John Trengove

Filmmaker

New York university-educated John Trengove is one of the most interesting young filmmakers around. His craft spans narrative film and television, documentary, commercials and experimental video. Trengove, who graduated with an MA in drama and acting from the university of Cape Town, has merged his acting and filmmaking backgrounds to come up with edgy, gritty work that is gaining recognition abroad. His acclaimed drama series, Hopeville, nominated for best international drama series at the Monte Carlo television awards in 2009, is set to be released as a feature film later this year. Trengove was also head writer and director of the television drama series, The Lab. His film, Say Hi to Bangkok, shot in New York, is the story of a "pre-op transsexual looking for love in all the wrong places� and Disco3000, which he directed and in which he acted, is the first of a planned series of video loops about consumption, sexuality and lifestyle. He was co-director of A Country Imagined, a documentary series about the art and landscape of South Africa, and he is working on Acuity, a reality show about a group of affluent youngsters from all over the world who are journeying "through Africa in search of themselves � . Trengove believes South Africans should exploit and export the qualities that distinguish the country from the rest of the world. His reasoning is simple: "We can't out- Hollywood Hollywood � . � Percy Zvomuya

Lunch spot: Salvation Cafe, Milpark, Johannesburg