Anant Singh

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Anant Singh (1956-). Durban born and -based film producer with an international reputation.


Born on 29 May, 1956, he worked at a video store for Rl a day during his teens, purely for the love of film. He started a cinema for neighbourhood kids in his own lounge. After matric, he studied engineering at UDW as South African film schools were then for whites only. At 18, he gave up engineering and bought the video store where he worked - it took him time to pay it off.

While a student at the University of Durban-Westville he began as an amateur film-maker and worker in a movie rental store, which he then bought. He then moved into film distribution and then film production.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

Among his notable films are Alan Paton’s Cry the Beloved Country (19**), Place of Weeping (19**), The Stick, Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom and Mbongeni Ngema’s Sarafina (199*).

In 2006 he co-produced the stage play Bombay Crush with Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom.

Awards, etc.

In 2000 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Durban-Westville.


Daily News, 10 August 2000.

Die Burger, 30 January 2009.

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