Debbie Cornell is the Executive Producer and one of the owners of Rocket Films Africa, based in Cape Town, South Africa and the new Rocket Films Middle East.
Debbie started her career in the wardrobe department of the groundbreaking Market Theatre in Johannesburg in the late 1970’s. In the 1980’s she moved into production on TV shows and feature films.
After a spell of working as a producer for international news agencies during the political turmoil leading up to South Africa’s first free election, Debbie was involved in the boom of service work as South Africa’s market was opened up to international commercial productions post 1994. During this time, Debbie freelanced with some of South Africa’s best service & production companies, and was privileged to work with many top directors, production companies and agencies from all around the globe.
In 2002, Debbie opened Rocket, where she continued to focus on her regular clients in her own inimitable style. Her goal has always been to maintain an ethical, focused and professional production company where intelligent and solutions driven service provides an environment and product to satisfy every client. The success of Rocket Films over the past 18 years is testament to Debbie’s commitment and dedication to this ethos. Many of her client’s have been with her since the start and she has grown Rocket client base through word of mouth and her sparkling reputation.
Over her long career, Debbie has worked in most media – from News to Feature films, Television to Stills, documentaries, reality shows and hundreds of TVC shoots. Aware that media is a fast changing and dynamic world, and that diversity is essential, she is excited to be launching Rocket into new territories and Rocket is currently exploring collaborations in long form and post production projects which will be announced soon.
She was recently elected the Chair of Makhasa Winner’s League F.C. A community upliftment program that Rocket has been supporting since its’ inception in 2009. This project defies the harsh life that it was borne out of and has seen more that 600 boys become men with skills and discipline since its start.
Debbie’s maxim- work hard and clever, have fun and be kind to people and the planet.