Gonella Productions

Gonella Productions




Genre: Drama
Running Time: 30:03 minutes
Year of production: 2018


Through the guilt-ridden perspective of a now troubled young man named Charl, comes the story of his beloved and unconforming friend, Helgardt. A bruised prophet amongst his crowd and a beatnik attempting to exist on his own terms. Underneath the surface, hides a solitary and dejected figure. Two years ago Charl and Helgardt were spending their time in the bushveld, around a fire with a guitar, a shotgun, and as many libations as they wanted. Now, Charl is living his life, and Helgardt is only trying to. He seems to be unable and unwilling to fulfill expectations and adapt to life after the bygone and unconstrained times now past. After growing apart for some time, the two compatriots decide over one hedonistic night to head out into the wilderness. Helgardt convinces Charl to go pay respects to their shared hero, and to relive some form of the lost old days. Helgardt and Charl drive out to Pelindaba, where Eugene Marais commited suicide. This is their last feral adventure. This is the way Helgardt says goodbye.


Production Company: Independent / N.U. Films
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions


Francois Viljoen - Helgardt De Lange
David C. Steyn - Charl Van der Hoop


Director: David C. Steyn
Screenwriter: David C. Steyn
Producer: Lorenzo Albertini, David C. Steyn, Dennis Dvornak
Director of Photography: Dennis Dvornak
Editing: Kelly Barrett & Matthew Tapson
Sound Editing: Matt Gardner
Music Composer: Jaco Mans


Genre: Drama
Sub-genre: Road Film / Coming of Age
Language: English
Country of origin: South Africa
Year of production: 2018
Total running time: 30:03
Shooting format: Digital
Color type: Colour
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1


Calcutta International Cult Film Festival:
Official Selection & Nominated for Outstanding Achievement Award - Best Short Film

Kleinkaap Short Film Festival:
Official Selection & Nominated for Best Cinematography

2019 Oniros Film Awards:
Official Selection & Nominated for Best Short Film - July Monthly Edition

The Lift-Off Sessions:
Official Selection

First-Time Filmmaker Sessions:
Official Selection

The BeBop Channel Content Festival:
Official Selection

St. Lawrence International Film Festival - SLIFF Online:
Official Selection


David Carlo Steyn is a writer and actor from Pretoria, South Africa.
He graduated from the University of South Africa in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing and Literature. David lived in Los Angeles, California while studying screenwriting at NYFA, and attending The Second City training center. He also has a qualification in method acting from CityVarsity Johannesburg. David is also studying acting at The Meisner Studio Johannesburg.

David has worked and collaborated with independent international filmmakers such as Gianlorenzo Albertini on a variety of screenplays, and with local producers; Paul Egan and Meg Rickards (Boondoggle Films) and Philo Pieterse (Philo Films), on various projects. He has also written treatments an technical rational for production companies such as Black Envelope Films. David was also given the opportunity to attend the 2016 Festival De Cannes, under their cinephiles programme.

David Steyn was nominated for the 2015 and 2016 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award. He has written articles for publications such as Pretoria.co.za, A.T.K.V Taalgenoot, Mahala, Perdeby student newspaper, and SAMusic. His poetry and short stories have been published in New Contrast: The South African Literary Journal, The Kalahari Review, Ons Klyntji magazine, LitNet, Expound magazine, and Prufrock literary magazine. David was also a founding organizer and co-owner of Die Dowe Digters, a monthly poetry music event hosted in Pretoria, South Africa.

He appers in the upcoming international television event, Professionals. David has also starred in a variety of television commercials for products such as Outsurance, MTN, Danone, and Bioplus. He has done voice-over work for several foreign animation television series dubbed into English, such as Gladiator Academy, Pippy Longstocking, and Zip & Zap. He also played a supporting role in a local television sitcom pilot, Pre-Sure, produced by Urban Brew Studios, and appeared in several locally produced short films. David has also recently completed his first independent directorial effort, The Solace of the Wild. He is currently auditioning for future acting opportunities.