Matthew Brown

Film director

Brown wanted to be a director from the time he was eight years old. His first short film, Clowns, made at the age of 21, was the first South African film to be included in the New York International Independent Film Festival. Brown worked as an editor and a director of commercials before joining Octagon, where he headed up its fledgling team and created the country's first half-hour cartoon, URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika. The team grew from six to 54 and ran two seasons and 104 episodes under his leadership. Brown now heads the group's development team, producing international service jobs. Last year Brown produced a major Bollywood feature, Eight by Ten, for Percept Pictures. There was also the pilot episode of Z-News, a political satire with puppets based on Zapiro's characters. He is currently directing an animated feature film based on Rob Van Vuuren's one-man play Electric Juju. �Eamon Allan

Lunch spot: Diaz Tavern, Cape Town