Photo Credit: Screengrab / Hellmot Productions

Timothy Hay and Simon Mulholland created a beautiful drone video of the KwaZulu-Natal province, encouraging a different perspective for the future.


KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (15 June 2020) – South Africa, we miss you! We miss seeing the bright and beautiful smiles of everyone walking by. We miss hearing the laughter of friends as the braai is lit and beers are clinked. We miss the vibrancy of our rainbow nation and the way the buzz of the busy streets make you feel alive. We mourn for our freedoms but know how important our responsibility is, we are saving our nation!

The Hellmot Productions team recently released a video of KwaZulu-Natal by drone. The feature highlights the empty places, the buildings and streets, but also the homes where people are spending their lockdown. It is incredible to see the beauty of South Africa. Throughout the feature, you get to listen to the late Nelson Mandela’s speech about the beauty of our country.

“Being filmmakers and licenced drone pilots, the reality of living through a pandemic sparked a natural urge to want to document it and to capture a monumental moment in history.

Hours of phones calls, extensive emails sent and permits coming out of our ears, Simon Mulholland and I, finally set off into the unknown and began filming across KZN. The more footage we gathered, the more compelled we became to share the incredible sights of Durban and surrounds, with you.

Our short film, ‘PERSPECTIVE’, captures a never-to-be-seen again, empty, picturesque and pristine KZN. Filming from the sky, offers a completely new perspective of the world below, through this perception, we decided we wanted to shed a new light on this pandemic and to remind every person of the opportunity we have, to unite once more as a nation.”

The guys shared their favourite quote from Nelson Mandela.

“In the words of our great, Nelson Mandela, “Perhaps it requires such depth of oppression to create such heights of character. My country is rich in the minerals and gems that lie beneath its soil, but I have always known that its greatest wealth is its people, finer and truer than the purest diamonds.”

They hope that every South African will emerge from the lockdown with a new perspective of life.

“When we look at a new life beyond COVID-19, we need to make the right, responsible choices and take a good hard look at our current lifestyles. This pandemic is as much about re-aligning our understanding of the world as about finding some hope amidst the chaos. There is a definite opportunity for a hard reset and a chance to realign our priorities as people, a nation and a society.

Nelson Mandela spent twenty-seven years fighting a far greater ‘lockdown’. The way that Mandela bettered himself through adversity serves as an object lesson to us all: If Mandela could walk out of 27 years in jail without any anger, we too can rise above our petty problems and disputes. His courage in the face of oppression stands as an invaluable lesson of the power of passion and perseverance to change the world. A lesson he would want us to apply to our own lives.

These are unprecedented times, and it is safe to say that none of us have ever experienced anything quite like COVID-19. Let us not focus on all the negative animosity going on in the world, simply pause for a moment, take a step back and see things through a new perspective.

We hope that this video will encourage each and every one of you to embrace these challenges and turn them into opportunities for each and every member of our beautiful Rainbow nation, to live lives of equal stature. Our rich South African land can work for us all.”

Take a look at the beautiful video below.

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