Distant Horizon is involved in all aspects of the motion picture industry and is committed to the independent filmmaker. The company and has produced films in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Africa and has offices in London and Los Angeles. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African based diversified entertainment company, Videovision Entertainment.
In the past eighteen years Distant Horizon has been involved in over seventy feature films. It supports these productions with its distribution expertise, enabling the films to achieve their maximum potential. Distant Horizon regularly attends all the important film festivals and markets including The Sundance Film Festival, American Film Market, Cannes, Venice, Toronto and Independent Feature Project.
The company has strategic relationships with the heavyweights of the film industry, among which are the major studios and leading distribution companies. These include Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, The Walt Disney Company, Universal, Sony Pictures, Miramax, Summit Entertainment, Alliance Atlantis, Artisan Entertainment, Buena Vista, Dimension Films, Fine Line and Icon Entertainment
Chain of Desire, which stars Linda Fiorentino, Malcolm McDowell, Grace Zabriskie, Seymour Cassel and Patrick was shot entirely on location in New York City. The Film opened theatrically in the United States in 1993 and was distributed by October Films.
Dead Beat, produced by Distant Horizon in association with actor Christopher Lambert, was shot in Arizona. The picture, starring Bruce Ramsay, Natasha Wagner and Balthazar Getty premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994.
Distant Horizon successfully distributed Sarafina based on the acclaimed Broadway musical that has toured the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Europe. The script was written by award winning writer William Nicholson and starred Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg. It was released by Hollywood Pictures in the U.S. and by Warner Brothers in the U.K.
In 1993, Distant Horizon also distributed The
Mangler in association with Anant Singh and Allied
Film Productions, starring Robert Englund (Nightmare
on Elm Street - parts 1-5) and Ted Levine (The
Silence of the Lambs). The script, based on a short
story by Stephen King, is co-written by, among others, Tobe Hooper
(Poltergeist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre),
who also directed the film. The special effects on this film are
by an award-winning team of Hollywood talent whose credits include
Super Mario Brothers, Beetlejuice,
and The Addam’s Family.
Distant Horizon acquired the international distribution rights for "Yankee Zulu", a comedy made in South Africa. The company re-scored and re-edited the film to make it more commercial and appealing to international audiences. “Yankee Zulu” was released by Columbia Tristar in Germany where it grossed $ 3 million at the box office.
The BBC Films co-production Captives was directed by Angela Pope, starring Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction) and Julia Ormond (Legends of the Fall, First Knight and Sabrina). The picture was selected as the opening film in the Venetian Nights section of the 1994 Venice Film Festival, in addition to its selection for Gala Presentation at the 1994 Toronto Film Festival. Captives was released by Entertainment in the U.K. and by Miramax Films in the United States.
In 1995, the company distributed the film version
of Alan Paton’s profound literary classic Cry,
The Beloved Country. Paton’s story was adapted
for screen by Oscar nominee Ronald Harwood (The Dresser,
The Browning Version) and directed by Darrell James
Roodt. The film stars Academy Award nominees James Earl Jones (The
Great White Hope) and Richard Harris (This
Sporting Life and The Field)
and a stellar local cast including Vusi Kunene (The
Line), Leleti Khumalo (Sarafina!)
and Abigail Kubeka. The music is scored by five-time Academy Award
winner, John Barry (Dances With Wolves, Out Of Africa,
Born Free and
The Lion In Winter) and was released in the United
States through Miramax.
Scorpion Spring, produced
by Distant Horizon and shot in Arizona in the United States, charts
the emotional journey of an American youth Zac, as he is swept up
in an intricate, RASHOMON - like desert flight involving the Border
Patrol and tow Mexican aliens whom he thoughtlessly tries to assist.
The film stars Alfred Molina, Ruben Blades, Esai Morales and Matthew
McConaughey and was scored by the award-winning Lalo Shifrin.
