Michéle first worked as a graphic artist and later as a production designer for films and TV commercials. She was a founder member of Free Film Makers, an anti-apartheid grouping of film-makers, directors and actors who created acclaimed independent documentaries and dramas.
From there she moved into documentary film chiefly as a researcher, before moving on to writing drama series and feature films.
She has also worked briefly as an egg peeler, waitress, columnist, pop-star, and historical film archivist.
Projects Michéle has originated, written or directed have been nominated for or won various awards, including an Oscar documentary and International Emmy nomination, a Mail & Guardian Short Films Prize, a Special Jury Award at Skip City International (Japan), a Banff World TV Award (Canada), a SAFTA (South African Film and Television Award), and the Andrew Murray – Desmond Tutu Prize.
Her work reflects her ongoing preoccupation with South Africa’s culture, politics and history through the medium of drama and story.
She lives in Cape Town with her husband, son and daughter.
What Hidden Lies, her first crime novel, and winner of the 2011 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award was released in South Africa in June 2013 (published by Penguin Books). Hour of Darkness , second in the series was published by Penguin Random House in 2015. She is currently working on the third book.
Have a look at Michéle’s notebook.