Roberta Durrant is a creative director/producer and show runner of
television and film.
She has created and worked as director/ producer/ show runner
on several long running, award winning series.
Ring of Lies (currently in production for M-Net/ Mzansi Magic)
Home Affairs seasons 1,2 3 and 4.
Sokhulu and Partners seasons 1 ,2 and 3
Shreds and Dreams seasons 1 and 2
Saints and Sinners seasons 1, 2 and 3
Z’bondiwe seasons 1, 2 and 3
Isikizi 1 and 2
Forced Love seasons 1 and 2
Madam & Eve,
Going Up Again,
Mazinyo dot Q,
Roberta is currently in production with a drama series Ambitions for e tv,
and a second series of the drama series Sara se Geheim for M-Net( KykNET.)
Roberta is currently Creative Producer on Disney’s Cookabout,
a co-production between Penguin Films
and The Walt Disney Company (UK) which has been nominated
for a 2017 International Kid’s Emmy
it won a 2017 SAFTA Award for Best Children’s Programme.
Roberta has produced four feature films:
Two of these she directed – Felix in 2012 and Krotoa in 2016.
has won 9 international awards including:
Best Film at The Harlem International Film Festival and
Best Film at The Montreal International Black Film festival
has won several international awards:
TIFF Kids Festival
2014 Young People’s Jury Award for Best Feature Film
Audience Choice Award at Durban International Film Festival
2013 Lucas award for Best Film
at the Lucas International Children’s Film Festival in Frankfurt, Germany
The Michel award at the Hamburg Film Festival,
Best Director award at the African International Film Festival
The Marcinek award for Best Full length film for children
at the International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino
Teacher’s Jury Special mention award at
the International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino in Poland;
Special Jury Recognition: First Feature film by a director,
at the Pan African Film festival in Los Angeles,
Audience Award at
Tumbleweeds Film festival in Utah
Best Children’s Feature as voted by the Children’s Jury in Antwerp at the European Youth Film festival of Flanders
Writer’s Guild of South Africa (WGSA) Muse Award
for Best Feature Script
Youth Jury prize for Best Film at the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth in Vancouver
Best Film award at Kikife International Children’s Film Festival in
Adult Jury Prize – ‘Die Goldene Klappe Award’ for best Picture at the Augsburg Children’s Film Festival
People’s Choice Award for Best Feature
at the 2014 Vancouver South African Film Festival (VSAFF)
The Moviezone Cinekid Youth Jury Award in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cinekid Audience Award in Amsterdam,
Her series Home Affairs (65 one-hour episodes )
has been a finalist in the drama category at the International Emmys four times between 2007 and 2010 in both the best drama category and best actress category.
In 2007 Home Affairs was a finalist at Banff (Canada),
and also won a special mention Rose d’Or (Switzerland).
Home Affairs tells the stories of six women from separate universes searching for their true identity in South Africa.
Her legal series Sokhulu and Partners
won best drama and was nominated for an International Emmy Award in 2009 in the drama category.
Roberta is acclaimed for her work in democracy education.
To educate first time voters in 1994, she directed and produced South Africa’s flagship educational comedy drama drama
series, Khululeka which was broadcast from 1994 to 2009.
Khululeka was first commissioned by the Matla Trust, a trust fund set up by Former President Nelson Mandela for democracy education.
Roberta, together with the Center for Applied Legal Studies at Wits, also created the talk show Future Imperfect,
that was broadcast from 1993 to 2000 hosted by Prof Dennis Davis.
Roberta also initiated and created together with the Department of Constitutional Affairs, 39 episodes of Constitutional Talk to educate South African voters about the new constitution.
In 2004, she was approached by the SABC to create and produce The Roundtable, which focused on the key challenges
South Africa would face over the next ten years.
Roberta produced this series in consultation with the Harold Wolpe Trust.
Roberta ‘s popular sitcoms include:
‘Sgudi ‘Snaysi (It’s Good It’s Nice)
Madam & Eve
Going Up Again
Mazinyo dot Q
These productions have had several seasons (many still airing) and have won many local and international awards for best comedy including
a Rose at the Golden Rose Festival in Switzerland for
Madam & Eve in 2002
an honourable mention for About Us in 2005.
Roberta has served as a member of the National Executive Committee of the Independent Producer’s Organization for many years.
She is a past President of Women in Film,
she has been invited as a guest lecturer to both the University of Cape Town and AFDA.
In 2012 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa for her contribution to the film and television industry.
She has twice served as Co-Chair for South Africa’s annual film and television awards THE SAFTAS.
Roberta has a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Drama and English from University of Stellenbosch.
For the first ten years of her career she acted and directed in theatre and film, firstly in South Africa and from 1977 in London where she worked with Stephen Berkoff , at the Young Vic Theatre
and at The Edinburgh Festival achieving a Fringe First for Don Juan and
Pieter Dirk Uys’ Paradise is Closing Down which she directed.