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The New Actor: A Masterclass from Actor Spaces and Ster-Kinekor

October 9, 2019

On Sunday the 29th of September 2019, Actor Spaces in association with Ster-Kinekor presented their 3rd annual Masterclass, held at Ster-Kinekor in Newtown Junction mall.

This year’s Masterclass host Mampho Brescia. Image supplied

The Masterclasses- set out to bridge the gap between established film-makers and those aspirant movie makers- offer an alternative learning space that engages hopeful film-makers with the possibilities and realities that come with the field of production. The masterclass features leading professionals who share their insight, career journeys and notable lessons with an audience of emerging and professional industry creatives. Founder and CEO Ayanda Sithebe expressed that, “It’s always amazing and encouraging to see young people seeking knowledge about the industry and, for us, this emphasizes the importance of such initiatives that bring about continuous learning platforms”. 

This year’s host was leading actress Mampho Brescia with the theme being “The New Actor”. This referred to the innovative actor of the future who tackles the many challenges facing the South African film industry, by takes on a multitude of roles such as: 

  • Producer
  • Director  
  • Financer
Lerato Mvelase was one of the Masters on the panel. Image supplied.

Masters that lead the class included:

  • Director Adza Uga, whose credits include everything from: 
    • Zone 14
    • Isibaya
    • Jacob’s Cross
    • Society
    • Skwizas
    • Room 9 
    • The Burning Man – his 2010 documentary feature, which won four Golden Horns at the SAFTAs
  • Actor Lemogang Tsipa who featured in 
    • Alien Outpost
    • Homeland
    • Traffic
    • The Book of Negroes
    • Black Sails
    • Roots
    • The Number  
    • The Dark Tower 
    • Beyond The River (2017) – his film debut in Craig Friemond’s hit film playing the lead role of Duma 
  • Producer Layla Swart, co-owner of Yellowbone Entertainment and winner of the 2019 SAFTA Youth Achiever Award, whose recent credits include: 
    • Producing and editing Xhosa sci-fi movie Stillborn
    • SA’s 2019 Oscar selection Sew the Winter to my Skin 
    • The boxing film Knuckle City
  • Well-known actor Lerato Mvelase, who has starred in a multitude of local series such as: 
    • Home Affairs
    • Home Sweet Home
    • Backstage  
    • Isibaya 
Producer Layla Swart, co-owner of Yellowbone Entertainment and winner of the 2019 SAFTA Youth Achiever Award. Image supplied.

Launched in 2017, the Masterclasses are the brainchild of Actor Spaces. It is led by Ayanda Sithebe who won the 2017 SAFTA Youth Award, which launched the ongoing professional relationship with award sponsor Ster-Kinekor. This relationship is deepened by a shared interest in the development and support of rising young talent across the South African film and television industry.

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