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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.

List features items like Percival Rubens and Dirk DeVilliers.

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: 52

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: Purpose

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

Birthplace: Gauteng, Johannesburg, Africa, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: Tokyo Elegy, The Mozart Bird, Wasted!, Western 4.33

Aryan Kaganof (born 1964 as Ian Kerkhof) is a South African film maker, novelist, poet and fine artist. In 1999 he changed his name to Aryan Kaganof.
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Ashley Lazarus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Ashley Lazarus

Birthplace: Africa, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: Golden Rendezvous, Forever Young, Forever Free, Faith and Fate

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

Birthplace: South Africa, Middelburg, Eastern Cape

Nationality: United States of America, South Africa

Films Directed: The Road to Mecca

Harold Athol Lanigan Fugard OIS (born 11 June 1932) is a South African playwright, novelist, actor, and director who writes in South African English. He is best known for his political plays ...more
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Bruce Fordyce is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Bruce Fordyce Age: 64

Birthplace: Hong Kong, China

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: Homeless Joe

Bruce Fordyce (born 3 December 1955 in Hong Kong) is a South African marathon and ultramarathon athlete. He is best known for having won the South African Comrades Marathon a record nine times, ...more
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Bruce Gordon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa

Birthplace: Gauteng, Johannesburg, Africa, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: The First Men in the Moon

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

Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: Original Child Bomb

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

Birthplace: Gauteng, Johannesburg, Africa, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: The Revenger, American Ninja 4: The Annihilation, Dark Desires : Diana, American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt, Fair Trade, + more

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

Birthplace: Western Cape, City of Cape Town, Cape Town, Africa, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: Road

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

Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: West, Still Twisted, Providence Park

Daniel Krige (born 16 July 1970) 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
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Darrell Roodt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Age: 57

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: Father Hood, Dracula 3000, City of Blood, The Stick, Pavement, + more

Darrell James Roodt (born in Johannesburg, April 28, 1962) is a South African film director, screenwriter and producer. He is probably most well known for his 1992 film Sarafina! which starred ...more
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David Lister is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa

Birthplace: South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: Beauty and the Beast, The Rutanga Tapes, The Last Leprechaun, Beauty and the Beast, The Meeksville Ghost, + more

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)

Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: Shangani Patrol, Majuba

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)

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: That Englishwoman, Arende, Snake Dancer, La Diosa virgen, The Kingfisher Caper

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

Birthplace: Rhodesia

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: Jane Eyre

Dyson Lovell (born 28 August 1936) is a film producer and actor. He produced amongst others, Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson (1990), and Francis Ford Coppola's 1984 box-office ...more
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Elaine Proctor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Age: 59

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: Friends, On the Wire, Kin

Elaine Proctor (born 1960) is a South African film director, screenwriter, novelist, and actress. Her film Friends was entered into the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Caméra ...more
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François Verster ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
François Verster Age: 50

Birthplace: Bloemfontein, Free State, Africa, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: Sea Point Days

François Verster (born 1969) 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 ...more
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Gavin Hood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Age: 56

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: X-Men, Ender's Game, Tough Trade, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, A Reasonable Man, + more

Gavin Hood (born 12 May 1963) is a South African filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, and actor, best known for writing and directing Tsotsi (2005), which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign ...more
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Gray Hofmeyr is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Age: 70

Birthplace: Western Cape, City of Cape Town, Cape Town, Africa, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: Jock, Yankee Zulu, Sweet 'n Short, Mr Bones 2: Back from the Past, Mad Buddies, + more

Gray Hofmeyr (born 6 February 1949 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a South African film and television director. In a career that spans almost three decades, Hofmeyr's films have touched many ...more
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Harry Edwards is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Age: 77

Birthplace: East St. Louis, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

Films Directed: Dora's Dunking Doughnuts, His First Flame

Harry Edwards (born November 22, 1942) is an American sociologist and civil rights activist. He completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University and is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University ...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)

Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: Genevieve, Passport to Pimlico, Next to No Time, The Galloping Major, I Am a Camera

Henry Cornelius (born Owen Henry Cornelius 18 August 1913 – 2 May 1958) was a South African-born film director, producer, screenwriter and film editor. He directed five films between 1949 and
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Humphry Knipe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Age: 78

Birthplace: Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: Erotic Eye

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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)

Birthplace: Gauteng, Johannesburg, Africa, South Africa

Nationality: United Kingdom, South Africa

Films Directed: Storm in a Teacup, Old Bill and Son, Esther Waters

Ian Dalrymple (26 August 1903 – 28 March 1989) was a British screenwriter, film director, film editor and film producer.
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Ian Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Africa
Ian Gabriel

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: Forgiveness

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

Birthplace: Africa, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Films Directed: Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation, The Young Girl and the Monsoon

James Ryan is a South African actor, writer and director.