Tracey Lee Dearham Rainers
I am a story editor and writer with experience in documentary production /direction and script editing experience on fiction projects. Over the past 15 years; I have contributed to various fiction and non-fiction projects for SABC, eTV,
Channel 4 and MNet. I work as an independent story editor and consultant with different organisations including the Kwazulu Natal Film Commision and the National Film and Video Foundation. I have also previously served as a pre-sales reader for MNET. In the capacity of either a writer, story editor or head writer - I have worked for South Africa’s foremost production companies including DV8, Blingola Media (Vanilla Productions), The Media Gate, Clive Morris Productions, Coal Stove, Quizzical and Burnt Onion Productions.
My highlights include working on the production team for South African Film & Televisions award-winning reality show Sho’t Left as well as storylining the SAFTA nominated crime drama series, Mshika-Shika.
I have also served as an adjudicator on the South African Film and Television Awards in 2014 and for the Writers Guild (MUSE) Awards in 2014 and 2016.
In 2013, 2014 and 2015, I led the Durban Film Mart’s (Durban International Film Festivals) Script Station as a Story Mentor and Story Editor; I subsequently had the privilege of script editing fiction films by Nigerian Filmmaker, Udoka Uyoka (Wrong Turn) and South African Filmmaker, Zwelethu Radebe's award-winning short, The Hangman. I have contributed to features such as Hatchet Hour (feature thriller) and Boys Don't Cry (SAFTA nominated documentary) in the capacity of a story consultant.
I have co-developed features such as Adze Ugahs Ashes of a Red Cow (better known as Gog Helen, starring Lillian Dube) , produced the award-winning 48 hr short film, Clock Out - a thriller directed by Ugah, Associate Produced the feature film Blood Tokoloshe (Ghetto Goblin) and written many made for television films. I have produced and co-directed for companies such as Cine Mozambique as well as there Brasilia branch.
I am dedicated to promoting progressive working conditions and creating opportunities for South African writers and script editors. I am one of the founders of Writer’s Guild South Africa (WGSA) and I was on Council for 3 years. I was at the helm of the Africa Film Initiative which allowed the WGSA to participate at the Durban Film Mart (2015) and at
DISCOP (2015) as a professional body. I have represented the WGSA at the New Zealand Writers Guild (NZWG). In 2010, I begun lobbying for South Africa's membership to the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG) and the WGSA subsequently received this membership. In 2008 I joined the Thomson Foundation Alumni with professional
contributions towards a series of documentaries for Channel 4. I am also a Sediba Alumni having completed both SPARK and the Masters Programme. I am a member of SWIFT (Sisters Working In Film and Television) and am passionate about sharing African female stories with the world. As a story editor, I have most recently guided the
development process on five short films for Zincs Female Filmmaker Slate.
I continue to story consult, script edit and write.