Meg Rickards

Meg Rickards

Screenwriter | Director | Producer

about

Meg began her longform career with the feature documentary (co-directed with Bert Haitsma) 1994: the bloody miracle (2014). This much talked-about documentary, which counts down to South Africa’s first democratic elections, was broadcast multiple times by eNCA and eTV as well as by the Netherlands’ national broadcaster VPRO. It won the Audience Award at the Durban International Film Festival and the Writers’ Guild award for Best Documentary Script. The film opened the Nobel Peace Laureate Youth Summit as well as the Watch Africa Festival in Wales, and showed in several UK cities as part of the Freedom Tour. Her debut fiction feature, Tess, was released theatrically in South Africa in February 2017 and won a number of awards, including the Best South African Film Award at the Durban International Film Festival. It screened at the BRICS International Film Festival in New Delhi, and at the Brussels and Gothenburg International Film Festivals to name a few. Meg’s most recent film Kaalgat Karel, a romantic comedy which Meg also co-wrote and produced with Paul Egan, was released in cinemas in 2021 and is currently playing on DSTV Box Office and Showmax. The film has been selected for a number of international film festivals including the Phoenix International Genre Film Festival in the US and Boden International Film Festival in Sweden. The film won Best Film awards at the Poor Life Choices Comedy Film Festival in Los Angeles, the Gelos Comedy Film Festival in Moscow, the Lit Laughs Festival in the UK, as well as Best Feature Screenplay at Writers Guild of South Africa Muse Awards. Concurrent to shooting Kaalgat Karel, Meg helped to run a training programme for young filmmakers in the Eastern Cape where the film shot. In 2021 I Meg also directed Atlantis, a television feature produced by Known Entertainment Associates and Moonlighting Films for eTV’s streaming platform eVOD. It remains to date the most streamed film on that platform. Meg is currently in development on several original and adapted films and TV ideas with producers at home and in the UK. She holds a PHD in Film Studies, has taught extensively at the University of Cape Town, the University of the Western Cape, SAE, the Forward Fund Academy and ACT.

 

Represented by David Kayser