Face, a co-production
with BBC Films and directed by Antonia Bird (Priest)
and stars Robert Carlyle (Priest, Trainspotting
and The Full Monty) as well as Ray Winstone
and Damon Alburn (lead singer of the rock group Blur). Face
is about a group of London thieves who rob an armoured car, but
are forced to close ranks when one member double-crosses them and
steals the loot. The film premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival
in August 1997, and was selected for the Renaissance Section of
the Venice Film Festival and had a special presentation screening
at the Toronto Film Festival.
Bravo Two Zero co-produced
with the BBC and based on the multi-million best selling book by
Andy McNab was shot in South Africa. It is the story of a crack
SAS troop, that embarked on a top secret mission, in January 1991,
to infiltrate Iraqi territory and sever strategic communication
lines between Baghdad and North West Iraq and to seek and destroy
mobile SCUD launchers. Bravo Two Zero
is an awe-inspiring account of a troop of Special Forces with exceptional
courage and endurance in the face of overwhelming adversity. Sean
Bean (Golden Eye & Anna Karenina) stars as
Sergeant Andy McNab and the film is directed by multi-award winning
director Tom Clegg. It was distributed in the United States by Miramax.
The Theory of Flight
starring Helena Bonham Carter and Kenneth Branagh was shot in Cardiff
and London, is a darkly comic film that charts the outlandish relationship
that grows between a young woman, Jane (Bonham-Carter) afflicted
by Motor Neurone Disease and her reluctant and somewhat eccentric
care-giver, Richard Hopkins (Brannagh). The film was also co-produced
with the BBC and was directed by Paul Greengrass and released in
the United States by Miramax.
In 1998, Distant Horizon co-produced Get
Real with Graphite Films in association with British
Screen and The Arts Council of England. The film follows the fate
of a group of teenagers in Basingstoke as they dance their way through
the minefield of adolescence and their sexual orientation. Sixteen
year old Steven Carter is finding it increasingly difficult to reconcile
life in the Sixth Form with the pressure of his parents’ aspirations
and his own inner state of hormonal overdrive. The film features
a remarkable line up of young British talent, including Ben Silverstone
(The Browning Version, Lolita) Brad Gorton, Charlotte Brittain,
Tim Harris, Stacy Hart, Kate McEnery and James D. White and marks
the directorial debut of helmer Simon Shore. The film was acquired
for distribution in the United States by Paramount Classics. Get
Real won the Standard Life Audience Award at the 1998
Edinburgh Film Festival and scooped the main prizes at the Ninth
British Film Festival of Dinard, viz. Trophee Hitchcock
d’or (The Jury Prize), Trophee Hitchcock
(The Audience Award) and the Trophee Hitchcock
Kodak (The Cinematography Award).
Distant Horizon also distributed the hit Australian
film, The Dish and brokered a deal with
Warner Brothers for the United States release and Icon Entertainment
for worldwide distribution.. The Dish
follows the almost unknown story about how the live television pictures
from the moon landing were beamed to people on Earth. The film follows
the emotions, drama and laughter behind the four-day Apollo XI mission
in July 1969 and the extraordinary role the small Australian town
of Parkes played. The film stars Sam Neill (Jurassic Park),
Kevin Harrington (Sea Change), Tom Long (Strange Planet)
and Patrick Warburton (Emperor’s New Groove) and
is from the director/producer team of The Castle, Rob Sitch and
In 2001, Distant Horizon distributed The
Long Run starring Armin Mueller-Stahl (Shine,
Jakob, The Liar), Nthati Moshesh(Kini And Adams) and
Paterson Joseph (The Beach) and is directed by Jean Stewart
(Cracker, Butterfly Collectors). The Long Run
traces the life of a failed track coach, Berthold Bohmer
(Armin Mueller Stahl), who discovers a beautiful, young African as she trains alone.
He realises that she has what it takes to win the Comrades Marathon,
and immediately begins to persuade her to prepare for the race with
him as her trainer. The Long Run was acquired
for worldwide distribution (excluding Africa) by Universal Focus,
the speciality division of Universal Pictures.
