Award-winning writer, director, Nathan Theys was born in South Africa and studied at the New Africa Theatre Association and the London Film Academy in the UK.
He won the script competition at the 2017 Cape Town International Film and Market Festival and the development award at the NFVF for this feature Ronald. This true story is based on his father’s courage to have become one of the first opera singers of colour to have sung professionally during the apartheid regime in South Africa. Two documentaries of his father's life was produced by KYKNET and SABC.
Nathan got shortlisted at the Cannes Directors Fortnight Talent and the NFVF Black filmmakers fund for his feature film script 'My Shadow Laughed’.
He won awards and got nominations for his short narrative films which are in the festival circuit worldwide. He directed British icon, Sir Donald Sinden in Blowing Dandelions selected by festivals internationally. His abstract film ‘See how they run’ made in South Africa was officially selected at the Paris Silhouette Film Festival and he was nominated for best director. Nathan produced and directed children’s dramas and got nominated at the International Children's Film festival for best director. These films then got selected as the Official Anti-bullying films for the UK. He then worked closely with the Anti-bullying Alliance and the National Children’s Bureau to produce 2 more films. They all distributed and programmed in over 18 Picture House Cinemas across the UK.
Nathan produces and directs commercials, music videos for clients like MTV International, EMI Records, Sony BMG, Hogarth's UK, Spring Studios, Century Media UK.
Recently he directed 10 videos for Sun International’s hotel chain one of South Africa's biggest hotel chains.
Nathan seems to be multifaceted artist directing visual artworks for galleries such as Cortoformo Art Collective in Spain, Access All Areas / Bradbury Studios working on social awareness campaigns, exhibiting works at the Hackney Museum, South London Gallery and the Barbican Cultural Centre in London.
He was lead film artist on Access All Areas Award Winning Mad House Re-Exit where he was commissioned to work closely with them for 3 years producing over 50 pieces of work.
He currently works as a director, working on commercials whilst developing his feature length films.
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