The Late, Great Young Gun
Siphiwe “SJ” Myeza-Mhlambi was from bustling Johannesburg in South Africa, then moved to the beautiful city of Cape Town. After his studies he joined 7Films as a young director, moulding him into the director he was. He was a majority shareholder of 7films, an award-winning Production Company rated 2nd in South Africa. His work won silver and gold Loeries at the 2016 Loerie Awards, at the age of 22 he was the youngest winner and ranked 3rd in the country in his debut directing year. He won Gold at Cannes Lions in 2017. He was voted top 200 young professionals in the country by Mail and Guardian which is one of the leading news publications in South Africa in 2017. His works in the film and commercial industry earned him a spot as one of the winners at YG15, the only African representative to be named that year. He became the 1st recipient in the history of YG 15 to receive the 1st ever Creatives Choice award. He was an ambitious, risk-taking individual, who was quick to learn and adapt at problem solving. His style was inspired by real stories with real characters, he believed reality is stranger than fiction. Taking on filmmaking as a personal responsibility to the world at large. Unfortunately SJ passed away on the 14th January 2019. SJ was 25 when he passed away, but achieved more in his short life. We miss him daily.