Mathapelo Mofokeng

Mathapelo Mofokeng is a screenwriter and author from Johannesburg, South Africa. She has written for audio drama, television, and short films on a range of themes. Her films have screened at Underwire, London Shorts, BFI Soul Connect, Aesthetica, Heart of Gold and Manchester Film Festival, among others. Her writing has appeared in Gagosian Quarterly, Adda, Popshot Quarterly, and has been anthologised in the Catapult Best Short Stories Anthology, and The Future of Media.

She is a recipient of the PEN America Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize, and fellowships from MacDowell, Miles Morland, Camargo, and Chevening and is a graduate of the Goldsmiths MA Scriptwriting programme.

Mathapelo is currently adapting her prize-winning short THE STRONG-STRONG WINDS (PEN/Dau Prize 2021) with animators Lisa LaBracio and Anna Samo creators of THE OPPOSITES GAME.


Represented by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie

Zoë Laband

Zoë Laband is an award-winning screenwriter and script editor. She currently has six comedies and rom-coms at various stages of production and development at Netflix, with the edgy romcom DO YOUR WORST released in the top 10 on the platform in March 2023 and SEX LOVE AND THIRTY CANDLES her adaptation of Angela Makholwa’s best-selling novel launching at no.1 in multiple territories in August 2023. Zoe’s original medical drama HARTKLOP (Creator, writer, head writer) launched in July 2023 on Kyknet.

A scholarship student, she graduated with an honours degree in directing and screenwriting (cum laude) from AFDA JHB. Zoe’s graduation film, the horror-comedy, PINKY PINKY won best film and best director and was screened on MNET and at many international film festivals.

In 2007 she won a Graduate Fellowship for Academic Distinction to attend York University in Toronto Canada, where she attained her Masters in Screenwriting (cum laude).  In 2015 she began writing for television full time and since then has written hundreds of hours of television, screened on almost every channel in South Africa.

Zoë has extensive experience in the story room having been the A storyliner on a telenovella and a soap opera for over 5 years. She also has extensive experience working on limited series, having broken story and written scripts on over 15 local TV shows. These include THOSE WHO CAN’T a comedy series for which she won a SAFTA for best writer, and THE GIRL FROM ST AGNES a thriller commissioned by Showmax.

Zoë loves writing comedies, thrillers, and family drama. A writer of original feature and series scripts, and a writer for hire, Zoe is also experienced in adapting books for the screen.

Represented by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie