The Secret Safari

1 x 55 min documentary

A character-driven journey of courage, cunning and suspense about the African National Congress’s most successful and secret mission to smuggle guns into South Africa during Apartheid. In the early 1980s a company called ‘Africa Hinterland’ was created by the exiled operatives of the African National Congress. The company took tourists on sight-seeing trips across the border into South Africa. Unbeknown to the tourists — mostly Australians and New Zealanders — under the seats of the truck were specially-designed secret compartments housing military arms and explosives destined for the frontline of the ANC’s military arm as it fought to end the notorious apartheid system. The ‘Africa Hinterland’ operation made some 40 trips across the treacherous South African border loaded with a tonne of weapons each journey and were never caught.

Producers: Sally Browning & David Max Brown
Director: Tom Zubrycki
Editor: Emma Hay
DOP: Roman Baska
Composer: David Bridie

Winner: Best Documentary, Dendy Awards
Nomination: Best Documentary, IF Awards