Tumi Morake

Tumi Morake began her career in 2006 and since has steadily grown into one of South Africa’s most sought-after comedians, earning the title of South Africa’s First Lady of Comedy. Tumi was also the first African woman to have her own set on Netflix and is known to be the first woman to host Comedy Central Presents in Africa. Following the success of her debut one woman show Herstory in 2011, Morake took the show to Edinburgh in 2013 and has toured internationally. As a producer her work has been nominated in various categories at the South African Film and Television Awards, which she also hosted in 2013 and 2014. She also hosted the prestigious SAMA Awards (Nigth1) in 2012 and 2013 and was awarded the Entertainer of the Year at the 2012 Speakers of Note Award. Tumi was nominated for the coveted Comic of The Year at the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Comic’s Choice Awards. She is a recipient of the Mboko Women In The Arts Award for Excellence in Comedy 2013 and in 2015 she was nominated in the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards. She was voted You Spectacular Favourite Comedian 2016. Tumi’s memoir And Then Mama Said was published by Penguin Random House SA in 2018 and she is currently penning her second book. Tumi co-created and starred in the award winning stageplay Tease! (Makhanda National Arts Festival, Market Theatre) which is being developed with her co-creators Vanessa Frost and Jose Domingos for television.

 

Represented by David Kayser

Jozua Malherbe

Jozua’s debut as feature director was the gothic Afrikaans film Wolwedans in die Skemer in 2011. The film achieved massive returns at the South African box office and was one of the top ten pictures of the year. Jozua followed up with a series of television dramas for which he won every directing award in South Africa, including the ATKV Media Veertjie for Donkerland, an epic drama that recounts the story of a farm and its owners from 1838 to 1996. He also won SAFTA awards for Swartwater, Bloedbroers and High Rollers. Jozua earned a total of 22 nominations at the 2014 SAFTAs for his television work and won the following year for Bloedbroers. In 2019 Jozua wrote on the MNET/HBO/ZDF copro Trackers, based on Deon Meyer’s bestselling novel. He was also the second unit director for the series where he worked with renowned cinematographer Ivan Strasburg. His second feature film, Griekwastad, starring Arnold Vosloo and Alex van Dyk was released in May 2020. This dark and gritty picture was Jozua’s debut as a features DOP and is currently streaming on Showmax. The film was nominated for a whopping 7 SAFTAs and took home two at the 2021 virtual ceremony – for best direction and best feature. Jozua directed and shot all five episodes of Mnet’s mystery thriller Slot (TX January 2021) and two episodes of the psychological thriller Lioness, also for Mnet (TX February 2021) . He is currently in post on feature film Beurtkrag (which he also co-wrote) for producer Danie Bester and KykNet and he directs commercials under the banner 7 Films. He has several projects across film and television in development.

Represented by David Kayser

Chioma Onyenwe

Chioma Onyenwe is a Nigerian filmmaker. With a background in economics and management from the University of Lagos and Imperial College London, she plunged into full time film-making in 2014. She owns Raconteur Productions which produces content spanning film, television, online and documentaries. Her first feature 8 Bars and a Clef, was nominated for the 2016 AMAA Award for Best First Feature Film by a Director. She produced stage play August Meeting, a story about the Aba women’s riot at the 2018 Lagos Theatre Festival and is currently on a nationwide tour.

Chioma’s podcast series 23419 was released January 2021 and she is the Artistic Director for the Africa International Film Festival.

 

Represented by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie

Jon Dalgaard

His animated series Karyn Splitter: Alien Sitter won the Disney Channel Prize at the 2017 MIFA Pitches in Annecy. He is the co-creator, co-writer, and producer of BedHead, a web series and television pilot for ABC which aired on ABC2 and iView. The web series was a grand prize winner at LA Webfest and received an Australian Writer’s Guild nomination.

As well as developing his own shows, Jon also works as a writer for hire on shows including animated series  100% Wolf (ABC Australia, Super RTL), Taffy (Boomerang, Turner), Smighties (YouTube Kids, Discovery), and Monster Loving Maniacs (JaFilm, Super RTL). Jon forms part of an Oscar- and Emmy-nominated writing stable at Baboon Animation USA.

Jon graduated from the AFTRS screenwriting program and holds a Film and American Studies degree from the University of East Anglia.

Before becoming a writer Jon worked as a development executive for producer Deborah Balderstone, working on a feature slate part-funded by Working Title. He spent five years working for Lionsgate, in the UK and then Australia, where he released films and series such as Good Night and Good Luck, The Lives of Others, Weeds, and Mad Men among others.

 

Represented by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie

Zakes Mda

Zakes Mda is a South African writer, painter, composer and film maker. He commutes between South Africa and the U.S., working as a professor of creative writing at Ohio University, beekeeper in the Eastern Cape, a patron of the Market Theatre, Johannesburg, and a director of the Southern African Multimedia AIDS Trust in Sophiatown, Johannesburg.

Praise for Zakes Mda

‘[One of] the two most acclaimed South African novelists of the past twenty years [along with Coetzee]… Mda’s greatest gift is his Dickensian social range, his ability to generate characters from diverse backgrounds, colluding and colliding across the barriers erected to divide them. – Rob Nixon, New York Times Book Review

‘For a long time, white writers dominated South African literature – Paton, Brink, Gordimer, Coetzee. Post-apartheid, Zakes Mda, looks like the great South African novelist of his generation, a writer rich in both imagination and ironic political attitude.’ – The Philadelphia Inquirer

‘A voice for which one should feel not only affection but admiration’ – The New York Times

‘In novel after novel, Zakes Mda seems to have cultivated a mode of writing in which the realistic and the magical co-exist with unruffled ease.’ – Harry Garuba, Independent

‘Zakes Mda is among the most acclaimed exponents of a new artistic freedom. His fiction has a beguiling lyricism and humour, revelling in the beauty of aloe-covered mountains or Cape marine life.’ – Maya Jaggi, The Guardian