Daniel Dercksen has been a film and theatre journalist in South Africa the past 30 years and as a trainer and educator has presented regular workshops in scriptwriting and creative writing during the past 17 years.
Since he launched The Writing Studio 17 years ago Daniel Dercksen has presented over 800 workshops in scriptwriting and creative writing throughout South Africa. As a published playwright, writer and movie journalist, he is a qualified ETD Practitioner (Education, Training and Development) - accredited by SAQA (The South African Qualifications Authority) - working in accordance with the principles of the Department of Education and focusing on outcomes-based education, training and development. Highlights during the period include a Master Class for Screenwriters for the Talent Campus at the Sithengi Film and TV Market in Cape Town in November 2006, the facilitation of 'Directing Actors' workshop with acclaimed actor Eriq Ebouaney; the launching of an evening course in scriptwriting at the City Varsity Film TV and Multimedia School in Cape Town; and workshops the Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre in Kwa Mashu as part of their annual Kwa Mashu Film Festival. He has been actively involved in the workshops for writers and filmmakers at Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre at the annual Kwa Mashu Film Festival in Durban, and also presented a course for the Cape Film Commission at the Ikapa Youth Film Festival.
Having fallen madly in love with words and the art of creation since growing up in Benoni City Hall, this addiction is a life passion that is inspiring. I have been a trainer and educator of writers in creative writing and scriptwriting, aiming to inspire writers to write and turn words into action. Also educating writers in film and theatre. Have designed four courses/ workshops to help writers develop the write attitude: The Write Voice give writers an opportunity to flex their creative talent and find and explore their writer's voice; The Write Journey explores the writing process from inception to the writing of a screenplay, play or novel; The Write Draft takes writers through the process of completing a professional draft; The Write Characters focuses on the development of characters. These workshops are also done via correspondence. Also work as a script doctor reading and evaluating scripts, as well as The Write Trainer, to help writers stay focused and motivated.
SpecialtiesAs an active film and theatre journalist, and a passionate film and theatre buff, spend most of my time in the dark, watching words turned into action on stage or on film. Also addicted to TV series, particulalry BBC.
[Daniel Dercksen] If there is one film that everyone will be talking about, it's Danish-born director Niels Arden Oplev's entrancing and not-to-be-missed Dead Man Down. Oplev stunned the world with his adaptation of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and with Dead Man Down, his craft as a filmmaker and vision as a storyteller are irrefutable.
[Daniel Dercksen] Stoker is a deliciously dark and twisted shocker that will hit you like a ton of bricks. No, it's not a film about the infamous vampire king, but the killer in this nerve-wracking psychological thriller is as charming and malevolent as the Lord of Fangs, an opportunist who preys on the innocent.
[Daniel Dercksen] When a person comes into our lives it can drastically change our world, and in award-winning English playwright Alan Bennett's sensational new play People, the Tsunami effect of strangers invading our personal space is amplified with riotous and startling consequences.
[Daniel Dercksen] There are seven good reasons to indulge in the deliciously wicked and insanely wacky Seven Psychopaths. You will shamelessly fall hopelessly in love with the feral characters that vividly burst to life in Academy Award-winning writer-director Martin McDonagh's invigorating and highly entertaining crime-comedy.
[Daniel Dercksen] There's a new buffed-up Champ on the block and, in its new incarnation, its devilish and infectious spontaneity offers entertainment with a punch! The three frisky bears have now found a new home at the Fugard Theatre and, even if you have seen it during the Artscape Spring Season last year, this is one furry encounter you simply cannot miss.
[Daniel Dercksen] Sometimes life happens and when it blossoms delicately, like in Special Thanks To Guests From Afar, its lingering fragrance ignites tender recollections of friends and strangers who shape our lives.
[Daniel Dercksen] Daniel Dercksen shares a few thoughts with newcomer Alex Middlebrook, who delivers an astounding performance as the troubled teenager Hally in Master Harold ... and the Boys, now on at the Fugard Theatre.
[Daniel Dercksen] My, my. Wasn't it something, and wasn't it fun? The annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards was a bejewelled evening of goodwill where everyone got something. Like a family gathering to celebrate theatre, an awards evening is not about who gets what, but, more importantly, about recognition and appreciation bestowed on those who make theatre happen and keep it alive.
[Daniel Dercksen] Thirty one years after it was first staged in America, Athol Fugard's consummate Master Harold ... and the boys still manages to break your heart with a soulful journey into one of the greatest productions the world has ever seen, now playing at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town.