About Us

Greenlight District Project, teaching Film writing to Offenders, is an initiative of Philippa J Dyer and to date, the first and only program of Greenlight Foundation NPC, PBO (Non-profit Company/Public Benefit Organisation).

We started teaching in Meredale prison (‘SunCity’) in 2014, registered in 2015, taught until 2017, then dormant in 2018. However, we are resurrecting this program to produce and shoot the 28 short student films written and collected over that time from both the male and female sections. We hope to encourage funders and prison authorities to take an interest in the on-going functioning of the program, it’s  value and the impact it can have on SA and the rest of the world … There are three (3) operational Directors. Any further information contact: greenlightdistrict2019@gmail.com.

Philippa J Dyer: Founder Member, Head Filmwriting Mentor in Prison School

Collectively, Dyer has over 40 years experience in Performance and Media. She has been involved in the craft of storytelling in various disciplines all through her life as: writer, jazz singer, actor, and now film writing mentor. A trained A.T.C.L. teacher (Associate Teacher’s from the College of London),  1974; graduated UCT Performance Art 1976, she has been blessed with 9 different screenwriting courses (some awarded) and had 13 different screenwriting mentors. Dyer started teaching in the prison Quality Assured by the SA Department of Correctional Services from 2014-2017 inclusive in both male and female sections. During the turbulent Apartheid years, Dyer worked for the Mail and Guardian (most revolutionary English newspaper of its day), later for 10 years, became part-owner of STE Publishers producing social and political SA history, disseminating and distributing information through a newspaper called The Voice, to 250,000 union teachers. She wrote and produced Mixed Blood, and The Voice Beyond The Veil, about intercultural dualities, directing the former and performing in the latter; is Author of the Film Training Manual: Strike Up! Structure Your First Film; and currently a Classifier for the Film and Publications Board of SA (FPB).

Pippa says, “Teaching demands and utilizes all left brain skills, academic knowledge, biz acumen, coupled with creative right brain emotional intelligence, all the years of Acting, Theatre, Film, Biz, and Publishing, must’ve eventually paid off”. Contact: pippa@iqu2film.co.za or greenlightdistrict2019@gmail.com

Ashley du Plooy: Chairperson

 Du Plooy has 30 years’ senior management executive experience in development and corporate organisations and programmes. Skills include Governance, Administration and Management; ; Monitoring and Evaluation; HR and Financial Management and Systems; Operational Systems Design and Administration; Information Management; Marketing and Sales; but specifically recognized for strategic and Operational planning, my Fundraising and Reporting ability and Networking and Partnership Development, across all sectors. Du Plooy deals with healthy budgets, from R3-40mil and sometimes in the billions; and has administered staff from 20 to 60 to over 250 staff in both the international and national arena. Education and Training organisations have included: Sached Trust (SA Committee for Higher Education), Nations Trust, Umsobomvu Youth Fund, Starfish Foundation, Hollard Foundation, Midvaal Youth Development Forum & Development Centre. He is currently involved in environmentalism and is the chair of the multi-stakeholder Steering Committee that is developing a national e-Waste Industry Management Plan. To contact please email: greenlightdistrict2019@gmail.com.

Kethiwe Ncgobo: Director

Kethiwe has had 27 years experience in the Film and Television industry. Headhunted by SABC (South Africa Broadcasting Corporation) to be the first Head of Drama her input changed the face of drama in SA. Several programmes received international and national acclaim: Home Affairs (nominated (twice) for an Emmy for best drama series in 2007-8, as well as Banff World Television Festival Awards 2007; The Good Provider won Banff World TV Festival for Best Family & Youth Programme 2007; When We Were Black won Best Drama TV/Film Award at International TV Encounters Festival in Reims, France and Best Drama at the Pan African Film Festival in Burkino Faso; Stockvel V nominated  for a Rose’dor 2008.  During her SABC tenure over 200 screenwriters were trained in T.V. Script Development. Her company Fuzebox, started in 1997, has produced a number of critically acclaimed programmes and series, including Belonging, (documentary, part of Project 10, 2004); 39 episodes of Thetha Msawawa (2000-2004), which won UNICEF best children’s drama, 2001. In 2017, Kethiwe (colloquial) was acclaimed by the Durban Film Mart for the most outstanding production, Dabulapu, meaning ‘short cut’. To contact Kethi please email greenlightdistrict2019@gmail.com.

Materials Used By Offenders

TO ORDER: See www.iqu2film.co.za/ecourses

Strike Up! Structure Your First Film is a film writing manual and is the curriculum taught to the offender students. It forms Philippa J Dyer’s first self-published work (2014). The first of a 4-part series called The Storyteller. If you would like to order it, buy it for a friend, or sponsor one for an offender student if you wish? You’re welcome. It all goes to a good cause. See order link above.

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