ALUMNI OF THE WEEK # 150 THEA SMALL

Alumni of the week, 08 August 2019



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Director and AFDA alumna Thea Small sees herself as a storyteller first, and a filmmaker second. This combination saw her enrol in film school, going against the tide of what was expected of a woman of colour in Cape Town in the 2000s. One of just three women in her AFDA class, both Thea’s graduation and honours films were nominated at South Africa’s SAFTAS, and screened at international festivals.

Thea has written for several notable South African TV Shows (including the International Emmy-nominated Sokhulu and Partners) and was one of 15 African filmmakers selected for the Durban International Film Festival’s Talent Campus in 2016. More recently, she’s assisted several top commercial Directors and has provided integral creative support for Giant Films as head of the research team.

From directing her first commercial spot, an upbeat, comedic femcare spot starring Sho Madjozi, to creating an intimate character journey in her latest music video, Obsolete, Thea’s talents reveal a range of capabilities, grounded in a keen sense of storytelling and performance.

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