Director (South Africa)

Born in Johannesburg 1979, Norman Maake is a graduate of AFDA - The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance- where he made the short film “Home Sweet Home” (1999), and the feature film “Soldiers of the Rock” - winner of Best Screenplay at PAFF 2003 and the Mario Van Peebles award in 2004. Maake went on to display talent in television commercials but was drawn back to his passion for long form drama directing.

“Homecoming” was his much acclaimed three hour TV mini-series which was cut into a feature film that screened at at the AFI in Los Angeles 2006 and opened the African Diaspora Film Festival in New York. Norman directed the mini series “Entabeni”, an adaptation of Macbeth, in 2007, and in 2010 he directed the mini series “Unsung Hero” about the Soweto String Quartet founder, Mike Masote.

In 2008 Norman wrote the screenplay, “The Fighting Prince” about a South African boxer, and was signed up by James Schamus of Focus Features to direct this and two other films, but the project was eventually put on hold when the debt crisis hit the world.

Norman is currently directing the 13x 48 mins drama series “Skeem Saam” produced by Winnie Serite and David Max Brown to be broadcast on SABC1 in October 2011 and will direct the feature film “The Short Cut” about two Zimbabwean refugees who have to escape slavery in an illegal gold mine.


  • Homecoming, 2005

  • Soldiers of rock, 2003

  • Amongst which Sweet Home, 1999