret of her success lies in her passion for people, great films and great stories - stories that expand our knowledge of the human condition and reveal the beauty of the world and challenge us to develop new ways of thinking.

The stories she tells are inspired and crafted by Africa. Maintaining high levels of consistency has been the motto of her vision. She is an award winning filmmaker having won the best director and producer awards at the KZNFC's Simon Mabhunu Sabela awards,  received an Award of Excellence from Durban Metro Awards and Recognized with an award by COSMOPOLITAN SA being a FUN FEARLESS FEMALE .  She has served as a treasurer of Sister's Working in Film and Television (SWIFT) and still an active member. Bonie is an enthusiastic collaborator who has established strong relationships with leading broadcasters and international partners. 

And if that wasn't enough, Bonie's life is fuelled by meditation and prayer. She is passionate in spending time with her husband and daughter and watching the sunrise every every morning.


Lungelo Luthuli

Administrative  Assistant

Lungelo Luthuli started as an intern Office Administrator and intern Production Manager in this vibrate company. Now works full time as a Administrative Assistant. She appreciates the challenge of putting all the pieces together, Lungelo loves the logistics of making a film. Her life force is fuelled by spending her spare time with her lovely daughter, watching movies and soccer.


Lindelani Langa

Editor

  

Lindelani has four years experience in film industry. His first break started when he worked as Data Wrangler for a television drama series. In 2018 he joined DMP as a Unit Manager and later in the year became a Data Wrangler. He enjoys spending time in the editing room creating magic. He has a keen interest in film industry technology. On his spare times he likes to watch movies and going to the gym.