Unearthed: Funding

In order to ensure that un•earthed remains an independent production across the board, the project has been entirely self-funded thus far. Any form of sponsorship that has been received by the project is completely third party and nonpartisan to the debate on hydraulic fracturing. Over the past year, the project has declined various financial offers from persons who are in some way aligned in the discussion around gas development in South Africa – whether farmers in the Karoo or those with interests in the energy industry.

All those involved in the making of the documentary have done so entirely on a pro bono basis. The director, Jolynn Minnaar, has stepped back from her career in the local media industry in order to focus on the project while many others have generously worked after hours and on weekends to enable the documentary to expand into what it is today.

Owing to increasing financial strain to see the project finish, we are in the process of establishing an online funding platform. In the meantime, to ensure our transparency, here is an outline of received funds and sponsorship:



Executive Producers

  • Zootee Productions
  • Jolynn Minnaar



un•earthed has received an incredible amount of support from various independent companies and individuals. The production would like to express its sincere gratitude for their kind generosity.


  • Zootee Productions

An fast emerging digital cinema rental store in Cape Town has kindly sponsored the documentary with equipment and post-production facilities.


  • Talented film and media industry professionals: Donald Nyahuye (Editor); Dylan Scullard (Visual Effects); Max Milne (Music Composition) and Mike Metelerkamp (Web Development).


  • Summer Shade

The brilliant local act, Summer Shade, kindly allowed us to use their track “Dark Money” for one of the earlier teaser videos, As it stands in South Africa.


  • Groenvlei Farm Guest House

Groenvlei generously hosted the crew during principal photography in the Karoo.