Rina Minervini (1944-) is a South African journalist, arts editor and author.
Born Catharina Sophia van der Walt, 31 August 1944, Johannesburg.
Schooling in Kimberley, East London, Vereeniging, Johannesburg (Roosevelt High School) and Bolton Landing, New York State, United States (as an American Field Service exchange student, 1961–1962).
Completed a BA, University of the Witwatersrand, 1964, an Hons BA (English) (cum laude), University of South Africa, 1971 and an MA (English), University of South Africa, 1979. Thesis: J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings': a source study and evaluation.
Over the period 1961 to 1972, with intermittent breaks, attended Ruth Oppenheim's Academy of Acting part time, occasionally taking over teaching in her absence.
She directed some plays.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
Worked as a computer programmer and systems analyst for IBM for seven years before starting to write freelance film criticism for the Rand Daily Mail in 1972.
Joined Cinema and TV magazine as a writer in 1974 and later became editor. Moved briefly to The Star Tonight as TV critic in 1976, then rejoined the Rand Daily Mail as full-time film and theatre critic.
After a two-year break lecturing in Communication Studies at Wits and freelancing, she again rejoined the Rand Daily Mail in 1982. She was editor of its weekly entertainment supplement Funfinder as well as working on the daily pages under Raeford Daniel when the RDM closed in 1985.
Wrote the original screenplay synopsis for the TV series Shaka Zulu.
Email correspondence with Rina Minervini
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