Twiggy Matiwana

Big Bear Productions
Working on Lauretta: And They Didn’t Die for ReaBua: HerStory has meant… Like the many women in her stories, she didn’t die; she multiplied. It’s been very emotional hearing her wise words again, and it feels like we are opening the door to her legacy.

Ntombozuko “Twiggy” Matiwana is an award-winning director with an innate curiosity and love for storytelling and film. Her film, The Bicycle Man, won the Silver Stallion and the European Prize (2017) at the 50th edition of FESPACO. The prize allowed The Bicycle Man to screen at the Cannes’ Short Film Corner (2017), and the film went on to win another Best Short Film Prize, awarded by a jury of University Students at Giuria Studenti Universitari. Twiggy’s most recent work includes: Thando, an LGBTIQ+ film made in collaboration with an American queer filmmaker; a (2020) documentary filmed in Grahamstown and Johannesburg, focusing on midwives and their role in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic; and PANIQ, a 8 minute short film that explores an artist’s depression during the global pandemic. PANIQ was screened at the 2020 GFC Women’s Film Festival. Twiggy is currently an episodic director on the new SABC 3 telenovela, The Estate. Twiggy’s goal is to build a dynamic career enabling her to extend her repertoire to fluidly move between directing short form and long form formats.