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Famous Film Directors from South Africa

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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?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of South Africa in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented South African directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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Alan Ari Lazar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
age 52
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 55
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 87
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 64
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 50
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 38
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 49
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 57
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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 79
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 59
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 50
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 56
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 70
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 77
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
Dec. 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 78
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
Dec. 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 61
James Ryan is a South African actor, writer and director.