Laurence Hamburger

Laurence Hamburger is a globally recognized film director of TV & Cinema commercials. In the last 20 years, he has made over a 100 adverts in over 15 countries. His work for such prestigious clients as Ikea, VW, Nando’s, Toyota, & Sony Playstation has won him numerous international and local awards, including the highly coveted Journalist’s Prize at Cannes & The Loerie Grand Prix. His work is characterized by an emphasis on authentic, often humorous, performances, coupled with concise and compelling visual storytelling. In his career, he has been represented by a number of companies, but mainly Stink (UK & EU), Irene (FR), & Smuggler (USA).

In 2012 he began to produce, establishing his own production company, goodcop, to develop new South African cinematic talent. The two successful films he made with Magnum photographer Mikahel Subotsky, the recent 3-screen installation film ‘WYE’, and the previous film, “Moses & Griffiths”, which was acquired by MOMA & The Tate Modern, have been the most notable. Other short films he produced have played in competition at the IFFR in Rotterdam, and the prestigious Oberhausen Short Film festival

He is the Executive Producer of ‘The Oral History Project’, the first feature-length documentary from renowned SA filmmaker Oliver Hermanus, presently in post-production, as well as producing Zandi Tisani’s ‘People You May Know’, a South African Web Series set in contemporary Johannesburg. As a director he is finishing work on “Chibanga”, a short documentary on Africa’s only bullfighter, and for the last 5 years has been developing “Funny Ha-Ha”, a feature-length documentary on the history of the Laugh Track in modern TV. His 2013 book, “Frozen Chicken Train Wreck”, a collection of SA newspaper posters, was reviewed by literary magazine Granta and was recently re-published. His next design book, ‘Black Plastic’, is a collection of anecdotes around the rare Record Cover Art of Township Pop music from the 70’s and 80’s.

Laurence’s work for the 'Soesman Language Training' won The Journalist's Prize at Cannes, and which was subsequently included in Shots Magazine’s “Top 10 Watershed Commercials of All-time”, a result of it’s viral success in the early days of the Internet. While at STINK in London he won various Golds and Silvers at the Clios and Epica awards. In 2004 his advert for SABC 'Ya Mamphela' won the Grand Prix Loerie along with 3 gold craft awards. In 2007, along with a Gold in Directing, he also shared the Loeries Gold for Creative Direction, for his work for Nandos; becoming the first, and only, film director in SA to do so.