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AFDA has a culture of constantly investing in the upliftment, upgrading and on-going development of our campus equipment and facilities. This is an essential part of our overall goal of creating a stimulating learning environment in which a pool of talent may be nurtured that will grow the current and future entertainment industry in South Africa. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide practical but technically advanced facilities and equipment to meet the intellectual, aesthetic, craft, technical and attitudinal skill demands of the industry. They include state-of-the-art postproduction facilities for editing, animation, visual effects , and studios for sound design, recording and mixing.
AFDA has a number of relationships with key industry facility houses like Arri, Media Services, Adobe and Apple TV. These relationships are critical for AFDA to deal with the input of the exponential changes on the equipment & facility demands in the digital domain.
As students rise through the undergraduate ranks at AFDA and become more focussed on a particular discipline, they have progressively increased access to an ever-wider array of high-end and industry-related equipment and facilities, allowing them to experience leading-edge technology and to produce work of the highest possible production standards.
AFDA students are provided with a standard kit of equipment for the various projects produced over the year. Over 300 film, TV and theater productions and projects are produced annually. Camera, lighting equipment & accessories, sound recording devices, studios, theaters, staging, post-production facilities and production dressing (including CMS) elements are provided in order for the students to complete the various term narrative challenges each year
For a list of accommodation options close to campus, please contact Johannesburg campus: Pamela Sehunoe / firstname.lastname@example.org or International Students: Nadia Chalkley / NadiaC@afda.co.za / +27 021 448 7600
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As the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA), Bata Passchier has been involved in education for 15 years, and in the film industry for almost 30 years. He has been extensively involved in the design of the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum for AFDA, which has been fully accredited by all the relevant authorities including SAQA and the CHE.
Bata Passchier has also developed a system to assess entertainment products’ potential value, the EVAM (Entertainment Value Assessment Matrix) System. This system has been implemented by the South African Broadcasting Commission to assess and commission production pitches.
Master of Arts (UCT)
From the dusty mining town of Krugersdorp on the West Rand, Garth Holmes would gaze longingly at the bright lights ofJoburg as they twinkled in the distance. He moved there straight after school and qualified as a teacher, a career choice that forced him to work part-time at restaurants to make up for the shortfall in his salary. The experience gained there led him to start his own successful restaurant. His yearning to be part of the creative world, however, made him sell the business, a decision he calls “naïve and impetuous”, but it saw him team up with controversial writer-director Deon Opperman, with whom he co-wrote several successful plays.“For the first time I was recognised for my creative talents,” says Holmes.
It was then that he met Bata Passchier, his current business partner and CEO of AFDA, the film and acting school they launched in 1994, a time when the future of the country was uncertain and confidence was low.
AFDA’s origins lie in the failure of a private art school owned by a close friend of Holmes’s. “She was an amazing lecturer, but a terrible businesswoman,” says Holmes. “She taught me one of the most important lessons about owning a private university. It’s one hell of a responsibility; you have everyone’s hopes, futures and dreams locked up in the institution– so collect the fees or close.”
The bankrupt school, at which Holmes had lectured in design and film, provided him with his first six students. “I was down and out, but the Design Centre in Greenside took me and the students in. Armed with a rented TV, a VCR and free lectures provided by friends in the industry, I put the word out that the best film school in South Africa was open for business.”
Holmes and his partners soon realised that they needed premises if they wanted to develop a great university. They set up a campus in a derelict Lever Brothers warehouse in Milpark which cost them R6,00 a square metre. They now own it and it accommodates 650 students. Another 600-odd are at the Cape Town campus. The curriculum, and teaching and management systems were forged by Passchier. A student of martial arts and Japanese painting, he developed a passion for ancient training philosophy, theories and practice, before he turned to creating training videos for a number of bluechip companies. That’s where he was exposed to management methods that he would later fuse with the training theories of the ancients to develop AFDA’s systems.
The school was funded with student fees, and post-production facilities were provided by The Video Lab. Holmes says it was built on the generosity of many people who offered their services. “Three South Africans who were eking out an existence in Hollywood at the time, and a local IT entrepreneur, gave us the original R30 000. We used that, with an amortisation on renovations, to get us going.”
The first formal management controls were put in place in June 2003 by Passchier. “We had run the company without any real management structures until then,” Holmes recalls. “Each partner trusted that the other would fulfil their responsibilities, but this could only work while we were a small company.”
AFDA’s early challenges included opposition from within the industry, achieving accreditation and the ever-present threat of bankruptcy. “We had cash flow problems stemming from the fact that we had to constantly develop the school to deal with the demands of the marketplace. The early days were all about growth which meant more staff, more space, more equipment, more facilities – all of which had to be bought without any support from the state or any other resource.”
Ask Holmes what sets the school apart and he talks about contributing to building a sustainable and vibrant film industry. “We have always been convinced that we are making a difference and that we will leave a legacy of film practitioners, artists and performers who have genuine ability to excel and to help create a unique and inspirational cultural identity for all South Africans.”
The school’s achievements include winning an Oscar for best student film, having a film in the finals at Cannes 2006, making the feature film Soldiers of the Rock, and achieving Masters accreditation.
What AFDA’s success has proved, is the ongoing relevance of drama and film in education. “The nature of today’s consumers coupled with our technologically driven society has placed greater emphasis than ever before on the development of entertainment and media practitioners; they are responsible for reflecting society, creating meaning,and capturing the beauty of the human spirit.”
Dr Gerda Dullaart wrote her Ph D thesis on tertiary education in post-apartheid South Africa, with specific focus on training narrative for employability in creative industries. Her interest in education for creative industries was also pursued in her M Phil in Higher Education Studies at UCT. After writing for various news media, she joined AFDA in 2003, where her passion for narrative education was rewarded when AFDA students write winning screenplays, like SAFTA awards for Agter the Berge and Sindiswa.
