‘Mighty Quinn’ brings it home

2017-01-31 06:02
 Photo: SUPPLIEDBrent Quinn, multi-award-winning writer-director and creative producer is the new Dean of AFDA Durban campus.

Photo: SUPPLIEDBrent Quinn, multi-award-winning writer-director and creative producer is the new Dean of AFDA Durban campus.

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BRENT Quinn, multi-award-winning writer-director and creative producer is the new Dean of AFDA Durban campus.

This ex-Durban boy is thrilled to be back on the East Coast.
“KwaZulu-Natal is for me South Africa’s most interesting context for story and idea creation. Local screens and stages are hungry for novelty and Durban is alive with contrast, contradiction and such utterly fascinating, and often polar opposite lives.”

On AFDA students: “AFDA Durban students are already making waves, the music performers, stage actors and film-makers from here have often outperformed those from our bigger campuses. Last year, a third-year AFDA Durban graduation film, Homeless, directed by Nathan Rice was selected to represent South Africa at the student Oscars.”

On the staff at AFDA Durban, Quinn adds: “Thankfully I have brilliant and talented staff across all disciplines and I will ensure, given my standing in the industry, that more top talents move here. When I think of what films or series can be filmed in Durban – well its simple – stories from the north, the south, the east and the west.”

On how to lead a campus, Quinn adds: ‘For me it is an honour to nurture young talent and help build commercially competitive, creative entrepreneurs. That is what AFDA is all about – empowering brilliant ideas that intrigue and entertain.”

Quinn has 30-plus years creating engaging story. He head wrote the local television hit Intersexions, a show on South African sexuality.

His international advocacy work, mostly for the UN, Unicef and other NGOs has garnered numerous international awards.

On his vision for the future of AFDA Durban, Quinn said: “I have inherited a small campus with a big mandate. The vision is simple, help build the creative industries in KZN.”

On study and job security, Quinn said: “The old ways are vanishing and job security is a myth. At AFDA we embrace the unknown, we embrace disruption and we embrace all innovation. This generation has grown with digital 21st-century thinking - where the old generation see confusion and fear, the youth see opportunity.

They will create the skills they need and will create the future they want to inherit. Out job is to facilitate and facilitate. If I had to lay a bet on what the most secure profession is I would pity the lawyer or accountant not the person qualified here at AFDA.”

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