Bonné de Bod

Bonné de Bod (born 11 June 1981) is a South African television presenter and documentary film producer.[1] She is best known for her film STROOP - Journey into the Rhino Horn War.[2] She is also noted for field reporting on the nature television series 50/50 for seven seasons.[3] Recognition for her television presenting include a Jackson Wild Media Award nomination for 'Best Host/Presenter' in 2019[4] a SANParks Kudu Award[5] for 'Best Journalist' in the years 2015[6] and 2019[7] and two Impact DOCS[8] for 'Best On-Camera Talent' and 'Best Narration/Voice-Over Talent' in 2021.[9] She has won over 30 awards as a film producer.[10][11]

Bonné de Bod
Bonné de Bod while filming STROOP
Bonné de Bod in 2015
Born (1981-06-11) 11 June 1981 (age 41)
Kempton Park, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Alma materUniversity of Pretoria
Occupation(s)Television presenter, documentary film producer
Known forPresenter and producer of the documentary STROOP - Journey into the Rhino Horn War

Early life and educationEdit

De Bod was born in Kempton Park, South Africa and brought up in Northcliff, Johannesburg.[12] She has a B.Com in Industrial Psychology from the University of Pretoria.[13]

CareerEdit

After graduation a modelling agency offered De Bod a modelling contract in Cape Town. She accepted and located to Cape Town where she modelled for three years.[14][15] This was followed by an offer from London but she followed her passion for wildlife and aced the audition to become a presenter on South Africa's 50/50, the well-known environmental and natural history television show, remaining there for seven seasons.[16][14][17][18]

STROOP - Journey into the Rhino Horn WarEdit

In 2008, rhino poaching was a growing problem in South Africa.[19] In 2013 a story involving rhino poaching which De Bod made with film director, Susan Scott in Kruger National Park, inspired the pair to create the documentary STROOP - Journey into the Rhino Horn War.[20] Filmed over four years, STROOP, showed the complete chain from African poachers to Asian consumers.[21][22] An official selection at 40 film festivals, the film has won 30 awards.[23][24] Anton Crone of The Sunday Times wrote in a newspaper article that De Bod and Scott's ability to engage with people, "whether vulnerable, dangerous or courageous, [gave] the film it's human depth".[25] The Mercury said that De Bod is tough as nails.[26]

Kingdoms of Fire, Ice and Fairy TalesEdit

De Bod's second film, also with Scott, Kingdoms of Fire, Ice and Fairytales, premiered at Jackson Wild in 2020, winning several awards as well as receiving positive reviews.[27] Kingdoms was filmed and edited during the COVID-19-pandemic.[28] The pair devised 'Kingdoms of Fire, Ice & Fairy Tales' in California while on the film festival circuit.[29] De Bod has been praised for her presenting in Kingdoms by notable film critic, Leon van Nierop,[30] and by Getaway Magazine, that calls De Bod "the protagonist, with an authentic, assured voice whose screen presence reflects the beauty of the environment she is exploring".[31] In 2015, De Bod also worked on Rhino Blog, (known as Rhino Planet outside of Africa), airing on People's Weather.[32][33] She received the SANParks Kudu Award for 'Best Journalist' in 2015 for her work on 50/50 and again in 2019 together with Scott for STROOP. De Bod was asked by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to moderate a panel discussion on Illegal Wildlife Trade at the 2015 World Forestry Congress.[34]

Personal lifeEdit

De Bod lives in Bryanston,[35] and is a member of the Documentary Filmmakers Association (DFA).[36]

Television, filmography and awardsEdit

Year Title Role Awards
2010–2016 50/50 Presenter, producer, Researcher
  • SANParks Kudu Award for Best Journalist
  • SANParks Kudu Award for Best Programme[17]
  • ATKV-Mediaveertjie (Afrikaans for 'Media Feather')[37]
2018–2019 STROOP - Journey into the Rhino Horn War Presenter, Producer
  • SANParks Kudu Award for Best Journalist
  • 30 awards for Producing
2020 Kingdoms of Fire, Ice and Fairy Tales Presenter, Producer
  • Impact DOCS – Award of Excellence, Best On-screen Talent[9]
  • Impact DOCS – Award of Excellence, Best Narrator[38]
  • Further awards for producing