PHD University of Kwa Zulu Natal
Christopher John was born in Zimbabwe and is currently President of the Afda Council. He has extensive experience working as an actor, teacher, and director with important Western and African theatre companies. He has also worked in the corporate sector both as a Senior Manager and as a Consultant to top-teams in the areas of Management training and development. He studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama and under the name Christopher Hurst worked as a professional actor in Britain; working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End, and on Broadway; In 1986, he returned to Zimbabwe and worked in the townships of Bulawayo with Cont Mhlanga at Amakhosi Productions playing in Mhlanga’s Workshop Negative and teaching acting. He also worked with ex-combatants making plays at Simukai Collective Farming Co-operative. The Tabex Encyclopaedia Zimbabwe credits him with making an important contribution to the debates about decolonizing theatre in Zimbabwe in the 1980s. He worked for the Anglo American group companies, OTD (Organisational management and development). (Pvt) Ltd and Border Timbers Limited from 1981 to 1996
In 1997 he moved to South Africa to lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, there he ran projects in Bhambayi in Inanda using theatre and video to help heal a community torn apart by political violence and for twelve years led a Prison Theatre project at Westville Correctional Facility in Durban. He has worked for Mbongeni Ngema’s Committed Artists as an actor and teacher appearing in 1906: Bhambatha the Freedom Fighter and Lion of the East. In 2013 he directed Mbongeni Ngema in his return to the stage in The Zulu, which successfully played at the Market Theatre and toured the region. In 2008 he was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at California State University Polytechnic, Pomona. He has a Doctoral degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Master of Arts (with distinction) University of the Witwatersrand
Anton Basson completed his Master's degree in narrative theory at the University of the Witwatersrand and subsequently lectured at Wits, Vista University and the Rand Afrikaans University (currently the Soweto and Bunting Road campuses of the University of Johannesburg). His endeavors in the arts include published short stories, plays at festivals and recorded rock albums. He joined AFDA in 2002 in the Screenwriting Department. He subsequently filled the positions of Learning Manager and Postgraduate Principal for the Johannesburg and Cape Town campuses before heading up the Curriculum Development Department. He is currently the Academic Standards Manager.
BCom Accountancy (PU for CHE), CIMA (London)
Rudolph Coetzer is a Chartered Global Management Accountant accredited by both the South African Chartered Instituted of Management Accountants and the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. He has been Chief Financial Officer for the AFDA group for over 12 years. His financial management skills have been applied in various industries where strategic objectives must be aligned to resources and to values, but his passion is for creative education, which lead him to AFDA. As CFO he has contributed leadership and resource development to AFDA campus life.
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Malcolm Purkey is the newly appointed Dean of the Afda campus, Johannesburg and is also the Artistic Director of the Market Theatre. He is an award-winning theatre director and playwright, (Breytenbach Epathlon, English Academy Award, and multiple Vita Awards, including Best New South African Play for Love, Crime and Johannesburg and most recently an Fleur du Cap as best director for the Capetown production of The Girl in the Yellow Dress). He is also a screenplay writer, teacher and academic (Fulbright Scholar), and a founder member and director of Junction Avenue Theatre Company, one of South Africa's leading workshop theatre companies.
From 1983 until 2004 he was a member of the academic staff of the School of Dramatic Art at Wits University. In the last 5 years of this period, he was Head of School.
His recent production of The Girl in the Yellow Dress enjoyed a series of seasons, including the National Festival in Grahamstown, Baxter Theatre, Live Theatre Newcastle, Citizens Theatre, Glascow, Traverse Theatre during the 2010 Edinburgh Festival, the Stockholm Stads Theater, and two extended seasons at the Market Theatre.
His most recent productions include Little Foot and From the Mouths of Babes which he co-wrote for seasons at the Market and the Baxter in Capetown.
Widely regarded as a versatile arts practitioner, Trevor is an accomplished pianist, vocalist and musical director. He has earned extensive experience in Theatre and Production Management specialising in music and musicals and is sought after as an Arts Business Manager. He has lectured ‘Business Administration for the Arts’ as a subject at both Technicon and University levels and has for the past 4 years been appointed as an external examiner for the Production Course for the Wits School of the Arts. In addition to the above his most recent direction credentials include Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year, Umoja Afrika TV shoots in Maputo, both for Wideshot Productions, SA Rugby Player of the Year Awards for Supersport and Afrika Day Concerts 2010 & 2011 for SABC 2.
François holds an MA in International Arts & Media Management from the Salzburg Business School / Paris Lodron University Salzburg, Austria.
He is a South African born international public service broadcasting industry veteran, trans-media specialist, creative producer, and mentor.
He has consulted major corporations, NGOs, governments and broadcasters and has been asked to present his know-how at numerous forums, think-tanks and conferences in several cultural spheres around the world. He joined AFDA from Berlin in March 2014.
He has been working as the International Selection Coordinator for INPUT and Head of Online at Prix Europa. As a founding member of //WOODRUFF, an international artist collective, his works have been exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions. When he was growing up on a farm in Mpumalanga he never imagined that he might become as passionate about the media as he is today.
BADA Hons (UCT)
Henriette started her career in television as a presenter on SABC1 while completing her BA Honours degree in Visual Communications at UJ. She has subsequently worked as a producer, director and writer in genres including actuality, reality, interactive, transactional and scripted formats. Henriette worked as a development producer for M-Net on formats like "MasterChef SA", and was creative director on "The Wild".
