Johnny Breedt was born in South Africa, and after completing a course in theatre crafts at the Pretoria Technikon he worked for the State Theatre and received numerous honors, including the Pretorium Trust and Chamber of Mines Prestige awards. After his military service, he completed a course in film production at the College for Educational Technology and pursued a career in art direction and production design. He learned the ropes on such major international productions as Hugh Hudson’s I Dreamed of Africa and Andy Tennant’s Anna and the King, His features as production designer include Terry George’s award–winning Hotel Rwanda; Carroll Ballard’s acclaimed Duma, and most recently, he completed the Justin Chadwick directed, Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom, which The Weinstein Company will distribute the US later this year.
Camille Benda earned an MFA from the Yale School of Drama (Theatre Design), and an MA from the Courtauld Institute in London (History of Dress). She has been designing costumes for feature films and commercials in the UK for the last ten years, but is planning shortly to move back to the States, where she was born and grew up. Her recent film projects include the supernatural thriller, The Quiet Ones, directed by John Pogue and starring Jared Harris and Sam Clafin; and Donald Rice’s Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, starring Elizabeth McGovern and Felicity Jones, set in 1930’s England. Lilting, starring Ben Wishaw is her latest project. In addition, Camille has styled numerous commercials, including those for British Airways, Nikon, Canon and Nissan. She has also designed theatre projects for Yale Repertory and Rattlestick Theatre (off-Broadway). As an assistant costume designer, Camille worked on The Golden Compass, directed by Chris Weitz, and starring Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman; and City of Ember, with Bill Murray and Saorsie Ronan starring.