Jans Rautenbach, South African screenwriter, film producer and director.

South Africa’s most celebrated and controversial filmmaker,  who is  honoured as the doyen of the South African film industry and has pursued a 30 year career in directing and producing movies, will be a guest speaker at The Writing Studio’s workshop for screenwriters at The Waterfront Theatre School and give writers some valuable tips on how to write a screenplay. The workshop kicks off on Tuesday, November 3 from 6 pm until 9 pm and will take writers through the process of writing a screenplay and give them an opportunity to step behind the camera and call action!

The workshop is ideal for aspirant screenwriters who would like to sharpen their storytelling skills and explores the fine art of writing visual narrative, mastering the skill of plotting and structure, and developing and exploring ideas and characters. The writers will write a scene from their new screenplay and wear the hat of producer and director to film the scene on November 29. The workshop is presented by Daniel Dercksen, the driving force behind the successful independent training initiative The Writing Studio, who is a published film and theatre journalist with 30 years experience. He has been hosting workshops teaching creative writing, play-writing and screenwriting throughout South Africa for the past 19 years.

Guest Speaker Jans Rautenbach began what could be considered South Africa’s golden age of cinema, with the partners releasing King Hendrik (1965), Wild Season (1967), Die Kandidaat (1968) and their most controversial and thought provoking feature Katrina (1969) and his latest film Abraham marks his first film in 30 years.

Venue: The workshop will take place at The Waterfront Theatre School, Port Rd, Cape Town City Centre, on Tuesday evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm on November 3, 10, 17 and 24, with scenes written during the workshop performed on Sunday, November 29 from 10 am until 5 pm.

Actors and filmmakers who would like to participate in the film-making process on November 29 are welcome to contact the studio at for more details.

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