Penguin Films is renowned for outstanding television production in drama, comedy, reality TV and game shows.



Chandies is a colloquial term that means “trouble” and is also the name of the Penguin Films’ sitcom series on Mzansi Magic (DSTV channel 107) where a naive church community takes in two inept, desperate conmen who repay their new family by taking them for a not so joyous ride.

Take A Trip To

This studio based quiz show show is an entertaining means for children aged 12 to 15 years to explore South Africa virtually. The programme celebrates our African heritage by exposing our viewer to the diverse landscapes, cultures, history, wildlife, scientific facts and adventure activities. It also encourages pride in the cultural resources of the country by showing South Africa’s peoples and their traditional cultures and unique achievements.

Truth Be Told – Swallow This

An investigative TV documentary that unpacks meat production, distribution and consumption in South Africa. From slaughter to supermarket – how fresh is our food and what are we actually eating?

Kemang – Who am I

This 48 minute documentary was produced by Paw Paw Films for SABC 1 about a young man named Kemang

Shreds and Dreams

Shreds and Dreams follows four women from urban and rural settings as their lives, struggles and desires intersect.

Shooting Stars

In a build up to 2010 and the soccer world cup Penguin produced 52 one hour episodes of the soccer drama Shooting Stars for e t.v. The series followed an up and coming local soccer club as they strive to make the premier league division.

Democracy Now

Penguin Films completed two documentaries for SABC 1’s Democracy Now strand

Deeltitel Dames

Neem vier uiteenlopende vroue en gooi hulle saam in een deel-titelkompleks. Roer ‘n vleispaleis van ‘n gym-instrukteur by, tesame met ‘n paplepel vol unieke Suid-Afrikaanse geursel. Voeg hope fyn- (soms grof!) gemaalde komedie en rissiepit drama daarby en wag vir die mengsel om kookpunt te bereik. Bedien met ‘n vet dosis fisiese komedie en ‘n tikkie styl (wel, soortvan) en kyk hoe die mense terugkom vir nog.


It has been over twenty years since the first series of KHULULEKA was broadcast on South African television screens. KHULULEKA was launched in 1994 to coincide with our country’s introduction to democracy. The original series of KHULULEKA was an initiative of the Matla Trust which was set up by President Nelson Mandela to educate first time voters. The popularity of the series led to subsequent series which covered a wide range of educational topics including democracy, human rights issues and the need to inform communities about local government. Sponsors of previous series have included the Mott Foundation, the Department of Constitutional Development, SABC Education and the Independent Electoral Commission.
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