A/Prof Martin Botha
Associate Professor of Film Studies
Dr Martin Botha is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town. He is a member of FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique) and the founder of the African Cinema Unit at the Centre for Film and Media Studies. He was South Africa's contributor to International Film Guide for 22 years. He served on several international film juries.
He published more than 200 articles, reports and papers on the South African media, including six books on South African cinema, namely Images of South Africa: the rise of the alternative film (1992), Movies Moguls Mavericks: South African cinema: 1979-1991 (1992), Kronieken van Zuid-Afrika: De films van Manie van Rensburg (1997) Jans Rautenbach: Dromer, baanbreker en auteur (2006), Marginal Lives and Painful Pasts: South African cinema after apartheid (2007) and South African Cinema 1896 – 2010 (2012). His sixth and latest book, South African Cinema 1896-2010, examines South Africa’s complex film history in a socio-political context and includes historical aspects of the local industry that have not previously been documented.
At the 1994 Giffoni International Film Festival, as well as the 2009 Ischia Global Film and Music Festival he received awards for his contribution to the South African film industry.
Professor Botha has an in-depth knowledge of South African cinema. He was actively involved in research regarding the restructuring of the South African film industry, as well as film policy that lead to the creation of the South African National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).
His research interests include South African/African cinema. He has successfully supervised the following PhD and M A studies:
Nel, R. Myths of rebellion: Afrikaner and countercultural discourse. Unpublished M.A. dissertation.University of Cape Town, 2010.
Pichaske, K. Colour Adjustment: Race and Representation in Post-Apartheid South African Documentary. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Cape Town, 2009.
Treffry-Goatley, A. The representation and mediation of a national identity in the production of post-apartheid South African cinema. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Cape Town, 2010.
Van Straaten, M. A reflective essay on the filmmaker, Marius van Straaten’s practise in Odd Number, a documentary about Rashaad Adendorf, with a focus on representation. Unpublished M.A. dissertation, University of Cape Town, 2012.
Tholang, Saint-Francis. Documenting gay identity through the cinematic lens: an investigation of South African gay identities in film. Unpublished M.A. dissertation, University of Cape Town, 2012.
Mulliken, Douglas. Adapting Mozambique:Representations of Violence and Trauma in Mozambican Cinema and Literature. Unpublished M.A. dissertation, University of Cape Town, 2013
Le Roux, Anli Screening African Conflicts: The different faces of Africa’s Child Soldiers Afro-pessimistic / Afro-optimistic Portrayals on Screen. Unpublished M.A. dissertation. University of Cape Town, 2013
Du Plooy, Alta. Die ongelooflike avonture van Afrikaanse filmaanpassings: filmic adaptations of Afrikaans literature with specific focus on novels, youth literature and stage plays. Unpublished M.A. dissertation.University of Cape Town, 2014
De Beer, A. We’ll have a gay ol’ time: transgressive sexuality and sexual taboo in adult television animation, Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Cape Town, 2014.
Luttig, C, Depictions of Queer Female Characters in Contemporary South African Documentary Film. Unpublished M.A. dissertation. University of Cape Town, 2014
Mdege, N. Gender Identities and Roles: The Representation of Women and Children in South African Films about HIV and AIDS. Unpublished M.A. dissertation. University of Cape Town, 2015
Cohen, R. What is ‘Surreal’ about Surrealism? An Investigation of Surrealism as Seen Through the ‘Looking-Glass’ of Jan Švankmajer. Unpublished M.A. dissertation. University of Cape Town, 2015
Slade, L. Silence at the end of the rainbow: an analysis of the effects of "rainbowism" on post-apartheid South African Cinema. Unpublished M.A. dissertation. University of Cape Town, 2015
Broodryk, C. Absences, exclusivities and utopias: Afrikaans film as a cinema of political impotence, 1994 – 2014. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Cape Town, 2015.
His research also deals with the representation of the LGBTI community in South African cinema. His third year seminar The Bent Lens is the result of two decades of in-depth research.
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