Film and Television
Wits Film and Television, situated in the creative capital of South Africa, produces trailblazing filmmakers who challenge and redefine the filmmaking process.
By offering our graduates an excellent intellectual and practical education they are additionally equipped for participating in the global film and media industries. Through our established filmmaking programmes our students develop conceptual creativity, intellectual rigour, and strong practical filmmaking capabilities.
Wits School of Arts - Film & Television
Ranked with the best
The Hollywood Reporter has named Wits Film and Television as one of the top 15 international film schools in the world. The publication has announced a separate list for American film schools. The international list features other prestigious institutions such as The Film Academy in Vienna, The Beijing Film Academy, and La Femis in Paris.
ALIGHT light-based art event
WITS Film and TV senior tutor Jurgen Meekel's ‘Palinopsia’ was featured at ALIGHT, a one-night only projection mapping and light-based art event that is inspired by other global events like Lumiere, Les Nuites Blanches and White Night.
The Fun’s Not Over
This feature documentary about James Phillips, who died aged 36 in July 1995, was co-produced by Kenneth Kaplan who is senior lecturer in the Wits Film & TV division. Kenneth’s personal video archive from the period and an historic interview he recorded with James in September 1990 make a significant contribution to the film.
James’ alter ego, Bernoldus Niemand became an anthem of the End Conscription Campaign which opposed compulsory military conscription for white male South Africans and spawned “alternative” Afrikaans rock music and the Voëlvry movement. In 1985, with his beloved Cherry Faced Lurchers, he recorded the gut-wrenching “Shot Down” that addressed both white privilege and the violence of the apartheid state.
“The Fun’s Not Over” tells James’ story in his own words and through the voices of journalists like Max du Preez, satirists Zapiro and Pieter Dirk Uys, his musical collaborators and label-mates like Koos Kombuis and Vusi Mahlesela, contemporary artists like Jack Parow and his friends and family.
Film-maker Nduka Mntambo is fascinated with Joburg. His PhD uses creative research to explore the city as a moving target.
Nduka is featured in the May 2017 issue of Curiosity. Access it here.