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About Us

Amazing Spaces was started by Julia Finnis-Bedford in 2000 and it has grown from strength to strength, always following one key mission: to offer the best service in the fastest time and fulfill any location brief. 

Julia Finnis-Bedford, was a freelance stills producer and whilst on shoots identified the gap – there was no such thing as a location agency at the time. Also, smaller production companies didn’t have the resources to find locations, and the small handful of locations that were having shoots were not professionally managed. 

After being told by industry veterans that her idea would not work, Julia plunged right in and started Amazing Spaces in 2000. She hasn’t looked back.

From the beginning, it has been Julia’s driving passion to create a diverse portfolio of truly outstanding locations, to be empowered with relevant industry information, and to be solution-driven and the first port of call for all your location needs.

In 2004 Julia was asked by film producers for beautiful villas that would accommodate not only the international production crew, but also the stars. We already had villas in our portfolio that were available for accommodation, but we were only marketing them for shoots. And so the villa side of the business was born. 

In 2010 marketing trends started to shift and clients were looking for more intimate experiential places to host events. The large hotels & huge conference centres had been used to death and Amazing Spaces, by natural progression, started offering their locations to the industry for events. Our locations enabled clients to offer their guests boutique, unique experiences in never-been-used-before spaces.

And then we had Amazing Spaces Locations, Villas and Venues as we know it today.

We are proud to be a service and solution orientated enterprise of passionate and empowered individuals, dedicated to marketing locations to the film, events & accommodation industries. What we do takes time, commitment and energy. We are dedicated to quality and service and we strive for consultation and engagement with our customer that leaves both our staff and our clients feeling inspired, motivated and satisfied.

All of this would not be what it is today without the team of remarkable women who make it happen on a day-to-day basis. We are a group of women who love what we do – we see great spaces and we meet amazing people. 

We work hard, but we also believe in fun and cupcakes!

Managing Director
Julia Finnis-BedfordEmail me

Julia is a typical entrepreneur who loves to move with new challenges.  She believes in fairness, service, quality and innovation, whilst adding value.  Julia started this business in 2000 and hasn’t looked back - she is grateful for the opportunities and relationships that Amazing Spaces has provided. Julia is passionate about her business and her amazing team of empowered and incredible women who make Amazing Spaces what it is today. Julia is a mother-to-three and already a grandmother!  Creating balance between business & family keeps her fairly busy!

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General Manager
Hayley Bond AgnewEmail me

Hayley (or just Bond - we like our nicknames here!) is responsible primarily for Stills & Film Shoots in Cape Town.  Hayley is a typical Virgo, with never a pen out of place on her desk.  She is stable, organised, meticulous and results driven.  Hayley also has a penchant for the finer things in life, and occasionally needs reminding that it isn't essential to own everything.  With an eye for quality, she will never compromise on quality by going for the cheaper option.  Always a willing companion on a shopping spree, this funny yet serious-about-her-job, going-places gal is an asset to Amazing Spaces!

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Financial Manager - Cape Town
Arina WesselsEmail me

Although Arina is only with us in the mornings, she is a power house to be reckoned with, who takes her work very seriously.  Arina keeps us on the straight and narrow. We reap the benefits daily of this strategic thinker and are able to add huge value to our business with advanced financial analyses. Arina is serious and tenacious, sensitive and witty all at the same time. A scuba dive master, Arina loves the ocean and often does trips to Madagascar. The 'crazy' energy in our office is tempered by Arina’s 'grounding' energy which is good for all of us.

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Client Services - Cape Town
Reneé StopforthEmail me

Renee has been with us for many years and is a very experienced member of our team. She is a great listener when it’s most needed, and is able to put out fires like no other! She is tenacious in a pastoral way, wise and dedicated. She thinks ahead, pre-empting everything and therefore avoiding situations - a perfect trait for her position in Client Services. Renee is also an accomplished amateur actress and recently a mother to her daughter Hannah, so a very busy woman!

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Manager - Joburg
Didi DakiEmail me

Our in-house, visual-reference expert, Didi can be relied upon to name any location by simply seeing one image of it.  Didi is quiet but strong, and has super swift response times and takes everything in.  She is determined, indefatigable, and her attention to detail is exemplary.  Didi's calm demeanour and down-to-earth, no-fuss attitude serves our clients well when demands are high and time is tight.  Didi is your go-to girl for any Jozi location requirements, and operational issues.  With her closet car fetish, this music lover of note can be guaranteed to turn on the radio the minute she walks into the office and can be found quietly humming to the latest tune.

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Location Specialist - Cape Town
Steynie SolomonsEmail me

Steynie is another of our successful empowerment ‘projects' which we’re proud of (we like nothing more than to upskill people and improve their lives). Steynie, through her work ethic, I-will-assist-wherever-needed attitude and propensity for hard work, is now a full blown Location Consultant. She is always willing to learn and extremely helpful and enthusiastic with all sorts of things that aren’t in her job description. We are excited to be witness to the growth and learning of this special person.

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Bookkeeper - Cape Town
Gaynor JonkersEmail me

Gaynor is our bookkeeping queen and is very approachable and keen to please. She is always willing to assist and has a great attitude. Gaynor is a single mother to a 5 year old, which gives her the drive to achieve great things, and is no stranger to hard work . . She is a real home body, and loves nothing more than a great movie and singing along to a great tune. She is bubbly, and if you hear a giggle in the office - no doubt it’s coming from Gaynor’s corner! 

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Digital Asset Controller - Cape Town
Ncumisa Jim aka LinkyEmail me

Linky's contribution to the Amazing Spaces team has been amazing. She’s moved from cleaner, to receptionist, and now full-blown digital asset controller. She has studied Digital Marketing in her own time - a sign of tenacity, drive and perseverance. Linky needed to be in a place that allows self-expression, learning, fun and a sense of family - and we are honoured that she has found her place. Linky is willing, reliable and tenacious. She has a great sense of humour, with crackerjack powers of observation (especially of people's idiosyncracies which she emulates to a 'T' and has us in stitches), we often say Linky should be on the stage as she has the style and attitude of a star!

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Content & Social Media Specialist - Cape Town
Jemima-Faye GoodallEmail me

Jemima is the mastermind behind all the content and creation in our newsletters, instagram, twitter and Facebook. She is a little powerhouse who is excited by what she does, passionate about Amazing Spaces and focused on getting results. Jemima has been with Amazing Spaces for many years, and understands our brand, our customer, and what’s important. Jemima loves running, good books, social events and her best is to plan something fun for one of our staff parties! She has a great laugh which is highly infectious, and she is wise beyond her years.

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Location Specialist - Cape Town
Shirley NgamlanaEmail me

Shirley has a wealth of experience in the field of dealing with clients and booking spaces. She comes from an accommodation background and is used to fast paced, high demand and competitive environments. Shirley has a quiet strength about her, is committed to having clients being delighted and is excited to be moving into the film industry. Single mother to one, Shirley is not afraid of hard work and big commitments. Shirley is positive about life and can be quite the comedian at times, sometimes competing with some of the other peeps in our office!

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Location Specialist & Client Services - Joburg
Desiree LuthuliEmail me
Desiree Luthuli

Desiree has a wealth of experience in the Film Industry and has worked both in front and behind the camera in production. With a degree in Dramatic Arts, she has always had a love for film, theatre and anything related to the arts. With an eye for design and great spaces, she is perfect for sourcing hot new locations. Desiree is strong in the detail, is organised and is a self-proclaimed perfectionist. She loves being around people, photography and positive interaction. She is stylish, hard-working and ambitious and a great asset to our Joburg team.

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