Mpho Twala has always been a storyteller. The Rudeboy Collective’s Co-founder and Director has spent a career flexing his advertising skills but also the values that he stands for. Over the last decade he has built a solid reputation for amplifying African filmmaking through creating sincere cinematic and representative commercials with high-production values across the continent. With the latest release of the trailer for his short film ‘Worth’ we are again reminded of just how well this man handles narrative filmmaking with heart….and makes it look beautiful.
10 Years of taking charge of the African Visual
‘I think there has been a significant shift in the local advertising industry. There is a movement toward creating work that has a greater message than only selling a product. Of course, we are in advertising, selling is what we do, but brands, creatives and production seem more drawn to doing both. That’s what gets my heart racing; creating socially and creatively conscious advertising.’- Mpho Twala.
Mpho’s first-hand experience of directing work across the continent for over a decade has fine-tuned his ability to accurately and respectfully represent diverse cultures and people in advertising. Mpho adds: ‘Representation, inclusivity and diversity have always been at the centre of all my filmmaking, it’s integral if we wish to create any work with meaning. You can’t just use the same ad in three different countries across the continent. When you’re communicating a lifestyle for a brand, you need to reflect the essence and subtle nuances of the market you’re speaking to.’
Having established himself as a director committed to transformation in the local film industry, in 2017 Mpho co-founded The Rudeboy Collective, a full-service production company. ‘At Rudeboy we create stories that uplift and celebrate our rich heritage and diversity. Simply put, we believe in rocketing African filmmaking to the next level. How we create is equally as important as what we create, which is why we nurture and grow talent for the future, with real work experience.’ Says Mpho.
Open, honest and empathetic, that’s Mpho, but always with purpose. A real family man who lights up when he talks about his wife and kids and a selfless mentor passionate about uplifting the youth in SA. But Mpho truly comes alive when he’s around the pitching table or on set. He’s a storyteller whose passion and excitement for South Africa and the future of its film industry is infectious.