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bonné de Bod". www.wildlife-film.com.
  2. ^ "STROOP – Journey into the Rhino Horn War Trailer". iwonder.com.
  3. ^ Naik, Sameer (3 August 2020). "#aTypicalInterview: Why Bonne de Bod would love to spend the day with David Attenborough". Iol.co.za. Retrieved 3 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Jackson Wild Media Awards 2019 Finalists Announced!". www.wildlife-film.com. 5 August 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Kudu Awards – South African National Parks – SANParks – Official Website". www.sanparks.org.
  6. ^ "Media Release: Kudu Awards Celebrate Conservation Giants". www.sanparks.org. 18 October 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  7. ^ Kirsten, Elise (4 December 2019). "'Stroop' gets SANParks Kudu Award and donates prize money". www.getaway.co.za. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Impact DOCS Awards". impactdocsawards.com. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Impact DOCS Award of Excellence". impactdocsawards.com. 28 January 2021. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  10. ^ "SA Filmmakers Receive Awards for Kingdoms of Fire, Ice & Fairy Tales". 14 April 2021.
  11. ^ "Kingdoms of Fire, Ice & Fairy Tales (2020)". 15 April 2021.
  12. ^ "Podcast #23 – Bonné de Bod – Journey into the Rhino Horn War". www.sustainablejungle.com.
  13. ^ "Alumna profile: Bonné de Bod | University of Pretoria". www.up.ac.za.
  14. ^ a b "'Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Wars' offers a closer look into the world of poaching". TimesLIVE.
  15. ^ Get It Pretoria, September 2016
  16. ^ "50/50 postponement alarms supporters". 15 September 2009.
  17. ^ a b Baloyi, Era (12 July 2017). "An award-winning television presenter and filmmaker, Bonné de Bod". quickread.co.za. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Video list of 50/50 episodes by Bonné de Bod". bonnedebod.com (in English and Afrikaans).
  19. ^ "Poaching Numbers – Conservation – Save the Rhino International". Save The Rhino.
  20. ^ Arum, John (25 September 2019). "Stroop:Finding hope in the rhino poaching crisis". www.the-star.co.ke. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  21. ^ "STROOP – a ground breaking doccie on Rhino poaching". Sandton Chronicle. 22 August 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2021.
  22. ^ ""Stroop – Journey into the Rhino Horn war" honoured at Film Fest". m.youtube.com. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  23. ^ "5 SA films and series that made waves imternationally in 2020". Iol.co.za. 28 December 2020. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  24. ^ "Watch Bonné accepting the Genesis Award for Brigitte Bardot International Documentary Feature Film". m.youtube.com. 8 July 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  25. ^ Crone, Anton (13 January 2019). "'Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Wars' offers a closer look into the world of poaching". TimesLIVE. Retrieved 26 July 2021.
  26. ^ Marchelle Abrahams: The Mercury on Friday, 10 August 2018
  27. ^ Baxter, Jenni (14 April 2021). "SA Filmmakers Receive Awards for Kingdoms of Fire, Ice & Fairy Tales". SAPeople.com. Retrieved 26 July 2021.
  28. ^ Naik, Sameer (26 September 2020). "Award-winning SA filmmakers' new nature documentary is shot at exotic locations around the globe". Iol.co.za. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  29. ^ Crone, Anton (1 November 2020). "Kingdoms of Fire, and Fairy Tales on Showmax 3 December". www.getaway.co.za. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  30. ^ Baxter, Jenni (14 April 2021). "SA Filmmakers Receive Awards for Kingdoms of Fire, Ice & Fairy Tales". SAPeople – Worldwide South African News.
  31. ^ "Film review: Kingdoms Of Fire, Ice and Fairy Tales". Getaway Magazine. 1 November 2020.
  32. ^ Get It, Joburg North Magazine, September 2017
  33. ^ "Newsroom: Stroop, a documentary on rhino poaching". m.youtube.com. 25 September 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  34. ^ "Summary report 7–11 September 2015". IISD Earth Negotiations Bulletin.
  35. ^ "New film creates awareness about the plight of rhinos". 3 May 2016.
  36. ^ "Current Members". Documentary Filmmakers' Association.
  37. ^ "Two film makers awarded for hard work". 31 May 2016.
  38. ^ "Impact DOCS Award of Excellence". impactdocsawards.com. 28 January 2021. Retrieved 28 January 2021.


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