PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
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With a history in stage & performance, Sean's visual sensitivity to pace, tone and character serve him as a complex screenwriter for his own Be Phat Motel Film Company and for South African and international markets, as a creative and conceptual producer and as an intuitive documentary director.
Sean’s storyteller instinct took hold early, and an Honours degree in screenwriting and documentary film and extensive experience in media and marketing set him on the path towards the film industry. His shorts Sweetheart and Wide Open and feature documentaries Lost Prophets and Outsider have screened extensively at festivals around the world. His debut feature Five Fingers for Marseilles premieres at Toronto International Film Festival 2017, continuing into a global festival run. Projects in development include period-set dark Miami fantasy The Blue Lady, television drama series co-production Acts of Man and a high-octane feature adaptation of Charlie Human’s beautifully twisted novel Apocalypse Now Now.
Sean is the founding manager of the Cape Town chapter of the shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival, celebrating, promoting and awarding South African and international short films yearly, and he sits on the festival’s international executive committee, pushing artistic collaboration and exchange between filmmakers from cultures all around the world. He continues to sit on Cape Town’s festival board.
He has hosted panels on development, production, finance and distribution around South Africa and has served on the Writers’ Guild of South Africa’s executive council.
He also produces and hosts weekly radio talk show and podcast Space Life and Other Dumb Ideas, focusing on science, technology and pop culture. Sadly, it seems science is not his calling; he’s resigned to have to live out his dreams of space through his work.
Directing high and low budget, technically complex productions under pressure, has earned Michael a reputation for executing ambitious projects. Michael has a strong focus on emotive, visual storytelling. His work has been nominated and won awards both locally and internationally.
Michael co-founded Be Phat Motel Film Company in 2007 with the aim to develop and produce progressive cinema, and has seen a number of scripts into international development. In this period Michael has also made award winning commercials, short films and music videos, working with brands such as MTV, Axe/Lynx, Nike, Kulula(airlines), Wrigleys and Smirnoff.
Michael’s half hour film, Sweetheart (2011), has screened at festivals in South Africa, Poland, Russia, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Singapore, Costa Rica and the USA. Sweetheart also garnered interest from a number of influential online platforms.
In 2014 Michael directed the eight part web series, Ashbeclee. The comedy-drama is in the tone of HBO ‘Girls’, but set in Perth Australia. It focus on three female lead characters who are dealing with a quarter life crisis and first world problems. It was a brand sponsored series, gaining over 190 000 episode views.
Five Fingers for Marseilles, which premiered at TIFF 2017, is Michael’s feature directorial debut.
Apocalypse Now Now, dark, twisted fantasy set in Cape Town, is in development as Michaels second feature film.