She started out her career as an assistant programming editor for BBC 1 and 2. Then decided to train at Rhodes University in Grahamstown (BA HONS), the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London (MA University of London) and with Ivana Chubbuck from Los Angeles (Actors Centre, London). She has been performing and directing ever since, as well as working in arts education. She has extensive experience with verse text performance specifically Shakespeare, working with Rob Clare (RSC), Giles Block (Globe Theatre), and Tim Carroll (Globe Theatre, RSC). Performance credits: Film and Television includes; Land of Thirst (SABC2), Perplex City, Secret of Whales, Safe, Grievances, and Bad Boy Racers (Channel 5). Theatre includes; Hamlet, A Woman Alone, Boeing Boeing, The Human Voice, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, The Seagull, Little Eyolf, Winter’s Tale, Measure for Measure, The Bear, Son of Man and On the Lake. Directing credits: Shakespeare; Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like it, Cymbeline, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Musicals; Return to the Forbidden Planet and The Little Shop Of Horrors; also Top Girls, Desolation Flowers and Ngamaphiko. She has taught at Rhodes University, WITS and been Head of Theatre Studies at d’Overbroeck’s College in Oxford. She had a short corporate stint as a communications specialist at Vodacom. In 2010 she started The Framework Theatre Company whose work focuses on Guerilla-style Shakespeare performances all over the country. She lives in Johannesburg, is married to Nick and has 2 children, Jack and Stella.
BA Dramatic Art, Honours Degree in Film, University of Witwatersrand
Robyn Aronstam graduated in Dramatic Art Honours
from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in the
turbulent 1980's. Her student films were screened at the Cannes
Film Festival and banned by the SA government.
At the height of the struggle against apartheid Robyn worked in
documentary film, producing and directing for labour unions.
She was active in FAWO (Film and Workers Organisation) helping
establish the first non-racial film school, working on the funding
as well as the curriculum. After democracy in South Africa in 1990,
Robyn helped produce the official ANC history series ULIBAMBE
Her passion for narrative led her to feature films and Robyn began
her career as script supervisor on international anti-apartheid
features, filming in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. She worked with
Mira Nair in South Africa in 1993, and has since collaborated on all
her films over the past 20 years. Robyn was awarded Associate
Producer on MONSOON WEDDING (Winner of the Venice Golden
Lion 2001)for her contribution to the film.
Robyn has worked as script supervisor with other outstanding
directors - John Boorman, Kathryn Bigalow, Doug Liman, Sydney
Pollack and inspiring actors including Juliette Binoche, Sean Penn,
Reese Witherspoon, Dominic West, Irfan Khan, Gong Li, Lupita
Nyong’o and David Oyelowo.
Robyn also writes screenplays for TV (Isibaya), as well as
script editing. She directed on 4Play Sex Tips For Girls (2011) and
makes short films and AD's (assistant director) on commercials.
Having worked across the world and on a wide range of narrative
films, Robyn understands the importance of writing a script that
translates successfully to the screen. She has taught narrative film
skills for the past 25 years, in Southern Africa, and has guest
lectured in Mumbai, India as well as at NYU Tisch School. She has
honed her skills and knowledge in the practical application of story
and how to take it to the ultimate level of cinema. In 2017 she
accepted the position of Head of Film School at AFDA,
BA (FA) majoring in short Film making
MA(FA) AFDA – currently engaged in
SASOL NEW SIGNATURES Judges award winner for best short film in two seperate years
With over 20 years experience in the local and international commercials industry, Bronwynne came to AFDA as a Senior Creative Freelance Producer, whose many achievements include launching and successfully running her own Production House – AMP Commercials - , while accumulating many awards for producing and working with acclaimed Directors and Production Houses both locally and internationally. While not running the Higher Certificate Course she continues mentoring Directors in the industry, and budgeting and pitching for production houses as well as independent projects. Bronwynne continues to Produce Commercials, from conceptualising through to Post Production.
MA: Philosophy, African Studies and Political Science from the Universities of Hamburg and Barcelona
Bastian currently heads the Television Writing department at AFDA, the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance in Johannesburg. Apart from Television writing, he teaches psychology and philosophy for Production Course. He represented AFDA at the D&D Spring School in Helsinki, Finland and continues to consult and write for pitches or companies, for example YFM, for whom he developed a reality show together with their writers. “Ground Zero” is about finding the next DJ and will air on ETV later this year.
Bastian is also an experienced international TV professional who holds an MA in Philosophy, African Studies and Political Science from the Universities of Hamburg and Barcelona.
Born in Germany, he has worked for Fremantle Media and the ITV Group in Germany, the UK and South Africa.
He worked on TV formats like Come dine with me, 4 Weddings, I’m a celebrity get me out of here, Dance your butt off, Farmer wants a wife and various other reality- and game shows
After discovering an interest in animation in standard 7; I came to AFDA and received my undergraduate degree in film studies specialising in animation in 2006. At AFDA I chose the medium of clay animation as my storytelling medium. After spending a few months overseas I decided to further my education by taking a fulltime yearlong industry specialised Autodesk Maya and Adobe After Effects course at an Autodesk Certified training center. I then went on to intern at a studio that was producing a pilot for a children’s television show. That studio hired me and I worked there for a few months before the studio was absorbed by a larger studio who in turn took me on. I wanted to pursue more narrative based animation and so after some time I resigned from that motion graphics oriented studio to enter a studio that pursued work I was more interested in. I worked there until a financial pinch forced this studio to dramatically downsize and retrench around half of their staff. After this I freelanced for around 6 months before coming to AFDA to lecture animation. My experience spans multiple mediums including stop motion and clay animation, 2D After Effects and Flash based animation as well as 3D CGI animation. I have worked in a number of different production environments and have created a number of short films. I have worked in a motion graphics animation environment as well as working on various narratively focussed pilots and adverts. I strongly believe animation transcends the medium involved and so incorporate elements of multiple mediums into our curriculum.
