The director and crew of Living on the Line, in the Sahara Desert, 1999.
In 1990 I began working as a researcher for independent UK companies making films about South Africa for Channel 4 and the BBC.

My first assigment was research for The Fever, a ninety-minute documentary for Arena/Screenplay, on Mbongeni Ngema's play about the 1987 national railway strike.  I went on to direct and produce films for South African and UK television and also worked on several educational videos. 

Educational films

Educational film/video was a natural extension of my audio-visual work of the 1980s. Between 1991 and 1993 I worked on Healing the Land, a three-part educational documentary series on South Africa's environmental challenges, seen through the eyes of ordinary communities in the townships and rural areas. Each film was accompanied by an interactive booklet. I worked as researcher/writer, and wrote the booklets for the first two films, Living on the land, Living in the city. The series, produced by Phakathi Films, was informally distributed, and later screened on SABC. 

In 1996 I directed Mashayabhuqe, AIDS hits everyone, a film that viewed the burgeoning HIV epidemic as a development issue. I also wrote the accompanying booklet and worksheet. This film was reworked for broadcast in 1998.

Current Affairs

In the early 1990s I worked on several current affairs films for UK television. After the election in 1994 UK interest in South Africa evaporated, and with it, this strand of work. One exception was the award-winning Apartheid's Children, which I produced for Channel 4, Dispatches, in 1998.


In 1991 I directed the first episode of the official film history of the African National Congress. Roots of Struggle. The series, Ulibambe Lingashoni/Hold up the Sun was commissioned by the newly-unbanned ANC's Department of Publicity and Information, and later screened on MNet and SABC.

In 1995/6 I directed God Bless Africa, a three-part series on the Christian missionaries for the SABC, and a one-hour documentary for eTV on the AIDS epidemic.

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