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Greg Latter (19**-). Actor, writer, director.


Greg Latter

Greg Latter

Film director, Actor, Playwright, Screenwriter

South Africa Column : Theater, Cinema/tv

Greg is currently South Africa's most established screenplay writer with 16 feature film credits and over sixty hours of TV drama and comedy produced.

Since 1998, Greg has been the Head-writer on the 13-part TV series "Soul City" (IV), which he developed from synopsis to treatment, through to first draft, second draft, and final polish - Soul City's screenplays deal with Rape, HIV/AIDS, Disability, Depression, Asthma, Adult Literacy and Small/Micro/Medium/Enterprises in the South African context. "Soul City IV" received five out of six drama awards at the 2000 Avanti Awards, including Best Drama Series.

"Soul City" was featured in an exclusive article in "Time Magazine" (July 2, 2001) under the title "Emotional Intelligence". Besides South Africa, "Soul City" has been broadcast in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Malawi and Barbados, and has been dubbed into French and Portuguese for showing in Ivory Coast and Mozambique.

He developed the screenplay for "Forgiveness" in consultation with Gcinaphi Dlamini, Ian Gabriel, Shawn Slovo and Neil McCarthy. The screenplay for "The Motor Gang", the Giant Films project currently in development, has been written by Greg Latter and Ian Gabriel.

Award-winning scriptwriter Greg Latter graduated from Wits University in 1982 with a BA in directing, acting and writing. The following year, he starred in City of Blood (1983), starting an acting career which has spanned over 20 years and over 30 feature films.

In 1987, Latter received his first credit as a writer and two decades on, he is the most prolific and successful South African scriptwriter. With over sixteen feature films produced, he is best known for penning Goodbye Bafana (2007), the story of Nelson Mandela's racist guard which starred Josheph Fiennes and Diane Kruger and Forgiveness (2004), the award-winning South African film about truth and reconciliation.

Latter directed his first feature End of the Road for MNET and wrote the stageplay Death of a Colonialist which was showing in Johannesburg earlier this year.

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Contracted to CAPAB 1983/84.

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

Greg has performed in various productions, including Forbidden Fruits (CAPAB), Romeo and Juliet, And Green And Golden, Groucho at Large, Knickerbocker Knockabout, On the Razzle, Why Strelitzias Can't Fly, Walking Wounded, Rain, Môre is 'n Lang Dag, I'm not Rappaport.

He wrote and directed Going Under for CAPAB.

He wrote Tricks, produced for the Women's Festival at the Market Theatre and To Remember produced for the Pot-Pourri Festival in 1985. He wrote Softer than Rock and Death of a Colonialist.

Greg wrote the script for the film Forgiveness about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 2004.

Awards, etc

He won the Thomas Pringle Award for a short story published in Staffrider called Mineworking.


I'm not Rappaport programme notes, 1986.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

IMDb [1].

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