Amy Jephta is a screenwriter and playwright from Mitchells Plain, Cape Town.
She has three feature film credits to her name including South Africa’s official 2018 Golden Globes submission, Ellen: The Ellen Pakkies Story, which also screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Toronto Black Film Festival and others.
As a playwright, her work has been directed by Danny Boyle for the Royal Court and was staged in London at The Bush Theatre, Theatre 503 and the Jermyn Street Theatre, and in Sweden at the Riksteatern. She has held fellowships at the Orchard Project Episodic Lab (New York), the AfroVibes Festival (Amsterdam) and the Edinburgh International Festival.
In 2019, Amy developed an hour-long original drama pilot for The Park as part of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Impact programme. The Park is currently attached to be produced by Imagine Entertainment. Other recent work includes thriller-action series Trackers, for M-Net and Cinemax/HBO, and Catch Me a Killer, an action-drama series pilot for eOn/Fired Up Films.
Amy has been named as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Top Young South Africans, is the 2017 recipient of the national Eugène Marais Prize for Drama, the 2019 recipient of one of South Africa’s highest art accolades, the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre, and the 2020 recipient of the Baumi Prize for script development (presented by Pandora Film and the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Germany).
She now focuses on producing for film and television via her company, Nagvlug Films, and is completing post on her directorial feature debut, Barakat, due for theatrical release in 2021.