The Ultimate Book Show with Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni

The Ultimate Book Show is a new television series for Literature. A typical episode is a 46-minute encounter between the host, Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni, and one guest author in a setting that provides room for intelligent, insightful interviews with interesting subjects that go beyond standard talk-show conversation.

A Timeline of our Milestones:

• 15-23 April 21- Season One is recorded on location in Cape Town, producing 13 x 46-minute-long episodes.

• 20 Aug. 21- The show is launched at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Scotland, and a private screening in Cape Town.

• 22-28 Feb. 22 - Season Two is filmed in Qonce, producing another 13 episodes of the same length.

• 28 April 22 - First Licensing meeting with national broadcaster.

• 17-28 May 22 – Featuring at Festival de Cannes, France, with a 3-hour timeslot for screening and discussion.

• In short: 1 Year, 2 Cities, 26 hrs. of 4K UHD Footage, 1000 Still Photography, 2 Festivals.

  • Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni
    Wanda, Wanda The Brave
  • Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni
  • Dr Mamphela Ramphele
    Key Cast
    A Life
  • Prof. Zakes Mda
    Key Cast
    Wayfarer's Hymns
  • Dr Sindiwe Magona
    Key Cast
    When The Village Sleeps
  • Prof Pumla Dineo Gqola
    Key Cast
    Female Fear Factory
  • Dr Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh
    Key Cast
    Democracy & Delusion
  • Buhle Ngaba
    Key Cast
  • Mohale Mashigo
    Key Cast
  • Loyiso Mkize
    Key Cast
  • Dr Xolisa Guzula
    Key Cast
  • Khanyo Mjamba
  • Meekaaeel Adam
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    60 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    25,488,100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    4K UHD
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival
    United Kingdom
    August 20, 2021
  • Festival de Cannes
    May 20, 2022
Director Biography - Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni

Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni is an author, story-teller, scholar, the host for The Ultimate Book Show, and a Ph.D candidate at the University of Pretoria. The latest addition to her much-admired children’s book series, Wanda: The Brave, is coming out in September 2021. Earlier in the year, Fly, Everyone, Fly was the 2021 World Read Aloud Day’s chosen reading to reach upwards of 3 million children in South Africa. Sihle was raised in Komani, where she started schooling, and later in King William’s Town, where she spent much of her youth until she went to attend university in Cape Town. She has travelled to many countries, including Tibet, China, Australia, Finland, and 25 European countries. Her interest in schools stems from lived experience, which extends across 12 schooling institutions, including Kingsridge High School For Girls, University of Cape Town, Peking University, KU Leuven, and it is from this vast world experience that Sihle tells stories.

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