Neil Sandilands (1975-). Actor, director and producer for stage, film and TV.
He was born in Randfontein.
Neil began performing while at elementary school, appearing in various revues, operettas and drama competitions, his repertoire including an impersonation of David Kramer.
At high school he continued performing, also professionally. After school he went abroad as a Rotary exchange student, and on his return pursued a BA in Communications at the Rand Afrikaans University, graduating in 1996 with a BA (Communications).
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
Started in TV as a fourteen year old in the series Meester (1991) by Paul C. Venter and Annie Basson, but became a household name as "Bart" in the hugely popular Afrikaans soap-opera Sewende Laan ("Seventh Aveue"), from 2000 to 2005. His other television credits include lead characters in Konings, Carpe Diem and Soutmansland.
He has produced and directed a short film entitled Entre Nous.
Produced Impresario (with Albert Maritz), an award-winning series on South African theatre personalities.
While at University he wrote, produced and performed in his own plays, winning University colours for his contribution to culture.
He appeared on stage as Gene in Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight (2000), in Saturday Night at the Palace as Vince, Faan se Trein , 2006, Hedda Gabler, 2006, Festen (director Heinrich Reisenhofer, 2007. KKNK), Taraboemdery (2009-2010).
Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight programme notes.
Cape Times, 14 January 2004; 31 August 2006.
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