Telling tales: the storied career of a producer extraordinaire

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Telling tales: the storied career of a producer extraordinaire

Kutlwano Ditsele says he is all about telling stories - but his personal narrative might be his most compelling

Pearl Boshomane Tsotetsi

Terry Gross is one of the best interviewers in the world. Recently, the host of NPR’s Fresh Air podcast shared her interviewing tips with the New York Times. The ultimate ice-breaker? Four simple words: “Tell me about yourself.”

So when I meet Kutlwano Ditsele – producer and showrunner extraordinaire, multi-award winner, a man whose CV is beyond impressive – at a noisy café at 44 Stanley, I start our conversation with those words: “Tell me about yourself.”

“Professionally or me?” he asks. “Whatever you want,” I say. He chuckles. I expect him to be cagey, as most behind-the-scenes people are. Luckily, it turns out he’s incredibly (and pleasantly) talkative. And he knows how to tell a story. One would expect that from the man who has worked on some of the biggest and most-acclaimed shows on our television screens: Isibaya, The River, The Herd, Ayeye .....

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