Beverley Clayton has a BADA from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits), an MBA from University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits Business School) and over 10 years experience in Television Production and Event Management. She has been working at AFDA Johannesburg for 20 months.
“It is a very rewarding experience to see students utilising what they have learned in class to effectively manage the challenges and complexities they face on the projects they produce, I look forward to seeing the impact that this generation of AFDA students has on the future of filmmaking.”
Bradley Goss is an AFDA veteran, having joined in 2003. The experience he has filtered into his time as Production Design lecturer has included set and costume design, extensive teaching and lecturing in a wide range of creative and technical courses, illustration, set construction and props making, theatrical design and technical stage management. Even before his studies at the Wits University School of Dramatic Art led onto a long association with the Market Theatre, he had kicked off his creative career as a cartoonist. As someone with a lifelong love for film, he considers it his privilege to be part of an institution such as AFDA and witness how it has stimulated, changed and grown the South African entertainment industry.
Chris Piggins is currently the Discipline Head and senior lecturer in the Department of Sound Design and has been in this position for the past 4.5 years. Originally from Canada, Mr. Piggins graduated from the Mel Oppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal with a B.F.A with Distinction in Cinema Production. Since 1982, Mr. Piggins has been immersed in the world of sound starting in radio and gradually moving into the world of television and film. Mr. Piggins specializes in on-set and post production audio and has over 200 credits to his name.
“I will never stop learning because you are only as good as your last project”.
BA Comms (UFS)
Coenraad Rall studied BA Communication Science and Theatre Arts at the University of the Free State.
Theatre productions include Che in Evita, Salome and Naked Boys Singing.
Music shows include Andre Schwartz's The songs of Brel and Brecht, Gert Vlok Nel. Elzabe Zietsman's Kaalgestroop and Smallchange, Arina de Witt's Mouskouri Show, pianist for Basil Appolis and Judith Sepuma, Terence Bridgett's All Soaped Up, Christoff Beukes' Geraamtes van 'n Droom and Mr Kawai in Rocco de Villiers' Beautiful Piano.
Barnyard shows include Beethoven Rocks Again, The Sixties Revolution, Born To Run, Best Of The Barnyard, Harvest Moon, Celtic Rock, The Boys Are Back in Town, Dancing Queen, Diamonds and Pearls, Glory Days and Roll Over Beethoven (as Beethoven)
He was pianist for the international hit musical We Will Rock You and DJ Sbu at the SAMA's - winner of Song of the Year 2007.
He was Musical Director for Die Grafsteensangers, Birnam Business College plays and the international touring production of Saturday Night Fever and Footloose.
Janice Honeyman Pantomimes include Jack and the Beanstalk and Pinnochio on keys and Peter Pan, Snowhite and Cinderella as band leader.
He is an insert director for KykNet on the magazine shows BRAVO!, Kwêla, Glam Guru and Kollig.
He is also currently pianist for Jannie du Toit (Doep is die dood nie, Bonjour Monsieur Brel) and Amanda Strydom.
BA DRAMA (UCT)
Drikus Volschenk is a South African actor best known for his roles as Coen in Kyknet's Binneland and as Stanley in M-Net's Egoli: Place of Gold.
Born in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal and baptized out of a 1000 Pipers whisky glass (after the minister forgot the baptismal water container at home), Drikus spent the first years of his life in Natal. His parents decided to move to South West Africa, where he grew up in the deserts of Namibia in a German Kindergarten and later an Afrikaans Primary School. Ten years later the family moved back to South Africa (North West Province - Potchefstroom), where Volschenk attended primary and high school, matriculating in 1997 with Honours of Distinction in Academics, Leadership, Arts and Culture, Music and Sport.
Coming from an academic family he enrolled at the University of Potchefstroom where he did a degree in Business Communication, specialising in Art History, Graphic Design, Creative Writing and Tourism.
He also did an Honours Degree specialising in Audiovisual-, Mass-, Business- and New Media Communication, obtaining 13 distinctions and awarded Best Student in Communication Studies.
After university the opportunity arose for him to leave for London, where he worked as a security guard and later a primary school teacher in the countryside, to save money to study Music and Drama.
While teaching Drikus studied Musical Theatre part time at the Guildford School of Acting with the money he made from teaching Gypsy children after hours and private tutoring for children with needs.
After almost 3 years in the UK he returned to Johannesburg and enrolled at the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA) as a music student. He graduated as a screen actor with a nomination for Best Male actor in a lead role, an award for Best Short Film and performing in professional productions for television and stage.
He began his professional career as a freelance actor in January 2006 and since then has appeared in numerous television productions including Isidingo, Amalia, Binnelanders, Dit wat Stom is, Askies, When we were black, Begeertes, City Ses'la, Villa Rosa, Generations, The Lab, Jozi-H, Hard Copy, Scandal, Erfsondes, Egoli, 7de Laan, Riemvasmaak and Interrogation Room.
He has also acted in the feature films 'Skin' (with Sophie Okonedo) and 'Ace of Hearts', both in 2008. His most recent film credit is the award winning film 'Skoonheid/Beauty' (Cannes Film Festival) directed by Oliver Hermanus which was also South Africa's official entry for the Oscars in 2012.
Harmon is a talented and experienced D.O.P. having being involved in the film industry for 40 years. Harmon has received Various SASC Visible Spectrum Awards and was the 1999 recipient of The Stewart Formal Award for achievement and dedication to the South African Film and Television Industry. His experience has made him a sort after Second Unit Director/DOP on a number of International productions.
His most notable credits include Machine Gun Preacher (Aerials), Blood Diamond, The Constant Gardener , Red Dust, The Ghost and the Darkness and recently completed the aerials for the production Mandela’s Gun.
