A lawyer and enterprising executive, financier and producer, Michael runs Spier Films. In the past year he financed or produced 5 films including, Kristian Levring’s THE SALVATION starring Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green which is in Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2014, Jake Paltrow’s YOUNG ONES starring Michael Shannon and Nicholas Hoult which was in Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2014, OF GOOD REPORT which opened at the Toronto International Film Festival, won 7 SAFTAs including Best Film and was in competition at the London Film Festival, KHUMBA an animated film starring Liam Neeson ,and Steve Buscemi and finally, THE PRICE OF SUGAR directed be Jean Van Der Velde – Opening Film of the Netherlands Film Festival and finally the South African film.
Michael established the Spier Film Fund in 2010 which has provided equity, pre-sales and tax credit finance to a variety of films shot in South Africa. Films he has produced and financed have played in Berlin, Toronto, Sundance and other festivals while also selling in multiple territories.
Prior to producing Michael was the Festival Director of The Cape Town World Cinema Festival and prior to that ran a variety of media companies.
Producer and Sales Agent
Heather Millard joined Spier Films in 2007 to set-up the London sales office for world cinema and documentary films. Most recently producing the feature-length documentaries ‘Trend Beacons’ (due to be released 2014), ‘ASH’ (2013) and ‘Future of Hope’ (IDFA Competition 2010, EDDA nominated 2011) and co-producing the feature film ‘OF GOOD REPORT’ (Toronto International Film Festival 2013, BFI London Film Festival in Competition 2013), Heather now focuses on both producing and world sales for Spier Films’ titles.
Also, appointed as Festival Director for the Reykjavik Shorts&Docs Festival, Heather travels to all of the major documentary and feature film festivals and television markets. Heather works between the UK and Iceland offices.
Thembisa develops theatrical features for Spier Films, working on both internal productions and international co-productions. Based in the London office, she is the key point of contact for features writers, directors and producers interested in working with Spier Films.
Previously Thembisa was the founding producer of London based creative video agency Devilishly Handsome Productions and has also worked extensively on the production of feature films and commercials in South Africa. She holds a BA(Hons) degree in Film&Media Studies from the University of Cape Town.
” The greatest trick the devil ever pulled, was convincing the world that he didn’t exist. “
” I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. “
” You had me at hello. “
” We’ll always have Paris. “
” Leave the gun, take the cannoli. “
Matt is a young and creative entrepreneur who founded and developed businesses across a range of sectors at a young age – straight out of education. With a grassroots passion and love of music and film, Matt started in the world of entertainment forming his own record label producing, releasing and distributing music internationally. Matt’s expertise extend to public relations in managing PR for brands and bands with an international reach. In turn Matt has produced a catalogue of audio/visual content and corporate media for clients across the entertainment sector.
Matt crossed over into the film arena working closely with the Birmingham film office in the UK, in the regions’ production of a number of feature films and productions for major broadcasters. He is now part of the Spier Films team.
Head of Production: Iceland
Þórður (aka Thordur) heads up production for Spier Films in Iceland. As a native Icelander with an extensive knowledge of all of the locations across the rugged terrain of Iceland he has the ability to get you to the best landscapes and locations with the best service possible.
His skills in producing, coordinating, location scouting and managing have given him a wide-range of expertise in the film industry and he will be first on hand when you visit Iceland with your next film. Þórður likes to take his clients off the beaten track and into the Icelandic wilderness to experience the most magical of landscapes and terrains.
Having spent a number of years as head of Business & Legal Affairs at a leading production company in Cape Town, Kim produced his first feature film, Tess, in 2015.
Kim joined Spier Films as a producer in 2017, and deals with co-productions and all finance-related matters. His producer credits in 2019 included Commandos, a television feature for NL Film and Professionals, a 10-part television series starring Brendan Fraser and Tom Welling.
He holds an LLB and MBA from the University of Cape Town.
Quinton “Bertram“ Fredericks
A highlight of his 16-year career as filmmaker occurred in 2007, when his company, Pitch Black Films won a SAFTA for the 58 part documentary series titled What’s Your Story? A number of other documentaries, short films etc. have subsequently followed, including the powerful coming of age documentary, Vision to Dream, screened at Encounters International Documentary Film Festival.
He is currently working on a feature length documentary, Imprint of the Ancestors to explore and understand his roots as a mixed race person (so-called Coloured), and also developing his first feature film with a first draft script completed.
His world view is encapsulated in the following statement:
“Being able to influence, comment and reflect on the world we live in through the medium of film and television is a privilege second to none”.