Elaine Proctor

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Elaine Proctor (1960-) is an actress, filmmaker, screenwriter and novelist.


Elaine Proctor (born 1960) is a South African film director, screenwriter, novelist, and actress.

She studied at the National Film and Television School, where she worked with director Mike Leigh. Her graduation film, On the Wire, won the school's Sutherland Trophy.

She later turned to novels, publishing Rhumba (2011) and Savage Hour (2015). The latter novel was shortlisted for the 2015 Barry Ronge Fiction Prize.


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

She started out with stage work and in the 1990s she shifted to film and TV and became an internationally recognized director. Friends was entered into the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Caméra d'Or Special Distinction.


As an actress she had her first professional role playing "Ophelia" in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Market Theatre, where she also appeared in Sly Fox (as “Becky”), The Bald Prima Donna (as “Maid”), Ibcheck (1979), Red Cross. Also did Will of a Rebel with the Junction Avenue Theatre Company, Fringe Benefits and Pot Luck (for Figleaf Productions).

Film and TV

She appeared as actress in Game for Vultures (1979), Sharpeville Spirit (1986) and We Will See/Re tla bona (1987).

She directed On the Wire (1990), Friends (1993) and Kin (2000).

Wrote and directed Friends (1993)

Awards, etc


SACD 1979/80; 1980/81.

Tucker, 1997. 369.



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