Wayne Thornley

Wayne Thornley

Screenwriter, Director and Director of Development

Cape Town, South Africa

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June 2015
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About Wayne

I turn good ideas into great stories. I write, I direct and I lead teams. I specialize in animated family content.
I co-wrote and directed South Africa's most successful animated feature film to date, the multi-award-winning Adventures in Zambezia. As a Development Executive, I helped lead the development of four feature scripts through the Triggerfish Story Lab, making sure the stories were true to the writers' vision and also fit with the studio's goals. I’m always looking to work in story at the highest level. Stories well-told and teams well-led. These are my twin passions.




  • Best Feature Film Screenplay (Unproduced) (Co-writer Paul Ian Johnson) - WGSA Muse Awards

  • Best Feature Film for Children - Zambezia - Anima Mundi

  • Best Animation - Zambezia - SAFTA Awards

  • Best South African Feature Film - Zambezia - Durban International Film Festival

  • Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans Award


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