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Hanneke Schutte (Writer, Director)

Hanneke Schutte (Writer, Director)

Hanneke Schutte completed a BA at the University of Pretoria. After four years as a copywriter she lectured at Vega, The University of Johannesburg and Big Fish School of Filmmaking. She also completed her post-graduate diploma in Film and Dramatic Art at Wits University.

In 2003 Hanneke’s screenplay Talk Sheep was chosen as one of twelve projects to be part of the NFVF’s Sediba script development programme spearheaded by UK producer and script consultant Alby James.
In 2006 she won the NFVF and UK Film Council’s 25 Words or Less Competition in the fish out of water category with her screenplay concept titled ‘Jimmy in Pink’. The screenplay was developed under the guidance of UK script editor Justin Trefgarne (former Head of Development at Working Title Films, London) and Thandi Brewer (Chairperson of the South African Writer’s Guild).

Her short film screenplay for Superhero was one of three winners in the NFVF’s Female Helmer short film competition. The film, which was her debut as director, was the winner of 2 SAFTAs (South African Film and Television Awards) for Best Short Film and Best Cinematography (Willie Nel). The film had its premier at the Durban International Film Festival and has been invited to screen at film festivals worldwide.

Her short film script ‘The City Swallows’ was a semi-finalist at the Berlin Today Awards at the Berlinale Film Festival’s Talent Campus in Germany. She was also one of three South African filmmakers invited to represent South Africa at the Berlinale Talent Campus in Berlin that year.

In 2010 she was commissioned by the NFVF to co-write a screenplay provisionally titled ‘A Chameleon called Gatiepie’ with Kevin Ehrenreich. That same year she also completed the film adaptation for Riana Scheepers’ youth novel ‘Blinde Sambok’.

In 2011 she was the script editor on Leon van Nierop’s script ‘Wolwedans in die Skemer’ and she wrote the third instalment of the South African box office hit ‘Bakgat!’.


‘Jimmy in Pienk’ is a quirky comedy about Jimmy Bester, a rugged mielie farmer who lives out his creative impulses by shearing sheep on neighbouring farms.

When Jimmy’s father suddenly dies in a freak accident, he is confronted by two menacing (and comedic) loan sharks who come to collect what his father owes.

For the first time in his life Jimmy gathers the courage to leave his home and travel to Cape Town to seek help from his uncle in mastering the art of hairdressing and becoming a metro-sexual man.

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Romantic Comedy
7 - 9 PG
Running time
91 min
English and Afrikaans