Harmon has been with the Johannesburg Campus for Three years as HOD Cinematography, his approach to teaching is via personal contact with the students,
So he emphases his availability for informal discussions and his willingness to assist them resolve their theory and practical problems.
BA Psych (UNISA)
Heidi Edeling was born and bred in Bloemfontein where she started her training in classical music, playing the piano and violin from the age of 5. Soon afterwards, playing the guitar was second nature to her! She received training in Ballet, Modern- and Spanish Dancing, but decided to study Creative Arts: Jewellery Designing at Stellenbosch University! During her studies an opportunity arose to perform in an Afrikaans cabaret called 3-D, and after 5 years of choir singing (OFS Youth Choir and the Stellenbosch University Choir) it was to change her future drastically.
In 1989 she sang in the PACOFS chorus for JOSEPH where she met pianist, Trevor Harper. They formed a successful liaison for two and a half years, building a repertoire of jazz, soul and contemporary pop music. During this time she worked for PACOFS as a Sound Engineer, but decided to move to Johannesburg and perform professionally as a singer-musician.
She has performed in numerous shows, for example: THE CARPENTERS, UP AND COMING, SINBAD (a Janice Honeyman Panto), THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, SERIAL STOEPTANNIES, LIED VAN DIE BOEINGS, ALL THIS I KNOW (the songs of Brel and Piaf) as well as a very successful one-woman show directed by Sandra Prinsloo called PURE AS THE DRIVEN SLUSH.
She has also performed at most of the festivals in SA, and has even directed shows like PERS for the KKNK in Oudtshoorn. Heidi is a sought after session singer, and has sang on many CD recordings of artists. She has done numerous live shows as a backing vocalist, amongst others SKOKIAAN for the SABC, and DIE CASPER RASPER SHOW 1, 2 and 3, for kykNET.
She was the Lecturer in Singing for the Light Music Department of the Technikon Pretoria for 5 years, where she specialized in the performance of contemporary pop music. She has developed a singing course specially designed to benefit pop singers in the highly competitive market of today and presents these master classes twice a year. This course includes a business model, essential to any aspiring singer's future. Currently, she works as a Music Arranger, Vocal Coach & Musical Director for several corporate functions per year, and has worked with the likes of Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Vicky Sampson, Johnny Clegg and Danny K, to Steve Hofmeyr, Laurika Rauch, Eden and various musical theatre stars like Craig Urbani, Joseph Clark, Kate Normington and Ian von Memerty.
She has been the Vocal Coach for Musicals like I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, AFRICAN FOOTPRINT, ANNIE and most recently has been Musical Director for 11 JANICE HONEYMAN PANTO'S ( i.e. : A LAD 'N' A LAMP (Aladdin); SLEEPING BEAUTY JACK AND THE BEANSTALK; CINDERELLA 2004; GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS; ALADDIN 07 PETER PAN; SNOW WHITE; PINOCCHIO; ROBINSON CRUSOE & CINDERELLA 2011.
Other MD work include: RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, BOYBAND, LET'S ROCK, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, SCRIBBLE, KARLA EN DIE KERSKNOL, SNOOPY!!!, YESTERDAY ONCE MORE (The Carpenters), ROCK A TUTU (with the South African Ballet Company), HUISGENOOT 90 - DIE KONSERT
A highlight of her career has been to work as the Vocal Coach and Repertoire Consultant for IDOLS SA, as well as being the Musical Director and Vocal Coach for the highly successful ZING 1 and ZING 2, kykNET's competition for duo's. She has been the convener and senior judge for the Huisgenoot Liedjieskryf-kompetisie for the last 4 years and enjoys discovering and developing new talent.
Having also worked as an arts administator thoughout her 27-year career, Heidi expanded her business 5 years ago. She is the proud owner of MAIN STREET MANAGEMENT and currently produce new shows and corporate entertainement for venues/clients all across the country.
Heidi Mollentze, lives life with passion and positivity. Her career as a bilingual (English & Afrikaans) actress and voice artist started 21 years ago in Johannesburg. She was fortunate enough to perform on all major SA stages, (as well as many small ones!) in a wide variety of musicals, dramas, comedies and farces. A few of Heidi's favourite stage productions include Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story (Pierre van Pletzen); Little Shop of Horrors (Janice Honeyman); Whore (Deon Opperman); Skilpoppe (Liz Meiring) and previous years' annual farces at the State Theatre, Pta. Heidi enjoys film & TV work as much as stage performances. She starred in many of SA's most loved 'soapies' (Egoli, Isidingo, Villa Rosa, Generations & Binnelanders). Heidi is known for her versatility on SA television screens in, amongst many other series, Haak & Steek (Casper de Vries); Dit Wat Stom Is (Franz Marx) and the popular Swartwater. She is a highly sought-after voice artist for most SA TV channels and she can often be on the radio in advertisements, announcements and radio dramas. Heidi does professional translations for tertiary learning centers and private training in communication-, presentation-, public speaking skills to SA celebrities and leaders in the business sector. Heidi lectures Speaking Voice and Stage Performance at AFDA, Jhb.
Ivan Kinghorn is currently the Junior Sound Design Lecturer in the Sound Department. Mr. Kinghorn graduated at AFDA with a BA MPM Honours. Mr. Kinghorn went to work for Sound Surfers on numerous big local productions in the post production audio department that won awards. Mr, Kinghorn worked on two documentaries’ with an Italian Production Company “Flexprod” where he did on-set audio recording for them.
Mr. Kinghorn has taken part in the 48 hour film project where the production he worked on with “Hollyveld” productions was nominated for 9 out of 14 awards and walked away with 8 of the awards on the Johannesburg leg of the 48 hour film project. The production then went to the New Orleans Film Festival and was chosen as one of the top 12 short films to go to the Cannes Film Festival.
