29 October 2018, Alumni of the week

AFDA alumna, Thishiwe Ziqubu, is a multi-award winning South African actress, writer, director and content producer. 

Thishiwe is best known for her role in the 2014 action romance, Hard to Get, available on NetflixFor this performance, she holds three prestigious awards: Best Actress at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) 2014, Best Newcomer Actress at the Simon Sabela Awards 2015, and Best Actress at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs). She also holds a Best Supporting Actress award for the box office success, Tell Me Sweet Something (2015).To top all that, Thishiwe also stars in the international BET mini-series Madiba (2017) and The Book of Negroes (2015).

In 2016, Thishiwe received a Best Actress in a Feature Film nomination for her performance in the critically acclaimed queer arthouse film While You Weren’t Looking.

She made her professional début in 2011 with the award-winning arthouse, Man on Ground, an official selection at the Toronto, Berlin and Dubai international film festivals, amongst others.

Thishiwe has graced the small screen with leading roles in hit television shows such as The ImposterIt’s ComplicatedINumber Number, and Rhythm City.

She earned her stripes at the New York Film Academy, graduating in the Acting for Film course. She studied Scriptwriting and Directing at AFDA, The School of the Creative Economy, and Producing at Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking. She was also schooled in African Spiritual Science at the Kara Heritage Institute.

Director of production company, Ngonyama Kapital, Thishiwe creative produced, head wrote, co-produced and co-created the mystical realism mini-series, Emoyeni (2018), also directing and writing narratives in the four-part strand. As writer/director, she has four short films under her belt, two of which she produced. She has been writing professionally in the South African television industry since 2008

Thishiwe is currently at work on her directorial début feature film Stellar Collision, where she also plays the roles of writer and executive producer.

AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.

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