About David Schröder

I am a South African director and scriptwriter with 10+ years’ experience as a storyteller and prolific idea generator. My background as a commissioning editor means I have a strong sense for which stories have broad, international appeal, and I focus on creating content with the potential for adaptation into spin-off projects.

My debut feature film, Mense van die Wind (People of the Wind), is due for release in late 2022, and I have two feature films, two animated series, and a television series currently in the development phase.

I have a B.IS (Publishing) and a BA Motion Picture Medium (Cum Laude).

 

My Latest Projects

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MY ELEVEN

What if a young boy, who has always wanted to be a professional footballer but lacks the physical ability and skill, shows astute tactical knowledge and is given the chance to coach his favourite local side? This is the central premise of My Eleven.

 

My Eleven falls within the “wish-fulfilment” and “ascended fanboy” genres of film; films which play into people’s hopes and ideals and that explore this tantalising “what if?” premise.

 

Some successful films which fall into this overall idea are Goal!, which follows the journey of a poor but talented footballer who is offered the dream chance of a trial at a major football club, award-winning indie film A Boy Called Sailboat, and also Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, which plays into most children’s fantasies of being offered the chance of going to a magical sweet factory.

MENSE VAN DIE WIND

Mense van die Wind is an Afrikaans drama that looks at one man’s search for hope after his world is turned upside-down after the death of his fiancée. His journey leads him to his childhood farm – a place he feels he can reconnect with his family and his land – and this will hopefully allow him to achieve some peace.

African rights have been sold and the film was shot in 2021 with post-production completed in early 2022. The release is scheduled for late 2022.