Mr. Kinghorn has worked on two Mofilm Projects as the on-set and post production audio engineer. Currently the status of the two projects is still to be maid know if they won and are going to the Cannes Film Festival.
Mr. Kinghorn is currently working on 3 short films that will be released with Francois Bloemhof’s new book in this Year and a fetcher film that Francois Bloemhof wants so make.
TECHNIKON PRETORIA, Pretoria, South Africa
National Higher Diploma, Film Production, with Distinction, 1985
YEARS AT AFDA:
Since July 2012.
To engage and provide discourse through creative visual story telling.
“...stories are shared with uncommon details but common shared truths…. Perhaps art then is nothing more than truth variously displayed.” Bryce Button
Master’s Degree in Performance, Rhodes
Liezl de Kock has cemented herself as a versatile, sought-after and multi award winning performer. In 2005 Liezl won a Best Actress award for screen for her role in Hollywood In My Huis, an Arts and Culture Trust Creative Industries award for Gumbo 2008, an Ovation Award and two Fleur du Cap Awards for the highest grossing Theatre production at the National Arts Festival of 2009 Pictures of You as well as nominated for the Fleur du Cap Best Actress Award for her role as the mother in Rob Murray’s Womb Tide. Liezl was also mentioned in The Sunday Times as one of the best actresses of 2010 in South Africa. As Co-Artistic Director of a conspiracy of clowns Liezl co-produced and performed in Crazy in Love, which won best international production at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival in 2014. After completing her Master of Arts in Drama cum laude at Rhodes University Liezl’s master’s production, Piet se Optelgoed, won a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in 2014 and performed at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival in 2015. Liezl is now happily finding her Hustle in the streets of Johannesburg.
Luscious is our vibrant, energetic gentleman with impressive accolades to his name. Having starred in 12 film productions to date (Klipriver, Crack It Open, From Jozi to Kasi), and a huge change maker from behind the scenes, Luscious was listed in the top 5 of South Africa’s Next Top Filmmaker Competition.
Luscious stands as one of our amazing lecturers within the Lighting and Technical side of Television Production. Multi-talented and always ready for a fun challenge; his skills range from actor, to writer, director and producer!
From film, theatre and commercial productions, his skill is undeniable and his joyful nature makes everyone who has heard about him, want to meet him!
Luscious is currently developing two adaptations into film projects, all whilst sharing his love and passion for the industry through his fun and dynamic lecture lessons.
Mark was born in 1972 at Greys Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. Having studied film and drama at Wits he went on to work under the guidance and mentorship of Stash Couvaris at Video Lab in 1994 as a final mix sound engineer. It was at ZSE-TV that Mark spent many years gaining the technical knowledge of the TV industry and refining the art of mixing sound to picture.
He has worked on endless TV productions like Egoli, 7de Laan, Sesame Street, Big Brother Africa, The Apprentice and hundreds of commercials. Having worked on features – like Discovery Channel’s An African Odyssey with Kingsley Holgate, and locally filmed international features such as The Ghost in the Darkness, n Saak van Geloof , n 100m LeeuLoop , Die Laaste Tango , Angel of the Skies, Die Ballade van Robbie DeWee and the 2013 Int Durban Film Festival award winning film Durban Poison, After all this it is now safe to say he has firmly cemented his position in the Film industry.
Recently before joining the AFDA family, Mark was the Production Manager for Sesame Street. His Creativity, workflow strategies and technical knowledge produced results international quality from his teams for local broadcast.
Pauli van Dyk has worked as a professional producer, director and editor in the South African Television Industry for more than 20 years. From television series (Jam Sandwich, Walala Wasala, Forrtuinsoekers. Wielie Walie), corporate videos (Transnet, SARB, Kagiso Media) and documentaries (Punk in Africa, Flowers of the Revolution, Mozart in Meadowlands, Who killed Johannes Kerkorrel, My Big Fat Afrikaner wedding) she has done it all!
As an independent producer and member of Meerkat Media cc she has a passion for the upliftment and training of people. As a previous employee at Kagiso Television and Communication she has worked extensively as a trainer and mentor for countless people who are now respected professionals in the industry.
She is one of our lovable, fun loving Editing lecturers within the Television School, specialising in TV Post Production and Broadcast Design.
As a managing member of Meerkat Media cc, as well as an educator, she continues her commitment to pushing forth the call to production value excellence within the Motion Picture industry.
Rossouw de Bruin is currently studying at the University of Johannesburg, where he is undertaking his PHD in Information Technology, specialising in Cybersecurity Governance. Rossouw has accumulated up to 10 years of experience in the industry so far, where he has engaged in numerous web development and security assessment projects. Rossouw is an entrepreneur too, running his own business that focuses on developing web and mobile solutions for a range of clients utilising new and emerging technologies.
In his spare time, which is few and far between, Rossouw enjoys keeping active and fit, where you’ll find him in the gym or playing club rugby for the Southern Knights. His interests include the field of science (especially medical science and psychology), and, of course, cybersecurity where he constantly finds himself in dialogues with friends and family concerning weird and wonderful topics.
Ryk is our dynamic, always-on-the-go gentleman who has travelled the world because of his great camera skills and beyond. With over 20 years of industry experience, he is a door to a world of knowledge and expertise and not a student could try to deny it!
From Reality TV series (Amazing Race USA, Idols SA inserts ,Miss SA ,Master Chef SA ) . Documentaries (Marley Africa Roadtrip for Discovery Channel ,When Animals Adopt – NBC America ,The History of African film - Mnet), Music videos( Xtatic’s - "Hit 'Em up" and Wild –Sony BMG ) and Commercials (Vodacom, Edgars and Berroca) to name a few – Ryk has nearly seen it all under the sun of Television.
