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Cliff Bestall Film Director


Cliff Bestall ~ Film Director

South African producer/director, Clifford Bestall has been making socio-political documentaries for international broadcasters over the past 25 years.

In 2001, BBC Worldwide distributed Killers Don’t Cry which followed a breathtaking attempt to get members of the dangerous ‘Numbers’ gangs to reform in a South Africa’s notorious Pollsmoor prison. It was the first BBC film to win a Grierson Award made by the British Guild of Directors. It went on to win a second Grierson, a Nombre ‘dOr in Amsterdam and the finalist award at the New York Exposition of Short Films.

In 1986, he had co-directed WGBH Frontline’s Apartheid’s People, which won a Peabody Award and then directed the series The Long Walk of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Ethiopia: a Journey was judged to be the Best Factual Moment on British television in 2005.

His latest film, The 16th Man for ESPN received great acclaim and has just won the Television Academy Honors Award (Emmy).

The Hollywood Reporter:

“With its amazing story and heartfelt reminiscences, "The 16th Man" does as much to illustrate the potential, passion and power of sports as anything ever made for theatrical release.”

The New York Times:

“The 16th Man” is a part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series. Bestall’s documentary brings the series to a memorable peak.”