Contributor - IT'S HARD TO BE A MAN



Issue 48, 28 May 2015

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Richard Bullock with the Xhosa initiates he filmed and wrote about.

Australian born RICHARD BULLOCK began his professional life as an advertising copywriter in Sydney with Chiat/Day/Mojo. This was followed by a long stint at TBWA Hunt Lascaris in Johannesburg South Africa, where his love for the African continent took hold. Along with his South African wife, Richard travelled and worked all over the world, often returning to their second home in Chintsa on South Africa’s east coast. In 2004 he began writing and directing film projects for clients and eventually crossed over from advertising to directing full-time, helming projects globally for Adidas, Sony, Amnesty, Omega, Motorola and many more. One of his most unique talents is directing projects in remote and sometimes difficult locations. He has shot films about climate change in Peru, eye surgery in Mongolia, heart disease in Rwanda and plastic surgery in South Africa. His long form films have run on the National Geographic Channel, Eurosport and the BBC. One of his latest projects involved documenting the controversial Xhosa circumcision ritual not far from his home in Chintsa. His story about the month he spent with three young initiates can be read in IT’S HARD TO BE A MAN. The documentary film is still in development.

You can see Richard’s film work here.

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