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List of famous film directors from South Africa, listed alphabetically with photos when available. South Africa has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best South African directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of South Africa and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best South African directors?" and "Which directors are from South Africa?"

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Alan Ari Lazar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 51 Alan Ari Lazar is a film score composer.

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Aryan Kaganof is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 54 Ian Kaganof is a film director.

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Ashley Lazarus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Ashley Lazarus Ashley Lazarus is a film director and film producer.

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Athol Fugard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 86 Athol Fugard is an actor, screenwriter and film director.

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Bruce Fordyce is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Bruce Fordyce age 63 Bruce Fordyce is a South African marathon and ultramarathon athlete. He is best known for having won the South African Comrades Marathon a record nine times, of which eight wins were ...more

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Bruce Gordon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Bruce Gordon was an actor who appeared in and directed the 1919 film The First Men in the Moon. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Carey Schonegevel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 49 Carey Schonegevel is a film director and a screenwriter.

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Cedric Sundstrom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Cedric Sundstrom Cedric Sundstromis a screenwriter, film director and producer

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Daniel Bruce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Daniel Bruce age 37 Daniel Bruce is a screenwriter and film director.

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Daniel Krige is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 48 Daniel Krige is a writer, director and actor. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, he grew up in Australia. Krige began working as a writer at the age of sixteen for Grundy Television.

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Darrell Roodt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 56 Darrell Roodt is a South African film director, screenwriter and producer. His film Sarafina! was screened out of competition at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival. His 2012 film Little One was ...more

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David Lister is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
David Lister is a South African-born film and television director, now residing in Port Elizabeth. David Lister grew up on a farm in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. He trained as a painter ...more

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David Millin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
David Millin Died at 79 (1920-1999) David Millin was a film director, producer, screenwriter and cinematographer.

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Dirk DeVilliers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Dirk DeVilliers Died at 85 (1924-2009) Dirk de Villiers is a film director, a film and tv producer, a screenwriter and an actor.

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Dyson Lovell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 78 Dyson Lovell is a film producer and actor born on 28 August 1940. He produced amongst others, the Franco Zeffirelli Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson, and Francis Ford Coppola's 1984 box-office flop ...more

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Elaine Proctor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 58 Elaine Proctor is a South African film director, screenwriter and actress. Her film Friends was entered into the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Caméra d'Or Special

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François Verster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
François Verster age 49 François Verster is a South African film director and documentary maker. He has a wide background in writing, music, academia and film. After completing an MA degree with distinction ...more

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Gavin Hood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 55 Gavin Hood is a South African filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and actor, best known for writing and directing Tsotsi, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He also ...more

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Gray Hofmeyr is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 69 Gray Hofmeyr is a South African film and television director. In a career that spans almost three decades, Hofmeyr's films have touched many themes and genres.

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Harry Edwards is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 76 Harry Edwards is an African-American sociologist who took his PhD at Cornell University and is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Edwards' career has ...more

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Henry Cornelius is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Died at 45 (1913-1958) Henry Cornelius was a South African-born film director, producer and screenwriter. He directed five films between 1949 and 1958.

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Humphry Knipe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 77 Victor Humphry Knipe is a sociology and history author, and adult film writer, director, and website administrator. He is a co-author of The Dominant Man: The Pecking Order in Human Society, a ...more

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Ian Dalrymple is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Died at 86 (1903-1989) Ian Dalrymple was a British screenwriter, film director and producer.

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Ian Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Ian Gabriel Ian Gabriel is a South African film and commercials director, based in Cape Town, South Africa. He directed the film, Forgiveness, that starred Arnold Vosloo, and which treats the theme of ...more

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James Ryan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 60 James Ryan is a South African actor, writer and director.

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Jamie Uys is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Died at 75 (1921-1996) Jacobus Johannes Uys, better known as Jamie Uys, was a South African film director.

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Jans Rautenbach is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Jans Rautenbach age 82 Jans Rautenbach is a South African screenwriter, film producer and director. His 1968 film Die Kandidaat proved controversial and received some censorship in South Africa, because of perceived ...more

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Jason Stone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 37 Jason Stone is a film producer, film director and screenwriter.

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Jay Rodan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 44 Jay Rodan was born in Durban, South Africa. His father is Scottish, and he was raised in London, Edinburgh, Africa, India and Canada. He has worked in film and television in the United States, ...more

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John Kani is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 76 Bonsile John Kani is a South African actor, director and playwright.

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Jon Blair is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 68 Jon Blair is a South African-born writer, film producer and director of documentary films, drama and comedy who has lived in England and the United States ever since he was drafted into the ...more

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Jonathan Kent is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 72 Jonathan Kent is an English theatre director and opera director. He is best known as a director/producer partner of Ian McDiarmid at the Almeida Theatre from 1990 to 2002. After an upbringing in ...more

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Jonathan Liebesman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 42 Jonathan Liebesman is a South African film director and writer.

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Jürgen Schadeberg is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 87 Jürgen Schadeberg is a South African photographer and artist.

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Justin Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 73 Justin Cartwright is a British novelist.

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Justine Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 55 Justine Shapiro is South African born North American actress, filmmaker, writer, hostess and producer, who is one of several main hosts of the Pilot Productions travel/adventure series Globe

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Katinka Heyns is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Katinka Heyns age 71 Katinka Heyns is an actress, film producer and director.

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Kevin Dowling is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 74 Kevin Patrick Dowling, C.SS.R., is a South African prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. A Redemptorist, he is the second and current Bishop of Rustenburg.

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Kevin Singh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Kevin Singh age 44 Kevin Singh is a film actor, screenwriter, producer and director.

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Konstandino Kalarytis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Konstandino Kalarytis age 51 Konstandino Kalarytis is an editor, film and television producer and film director.

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Larry Kent is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 81 Larry Kent is a film director and screenwriter.

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Laurence Harvey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Died at 45 (1928-1973) Laurence Harvey was a Lithuanian-born actor. In a career that spanned a quarter of a century, Harvey appeared in stage, film and television productions primarily in the United Kingdom and the ...more

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Leon Schuster is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 67 Leon Ernest "Schuks" Schuster is a South African filmmaker, comedian, actor, presenter and singer.

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Lev David is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Lev David age 38 Lev David, is a writer, radio producer and radio presenter, and media consultant. He is both founder and chief executive officer of Say Yay Media, having previously founded and headed the ...more

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Lionel Friedberg is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Lionel Friedberg Lionel Friedberg is a documentary film director who has written or produced films for Animal Planet, CBS, PBS, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channel. He has ...more

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Lionel Ngakane is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Died at 83 (1920-2003) Lionel Ngakane was a South African filmmaker and actor.

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Louis Hayward is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Died at 76 (1909-1985) Louis Charles Hayward was a British actor born in South Africa.

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Marc Furmie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Marc Furmie age 38 Marc Furmie is a film director and screenwriter.

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Mark Dornford-May is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 63 Mark Dornford-May is a British-born South African theatre and film director.

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Mark Roper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 60 Mark Roper is a screenwriter, film and television director and actor.