Oliver Hermanus

Director, DV8 Films

Two degrees, a few international scholarships, a fistful of awards and a personal invitation from top film director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) to study for his MA at the London Film School. It's been a busy 26 years for Cape Town director Oliver Hermanus. His graduation fi lm, Shirley Adams, won the Best Film award at the Durban International Film Festival in 2009 before picking up the Grand Prix at the Amiens International Film Festival. But if his life reads like a typical Hollywood script, it's because his success is driven by a small degree of paranoia and great deal of "good confident decision-making � . That, and a passion for an art form he believes can drive social change and entertain its audiences simultaneously. Now, if only he could just stop saying "I'm not comfortable with that decision�, he might fi nish his second feature, The Struggle, at the Cannes Film Festival's Cinefondation in Paris. � Cat Pritchard

Lunch spot: Lola's, Long Street, Cape Town