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Uga Carlini

CEO, Towerkop Creations


Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born in GAUTENG South Africa

Filmmaker Uga Carlini, President of Towerkop Creations, specializes in female driven heroine stories. Her extensive film career stretches over continents that include South Africa, the United Kingdom, Australia and Fiji. In Fiji she compiled and pioneered the syllabus, a first of its caliber for the South Pacific, for acting, screenwriting and filmmaking for the National University of Fiji. Uga is a PUMA Catalyst Audience Award winner for her short 'Good Planets are hard to find', an ATKV Media Veertjie nominee for Zyron Films documentary series Sewe Sakke Sout and was voted one of 2012's most extraordinary women of SA. Her hybrid feature film "Alison" was nominated for best documentary at the Silwerskermfees 2016 and won both best documentary at the Asian Pacific Film festival as well as the World Humanitarian film Awards (platinum).


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Business Address

Fish Hoek, Cape Town, South Africa


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Educational history

Secondary

DF Malan High School, Bellville

Tertiary

Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch

Drama Degree - Drama degree major in film studies and acting

Achievements

Awards

Editor's Choice Award | Judges committee The International Library of Poetry | 2002

ISBN 0-7951-5124-1
Editor Melisa S.Mitchell

Jan en die boontjie rank en die 33 boontjies | De Kat/Quellerie Roman kompetisie finale | 2002

JAN IS GIVEN THREE BEANSTALK SEEDS BY A WOMAN WITH BIG BOOBS AND A BABY ON HER BACK THAT’S MUNCHING ON A MICRO-CHIP. A MAGICAL BEANSTALK GROWS, AS DOES JAN’S DREAMS...THIRTY THREE WONDERFULLY ABSURD, SURREALISTIC...WELL ACTUALLY JUST ADD ANY UNUSUAL ADJECTIVE...DREAMS
ISBN 0-620-288 15-9

reviews:
'Bisar, maar fassinerend. Totaal buitenissig. Ook moedswillig. Bedwelemd en bedwelemend'

Shortlist and nomination

PUMA CREATIVE Audience Award | 2012

By cultivating awareness, showcasing inspirational stories and hosting practical tools for change, Sustain our Africa will develop awareness, engender inspiration and action through collaborative dialogue, by showcasing stories of CHANGE and case studies, demonstrating that there are solutions available as for the first time in the history of mankind we have one common cause to fight for. One cause that we all can believe in. One cause that will change us all. This cause supersedes race, colour, status, creed, religion, nation, political belief or ego. The cause is a fight for our collective survival on the only planet we can call home.

More about SUSTAIN OUR AFRICA: http://sustainourafrica.org/

Xtraordinary Woman of the Month | 2012

Uga has recently been nominated as Xtraordinary Woman of the Month for March 2012. Xtraordinary Women is a platform that leads, inspires, supports and recognizes female entrepreneurs in South Africa.

Nominee - ATKV Media Veertjie Award | 2011

ATKV Media Veertjie nomination best TV documentary SEWE SAKKE SOUT (Zyron Pictures)

media exposure

Variety | 2014

Durban Fest, AfriDocs Throws Spotlight on Local Nonfiction Pics

Callsheet | 2014

ALISON SPOTLIGHT ON A DFM DOCUMENTARY PROJECT BY KATIE REYNOLDS

Rapport | 2014

Alison nou reg vir fliek.

The Callsheet | 2012

South African filmmaker scoops double deal

Sunday Independent profile piece | 2012

Magic, miracles and an alien affair.

Rapport feature article | 2012

Hanlie gesels met Alison Botha

Rapport feature article | 2011

Dapper Alison se verhaal word fliek

Other Achievements

OFFICIAL SELECTION InterfilmBerlin | 2011

One of 500 short films chosen out of 7000 international entries.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlaHo5SEB1Y

Testimonials

Leon van Nierop @RSG fliekrubriek (8/10 STARS ********)

"RSG - Dis die een! || Leon Se Flieks." - 2016

Nadia Romanos @5FM Weekend Breakfast Show (5/5 STARS *****)

"Nadia reviews Alison the movie, which is based on the heart-wrenching life story of Alison Botha, who was raped, stabbed multiple times and left for dead in the street. She also spoke to Director Uga Carlini about the film..." - 2016

Elle Magazine Review Joy Watson (4/5 STARS ****)

"The predominant message of the film is one of hope. It weaves together a story of how bad things can happen to good people. But the beauty of Alison’s story is about how she turns this power on itself. She fights back. If she is to die lying in the sand, then she will do so trying to write their names. Against all odds, she survives. She transforms her life, emerges out of the pain and ensuing depression and finds her passion in making a difference in the lives of others." - 2016

Martie Bester @ Die Bioskoop (4/5 STARS ****)

