About Us

Hartiwood films is a well established film production company in South Africa. It is a one stop production company with complete production facility and post- production on site. An audio recording and final mix suite is available. Hartiwood films has a collective industry experience of more than 50 years. We have the latest Red Epic and Red Scarlet cameras, which give us the advantage in the film industry. Love and passion for the creative industry is our game and no job is too big or too small for us. With our latest film ‘Pretville’ we have managed to build our own town where productions have no limits.

Paul Kruger

Paul Kruger

Producer, Director of Photography

Paul Kruger started his photography career in 1990. Not long after that he joined the SABC. In 1996 he started his own company, Eschol Video Productions. Over the past 19 years Paul has established himself in the world of producing and directing through many TV programmes and documentaries.

Hartiwood Films was born in 2006 and was one of the first companies to import the RED ONE camera from the US. This camera allowed him the freedom to explore a number of different projects culminating in the feature film box office hit, Liefling – die Movie. With the excellent post-production facilities at Hartiwood Films, his company is contributing to a new level of professionalism in South Africa’s film industry.


Linda Korsten

Linda Korsten

Director, Co-Producer

Linda Korsten qualified as teacher at the University of Pretoria. After a short time in teaching, she joined the SABC in 1976 as production secretary at the Afrikaans Verskeidenheid Department, primarily working on music programmes. After five years at the SABC she started working as a freelance director at Louise Smit Productions, mainly directing children’s programmes. In the next 17 years she directed programmes like Pumpkin PatchKideoBimboKetonki, and Ha ra Bapaleng, to name a few. She has also written about 2 500 scripts for different children’s TV programmes.

In 1997 she started her own company, Fun House Productions, and continued to produce, direct and write children’s programmes, including Fundani NathiSnazzy Stories, and Fun Factory. Today, she has at least 3 000 television programmes behind her name. She has also lectured at the Pretoria Technical College’s Film School on the subject of writing for the young. For the past five years Linda has produced and directed Carike Keuzenkamp’s award-winning children’s DVDs.  In 2010 she was co-producer of the box office hit Liefling, die Movie.

Machiel Roets

Machiel Roets


Machiel Roets was born on a farm in the Free State. He began taking piano lessons at age nine and after he matriculated he studied singing for four years with Professor Werner Nel. He graduated from Potchefstroom University with a Bachelor of Music. He left South Africa in 1997 to go to the UK. In 1998 he was appointed as musical director at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, where his students included Lee Ryan of the boy band Blue, Matt Wallis of Busted, and Amy Winehouse.

He was then appointed head of music at Redroofs Theatre College where stars like Kate Winslet studied. Since 1999, he has worked as musical director on pantomimes throughout the UK. In 1999, 2000 and 2001 he was an ATKV Crescendo finalist.

As a pianist, he has worked on The Graham Norton Show. He released his first CD Afrika Kind in London in 2007.

Ferdinand Gernandt

Ferdinand Gernandt

Director – Choreographer – Singer – Actor – Dancer – Writer – Talent Ambassador

Ferdinand completed his diploma in Musical Theatre at Pretoria Technikon in 1999. After his studies he joined “African Footprint” for three years (704 performances) as part of the original cast, touring abroad to Atlanta, Georgia and performed at the “Royal Variety Performance” in 2000, London.

He also performed for “Celebrity Cruise Lines” and “Princess Cruises” as singer/dancer and guest entertainer for two years. On Ferdinand’s return to South Africa he choreographed and starred in “Best of the boys – Calendar Boys” as lead vocalist at the Performer Theatre, following he choreographed “Duke” for Tswane University of Technology (TUT) for their annual Dance Season in 2005. Other Shows include: “7’Tease Fever”

“The Wizard of Oz” “Vodacom CEO Awards 2005” Fred Casely in “Chicago” the Musical “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” Galileo understudy in “We Will Rock You” “The King and I” and wowed audiences as the John Travolta character Tony Manero in the West End hit Musical “Saturday Night Fever”

He is proud to have been part of the Department of Education’s board of Chief Examiners of dance from 2008 to 2011. Ferdinand is co-owner and founder with his wife, Diani, of their entertainment company FADCreationS, which specializes in Production Management for School Shows, Corporate Entertainment and the presenting of Performance Master Class Workshops. Projects include: Nianell – Sand en Water CD launch, Innibos Kunstefees 2011 only to name but a few.

Recently, he choreographed the Afrikaans 50’s movie musical “Pretville” Produced by Hartiwood Films.

His TV experience also include: “Villa Rosa” and “Generations”

Ferdinand’s short film screenplay “Uit die Kaskenades” got commisioned for production for kykNET’s Silwerskerm Filmfees which landed in the TOP 10 out of 450 other scripts. His screenplay and brainchild “LINE OUT – the movie musical” is in development with DreamVision and After Eden Pictures, USA.

The there is “IL Quinto” a Pop-Classical Crossover vocal band which has recorded songs with Taylor Dayne, Paul Potts and Udo Mechels and also performed with Elvis Blue, Lira, Rina Hugo, Jak de Priester and Bobby van Jaarsveld.

Ferdinand has a true need to give back to the young, up and coming performers and joined the South African Talent Championship (SATCH) as their Talent Ambassador and Head Scout, to be in direct contact with USA’s “Actors, Models and Talent for Christ” (AMTC) to give the South African youngsters a platform to reach and fulfil their dreams globally.

Ferdinand is currently involved in the following projects: “The Road Warrior” a Short Film by Brian Mitchell, “Debuut” an Afrikaans GLee kykNET Series and “Starlight Express” as Electra to be seen on stage in 2013.

Nerine Pienaar

Costume Designer

Nerine has been working in the film and TV industry for the last 10 years, and has an established wardrobe company called The Wardrobe Studio, in Johannesburg. With her fashion design background she has been able to do a wide range of film work, from local and international commercials, to feature films. Nerine also received the SAFTA award for Best Costume Design for a feature film for Mr Bones 2.

Nerine studied at Joline’s Fashion Academy, where she received an award for best tailoring and was the runner up for the Young Designer’s Award in 1994. She has also done various short courses at the London College of Fashion and worked overseas for some time where she gained much experience at Christian Laxio, Armani, and Issey Miyaki. She received a stylist award from the London College of Fashion. Currently Nerine owns and runs a Wardrobe Hiring Company, The Wardrobe Studio, in Johannesburg and received the 2010 SAFTA for Best Feature Film, Costume Design, for Liefling, Die Movie.

Anel Stolp

Anel Stolp


Anel studied at the Film School at the Tshwane University of Technology. On completing her studies she started her editing career at Eschol Video Productions. She started by editing children’s programmes, Snazzy Stories and Fun Factory. She has also edited Carike Keuzenkamp’s five most recent children’s DVDs. Over the years she has edited music videos for various artists such as Riana Nel and Liesl du Toit.

She has edited two classical music DVDs produced by Salon Music, Pianoman and Celebration, as well as the live show, Jakkals en Leo, by Kevin Leo and Jakkie Louw. In 2010, she was the editor of Liefling: Die Movie and most recenltly, she was creative director and editor on a short film about, South African Artist, Norman Catherine.