Thabang Moleya reveals how his upbringing set him on a course for the film industry

Thabang Moleya reveals how his upbringing set him on a course for the film industry

- Thabang Moleya started off young in the industry as a host on K-TV on Mnet

- His passion for film and TV led to him attending the National School Of The Arts

- He has directed everything from adverts to feature films and shows no sign of slowing down

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South Africa's movie industry is one the most rapidly expanding industries in the country and this thanks to the constant evolution of technology and talented directors such as Thabang Moleya.

He reveals how his upbringing helped him get into the industry.

Briefly.co.za learned that he was born in Tembisa and is the eldest of his two siblings. His first experience in the film industry was at 15-years when he hosted a popular kids show called K-TV on MNet according to w24.co.za.

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His passion for film and television consumed him and he dedicated every waking moment to improving his skills.

When it came to him choosing a career it was an easy choice. He enrolled at the National School Of The Arts, where he majored in arts.

He has won numerous awards including the Best Short Film at Sithenghi Film Festival (Jameson Award).

Moleya has been behind some of the best soapies in South Africa and directed episodes for Jacob's Cross, Zone 14 and The Lab.

His big break came when he directed his first feature film Happiness Is A Four-Letter Word. The film had an amazing cast, Khanyi Mbau, Renate Stuurman and Mmabatho Montsho.

The first three days it was out it drew 45 000 viewers at the cinema which a lot for a local film and was enough to get him a nomination at the Africa Movie Academy Awards for Best First Feature Film by a Director.

He is a versatile director and has worked at production companies directing TV commercials for big brands such as MTN, KFC, DStv and Denonairs.

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He co-founded his own production company, Seriti, which he claims is his biggest milestone to date.

In an interview, he revealed how his childhood, what makes a great filmmaker and his future plans.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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