"“Uga Carlini, die vervaardiger, regisseur en skrywer van Alison het haar droom verwesenlik deur Botha se verhaal te vertel. En sy behartig dit goed met ’n deernis wat deurentyd soos ’n hartklop eie aan die rolpent bly. Daar kan sonder twyfel gesê word dat in ’n wêreld waar helde en heldinne uitgebeeld word as bonatuurlike wesens wat oor bomenslike en soms buitensporige kragte beskik, wat eienaardige grimering dra, in belaglike uitrustings die gereg dien, aan geboue vasplak of aan spinnerakke swaai en net tot aksie oorgaan begelei deur ’n “senutergende” klankbaan, hier uiteindelik twee ware heldinne van vlees en bloed na vore tree en die mens bemoedig om te glo dat die goeie wel oor die slegte kan seëvier – en nie net in superhero flieks nie.
Deurlopend is Carlini se regie simpatiek sonder om bejammerend te wees, eerlik maar met deernis gevul en vertel sy Alison se verhaal met waardigheid en respek.”
" - 2016

Katie Reynolds @The Callsheet (4/5 STARS ****)

""Uga Lisa Carlini draws out Alison’s emotional struggle as if drawing poison from a snakebite. We see Alison confront the tangible objects of her torture from that night, and discard them as if cleaning out the ghosts from your cupboard and setting them alight. Visceral testimonies from her doctors and friends place the viewer inside that dark period and we feel the things that they felt, even in some small measure. Masterful casting and an emphasis on progression are what make this film so much more than a gory retelling. Its understatement is its power, thanks to the almost spiritual connection between Alison and Uga.
Alison, to me, has done the unthinkable. She refused to be defined by what two monsters did to her body in 1994, but instead shows us that, through seemingly insurmountable odds, you can find your true purpose. And for Alison, this certainly isn’t the end."" - 2016

Theresa Smith @ Die Argus (4/5 STARS ****)

"“A HYBRID documentary because of the way it incorporates traditional documentary and fiction film making techniques, Alison does not shy away from its source material. This particular conceit is director Uga Carlini’s choice – this is how she tells stories. But, it also ties into the idea of how we mythologise news events, turning them into stories with coherent narratives rather than random acts of violence or actual inexplicable events that happen to real people. Alison has turned what she went through into a story she can use to hopefully change how other people live their lives – her message is that everyone has the potential to be the hero they need to be.
The documentary is frank and chilling. Yet, it is also surprisingly warm and inspirational. It is not about the attack, it is about Alison the person and how she went on with the life, and how she tries to help other people do the same.”
" - 2016

Marianna Malan @Die Burger (4/5 STARS ****)

"“Die keuse om die geweld en die gebeure self te onderspeel en die positiewe in die kollig te plaas maak van die rolprent meer as net ’n onvergeetlike ondervinding. Dit voel asof jy jou eie klein deeltjie van Alison se moed en deursettingsvermoë saamvat huis toe. Dis ’n rolprent oor ’n buitengewone vrou wat op ’n baie dapper manier aangepak en verfilm is. Wonderwerke is gelukkig nog deel van die lewe.”" - 2016

HENDRIK VENTER - GRIFFEL PUBLISHERS

"Uga Carlini’s creativity is naturally branded by her continuous passion, particular acuteness to detail and dedication which results in her new and original works. I know that whichever theme Uga is currently exploring, whether it is as a writer or director, will be the subject of the future. " - 2011

HERMAN BINGE – WATERFRONT TELEVISION

"Uga is a highly creative, intelligent and innovative and has shown a very strong commitment to the television and film industry. She has done excellent work for our company and for all the production companies that she was employed by as producer and consequently has a very good reputation in the local industry. I have read some of her scripts and I was pleasantly surprised by her creativity and writing ability. I recommend Uga Carlini as a producer and script writer without any reservation. " - 2011

JERRY WONG, ACTING HEAD, FIT - FIJI NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

"The Fiji National University’s pioneering students in Acting, Filmmaking and Screenwriting had the privilege to study under industry leader and producer, director, actress and screenwriter Uga Carlini. African Dynamite on Fijian shores! The experience was like watching a well crafted movie where all the elements fell into all the right places at just the right time. Our students are now well placed in the local film & TV industry, making an impact with their skills learned from a great teacher and mentor. " - 2010

Hollywood LitSales

"A project that benefits from its well-written characters. The characters are varied, interesting, sometimes a hoot and sometimes totally loveable. " - 2011

Annetjie Du Toit kykNET

"Uga Carlini is a tour de force to be reckoned with. Her talent and originality in both screenwriter and producer capacity stays with one long after she leaves the room. Her pitch was as exciting as her off beat, original and memorable concepts. " - 2011

Screenwriter Paul Ian Johnson

"There are few scripts landing in my Inbox that are laugh-out loud funny but yours was. An infectious, entertaining, rugby worshipping piece of comic anarchy, with well-timed moments of pathos that add up to sheer, unapologetic entertainment and fun. A strong foundation for some really nice character work for any comic performer. " - 2011

National Film and Video Fountaion of South Africa

"The writer seems fitting for the story and has an impressive CV. She is experienced in the industry and has been involved in training initiatives. There is a lot of promise in the script and the characters have potential to be quirky, fun and different. There is clearly talent here. " - 2011

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