Distant Horizon successfully distributed the South
African blockbuster comedy, Mr Bones.
The film, starring South Africa’s Number One Boxoffice Star,
Leon Schuster in the lead, is set against the background of the
Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City. It is a classic slapstick comedy
and was released on November 30, 2001 and is the highest grossing
South African film of all time. The film grossed more than Three
Million Euros in Germany and One Million Euros in Spain.
2002 saw the production of I Capture
The Castle, a captivating love story set in 1930s
England. The film stars newcomer Romola Garai, Australian Rose Byrne
(Star Wars: Episode II) and Americans Henry Thomas (Gangs
of New York, Legends of the Fall, ET) and Marc Blucas (Sunshine
State). This new British romantic comedy also stars Bill Nighy
(Lucky Break), Tara Fitzgerald (Brassed Off),
Henry Cavill, Sarah Woodward, James Faulkner and David Bamber. The
film was released by the Samuel Goldwyn Company in the United States
and by Momentum Pictures in the United Kingdom.
Distant Horizon acquired the hit Taiwanese series
ThunderForce for worldwide distribution.
The series comprises a multi-platform franchise consisting of over
900 hours of television programming, CD-Rom games, comic books,
action figures, playing cards and other merchandising, and a feature
film, Legend of the Sacred Stone. A deal
was concluded with Broadway Video Enterprises and Goodtimes Entertainment
for the series which was renamed Wulin Warriors: Legend
of the Seven Stars and this association saw the series
being placed on Cartoon Network’s Toonami Block in September
Distant Horizon co-produced the gripping docu-feature, The Journalist
And The Jihadi: The Murder Of Daniel Pearl which tracks
the parallel lives of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl
and jihadi Omar Sheikh. Both highly educated individuals from privileged
backgrounds, the two men saw the world differently, but with seemingly
similar passion and commitment. One was a humanist, who spent most
of his career reporting from the Islamic world on a quest to promote
cross-cultural understanding; the other was a militant who ultimately
chose a deeply violent path to express his views. After 9/11, their
paths crossed in Pakistan, with tragic consequences. The film was nominated for two Emmy Awards in the categories: Outstanding Investigative Journalism and Outstanding Writing and was acquired for distribution by HBO.
Distant Horizon has been on the cutting edge of
Asian entertainment since the early 1990s. Its film Black
Mask” was the first Jet Li feature to be released
theatrically in the United States by Artisan Entertainment and grossed
$15 million, and the company was also responsible for taking several
Jackie Chan titles to the States, including Police Story
1 & 2 and Twin Dragons.
Its latest Hong Kong feature, Zu Warriors,
starring Zhang Zi Yi, will be distributed by Miramax later this
year. Other recent Asian acquisitions include Ryuhei Kitamura’s
Versus from Japan and Kim Tae-Gyun’s
Volcano High from Korea.
Distant Horizon has acquired a number of Asian
titles remake. Distant Horizon’s Anant Singh and Brian Cox
are producers of the Dimension Films production of Pulse,
a remake of the Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japanese horror film that Jim Sonzer
directed, with Kirsten Bell and Ian Somerhalder starring. Distant
Horizon is also currently developing a remake of Don’t
Look Up, an early title from director Hideo Nakata
(Ring) and a live action adaptation of the urban comic book series
Distant Horizon’s relationship with Hong
Kong based China Star Entertainment has seen the production of a
number of films, including Black Mask
(Jet Li) and Black Mask 2 which was released
by Columbia. Distant Horizon has also acquired the remake rights
to China Star’s Colour Of Truth,
a tense and stylish cop thriller that is filled with action and
drama. It focuses on the moral dilemma of a young police officer
who fights between the truth and the desire to avenge his father’s
Co-produced with Dimension Films is Pulse, a remake of the Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japanese horror film which stars Kirsten Bell, Ian Somerhalder, Christina Milian and Rick Gonzalez. The film is directed by Jim Sonzero and is written by Wes Craven and Ray Wright. Pulse follows the antics of a hacker who invades the computer of someone who is developing a powerful wireless signal and accidentally releases a mysterious force that takes away the will to live from human beings, generating a suicide epidemic.
