26 November 2018, Alumni of the week
AFDA Cape Town alumna, Liza Claire Scholtz stars in the multi-award winning film, High Fantasy, shot using iPhones and directed by AFDA alumni Jenna Bass. Liza acts alongside two fellow alumni, Qondiswa James and Nala Khumalo.
The film is about four diverse young South Africans who have just graduated from university during the tense time of the #FeesMustFall movement. The friends go on a camping trip and wake up to find they have mysteriously swapped bodies.
Stranded in the wilderness on a Northern Cape farm, they need to solve their predicament while grappling with heavy issues, such as the land debate, racial tension and misogyny.
Liza graduated Cum Laude from AFDA in 2014 with an honours degree in acting for screen. The same year she guest starred on the second season of the SABC1 period drama series When We Were Black, which was her first credited screen acting role.
Liza can also be seen in the feature films The Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Deep Blue Sea; and in the documentary series Origins: The Journey of Humankind in which she plays Bernice Myers, a young African American woman who is faced with racial prejudice when she moves into Levittown, an all-white suburb in America in the 1950s.
She guest starred on the kykNET drama series Sara se Geheim (Sara's Secret) as a teenage version of Maggie Cloete (played by Lee-Ann van Rooi), in Season 1, Episode 4 (which aired on 2 May, 2017).
A few months later she guest starred in the series premiere of another kykNET drama, Waterfont, playing a receptionist at a hotel. The episode first aired on 10 October, 2017.
Liza's first starring role in television came in 2018 in the SABC2 comedy series Die Vlieënde Springbokkie (The Flying Springbok), which follows a group of mismatched South Africans stuck on a spaceship in 2068, on a quest to find a new planet.
If she is not on set, Liza is often looking to attend acting workshops with teachers and other actors where she can experience more about herself and her craft.
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.