Director (South Africa)

Fanney started working in the music industry at the age of 15 as a dancer and has since moved to being a choreographer and has worked with a number of South African artists as dancer and/or choreographer. Fanney was given the rare opportunity to work on the South African launch of superstar Janet Jackson, both as an event organizer and South African dancer – an event, which won him a golden disc award.

Fanney has also worked extensively within the South African music industry as an artist promoter for EMI South Africa, club and tour promoter for Brenda Fassie, choreographer and dancer for TK, Brenda Fassie and Andile on tour and for music videos, and as production assistant, road manager and promoter for Nativz Music and Entertainment. His introduction into film and television began as a production assistant for both the annual gay and lesbian film festival and the encounters documentary festival.

Fanney, under mentorship from Underdog, received the 'Raw Talent' award for his PSA at the 2003 Vuka Awards, which also won him a scholarship to one of the finest film schools in the country (AFDA) where he was awarded a certificate for directing and script-writing. He was also nominated in the new-comer category for the 2004 Vuka awards. Since then he directed and produced a number of short films: Mountain Shade, A page from my Journal, both films having been screened at the Out In Africa film festival and London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and Finding the Power of Rain, Bull’s Eye, A Hobo’s Luck for Create SA and Consulting Dynamic. In 2005 he directed a mini documentary for Out In Africa (Silenced) under project 4more and screened at the Brazil Mix and Out In Africa Film Festivals.

Fanney also worked as camera assistant for an SABC 3 documentary Flush and as camera assistant for Oscar nominated film Hotel Rwanda. He also took part at the Sithengi talent campus 2004. Fanney has also just completed a 13 part series of Intimate Connexionz (2005) as creative/series director and executive producer. He also conceptualised the idea. He was responsible for the creative elements of the show and set designing, created the look and feel of the show and was ultimately director and co-creator of the talk show, Intimate Connecxionz. Black Beulahs represents a collaboration with Underdog Productions which has been well received everywhere it has been screened, and had cinemas filled to capacity at OIA and at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.


  • Secret, 2012

  • Beautiful Contradictions, 2008

  • Black beulahs, 2005