His love for the industry had him travel the world, from working and living in the United Kingdom for 3 years (news & documentary), shooting reality and documentary in West and East Africa as well as Asia and the USA sharing his knowledge .The sharing doesn’t stop, as he lectures students within our Television School’s Technical Department. With always a surprise up his sleeve, Ryk continues to bring a whole new world to our Television School and makes it all worth the while!
BA MPM Honours (AFDA), Master of Fine Arts Candidate (AFDA)
Shaun Gouws obtained his Honours Degree in Motion Picture Medium in 2006 majoring in Producing.
In 2007 he started working in the Promo department at Studio Zoo where after he moved on to become Head of Production at Ontwerp.tv, a boutique Commercials Production Company based in Bryanston, Johannesburg.
After exploring and producing longer format mediums over a couple of years Shaun accepted a job offer in 2012 at Penguin Films in Cape Town where he Production Managed a 13 Episode Series for kykNet.
Several of his films are still being screened by Movie Magic and the SABC and have won numerous awards at various film festivals. He gained a lot of experience working in the commercial industry dealing with clients like McCann Worldwide, Draft FCB, Ireland Davenport, The Jupiter Drawing Room and Leo Burnett to name just a few.
Shaun has produced numerous Television Commercials, Music Videos, Short films, as well as Production Managed series – in short, he knows the business.
Shaun firmly believes that South Africa has a wealth of truly inspirational stories waiting to be told, and there is no reason for aspiring young talent not to do so.
Stephan literally grew up in the television industry, with his father joining the SABC at its inception in 1975. He loaded film cameras and learnt how to edit on an old Steinbeck film editing table and assisted his father during weekends and school holidays. After school Stephan joined the SABC where he became a studio and ENG cameraman. During his three years at the SABC Stephan travelled to Antarctica and Gough Island, shooting documentaries for the SABC. Going freelance, Stephan became a highly sought after DOP on both documentaries and dramas, working for the whole alphabet of the international and local television stations, working for amongst others the SABC, CBC, ABC, BBC, French Channel 3. He travelled the whole African continent working in extreme situations, both physically and emotionally. His international productions include Le Reve de Regopstaan, (French TV), Dogs with Jobs (CBC), Africa Starving (BBC). Locally he was one of two directors on Zola 7, still the most highly watched locally produced non-fiction show in the history of SA television, and being DOP and camera operator on shows that include Carte Blanche, The Summit, Zone 14, Sorted (SAFTA finalist), Rough or Smooth, Isidingo, Binnelanders and Generations. With over 25 years active participation in the South African industry, Stephan is perfectly positioned to be able to impart both theoretical as was as practical experience to the students of AFDA.
Tristan holds an M.A. in contemporary performance as well as an Honours degree specialising in Acting, Writing and Dramatic Literature. He left Rhodes University with the Patrick Mynhardt prize for excellence in acting and representing the NRF DST Masters Innovation grant.
As a working actor he has appeared on the TV soap Binnelanders, a handful of short films as well as physical theatre productions such as Hats, Stilted, Hambre del Alma and Fall was in your eyes. Since 2010 he has facilitated workshops, for schools and universities across South Africa, the Eisteddfod and National Schools Festivals, as well as abroad in France and Poland. His varied research has been published in the South African Theatre Journal, TYA Culture & Society and Interartive; as well as presented in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Malmo, Sweden.
As a writer he has contributed to writing programmes in South Africa and France. 3 of his works have been published and another 4 original works have been produced and staged.
B.Soc.Sci (cum laude), LLB (cum laude), MFA Film and Television Screenwriting (California)
“I was in grade 8 when my English teacher tasked her students to write an essay in which we described where we see ourselves in 10 years. My vision was certain: I would be working with the most powerful storyteller in the world at that time, Brad Bell, whose daytime drama series “The Bold and The Beautiful” was certified as the most watched half hour series. Although the odds were stacked against me for many reasons, I learned that dreams really can come true with hard work and when we appreciate the ‘small’ things we already have. Eleven years later, after passing the Attorney’s Admission Exams in Durban, I was on a plane heading for Hollywood, after being selected by the U.S. government as the top Fulbright Scholar from South Africa. There, I completed a Master’s degree in film and television writing, and studied the craft of screenwriting under Oscar and Emmy award winning professional filmmakers and acclaimed script doctors including David Ward, Alex Rose, John Carpenter, Phil Rosenthal, Tom Mankiewicz, Barbara Schock, William Friedkin, Michael Schiffer, Ron Friedman and Paul Gulino. I secured a competitive spot as an intern with CBS and “The Bold and The Beautiful” where I was mentored by Headwriter Brad Bell and the production team. I also worked as Script Development Assistant for a Hollywood film producer, honing my skills as a script reader and story analyst. I was also able to visit and present a lecture at the University of Southern California and at the historically important Lincoln University in Pennsylvania between 2007 - 2008. I've returned home to help build our screenwriting capacity as a teacher to those who want to learn. Upon my return, I was selected to join a panel of global experts in screenwriting who would develop and share skills through UNESCO. I believe in love to be the center of all things. I’m inspired by the work of Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl who wrote that when all our dignity and rights are stripped away from us, what remains is the last of the great human freedoms – the freedom to decide one’s attitude to the situation at hand. No one can take that away from you.”
Dip.Secr (Anchor Colleage)
Certificate in Bookkeeping (Damelin)
BA MPM Hons (AFDA)
Certificate in Front Office & Admin (Speciss College)
M Tech Drama - Pretoria Technikon
PGCE (Tertiary Education) - UNISA
Mr. Du Toit is a multi-talented performer, writer and composer who has made his mark on the South African cultural and arts landscape. Winner of two VITA Awards, a De Kat Award (KKNK) and an ATKV Crescendo Award, he studied at Austria's University of Graz, the Pretoria Technikon and New York University. He has performed in over 50 stage productions, TV series and full-length features. Du Toit served on the selection board of the Aardklop National Arts Festival, inniBos National Arts Festival as well as the Awards Committee of the KKNK. He is a musical director, film composer and corporate musician and also serves as a SAMA-judge. He currently stars in KYK-net’s hit improv-comedy ‘Proesstraat’ and has been with AFDA for 11 years.
