Q: Liesl, what was it about Katlego as a filmmaker that stood out for you?
Liesl: He has this ability to draw incredibly emotional performances out of people. His work is so authentic and there’s a rich realness, we need more of that in advertising. The fact that he is able to achieve that and with such humility as well, just made us fall in love with him. He is able to get the best out of everyone he works with on set in the most humble and unassuming way. I think that is the mark of a brilliant director.
Q: Katlego, how did the move from advertising to becoming a commercials director come about?
Katlego: I’ve spent over a decade in advertising, but I’ve always found ways to keep directing film on the side. It was when I was working at Joe Public that I truly started growing as a director. They went out of their way to help me pursue my dream. With their incredible support I was able to cut my teeth directing some really big projects and start creating an authentic cinematic style that excites me.
Q: Katlego, with such an impressive reel already, you had your choice, so why Spitfire?
Katlego: Liesl and I actually met years ago when I was working at Ireland/Davenport and we’ve just always had great chemistry. We then had the opportunity to work on some Converse ads together, which I directed and Spitfire produced, and it was a perfect match, so we made it official.
Katlego’s ad industry background means he understands the business of advertising, an invaluable asset on any production. His natural ability to capture honest performances and his cinematic approach will no doubt see him creating a rich and exciting body of work with that unique ‘Katlego realness’. And his humble, down-to-earth nature is pure joy to be around. With Spitfire’s production support to back him, we can’t wait to see what’s next for this undeniable talent. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanna (s)talk some more? Spitfire on IDIDTHAT and Instagram