David has spent the best part of the last decade as a talent agent at the renowned Casarotto Ramsay & Associates agency as a literary agent in the film and television department where he represented screenwriters and directors. It is here that he was introduced to Sibs’ work and the pair fostered their mutual ambition for subversive African cinema. David studied at Rhodes University and The Oxford School of Drama, was mentored by industry stalwart Rachel Holroyd and has worked alongside multiple Academy nominated and BAFTA winning writers and directors. David is leading the Johannesburg based charge of LAIKA1991’s creative endeavours on screen.
SIBS SHONGWE-LA MER
At only 23 Sibs’ debut feature NECKTIE YOUTH premiered at Berlinale 2015. A festival favourite, the film went on to Tribeca, Sydney, and on home turf at Durban where Sibs took Best South African Feature and Best Director awards. The film scooped up the Jury Prize at Amsterdam World Cinema Festival in the fall and then went on to win Best Film and Jury prizes at Quebec International Film Fest. The film heralded a powerful new cinematic voice, one which deftly weaves poetic images with a bold and mischievous energy. Sibs shows no sign of slowing down with several film projects in development in the US, France, SA and Brazil and with ambitions beyond his years his next feature goes into prep imminently. His original screenplay for "The Color Of The Skull" won the ARTE award at l'Atelier at the prestigious Cannes film Festival in 2018. In 2020, during the Sundance Film festival Shongwe-La Mer's sophomore feature film "Halo Daze" was announced. The LAIKA1991 project will be co-produced domestically by Storyscope, Stage5 films and Seriti with Rohfilms serving as Germany co-producer. The film is backed by SKGLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT (USA), BLUELIGHT (UK) and BLACK MIC MAC (FRANCE) with Multi-choice acquiring all African pay TV rights.