Born in the dusty township streets of Vosloorus, Johannesburg, though currently residing in Cape Town, Philane Ndaba is a filmmaker with a very descriptive and sharp eye for storytelling.
Since graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Film Production from the University of Cape Town, Ndaba has continued to hone his writing and directing skills, constantly focusing on youth embedded themes in most of his work, themes such as identity, modernism, the relationships many young people grapple with in today’s society, and the need to be understood, especially by the older generation.
Some of Ndaba’s films, screen and stage plays have included student and independently produced works such as Jaco and Jill (2006;) Should It Hurt So Much (2007;) Escape (2008;) Tragedies (2009;) and Locked In (2009.)
Ndaba also served as an Assistant Director (AD) on films such as Two Ocean’s Summer In New England (2008); Film Afrika’s Free Willy 4 (2009); DO Productions Themba – A Boy Called Hope (2009) and Ten 10 Film’s The Abyss Boys (2009.)
Dogged by an overpowering hunger to write more, Ndaba went back to film school and recently obtained his postgraduate degree in Film Studies, specializing in screenwriting – – also from the University of Cape Town. He’s also successfully completed the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) Sediba Spark Scriptwriter’s programme. He was again an AD on the short, A Modern Man (2011), a film that’s been accepted at the Cape Winelands and Los Angeles Film Festival.