Thoko Zulu

Thoko Zulu

Screenwriter at Freelance
Playwright and Screenwriter

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Member Since:
January 2020
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About Thoko

Founder and CEO of “Happy Pictures,” whose overall mission is to be an influential and leading film and TV content producer telling diverse stories featuring fierce and fearless female lead characters, Thoko Zulu is a multi-award winning Zimbabwean Screenwriter/Director in the area
of television and theatre for over 20 years. She wrote and produced several local TV programs
that went on to win National Arts Merit Awards for most outstanding productions. She has also
represented Zimbabwe as a filmmaker with the British Imagine Art After Project where
migrated creatives in different art disciplines were paired with their counterparts back home.
Ms. Zulu has attended workshops and seminars organized by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe as well as those by the Ministry of Culture, playing a key role in the formulation of theatre and television policies.
A Bulawayo based community leader and role model, she is a former ZTV Montrose Studios
writer/producer/director and still continues to mentor many young artists, especiallywomen in the field of film and television. Some key players in the industry have been inspired by
her work to strive and achieve exceptional high standards. Additional foot prints include championing community theatre for policy advocacy at Amakhosi
Cultural Center and NhimbeTrust, with significant work used for behaviour change campaigns examining critical social issues at both national and regional level. She creates work drawing attention to serious humanitarian issues through programs focusing on active audience engagement. She has offered technical support, capacity building, recruiting, training and supervised project team members and groups involving over two hundred people. Her work experience includes designing training modules and leading research stations.
Being a team leader for both urban and rural projects has further developed her strong ability to call on people from different backgrounds, influencing her value in Southern Africa as a voice that can bring a wider perspective through various forms of art. Her skills have earned her
international recognition through other profiles at Impact Creative Network where she is promoting her work and networking to improve her understanding of various TV/film content strategies and markets.
She has membership with the African Women Playwrights Network and the International Centre for Women Playwrights where she has profiled other female artists.
Her ridiculously hilarious, politically charged musical playscript "Lunatic!" is featured inside a British academic journal of September 2018 and is currently looking to be produced.

Unique traits: Goal oriented. Intelligent. Strategic thinker. Go getter. Original voice. Passionate 1. Screenwriter 2. Multi Camera Director (OB) 3. Concept Creator 4. Rehearsal Coach/Director

Loglines

  • Breadwinners

    Breadwinners Budget: $10M - $30M | Sports Comedy When their husbands lose their jobs, two rural women relocate to the city for employment and discover the joys of their new found freedom which threatens the breakdown of their families.

  • Africa Disney

    Africa Disney Budget: $10M - $30M | Animation A Queen's kingdom is in chaos after a jilted witch casts a jealous lover's spell transforming all men into women and vice versa, forcing the queen to find unconventional alternatives to reverse the curse.

  • Someone Like Me

    Someone Like Me Budget: $5M - $10M | Drama A frustrated traditional woman must learn a talking puppy's language to solve a brutal murder case.

  • Crossroads

    Crossroads Budget: $30M+ | Action Thriller Hell breaks loose when a breach in protocol forces a driver to abandon his duties of transporting five mental health patients.

  • Sister,  Sister

    Sister, Sister Budget: $0 - $100K | Experimental African women in the diaspora are caught in the dilemma of reconnecting with their roots.

  • Foreign Harvest

    Foreign Harvest Budget: $10M - $30M | Drama A successful lawyer investigates the sudden death of his mistress and uncovers a series of unexplained foreign deaths.

  • Dreamland

    Dreamland Budget: $10M - $30M | Drama A ruthless woman opens a precious stone trafficking business using local old men as mules. She ignorantly hires her delusional coloured half sister to screen and hire new recruits with devastating consequences.

Awards

  • National Arts Merit Awards Writer/Director for most outstanding TV drama Series "Izolo Yizolo"
    (2005)

  • National Arts Merit Awards nomination Writer/Director for outstanding TV drama Series ''Isithembu"
    (2004)

  • Head Writer for national multi award winning TV Soap "Amakorokoza"
    (2001)

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