For over 12 months now, Joanna Tomkins has been living in the Deep South, in Scarborough, and is running her own tour company, with a strong intention of staying local, with local pickups and tours to the local villages, trails and sights, such as the “Simonstown waddle”, “Cape of Good Hope Reserve hike” or the soon-to-be-launched community project “Red Hill township trail” See www.southernpeninsula.com to get more info. Joanna Tomkins is English, grew up in France and lived in Spain for 15 years. She holds a MA in Business Administration, which she studied both in France and in Spain.
Before moving to Cape Town, she worked in the field of VHS/DVD video distribution and production (for PolyGram Video – now Universal – and Divisa Video), and distribution of TV series in Europe (PPM Multimedia), mainly working on securing co-production deals and acquisitions, travelling to the main European such as MIPCOM, MIPTV, Annecy, Cartoon Forum, etc. At the time, she secured financing for the series Capelito, now a worldwide award winning preschool stop motion animation series.
She has also worked as a freelance art director and producer for animation TV series and commercials in Spain.Simultaneously, she completed a 4 year official career in Sculpture and Applied Arts and a specialisation at the school of Ceramics of Moncloa, both in Madrid. She then studied Stagecraft design and construction techniques at the Centro de Tecnología del Espectáculo.
But she left the media world to travel to North and West Africa and later to work as a guide in Southern and Eastern Africa, which has given her an overall knowledge of societal issues in Africa.She formalised her research by completing a postgraduate in African Studies in Barcelona.
From 2008 to 2014, when Joanna moved to Cape Town, it was to continue guiding locally but also to produce and direct documentaries. Her documentary Rainbow Nation 2010 was sold to 9 televisions worldwide and premiered in South Africa at the opening of the Cape Town Festival in 2010. It is a composition of 8 independent portraits of South Africans, each told in the words of its own main character, on a soundtrack combining original violin compositions and great local hits. The director’s intention was to create consciousness around the diversity of the population of South Africa, prior to the 2010 World Cup.
She co-wrote and locally produced the documentary Last Taxi to Town (working title in English). Commissioned by Al Jazeera in 2010, it deals with the Integrated Rapid Transport (IRT), at the time when the first bus line was opened, linking the airport to the Cape Town Stadium. The team followed 3 taxi drivers or owners, from Khayelitsha, Mitchell’s Plan and Athlone and recorded their impressions of the IRT, of the World Cup and their personal circumstances in general.
She was script writer and editing director for it’s Africa’s Time in 2012 and 2013, in collaboration with Capetonian production company Man makes a Picture.
To see any of her work, click on the links below:
Rainbow Nation 2010, full documentary:http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/4381/Rainbow-Nation-2010
It’s Africa’s Time (13 x 26’), episode 6:www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDfdw24TykE
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