Bryan Little


Bryan Little wanted to be a painter. But a film about a painter, director Julian Schnabel's biopic of neo- expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat, convinced him that his canvas was actually film. "I was 16 years old at the time and, after watching Basquiat, film became, for me, the ultimate platform. It's four-dimensional in that it incorporates the elements that are most important for my work: music, people and concepts and it is time-based,� says the 30-year-old, who grew up in Pietermaritzburg and lives in Cape Town. Little started experimenting with borrowed cameras and edited short films by connecting two video players and arduously recording and re-recording scenes. He then studied film at City Varsity. He admits to "a soft-spot for 16mm film�, but enjoys mixing everything from "shooting on cellphone cameras to HD� and has made music videos, adverts, MTV clips and the cinema verite documentary, Fokofpolisiekar: Forgive Them for They Know Not What They Do, about the Afrikaans punk rockers, Fokofpolisiekar. The film was named best South Africa documentary at the 11th Encounters Documentary Film Festival and received rave reviews at the 2009 International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam. Little, a Grand Prix winner at the Design Indaba, is also a co-founder of the Ruff Cuts Film Festival and was included in a list of the top 50 up-and-coming filmmakers in the world by Shots International Showreel. He also co-runs a production company, Fly on the Wall Productions, which has adopted an audacious approach to getting it's name out there. Little laughs as he tells of the company's approaches to MTV: "We essentially made loads of short films and emailed them randomly to addresses we made up at MTV. We figured at least one or two would get through and they did, and were soon circulating around the company. Then we got the call � they wanted us.� � Niren Tolsi

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