AFDA alumni from KZN

Alumni, 07 June 2017

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Like many products of tiny towns, Trevor Calverley has a wide-angle view of the world. The Weenen-born cinematographer got an early glimpse of Hollywood when Elalini, the short film he made with his Afda Film School classmate Tristan Holmes, won a Student Oscar in 2006.

Trevor’s subtly emotive work on Material and his 2012 Safta award for Intersexions have confirmed him as one of the most sought-after directors of photography in the country and fired him up for “Mzansiwood”. He received the Best Cinematography award at the Silwerskermfees 2016 for “Sink” and was nominated for a SAFTA for Best Cinematography for “Sink” in 2017.

Trevor puts his success with Material down to unobtrusive camerawork and Sue Steele’s inspired production design. “It’s all about serving the story. A cinematographer should be a chameleon,” he says, “maintaining the chosen style for 90 minutes.”

Here is Trevors very impressive filmography:

2071 Beyond the River  2016 Lord Jones Is Dead  2016/I Sink  2015 Shark Killer  2015/IV The Call (Short)  2014 Leading Lady (director of photography)  2014 Between Friends: Ithala  2013 Fanie Fourie's Lobola  2013 Miracle Rising: South Africa (Documentary) (as Trevor Calverly)  2012 Material (director of photography)  2011 Getroud met Rugby: Die Onvertelde Storie  2010 Intersexions (TV Mini-Series)  2010/I Night Drive  2010 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls (TV Series)  2009 Getroud met rugby (TV Series)  2008 Discreet  2008 Innocent Times (TV Series) (director of photography)  2007 Footskating 101  2005 Elalini (Video short)  2004 Ever Dark (Short)



Cebo Zikhali is a 27 year old South African actor and aspiring director. He was born in KZN, Empangeni but grew up in Durban where he studied his Bachelor of Arts in Live Performance at AFDA Durban. In 2015/16 he graduated as a valedictorian in his pioneer class and was nominated for best male lead at the Kleinkaap Short Film Festival in 2016 for his graduation student film 'Homeless'. He has then since appeared on the popular MTV Shuga Down South, starred in a short film directed by another AFDA Durban alumni Nathan Rice called FAULTY and an SABC 1 drama show called INGOZI.


I am part plant, Latisha Duarte, hailing from KZN to the concrete jungle, lives and works between New York and Cape Town. She has an Honours Degree in Production Design (Bachelor of Arts: Motion Picture Medium) from AFDA and have spent the last 10 years working as an art director and production designer in TV and film. Specialising mainly in TV, Latisha is moving more and more into the narrative medium. She wants to tell stories, good stories, beautifully. Always having had a deep love for flora and fauna, she now marries the two lines of specialty. Working with plants and flowers never fails to inspire and brings any image to life to enhance the unspoken truth of the story. “I believe living matter brings order chaos. It reminds us that we are alive and that being alive is the ultimate story.” says Latisha.

Art directing photo and film shoots with a strong emphasis on living matter installations and arrangements is where Latisha comes to life. “Bold colours and patterns inspire me, especially the work of Henri Matisse in his later years. The classicism, chiaroscuro and impossibility of the still life work of the Dutch Masters in the 18th century inspire many of the compositions of my floral work.” explains Latisha. See Latisha’s resume here:



Temara Prem, born and raised in Durban, is highly passionate about visual arts- hence her passion to pursue a career in film- cinematography in particular.

Since studying, she has been shooting short films, and has been active in event videography and photography for a few years. Her AFDA university education in post production aspects such as editing and visual effects is an advantage to her cinematography style.

Temara believes in breaking gender boundaries and aims to be a renowned woman in the field of cinematography. She and her films have already achieved numerous awards, features and nominations- including the Simon Sabela Awards, Ethekwini Filmmakers Association, and the Africa International Film Festival.









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