AFDA staff are not only teaching and preparing future practitioners for the entertainment industry but are making their own imprint and impact on the industry in their respective disciplines.
Johannesburg’s Head of Live Performance School, David Dennis, plays the principle role in the acclaimed musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The show and David in particular has had rave reviews from the press and public. Johannesburg campus Dean, Malcolm Purkey co-scripted the feature film “Mandela’s Gun” which premiered at the Joburg International Film Festival. Live Performance lecturer Coenraad Rall has also had his hands full, playing piano for Amanda Strydom’s show “So Onner Deur Die Maan” at the KKNK festival as well as accompanying Jannie du Toit on the show “Bonjour Monsieur Brel” at the Café Chocolat Theatre on the 12th May 2017. Head of Television School, Henriette de Villiers, is representing AFDA and presenting a project at INPUT 2017 in Thessaloniki, which is expecting around 900 conference delegates from around the world, consisting of researchers, independent producers and public broadcasters. Head of Screenwriting, Zunaid Mansoor was recently on Radio 702 where he gave a masterclass on screenwriting on the Azania Mosaka show.
Cape Town Live Performance lecturer, Lara Bye, was nominated for the Best Director of a Play Award for “Oskar en die Pink Tannie” at the Naledi Theatre Awards 2017. Scriptwriting and AFDA Pro screenwriting lecturer Margaret Goldsmid has being doing her fair share, scripting the multi-award winning feature film, “Krotoa”, due for release in South Africa in June. Head of Post Production, Nic Mathews, also known in music circles as DJ Invizable, and editing lecturer Hannes Benade’s AFDA MFA documentary film, “Cradle of Chords” will be screening at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town on the 16 May 2017. Newly appointed Head of Film School, David Max Brown ventures with the multi-award winning film “Noem my Skollie’, which he produced continue after being nominated for 10 SAFTA’s and bagging 5 Golden Horns.
AFDA Durban Dean, Brent Quin, was recently invited to the FECAA student film festival in Rabat, Morocco, where he represented AFDA and gave a number of workshops.
“It is so rewarding for the organisation and students, to see how successfully AFDA staff remain connected to the industry. As well as being dedicated teachers, they remain important practitioners within their various disciplinary fields.” says Dr. Christopher John, President of the AFDA Council.