The Cape Town-born Oliver Hermanus has Bachelor of Arts degree in Film, Media and Visual Studies. After graduating, he worked as a press photographer with a national news agency in South Africa. He completed his Master of Arts degree at the London Film School, after receiving a private scholarship in 2006.
His graduation feature film, ‘Shirley Adams’, premiered in competition at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2009. Oliver was nominated for the Sutherland Award at the London Film Festival and the Ingmar Bergman Debut award at the Goteborg Film Festival. The film has won numerous prizes around the world including the Grand Prix at the Amiens International Film Festival and three awards at the Durban Film Festival. In 2009 Oliver was selected to attend the 19th session of the Cannes film Festival’s Cinefondation in Paris.
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