I am from Mbabane, Swaziland ...and I am obsessed to find an aesthetic thread that will resonate enough with audiences be it in Soweto, Zimbabwe or Swaziland to make them believe that seeing a film is an important valuable pastime demanding a
certain urgency and excitement.
The film I'm currently making. Shattered Pieces of Peace is a feature documentary which follows a mother, Sharon, that publicly vilified her daughter for being a lesbian. When her daughter's partner is found murdered in a graveyard and her daughter is arrested and charged with the murder; Sharon grapples to reconcile her own intense homophobia with motherly love for a child who could face the death penalty if convicted for the murder of her partner.
My film development began in the African script development fund training program facilitated by Lew Hunter ( screen writing, 434 -UCLA), Cameron Bailey (Toronto ) and Ben Zulu.
I then worked on the drama series, Gaz'lam 2 produced by Ochre Moving Pictures in Johannesburg, for the South African Broadcasting Corporation as well as Mzanzi (SABC 1) Muvhango and Stokvel (SABC 2).
I contributed The Demon that came into Julius for the xenophobia in Africa project from the Open Society Institute .
I am an alumnus of the Monash university film and TV unit ( Ruimsig, South Africa) 2004; the Berlinale talent campus -Berlinale- Germany (2005) and Durban talent campus, Durban, Doc Station (2011) where our project, Shattered Pieces of Peace won two PUMA Creative awards for the best projects at the Durban Filmmart Doc Circle pitching session.
I also worked as an assistant on international documentaries filmed in Swaziland such as the Dali Tambo, feature documentary about King Mswati 111.
Shattered Pieces of Peace is our first independent feature production other than What about moi- a story of sex, tassels and beads, a no-budget documentary I made about the five year sex ban that was imposed on maidens in Swaziland in 2007.
In 5-10 years time I would hope to have completed at least two of the film projects I am currently involved in developing mainly Shattered Pieces of Peace a 90 minute feature documentary and Little Pete and Amandla a proposed feature film about the friendship between an African boy, Amandla and Little Pete, a Chinese boy, who both live in rural Mpumalanga who dream of being hip-hop stars but then Amandla receives a calling from his ancestors to be a traditional healer. When Amandla returns from his training, Little Pete persuades him to use a magic potion formula to make their dreams of breaking away from the little village come true. But the potion Amandla ab(uses) is to be only used by kings in times of war and as such their dreams do come true, but everything goes horribly wrong. Amandla’s powers start fading away just as Little Pete's life is in danger.
Other than that I would hope to gain a communications science degree of which international politics is my main interest with a particular study on the Africa and China relationship. What I hope to write a thesis on is the influence of Hollywood/ pop culture
on African history and development.
In fifteen years time I would like to be a lecturer specializing in Africa's soft power in the global landscape..