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15th Pan-African Film Festival
Soweto Green Special Jury Prize – Directing

STAR TONIGHT National Critics award for excellence in television:
Director best one-off drama or series
Barney Barnato
Directing of best drama series
John Ross an African Adventure

ARTES AWARDS Recognition of outstanding television work: (South African equivalent of the Emmy)
Best director of a dramatic work
The Big Time
Best director of a dramatic work
Best director of a dramatic work
Barney Barnato
Best producer (director) of a dramatic work
John Ross an African Adventure
Best contribution to children’s programmes – directing
John Ross an African Adventure
Best producer (director) of youth and children’s programmes
Riding High

International Film & TV Festival of New York
Finalist award: SABC
John Ross

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M-net Film Awards

Best director
Tough Luck
Best South African Film
The Rutanga Tapes

Best director of a dramatic work
The Big Time
Best director of a dramatic work
Director of best single drama
My Friend Angelo
Director of best documentary
The Forgotten Children

Best director of a dramatic work
Where Angels Tread

Best contribution to children’s programmes – directing
The Sea Tiger
Best producer (director) of a dramatic work
My Friend Angelo
Best producer (director) of a children’s programme
River Horse Lake
Best reporting of public affairs
What’s Happening?-Anorexia Nervosa
South African Medical Association Outstanding medical reporting
What’s Happening?- Teenage Drug Abuse

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... it adapts a classic novel in gleaming cinematic form...
directed on location by the skillful David Lister...
-    New York Times

...bright, energetic and streamlined
-   Business Day

A fun-filled yet poignant children’s adventure... a South African tale not to be missed
-   Citizen

Our director, David Lister is brilliant. He works well with children and the set is relaxed and full of creative energy
-    Producer Bonnie Rodini - Screen Africa interview


• SOWETO GREEN (Feature)* FESPACO Jury Award – Best Director

A good-humored, remarkably unselfconscious comedy aimed at pure entertainment ... helmed in impeccable TV style by veteran David Lister
-   Variety

With genuine laughter and sympathy for those on all sides this entertaining comedy takes a sharp satirical poke at modern society in post apartheid South Africa
-    All Movie Guide New York Times

A delightfully quirky movie...caught between being a thigh slapping, slapstick romp, and a serious social commentary, it is difficult to categorize or even explain this South African gem
-    Apollo Guide Review

... the movie has some really hilarious moments
-    Weekend Mail and Guardian

• KWAGGA STRIKES BACK (AKA OH SCHUCKS, HERE COMES UNTAG) (Feature)* South African cinema box office record-breaker

... put out some flags for David Lister’s screwy-squinted, smartly slapstick direction which sees straight through high-and-dry, geo-political nonsense
-    The Hollywood Reporter

... tight direction by director David Lister keeps the action going at a sharp clip without becoming chaotic
-    Cape Argus

• TOUGH LUCK (Feature) *Mnet Film Awards 6 Nominations incl Best Director

Riveting comedy... Audiences loved every minute of it. They clapped, they cheered, they whistled and they shouted. In fact, they urged on the highly predictable action without missing a beat
-    The Star

• PANIC MECHANIC (Feature) South African cinema box-office record breaker

• THE BIG TIME (TV drama series)* 4 Artes awards wins incl Best Director

... Lister is an actor’s director as much as he is technically proficient, which is rare
-   The Star

... possibly the best local English drama we have seen on television

... one of the best local series by far
-   TV Times

Continues to be the most entertaining local series produced for many a long day
-    Sunday Times

• KONINGS (TV drama series) * 12 Artes awards nominations, 9 wins incl Best Director

The Afrikaans drama department is tops with the excellent Konings
-    Star Tonight

David Lister’s direction compliments the script beautifully, with the result that the writer’s vision is illuminated by the acting
-    Star Tonight

David Lister’s keen sense of the post-war period gives Konings a solid authenticity that makes for absorbing viewing
-    Sunday Times

• THE RUTANGA TAPES AKA DESERT CHASE (Feature)* Mnet Vita Film Award nomination – Best South African Film

This is one of the best films made in South Africa...
David Lister of Konings fame is the director
-    YOU Magazine

... there are thrilling chase sequences, spectacular shoot-outs ... and that Bushman is a jewel of a character
-   Die Burger

• THE SEA TIGER (TV drama series) * 2 Artes awards nominations (incl Best Director) 1 win

At last, something which deserves unstinting praise – David Lister’s production Sea Tiger
-    Sunday Times

Outstandingly directed by David Lister
-   Citizen


• JOHN ROSS - AN AFRICAN ADVENTURE (TV drama series) *2 Star Tonight & 4 Artes awards wins incl Best Director. Finalist, New York film and TV Festival Awards

Ratings for TV 1 are a triumph for the local series John Ross, director David Lister’s superb teenage angle on the winning Shaka Zulu theme
-    Sunday Times

... has got to be one of the best programmes both local and overseas that TV has to offer
-    Citizen

John Ross provides non-stop enjoyable viewing
-   Star Weekend

• RIVER HORSE LAKE (TV drama series) * 1 Artes awards Best Director nomination

SABC has come up with a winner in the locally produced River Horse Lake
-    Natal Mercury

• BARNEY BARNATO (TV drama series) * 6 Star Tonight & Artes awards wins incl 2 Best Director

• THE JULY (TV documentary – major annual horse race)

... this splendid programme set against last year’s July, made for absorbing viewing
-    The Star

... skilful feature on the July put together crisply and skillfully, the action sequences conveyed the tension and the excitement of the real thing
-    Weekend Argus

• THE PUNCH & JUDO SHOW (TV documentary)

... a little classic – an unusual classic dealing as it did with the non-too-gentle art of wrestling
-    Pretoria News

The old “grunt and groan” business is compulsive viewing ... it was almost as good as “Rocky”
-   The Star

• THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY (TV athletics documentary)

David Lister came up with another winner – two in fact.
Close-up on sport last night was a gem
-    Pretoria News

• THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN (TV documentary)* Star Tonight awards Best Director nomination

...the documentary was one of the most moving and harrowing I have seen on TV
-    Cape Times

... an excellent and moving documentary... accolades to David Lister
-    Natal Witness

... an impressive production which pulled no punches and did not wallow in sentimentality
-    Eastern Province Herald


... the excellent feature on the controversial South African painter Tretchikoff

... Lister is to be recommended for his portrait of Tretchikoff which was incisive, revealing and honest
-    Citizen

Death, Mystery, Merlot: God it’s good
-   Tonight Television


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