My name is Trudy Rozani. I was born and bred in Mthatha, but I currently live in Johannesburg. I obtained a BA in Film and Media Production and Honours in Film and Television Studies from the University of Cape Town. Since then, I have done online journalism and made my first short film Bittersweet, for the Youth Filmmaker Project. Most recently I have written and directed another short film called The Reckoning as part of the 2020/2021 Female Filmmaker’s slate. From here, I aim to make more feature films and television series, though I have not abandoned making shorts.
Q&A with Trudy
How did you start in the industry?
I started in the industry by making my first short film, titled Bittersweet, which was produced by Natives At Large, written by myself and directed by Lerato Moloi. This was in 2014, a year after I had graduated Honours in Film and TV studies. The short film can be viewed on www.supp.co.za
What does your typical work day look like?
My typical work day is conceptualizing new film ideas, looking for opportunities to share them and have them produced, or collaborations. I am otherwise working on my music as I aim to release my first body of work soon.
What do you think FAME Week Africa can offer the Pan-African Market?
I believe FAME Week Africa can create opportunities for people to tell their stories. That is breeding ground for inspiration, collaboration and more great work.
What do you think the future of the creative industries look like?
The future of creative industries is very rich, diverse and abundant. If governments of all countries could take note of the contribution of the arts to their economy and reputation, I don’t believe artists would have to struggle.
With FAME Week Africa being held in Cape Town, what do you love about the Mother City?
What I love about the mother city is its atmosphere. It is unlike any other place in South Africa. The complicated history of the Cape also makes it an interesting place to learn about. Lastly, the tourist attractions and talent found there are something to be reckoned with.
Featured film: The Reckoning
In a coming of age story, a plus-sized dance student stops at nothing to nab the lead role in her academy’s prestigious production, even at the cost of her health. Noma takes health and disciplinary risks to qualify for the role of Cinderella in her academy’s annual dance production for final years. As a scholarship student, she feels the need to prove herself to her peers, the establishment and her family. Other obstacles she faces include self-doubt and her very own close friend and excellent dancer, Gina. In a twist of events, Noma’s tenacity leads her to an unconventional win. While the role of Cinderella goes to Gina, Noma bags the role of the Fairy God Mother.
Trudy was the writer and director. Choreography by Ipeleng Merafe. Still photographer by Kgotso Mdakani.