Prey, written and directed by Darrell James Roodt (the Academy Award Nominated Yesterday), along with co-writers Beau Bauman and Jeff Wadlow (writers of Cry Wolf) produced by Dstant Horizon, was acquired for worldwide distribution by Sony Pictures. Prey is an intense thriller inspired by true events that see a dream holiday become an African nightmare when three American tourists get lost and desperately out of their depth in the remote bush, while being hunted by a pride of persistent and ruthless lions. The cast includes Bridget Moynahan (I Robot, Lord of War) as American, Amy Newman, Peter Weller (24, RoboCop, Naked Lunch) as her husband Tom Newman, and Carly Schroeder (Firewall, Mean Creek) as their 14 year old daughter. Connor Dowds (Glory Glory) and Jamie Bartlett (Red Dust) round off the cast.
American East was the Arab-American drama starring, Tony Shalhoub, the Emmy-winning star of the hit series Monk, Kais Nashef, lead actor in the international hit and Oscar-nominated Palestinian film, Paradise Now and Egyptian-American actor Sayed Badreya. Badreya co-wrote the script with director Hesham Issawi. Singh and Distant Horizon’s Brian Cox are producers, along with partners Mohannad Malas and Ahmad Zahra of Tala Corp. American East examines long-held misunderstandings about Arab culture and puts a human face on a segment of this American population that is presently in the spotlight. The story highlights the pressures under which many Arab-Americans live today.
Following was the re-make of Hideo Nakata’s Don’t Look Up starring Henry Thomas (I Capture The Castle, Gangs Of New York), Kevin Corrigan (Departed, American Gangster), Lothaire Bluteau (Black Robe, Jesus of Montreal), Carmen Chaplin (All About the Benjamins) and Reshad Strik (Hills Have Eyes 2). Set in and around an abandoned film studio from another era, Don’t Look Up charts the unravelling sanity of a director and his crew when spirits from that era invade the film stock of the contemporary production and, in a few stark frames, open a horrifying window on a terrible curse from the past.
The First Grader which is set in a remote Kenyan and tells the remarkable and uplifting story of a proud old Mau Mau veteran who is determined to seize his last opportunity to learn to read and joins a class of six year olds. The First Grader was a hit at both the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals in 2010 and was the Audience Prize runner-up in Toronto. The film was released in the US through National Geographic Films.
Released in 2011 was My Hunter's Heart, a docudrama which explores the world's oldest world's most ancient shamanic culture which is severely threatened as their traditional way of life and skills have been taken away from them. It tracks the Khomani San of the Southern Kalahari, the oldest living indigenous tribe in the world, who are genetically linked to every human being on Planet Earth.
Shot on location in South Africa, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is based on Nelson Mandela's autobiography and was released in November 2013. The film stars Golden Globe winner, Idris Elba as Mandela and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela alongside Tony Kgoroge (Walter Sisulu), Riaad Moosa (Ahmed Kathrada), Zolani Mkiva (Raymond Mhlaba), Simo Magwaza (Andrew Mlangeni), Fana Mokoena (Govan Mbeki) and Thapelo Mokoena (Elias Motsoaledi), Naomie Harris, Lindiwe Matshikiza (Zindzi Mandela) and Terry Pheto (Evelyn Mase). The film won the Golden Globe award for Best Original Song and received the Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. The film was released in the US by The Weinstein Company; Pathe in the UK and France; E One in Canada; Sony in Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico, Panama, Poland, Romania, Serbia, South Korea, Uruguay and Venezuela; Warner Brothers in Spain.
Recently completed is the live action remake of Yasuomi Umetsu's hit Japanese anime movie, Kite which is directed by Ralph Ziman and stars Samuel L. Jackson, India Eisley and Australian sensation Callan McAuliffe. Shot on location in Johannesburg, the film will be released in the US by Anchor Bay and The Weinstein Company is handling international sales.