iDidTht: If we were to ask the actors you’ve worked with to describe you as a Director, what do you think they would they say?
Norman: They would say I am the nicest Director they’ve ever had, haha, true story. I love actors with all my heart, because they go through so much. To connect with another character you borrow from yourself and it’s a very vulnerable place to be in. As a Director I’ve learnt over the years that sometimes it’s not about what you want, it’s also about what your cast brings and then it’s about giving them the space to do what they need to.
iDidTht: Emerging from a lengthy stint filming longer formats, what would you say, apart from this moment right now with us, have been some of your career highlights?
Norman: When I just started out in the industry I got to do second unit on the film Catch a Fire. I got to shoot with the main actor, Derek Luke, and spent an entire day with him. He told me we were going to make a movie together.
iDidTht: OMG so you’re besties now right?
Norman: Haha, no.
iDidTht: But you have his phone number right?
Norman: No, guys I never heard from him again…
iDidTht: Okay, Derek, if you’re reading this (of course you are) please contact Norman immediately. He’s waiting to make that film!
Norman: Thanks guys! I always get so starstruck. Once I was in Hollywood and I met whatshername, Stone? Um?
iDidTht: Emma Stone.
Norman: No, um…
iDidTht: Sharon Stone?
iDidTht: Show us a photo of the two of you immediately!
Norman: No guys, I couldn’t get one because I was too busy fangirling!
iDidTht: Ms Stone, if you’re reading this (of course you are), please contact Norman immediately to arrange a photoshoot. Thank you. Wow Norman, we’re really sorting things out for you. Hey, what’s that behind you over there in the corner? A guitar?
Norman: Yes, I tried to learn it but I gave up. Fun fact, I used to be in a Kwaito band called VIP.
iDidTht: Shut up!
Norman: Haha. It was while I was doing my Honours at AFDA many many years ago. We even released a single called Naledi.
iDidTht: Were you a singer, because, well you were obviously not the guitarist.
Norman: Yes, at one point we were recording in the same studio as TKZ, but after we released our single things kind of fizzled out.
iDidTht: That’s never a good sign. Look, would you like us to sort out your Kwaito career too?
Norman: Yes please!
Below, have a listen to the band VIP’s first ever single gang, featuring the angelic raps of Director Norman Maake.