David Max Brown

David was born in South Africa in 1959, moving to Britain in 1962 when his family went into exile. Between 1983-6 David worked as a photographer for the ANC (The African National Congress) at their school in Morogoro, Tanzania. In 1986 he completed a BFA Hon. degree in Film and Television at York University, Canada. David later worked in television in the UK- (1988-90) and went to live in Swaziland in 1990 where he opened “Eye to Eye TV productions”. He returned to South Africa in 1998.

In 2006 he produced “Hillside” a 13 part Hospital drama with GBR productions for SABC 2 . He also supervised production of a 22 part drama series, “One Way” on SABC 3 with first time producer, writers and director. David is currently producing the new seasons of Hillside that shoots 39 episodes from October 2007, as a co-production with Aubrey Sekhabi at GBR and is also producing two films in the SABC’s flagship drama series The Commandments with directors Akiedah Mohammed and Norman Maake.

August 2007 in pre-production with SABC and SVT(Sweden) is a series of four one hour dramas, “Surviving The Fifties:the colour of love”, in co-production with writer/director Zola Maseko. The other directors are Akin Omotoso, Norman Maake, and Akiedah Mohammed. Two screenplays are original works and the other two are adapted from short stories by South African novelists, Es’kia Mphahlele, Ahmed Essop. All are being published by Macmillan Press.

David has in 2007 several feature films in development; “Catching a Glide”, is a well developed screenplay which is currently being financed for production, about the coming of age of a mixed race girl in England who goes to Africa in search of her absent father. The director attached is Norman Maake with co-producer Fiona Mitchell in the UK-(former executive vice-president United Artists)

“The Teenage Gun Runner”, is in script development about the true story of 19yr old Stuart Round, who volunteered to run guns through Africa using an overland tour company as the cover to supply the African National Congress in South Africa with forty tons of weapons between 1986 and 1993.

Credits in 2004/5 were as producer/line producer on a 3 x 48 minute drama series for SABC 2 called Homecoming directed by Norman Maake and the feature film of the same title. The feature has screened at several international film festivals such as the Capetown World Cinema Festival, The African focus at Milan, The Spaghetti Junction Festival in USA. In 2006 it was selected for Africa in the Picture/ Netherlands and Bite the Mango/ UK and was an official screening at the AFI Los Angeles. Homecoming also opened the ADFF- African Diaspora Film Festival in New York in November 2006 with Norman Maake in attendance.

David also produced the Mnet new directions documentary “Freedom is a personal journey” directed by Akiedah Mohammed. In 2003 he produced and directed two x one hour documentaries for SABC on “The Secret History of the South African Communist Party”. In 2002 David was Producer/script editor on a 30 min. film for Mnet, an adaptation of an Alan Paton short story, “A Drink in the Passage”, written and directed by Zola Maseko, which won the special jury award at FESPACO in Burkina Faso in March 2003 and best film prize at the ‘Isle de la Reunion Film Festival’ in 2004. During 2002, David also produced and was director of photography on a 52 min. documentary, “Children of the Revolution”, sponsored by the NFVF and licensed to ETV, about returned South African exiles.

“The Secret Safari”, -is a documentary film, 52mins, which David produced in 2001 with Australian Co-producers Emerald Films and award winning director Tom Zubrycki. The film tells the story of how the ANC smuggled weapons into South Africa under the seats of tourists on overland trips across Africa. Screened in South Africa, Australia, Holland, Finland, Canada and UK. (Alliance Atlantis Keely.Booth@allianceatlantis.com) ‘The Secret Safari’ was the winner of the Australian Dendy award for best documentary in June 2001, and won a special jury mention at ZIFF-Zanzibar.

In 1998/9 David directed and produced “The Spirit of Malombo” a 54 minute documentary, about the life and times of some of South Africa’s most influential jazz musicians, including Philip Tabane and Vusi Mahlasela. Broadcasts in South Africa, UK, Netherlands, Zimbabwe and Botswana.