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Brett Michael Innes

Born in 1983 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Brett Michael Innes graduated in 2005 as a producer from AFDA, the Oscar-winning South African film school, on a scholarship from the National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) of South Africa.

He spent three years working as a documentary photographer and filmmaker with various NGO’s and church groups, a position that has seen him and his camera drive from South Africa to South Sudan twice and kayak through the Okavango Delta. He has also done video work in malnutrition camps in Angola as well as excursions to Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, DRC, Nepal, Liberia, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, the USA, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, China, Nigeria and Mexico.

In 2012 he turned his focus to feature films and literature and has a number of screenplays in active development, having just completed production on his first feature, SinkSink has been heralded by local critics as a 'breakout film that sets a new standard for South African cinema'. Internationally, it was Official Selection for the Atlanta Film Festival (2016), International Film Festival of Kerala (2016), Auckland International Film Festival (2016) and Sedona International Film Festival (2017). It was also awarded the Jury Life Award at the Mexico International Film Festival (2016).

The film went on to be nominated for 8 SAFTAs at the South African Film & Television Awards in 2017 and walked away with 5 of the awards, including Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Editing for Brett.

The pilot script for Peace on Paper, a television series that he has written, was ranked by the International Emmy Awards in the Top 10 world wide for the Sir Peter Ustinov Award in 2012. A 1-minute showreel of his work can be viewed on the following link.

Brett's first novel, The Story of Racheltjie de Beer, became a local bestseller, hitting top positions on both local and international charts. His second novel, Rachel Weeping, was released in May 2015 and he is currently writing his next one.

Brett is a member of The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, a training centre started by Sir Richard Branson in Johannesburg, and you can find out more about the projects that he has been involved in by visiting his IMDb profileBrett works closely with Joint Aid Management (JAM), a South African based NGO that focuses on bring food and water relief to South Sudan, Angola, Mozambique and South Africa, and has participated in many of their trips into these regions.

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