Lecturer in Directing & Writing in Film/TV, University of the Witwatersrand

Kenneth Kaplan has worked in the film and television industry in New York, Hong Kong and across the African continent for over twenty years. His debut feature film, PURE BLOOD, which he wrote, directed and co-produced received the Lucio Fulci Award at the Rome Fantafestival. He also produced the feature film, SLEEPER’S WAKE, which premiered at the Toronto International and BFI London Film Festivals. His television directing credits include the Emmy nominated youth drama series, SCOUT SAFARI, aired on NBC networks in the USA. For South African television he executive produced, wrote and directed two seasons of the long running political drama series 90 PLEIN STREET for SABC 2. He also directed a season of HARD COPY on SABC 3.
After completing his post-graduate studies overseas, Kenneth worked as a field producer in South Africa for the Emmy Award winning SOUTH AFRICA NOW, a weekly news program carried in 40 countries around the world and banned in South Africa for challenging the severe press restrictions imposed under the then State of Emergency. Other documentaries and TV work which he directed are THE LIFE & TIMES OF CHRIS HANI (AFRIVISION/SABC) and the multi-season award winning reality series S’CAMTO GROUNDBREAKERS (loveLife/SABC).
Kenneth holds a Master of Fine Arts in Film & Television (New York University), BA (Hons) Archaeology (Wits), BA (Hons) Dramatic Arts (Wits)


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    Lecturer in directing & writing in Film/TV, University of the Witwatersrand