GAVIN HOOD - SCREENWRITER/DIRECTOR
PETER FUDAKOWSKI - PRODUCER
PAUL RALEIGH - CO-PRODUCER
ZOLA - FELA
"Zola" Bonginkosi Dlamini is a poet, actor and musician. Zola grew up in Soweto, in the ghetto called Zola. Hence his name. Over the last few years, he has emerged in South Africa as the superstar of Kwaito. In 2000, he released his debut album Mdlwembe to massive critical acclaim. This was followed by two other albums of Kwaito music, Khokhovula and Bhambatha. A number of his songs from these albums feature in the soundtrack of TSOTSI. Zola has won many South Africa music awards including, Artist of the Year 2002; Best Soundtrack Yizo Yizo; Best music video Ghetto Scandalous; Best Kwaito album Mdlwembe. In 2003 Zola starred in his own hit TV show Zola 7 on SABC1. Zola has acted alongside Taye Diggs in the film DRUM. His most recent feature film performance is as the gangster Fela in TSOTSI.
PRESLEY CHWENEYAGAE - TSOTSI
Presley has had no formal drama training. Prior to landing the lead role of "Tsotsi", he acted in school plays and in community theatre projects. He has performed in a number of productions for North West Arts (now known as the Mmabana Arts Foundation) and appeared in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (as Puck) and in the play "Cards" at the Grahamstown Arts Festival. He made his TV acting debut in 2000 in "Orlando" for SABC TV. "Tsotsi" is his first feature film.
TERRY PHETO - MIRIAM
Terry studied drama in South Africa at the Positive Arts Society, the Reeva Institution and Laten, specializing in improvisation. She starred in the plays "Amasiko" and "Park to Dawn" at the Grahamstown Arts Festival and in the award winning "Devil Protest" at the Market Theatre Lab in Johannesburg and at the State Theatre in Pretoria. She is currently involved in creative and life skills workshops for community theatre groups with the Youth Drama Society. Tsotsi is Terry's first feature film.
KENNETH NKOSI - AAP
Kenneth had his first taste of acting in community theatre. In 1993 he enrolled at the Market Theatre Laboratory in Johannesburg. He made his stage debut two years later in the comedy "Afrodizzia" at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre. He has worked on stage at The Civic and at The Market Theatre in a variety of productions and is a member of the South African Sports Company and a field worker for the Market Theatre Laboratory. He is well known on television for his performances in the hit soap opera "Isidingo" and in "Saints, Sinners and Settlers" and for his appearances on E-TV's "The Toasty Show." His film credits include "Fela's TV."
MOTHUSI MAGANO - BOSTON
Mothusi's interest in performance began when he was five years old at the Amabana Cultural Centre in Mafikeng when he appeared in a pantomime called "A Dragon for Dinner." He went on to enroll at the Witwatersrand University's School of Dramatic Art and appeared in the plays "Death and the Maiden" (as Gerardo Escobar) and "Little Shop of Horrors" (as Audrey Two). In 2003 he played Harry Lime in a production of "The Third Man" where agent Moonyeenn Lee spotted him and signed him up. He has since appeared in the films "Gums and Noses" and "Hotel Rwanda."
ZENZO NGQOBE - BUTCHER
Zenzo started training as an actor at the Mmabana Arts Foundation and performed in several plays and festivals, such as the Macufe Cultural Festival and the Grahamstown Arts Festival, where he performed in "King Lear" and in "Cards." After leaving high school he moved to Pretoria where he did workshops and trained with the South African State Theatre where he appeared in "Hamlet" and "Julius Caesar."