Gordan Clark - Director / Writer / Photographer / Producer
Based in California between 1981 and 2004, Clark developed his career directing several global-brand commercials and high-profile music videos. In 2004 , he returned to his homeland in Africa to pursue a new path with his book, Transitions - Southern Africa.
This sent him on a journey, delving into and exploring the many challenges of the evolving social landscape in Africa through film and photography.
Clark has undertaken numerous photographic exhibitions, including : Who Am I, by Gordon Clark and Leon Botha, Groot Geraak (Becoming Big in gangland Cape Town) and The Outcome of Turner Adams. He wrote, directed and produced his first film, A Lucky Man, the dramatized full-length feature film covering the life story of Ernie (Lastig) Solomon, leader of the notorious 28's gang in the South African prison system. Filmed on site, using actual residents and minimal resources amid the ongoing gang wars, A Lucky Man debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and was nominated in the top five of South African films at the Indian / South African Film Awards.
Clark has the ability to go beyond creating a visually arresting film, his unique insight stems from his desire to seek out and understand human behavior in relation to different environments. Clark's latest works include, Staying in the Game, a short film, written, directed and shot by Clark, highlighting the Cape Flats 28's gang and how they have adopted Nike as their uniform, as well as the highly acclaimed , Behind Paradise, that he also produced, shot and promoted.
No stranger to controversy, his current documentary film, Unknown Distance, takes us on a journey across America with highly decorated Marine Sniper, Sgt. Douglas Brown. After five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Douglas faces an even bigger battle trying to reintegrate into civilian life, with a skill-set for killing that is now rendered useless.