A filmmaker at heart, Guy started in the industry after leaving school in 1972, joining the SABC’s sound department for a while before moving to London, where he worked in the BBC‘s film unit. Guy returned to South Africa in the 80s, where he worked extensively in the South African film industry in the sound department and then moved to the direction side of the industry, directing and producing television productions. Guy then worked as a 1st AD for many years, working on all aspects of the industry, in many different countries throughout Europe and Africa, before setting up Namib Film in Swakopmund. Guy’s knowledge of filmmaking and Namibia has proven that he is a major asset to the Namibian film industry and visiting producers. Guy’s established contacts within the Namibian government and local authorities makes him a key figure in the development of the local industry.
As a service company Namib Film has been at the forefront to persuade the international productions to use Namibians on their projects. In the past ten years Namib Film has employed over 2750 Namibians on various productions, as free-lance crew and will continue this pattern as long as foreign films come to Namibia.
Guy Nockels, the owner and driving force behind Namib Film, Namibia’s premier production service company established in 2000, has been involved with major Hollywood production, such as Flight of the Phoenix (2004), Gallowwalker (2008), 10 000BC (2006), Transformer (2011) and a number of Bollywood Films like Dhoom II (2005), Ghajini and Drona (2007), to date Namib Film has had over 325 productions through their doors.