Over the years Brandon Auret has carved himself a reputation for being an incredibly talented and diverse performer who has a relentless passion for the craft of acting. Writer/Director Neil Blomkamp was so impressed by Brandon’s performance in the Sci-fi megahit District 9, that he cast him again in his second feature, Elysium, alongside Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.
Brandon has earned respect on many film sets and stage productions for being a consummate professional, but is equally well-known for his infectious humour and an uncanny ability to boost the morale of all those around him. This quality has proven invaluable on many occasions where he has served as producer on several hit musical shows.
Brandon’s talents aren’t just limited to acting; he’s also a singer and musician - a performer in every sense of the word. He’s appeared in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and starred in The Buddy Holly Story, to name but a few examples.
Brandon received a Diploma in Dramatic Arts at Pretoria Technikon. But as with any emerging actor, he paid his dues for many years working the theatre circuit before scoring his big television break, as the tough but loveable cop, Leon du Plessis in Isidingo: The Need. Originally only cast for twelve episodes, Brandon made such an impression on audiences that he stayed on for several seasons.
Although Brandon’s career is peppered with numerous television and stage productions, his true love is feature films. His first big opportunity struck when he was cast as an army colonel in Catch A Fire, starring Tim Robbins. Brandon has ardently pursued a feature film career ever since.
Always hungry to acquire new skills, Brandon keenly observed the production process while working on projects such as Catch A Fire, District 9 and Elysium. Brandon brings this wealth of valuable knowledge and experience - gained while working on major Hollywood studio films - to his role as producer and co-owner of A Breed Apart Pictures.
James Read is the quintessential Branson-styled entrepreneur and adventurer. His life experiences and business ventures have taken him to destinations across the globe, including a stint working on the oil fields in America.
In addition to being a qualified game ranger, James is also a sought after chopper pilot (with well over 10 000 hours of commercial flight managment under his belt), which is particularly useful to A Breed Apart Pictures when we require aerial footage or access to inhospitable terrain.
James balances his responsibilities as co-owner of A Breed Apart Pictures with a number of successful business enterprises, including a project management company and assuming the role as CEO of Scenic Route Transfers, which caters to the charter requirements of VIPs from around the world.
Strong business acumen means that James controls the financial operations of the company. His access to specialized resources further ensures that A Breed Apart Pictures receives the best consultation when contracts and legal documents are required for any project.
Justin Head’s debut feature film, Night Drive - South Africa’s first thriller/horror – has arguably become one of the most controversial and publicized films in the country’s history. Prior to local theatrical release the film had already been picked up for international distribution and sold into several international territories.
Justin holds an Honours degree in Motion Picture Medium. In his graduation year he wrote & directed the supernatural thriller ‘Scarred Instinct’ for South Africa’s pay-TV broadcaster M-Net. The short film received several award nominations, including Best Screenplay & Best Direction, and scooped up Best Film for 2003.
In that same year, Justin directed 3 emotionally-charged PSAs for Amnesty International South Africa, all of which were among the top ten best PSAs. The bone-chilling ‘Child Soldier’ won the Multichoice Africa VUKA! award for Newcomer Best Director, while ‘Torture V/C’ scooped the best overall runner up award.
Following Justin’s graduation, he spent several years writing and directing numerous documentaries and corporate videos for clients such as Eskom, Clover, MTN, Hansa Pilsner, Transnet and the 2009 Canopy Piloting World Cup. This was interspersed with several ‘spec’ commercials for Lamborghini, Top Bike magazine and Nissan.
For two years Justin also worked as both a storyliner and a scriptwriter on a highly deadline-driven daily drama series.
In 2010, Justin researched, wrote and co-produced several documentary inserts for South Africa’s premium current affairs show, Carte Blanche. One such story took Justin right into the heart of the Rift Valley Fever Outbreak which was taking lives as rapidly as it was spreading across the country.