Screenwriters Famous Screenwriters from South Africa

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List of notable or famous screenwriters from South Africa, with bios and photos, including the top screenwriters born in South Africa and even some popular screenwriters who immigrated to South Africa. If you're trying to find out the names of famous South African screenwriters then this list is the perfect resource for you. These screenwriters are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known screenwriter from South Africa is included when available.

This is a list that includes people like J. R. R. Tolkien and Jeremy Hotz.

This historic screenwriters from South Africa list can help answer the questions "Who are some South African screenwriters of note?" and "Who are the most famous screenwriters from South Africa?" These prominent screenwriters of South Africa may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected South African screenwriters.

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Ann Peacock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
Ann Peacock is a screenwriter.

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

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Carey Schonegevel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 48 Carey Schonegevel is a film director and a screenwriter.

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Daniel Krige is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 47 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) 5 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 54 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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Elaine Proctor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Screenwriters 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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Gavin Hood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 54 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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Glyn Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
Died at 83 (1931-2014) Glyn Idris Jones was a South African actor, writer and director. Late in 1964, Jones was contacted by David Whitaker, the story editor on Doctor Who, with a view to the writer contributing a ...more

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Harry Preston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
Harry Preston Died at 86 (1923-2009) Harry Preston is a director and screenwriter.

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Henry Cornelius is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Screenwriters 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) 11 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 76 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) 12 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
Died at 86 (1903-1989) Ian Dalrymple was a British screenwriter, film director and producer.

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J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
Died at 81 (1892-1973) John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE FRSL was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of ...more

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Jamie Uys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Screenwriters 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) 15 on the list Famous Screenwriters 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) 16 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 36 Jason Stone is a film producer, film director and screenwriter.

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Jeremy Hotz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 54 Jeremy Hotz is a Canadian actor and stand-up comedian. He has appeared on Comedy Central Presents, the Just For Laughs comedy festival, the Late Show with David Letterman, and The Tonight Show ...more

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Jon Blair is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Screenwriters 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 Liebesman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 41 Jonathan Liebesman is a South African film director and writer.

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Joy Packer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
Died at 72 (1905-1977) Joy Petersen Packer was a South African author of autobiography and romantic adventure novels.

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Kynan Griffin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 39 Kynan Lyle Griffin is a film producer. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he spent most of his formative years in Durban, where he attended Hillcrest High School. Kynan studied film at Brigham ...more

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Larry Kent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 80 Larry Kent is a film director and screenwriter.

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Leon Schuster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 66 Leon Ernest "Schuks" Schuster is a South African filmmaker, comedian, actor, presenter and singer.

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Lionel Ngakane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
Died at 83 (1920-2003) Lionel Ngakane was a South African filmmaker and actor.

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Marc Furmie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
Marc Furmie age 37 Marc Furmie is a film director and screenwriter.

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Mark Dornford-May is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 62 Mark Dornford-May is a British-born South African theatre and film director.

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Mark Roper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 60 Mark Roper is a screenwriter, film and television director and actor.

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Mbongeni Ngema is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 62 Mbongeni Ngema is a South African writer, lyricist, composer, director and theatre producer, born in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal. He started his career as a theatre backing guitarist. He was ...more

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Mike Falkow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 40 Mike Falkow is an actor, film producer and screenwriter.

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Neill Blomkamp is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 38 Neill Blomkamp is a South African–Canadian film and advertisement director, writer, producer and animator. Blomkamp employs a documentary-style, hand-held, cinéma vérité ...more

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Noel Langley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
Died at 69 (1911-1980) Noel Langley was a South African novelist, playwright, screenwriter and director. He wrote the screenplay which formed the basis for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and is one of the three ...more

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Oliver Hermanus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 35 Oliver Hermanus is a film director and a screenwriter.

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Oliver Schmitz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 58 Oliver Schmitz is a South African film director and screenwriter. His film Mapantsula was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. His 2010 film Life, Above ...more

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Ralph Ziman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 55 Ralph Ziman is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Regardt van den Bergh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 65 Regardt van den Bergh is a South African film and television actor, film director and screenwriter.

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Richard Stanley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 51 Richard Stanley is a South African film director and screenwriter. Stanley works and lives in Montségur, France.

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Ronald Harwood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 83 Sir Ronald Harwood, CBE, FRSL is an author, playwright and screenwriter. He is most noted for his plays for the British stage as well as the screenplays for The Dresser and The Pianist, for ...more

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Ronnie Apteker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 50 Ronen "Ronnie" APTEKER is an entrepreneur in South Africa who founded of Internet Solutions, South Africa's first Internet Service Provider. Born in Cape Town on 19 August 1967, Ronnie ...more

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Roy Blumenthal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 50 Roy Blumenthal has been an active poet since the early 1990s. He is the founder of Barefoot Press, which started out printing free pamphlets. Five editions were published, with a print run of 20 ...more

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Sharlto Copley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 44 Sharlto Copley is a South African actor, producer, and director who has produced and co-directed short films which have appeared at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as commercials and music ...more

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Shawn Slovo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 68 Shawn Slovo is a screenwriter, best known for the film A World Apart, based on her childhood in South Africa under apartheid. She is the daughter of South African Communist Party leaders Joe ...more

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Syd Courtenay is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
Died at 50 (1888-1938) Syd Courtenay is an actor and a screenwriter.

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Wayne Kramer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Screenwriters from South Africa
age 53 Wayne Kramer is a South African film director, screenwriter, producer and storyboard artist. Kramer has written and directed films such as the 2003 film The Cooler, which garnered an Oscar ...more