Hailing from Benoni, Gauteng, Rea Rangaka has built an impressive reputation locally and globally. He’s graced the screens of both film and television in various productions, including Mzansi Love 3, Those Who Can’t, Saints & Sinners, Ashes to Ashes, SHADOW (Netflix), Madiba (BET), The Looming Tower (Hulu), TROY: Fall of a City (Netflix), and Tremors: Bloodline (Universal Pictures). Ranging beyond acting, Rea has also featured in numerous commercials for Vuzu Amp, Standard Bank, Grants Whiskey, 1Life Insurance, and Nando’s. Notably, from 2021, Rea served as the series director for the Netflix hit, Savage Beauty, ranking among the top 10 most-viewed shows in the US in May 2022. In 2023, Rea showcased his versatility in the release of “Do Your Worst,”

Going back in time; In 2009, Rea embarked on his MFA in directing in Los Angeles, ultimately earning acclaim with a Cecil B. DeMille award as the “Best Director” in his cohort. His cinematic creation, “Ode In Blood,” a project he both penned and directed, garnered accolades, securing an “Honourable Mention” at the 38th Cleveland International Film Festival and a prestigious Golden Circle Award from the CAUCUS Foundation of Writers, Producers, and Directors. Influenced profoundly by luminaries such as John Badham, David Ward, Betty Thomas, Harry Ufland, and Ron Yerxa during his mentorship, Rea’s creative journey took a significant leap. Fast forward to 2014, his film “The Prophetess,” filmed in Burkina Faso, earned recognition at FESPACO for its poignant narrative about a young boy’s healing journey with his mother.

SAFTA Golden Horn

  • Best Achievement in Directing: TV Drama – The Republic
  • Best Achievement in Directing TV – Number Number
  • Best Supporting Actor – The Mayor

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