Du Toit believes that Education is about showing a student the tip of the iceberg and motivating them enough to discover the rest for themselves.
Bachelor of Art (AAA School of Advertising)
PhD UCT’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Dr. Jonathan Marks is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science, where he holds responsibility for the entrepreneurship domain. Dr. Marks has an MBA from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Graduate School of Business, as well as a PhD, focused on entrepreneurship education, from UCT’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. He was founding director of the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development (located at UCT), and is Academic-in-Residence at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, having previously held the position of Head of Impact Assurance. Dr. Marks is Founder of RocketSchool, a dedicated entrepreneurship start-up business school, and National Head of the School of Business Innovation and Technology for AFDA, South Africa’s premier film and television school.
He has taught and researched in the area of entrepreneurship, business planning, new venture planning, innovation, corporate innovation & entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial thinking and education for over fifteen years. His teaching and research has crossed a range of disciplines including commerce, science, engineering, mathematics and the humanities.
Dr. Marks is an experienced entrepreneur, having developed and successfully sold business ventures in the real estate and information technology sector. He continues to consult to entrepreneurs and corporate clients on aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship. Clients have included The World Bank Institute, Free University Amsterdam, Woolworths Financial Services, Sanlam, National Planning Commission, and the Western Cape Provincial Government, as well as a number of smaller and start-up ventures.
BA Motion Picture Medium, (Bhons) Motion Picture Medium
Nadia Chalkley completed her studies in Communications, Afrikaans and Media at the University of Johannesburg (then RAU). She has travelled to and lived in more than 30 countries across the globe and brings to AFDA experience in community radio broadcasting, airline industry operations, hotel VIP entertainment, international affairs and administration management in Higher Education (specialising in the coordination of European and Canadian donor-funded student mobility and academic staff exchange projects). Nadia is passionate about transformative leadership and economic development of youth in especially Sub-Saharan African regions.
MFA Motion Picture Medium, AFDA; MA in Anthropology, Wits University
Shmerah Passchier is a digital filmmaker who has worked all over the African continent including Nigeria,
Cameroon, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, Botswana, Angola, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia
shooting documentaries and television shows. Shmerah is a writer, director, producer, editor and camera operator.
Shmerah teaches Film Theory & Analysis, Nollywood & Nigerian Cinema, Writing for Television, including
Reality TV & Telenovela, Digital Cinematography, Post-Production for Television,
Production Design, Broadcast Design, Ethnography in Film & Television Research.
Shmerah graduated from the AFDA Honours programme in 1998, then completed an AFDA MFA in 2011 followed by a MA in Social Anthropology in 2014.
She is currently undertaking a PhD in Communication Studies at the University of Johannesburg, under the supervision of Professor Nyasha Mboti.
BADA Hons (UP)
Matthew Lotter, the actor/model, who can belt a tune, and break out dance moves when it’s needed, was once that overlooked thing: a waiter. An Events and Meetings waiter mind you, in Claridges and The Savoy London’s grand dames of hotel luxury. Lotter, who is an Afrikaans-speaking South African but has inherited all that floppy haired charm of waitron England, is a graduate Cum Laude of the University of Pretoria’s drama department where in his honours year he wrote, directed and starred in Reader/(H)er Theory – a post modern look at South Africa’s past through its domesticated present.
An experienced actor he has a versatile career: Musicals, voice overs, industrial theatre, physical theatre, modern drama, Russian comedy, the classics, even a run in children’s theatre. He began working in a contemporary rug store on his return to Johannesburg, which began a fascination with artisinal home grown art. It’s a world not too far from entertainment, it speaks of modern sensibilities and freedom in a way that is fresh and slick; a rough balancing companion to his refined nature. A balance that is his work too, he has played Lockwood in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, but also the drug addict son of infamous serial killers in the mini series Innocent Times.
Best remembered as a Reality-TV host of Rat Race, Lotter is a keen writer and director, expressing his passion for artistic expression in words and visuals. With copy appearing in Habitat and Home & Garden and studying towards a Masters in Screenwring, he is as accomplished on the boards and screen as his is off. And he can even silver serve a roast dinner. In Afrikaans.
BA MPM Honours (AFDA), Master of Fine Arts Candidate (AFDA)
Siyabulela Mgabadeli is an eager and hardworking individual who is currently completing his masters in film majoring in Acting and Editing at AFDA Johannesburg Campus, something that has never been done before. He is an academic that graduated with a Cum laude with special mention in his undergraduate degree and also graduated with Cum laude in his honors degree.
He started off his professional career as a Vision Mixer at Cape Town Television
(CTV), where he vision mixed CTV’s Launch event in 2008. He has also worked on a few international productions like ‘Safe House’, which was a feature shot in Cape Town 2011, starring Denzel Washington. He then went onto work on a British television series called ‘The Great British Story’. From there he moved onto working on international Kellogg’s Corn Flakes commercials. After working in Cape Town for a few years he moved to Johannesburg where he was involved in Danny K’s music video ‘Brown Eyes, including the Re-mix version. He then moved onto editing a travel show called ‘Vaya Mzansi’ and moved onto editing a few promo’s and shows for MTV such as ‘Roast of Kenny Kunene’ and a few others. He is now currently working as an assistant editor on ‘Dineo’s Diaries’. This ambitious young film maker seems to be going far with his love of his craft.