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Robot Work


Liam Johnson

Executive Producer

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Robot Work


Liam Johnson

Executive Producer

Africa’s a big place, but ROBOT has it pretty much covered


We don’t know whether it was his love of extreme sports or the mercurial British weather but, either way, Liam couldn’t wait to get back to Cape Town after training in London. Since then he’s made more than 100 commercials for clients from Lagos to Moscow, Hamburg and the Indian Ocean Islands (but he doesn’t like to boast). 

Liam is owner and executive producer at Robot. He loves motorbikes, loud noises, heights, crawl spaces and open water. When he’s not conquering everyone else’s phobias he likes to eat rib eye steak. The fat’s where all the flavour is, you know? 

He knows Africa better than Dr Livingstone and can fix pretty much anything you need in some of the world’s most incredible locations, be it a shoot in Soweto, animation in Nairobi or live action in LagoS, CAPE TOWN, DURBAN oR MOZAMBIQUE - Liam is your man in Africa. 

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South Africa


Why Film in South Africa?

South Africa


Why Film in South Africa?

It's probably easier to list the reasons not to film in south africa...but if we did, you'd be staring at a blank page.

Let's start with the scenery. South africa can pretty much double for anywhere - for the history channel alone, cape town and surrounds have dressed up as utah, the great plains, the sierra nevada, the rockies and the bombing of pearl harbour (using local crew as well).

Thanks to longstanding interest from the international film industry, south africa's built a robust film infrastructure with a strong pool of local talent. Clint Eastwood shot invictus here with Morgan Freeman and matt damon; bollywood productions regularly radiate colour across the durban streets; and the list of major motion pictures includes blood diamond, 10 000 BC, lord of war, ask the dust, hotel rwanda, man ot man, to the ends of the earth, racing stripes, the floor and to catch a fire.

the financial incentives of shooting in South africa are obvious - two words: exchange rate. A dollar and pound budget goes avery long way down here, way more than it would in London or NYC. The country's geared up for commercial, short- and long-form shoots for the smallest budgets to the biggest blockbusters.

And we haven't even started on the weather...