About Zandi Tisani
A recovering child star, Zandi Tisani is no stranger to commercial sets.
Starring in commercials from the tender age of 6, it was inevitable that she’d find her way back onto set. But in the much tastier position of behind the camera.
Zandi’s work focuses on often overlooked or unheard voices, interweaving stories you wouldn’t expect, with her character-driven, culturally rich storytelling. Zandi is not one to shy away from sensitive themes, approaching them head on with her signature tongue-in-cheek, energised style. She deftly balances honest, diverse representation with powerful, compelling visual language for a refreshingly cinematic feel.
After studying Film and Media Production, majoring in screenwriting, at the University of Cape Town, Zandi went on to study photography. A self proclaimed “pretentious” film student, she was obsessed with the French New Wave, fascinated by stories that attempt to bend traditional storytelling structure. Zandi was also painfully aware that African Cinema was treated as a footnote, with what felt like 3 classes dedicated to it. Perhaps this frustration is resolved in Zandi’s own work, with her emphasis on African culture and championing of black female stories.
Zandi’s reel is loaded with adventurous, vibrant work that handles worthy subject matter with her beautifully playful approach. She loves the collaborative pre production phase, absorbing as many good ideas and suggestions as possible. When shooting she leads her team with a steady clarity, making the most out of the time on set.
In addition to being a recovering child star, Zandi is also a former wardrobe assistant, having once been trusted to keep Trevor Noah’s suit jackets steamed. A job that finally earned her enough money to move out of her parents house. Cheers, Trevor.