As an actor, writer and director, Christiaan Olwagen has garnered experience in short plays, cabaret, comedy, drama, puppet theatre, musicals, physical theatre and short films for television. JOHNNY IS NIE DOOD NIE is his first film. He made his debut performance on stage when he was 7 years old and at the age of 14, he wrote and directed his first play. He went on to study Drama at Stellenbosch University and completed an Honours degree in Acting and Directing and won the Fleur Du Cap award for “Most Promising Student” in 2008 for his portrayal of the “Emcee” in the musical “Cabaret”.
The entire film JOHNNY IS NIE DOOD NIE was shot on the Arriflex Alexa camera with prime lenses on a PRO Steadicam MK III rig operated by DOP Chris Vermaak who is well known (internationally) for his Steadicam work. He was the obvious choice for director Olwagen to achieve a theatrical style of rehearsal on set and to execute the director’s vision of continuous movement whilst shooting.
Birrie has had a career in both film and theatre since finishing her degree in Theatre Design at the University of Pretoria. She has worked mainly as a costume designer for opera, ballet, musicals and drama for several Theatre companies and the Cape Town Opera. Early in her career she worked at the Space Theatre in Cape Town where she was involved in various fringe and protest theatre projects. She was affiliated with the Glass Theatre, an avantgarde company where she was responsible for costume. She designed costumes for film and television but now concentrates on production design for film. She is probably the best known production designer in South Africa and has numerous international credits and awards to her name.