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Mark WilbyMFA Rhodes University


In a career approaching forty years, Mark Wilby has worked on over 50 film productions. 

A sample of his work as Film Production Designer includes:

Local and Foreign features such as

  •  Taxi to Soweto / Red Dust / Mandela’s Gun

Local and Foreign television productions such as

  •  The Fourth Reich / Feast of the Uninvited / Krakatoa

Recipient of M-Net Vita Awards for

  •  A Private Life / Friends


As Film Director he has produced films on:

The cultural, natural and historic resources of the Karoo.

Advocacy videos for counseling on domestic abuse.

Reviews of HIV-AIDS programmes in Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique.

Received Weekly Mail Film Festival Awards for his own short drama films:

Astor Mansions / Half an Hour


Other Activities

Mark Wilby was a Founding Director of the Owl House Foundation and the Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre in Nieu-Bethesda in the EC Karoo.

Mark also works as a visual artist. He is known for curating site-specific events in the Karoo, designed to foster direct engagement between contemporary art and rural communities. 

His own artwork has been exhibited around South Africa and internationally.  For two consecutive years he received the Judge’s Selection prize at Sasol New Signatures awards.


Mark is currently Dean of the AFDA School of Motion Picture and Performance in Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), where he shares a vision of the school becoming a cornerstone of a growing film industry in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

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