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Andrew Worsdale

1st Lang: English      2nd Lang: Afrikaans (fluent)     3rd Lang: French (basic)     
Eyes: Blue     Hair: Blonde/Grey     Height: 1.74     

AA Vita Awards Best Newcomer Nomination
Fulbright Scholarship to pursue MFA in Film Production at UCLA
Best Director ,Durban Poison, Festival du Cinema Africain, Morocco

Worsdale co-wrote and directed the cult-hit feature film “Shot Down” (1987) which played at numerous festivals worldwide but was banned in South Africa for ten years. It won the Special Prize at the Mannheim International Filmwoche and a Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to South African Cinema from the Durban Film Festival. It was voted one of the ten best films of the year by Helen Knode in the LA Weekly, other critics said of the film, “Exhilarating” (Time Out), “The archetypal white, decadent, existential-crisis ridden, drug-crazed, politically confused misanthropic film” (Weekly Mail), “A turning point in South African cinema.” (Natal Mercury).
In 2013 Worsdale wrote and directed “Durban Poison” an elegiac romantic thriller starring Brandon Auret, Cara Roberts, Gys De Villiers and Danny Keogh. It won the prize for Best South African Feature Film at the 2013 Durban International Film Festival and has since played at festivals in Busan, London, Goa, Dubai, Luxor African Film Festival and The Festival du Cinema Africain, Khouribga where Worsdale won the prize for Best Director.
As a journalist he has written for The Sunday Times, The Weekender, The Gauteng Film Commission, Style Magazine, The Citizen, This Day, The Callsheet, The Natal Witness, Africa Film & TV, Cahiers Du Cinema, Sight and Sound and The Guardian in the UK. For five years he was the film critic for South Africa’s Weekly Mail and Guardian and for six years he was the South African correspondent for Screen International.

Film Experience

Film Role Director / Production Company
JOBMAN Skinhead dir. Darrell Roodt
THE FOURTH REICH Joos Engelbrecht dir. Manie van Rensburg
PARADISE ROAD Wittkowski dir. Jan Scholtz
THE NATIVE WHO CAUSED ALL THE TROUBLE Warder dir. Manie van Rensburg
FAITHS CORNER Fish & Chips Man dir. Darrell Roodt
MAFRIKA(SURPRISE) Corrupt Lawyer dir. Paul Ruven
ZIMBABWE Nasty White Man dir. Darrell Roodt
N SAAK VAN GELOOF Predikant dir. Diony Kempen
DIE 100 METER LEEULOOP Professor dir. Diony Kempen
ANGELS OF THE SKIES Commander Caldwell dir. Chris dos Santos
TELL ME SWEET NOTHING Literary Tramp dir. Akin Omotoso
THE SIEGE OF JADOTVILLE Irish Barman dir. Richie Smyth
SEW THE WINTER TO MY SKIN Sleazy Banker dir. Jahmil X.T Qubeka


Series Role Director / Production Company
RHODES Queens Equerry dir. David Drury
ISIDINGO, THE NEED Journalist,Muckraker dir. Jann Turner
90 PLEIN STREET Political Reporter dir. Khalo Matabane
ITS COMPLICATED Mr. Jacobs dir. Norman Maake
HUSTLE Draganov dir. Jahmil X.T Qubeka
MASEKO TIES Dr. Cashden KMP Productions
PALAIS BLUE, MOROCCO Hoslane, the Kings Consul dir. Kamal Benabid

Theatre Experience

Production Role Director / Venue
TOTAL ECLIPSE Arthur Rimbaud dir. Fred Hagemann,Wits
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Lorenzo dir. Ian Steadman,Wits
A COMEDY OF ERRORS Antipholus of Syracuse dir. Ian Steadman,Wits
TICKETS,CHEAP Eddie dir. Giulio Biccarri,Lager Theatre
TORCH SONG TRILOGY David dir. Janice Honeyman,Market Theatre
KING LEAR The Fool dir. Robert Wilson,KTTV Los Angeles
AFRODIZZIA Klaus dir. Robert Colman,Joburg Theatre

Training / Experience

Institution Qualification
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA Master of Fine Arts in Film Production

Special Skills

Standard American, Southern American, British (RP, Cockney, Regional), Irish, Scottish, French, German, Dutch, Russian, Eastern Bloc
Writer, Improvisation