Established in 1993, Elysian Films is a UK-based producer of award-winning feature films, shorts and documentaies. Its first international feature film, SKIN, starring Sam Neill and Sophie Okonedo, dramatises one of the most bizarre and fascinating true stories to emerge from South Africa (

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Freeze-Frame Pumeza - Out of Africa

Freeze-Frame is a new short film, currently in production, starring Freddie Fox (Pride, Riot Club) and a dynamic young Chinese actress, Tuan Yuan. It has been commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and VisitBritain as part of the government's GREAT campaign; its aim is to promote British talent, locations and expertise in China, following the signing of a new co-production agreement between the two countries. Written by David and Keith Lynch, the film is being Executive Produced by Carter Pilcher of Shorts TV, and directed by Anthony Fabian. Shot on location in London, Edinburgh and Shanghai in October, it was released in December 2014 and is currently showing on all Virgin Airllines flights.

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This hour-long documentary tells the story of a woman brought up in the townships of South Africa, a world of extreme poverty and crime, who goes on to become one of the most celebrated opera singers of her generation. At the age of twenty-one, Pumeza Matshikiza was unable to read music. But having secured a place in the opera course at the University of Cape Town, her talent and determination won her a full scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London, followed by Covent Garden’s prestigious Young Artists’ Programme.  She was offered a permanent contract by Stuttgart Opera before being signed up by Decca Records for her first solo recording, Voice of Hope, which was released to great acclaim in 2014. Later that year, she sang to one billion people at the opening of the Commonwealth Games. Her second album for Decca is now in the pipeline and this film is due for release in 2016.

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