AFDA Cape Town is delighted to announce the appointment of renowned film producer David Max Brown as the Head of Film School. David recently produced the feature film, “Noem My Skollie” by director and AFDA alumni Daryne Joshua and supervised the publicity and distribution campaign. “Noem My Skollie” was a box office hit in 2016 and was South Africa’s entry to the 2017 Foreign language Oscar Awards. David was also the supervising producer on the feature film “The Whale Caller” by Director Zola Maseko which was shot in Hermanus and will be released in cinemas in July 2017.
David has been producing factual and fiction film for over twenty five years.
He began his visual career as a photographer with the ANC in 1983 and then studied film in Canada and set up a production company in Swaziland in 1990 where he made many films on development issues.
In 1998 he moved to the country of his birth, South Africa, and directed and produced the documentary film “The Spirit of Malombo” and then produced the docu-drama ‘The Secret Safari’ with director Tom Zubrycki in 2001 which won the Australian Dendy Award. In the following year he made the short film “A drink in the passage” winning a prize at Fespaco with director Zola Maseko and in 2002 he was producer and cinematographer on the documentary “Children of the Revolution”. In 2005 he produced the 3 part mini-series “Homecoming” with director and AFDA alumni Norman Maake. The series was then edited into a feature film that screened to festivals around the world and in 2006 opened the New York African Diaspora film festival.
In 2006 David produced 26 episodes of the family drama “One Way” and between 2006 and 2008 he produced 52 episodes of the hospital drama series ‘Hillside’ for SABC.
In 2008/9 he produced a feature length docu-drama “The Manuscripts of Timbuktu” with actor Eriq Ebouaney and director Zola Maseko, which had its European Premiere at IDFA in November 2009 and won the Walter Mosley Award in Ghana.
In 2010 David produced a short film with director Teddy Mattera ‘Stay with Me’ (24mins) and in 2011 supervised production of a new 13 x 1 hrs drama series “Skeem Saam” and produced a short film “Down” for director Lev David in the Focus Features Africa-First Programme.
In 2013 he produced and edited Tapiwa Chipfupa’s documentary film “The Bag on My Back” in coproduction with Aljazeera and in 2014 supervised the production of “Skeem Saam” from a weekly show to a successful daily drama/soapie.