gabflyMEDIA prides itself in making character-driven, independent non-fiction films.  We are currently in production with our first long-form project, MOVE: The Lost Carts of the Karoo, which we have been busy with for the last three years.




“Like all art, nonfiction film should invite, seduce, or force us to confront the most difficult,

frightening or mysterious aspects of what it means to be human.

In that sense, the aim of art is to help us gaze unflinchingly in the mirror …

By forcing or seducing people to contemplate our most painful truths,

nonfiction film – as art – opens a space for us to address our most frightening problems.

In this sense, art is different from activism, but it is always an intervention – and it makes activism possible.” – Joshua Oppenheimer






DOCUMENTARY FILM: A rural Karoo family forge their way into modernity after a lifetime of wandering on the road.
The story is a humane and soft portrait of a family feeling their way into a modern world.

It is the story of an old man who, along with his partner and twelve sons, has spent his entire life on the road,

in harsh conditions as South Africa’s gypsies. As the old man turns 100 years old, he gets his first ever brick house with a flushing toilet.

Electricity and hot water are on the way.  This film has been shot over 2 and a half years.

Directed and Edited by Timothy Gabb
Shot by Timothy Gabb & Russell Bruns
Music by Dave Knowles & Mark Petrie
Final Mix by Ivo Sissolak

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Al Jazeera / Encounters Pitch Trailer from gabflyMEDIA on Vimeo.


MOVE: The Lost Carts of the Karoo documentary film:

This is a 1 minute pitch video that was cut in three hours by Timothy Gabb and Jonathan Cornelius, to aid a pitch to Al Jazeera commissioning editors during the AL JAZEERA PITCHING FORUM CALL hosted by Encounters International Documentary Festival 2015.

Director: Timothy Gabb
Camera & Sound: Timothy Gabb, Russell Bruns, Daneel Knoetze, Christo du Toit
Music by Dave Knowles (
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KARRETJIE Official Trailer from gabflyMEDIA on Vimeo.

The first footage from 2012:  A documentary film in production on the marginalisation of a South African First People,

The Karretjie Mense of the Great Karoo.






On 7 and 8 February 2014, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)

opened thousands of stations to register voters across South Africa.

The community of Siqalo came out in protest. They blockaded their local IEC stations.

It was the first time that this tactic had ever been employed in post-apartheid South Africa.

Filmed by Daneel Knoetze & Timothy Gabb






A LITRE OF LIGHT. from gabflyMEDIA on Vimeo.



Selected for the UK Green Film Festival 2013:






Boetie Kom Kyk from gabflyMEDIA on Vimeo.

The story of the last sheep shearers of Nieu-Bethesda






flow – Claire Janisch talks about FLOW at Greenpop family fest 11 05 2014.






Sydney of the Strandveld from gabflyMEDIA on Vimeo.






Green Creche from gabflyMEDIA on Vimeo.

The design brief was to pilot a “human-hearted” response to unsafe temporary structures,

and to re-interpret them as safer, more dignified place of living,

while the pressures of formal housing are being addressed by government. This as a temporary solution only.

The project was made possible with the support of the Handspring Puppet Company, Pick ‘n Pay,

The City of Cape Town, Green Cube Nursery, Timothy Gabb Productions and the Eranda Foundation.

We would also like to note and thank our NGO partners CORC and ISN, leading the work of “blocking” and “re-blocking” around the country.