Karabo Lediga

Writer-director

South Africa

Karabo is a writer and director for television and film. Her short film, which she wrote and directed titled ‘What Did You Dream?’, premiered in competition at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and was also in competition at The Palm Springs International Short Film Festival. She has written for the first African Netflix Original series, the spy thriller ‘Queen Sono’. Across 12 seasons of the two-time International Emmy nominated news satire show ‘Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola’ and three seasons of the comedy series ‘Next of Next Week’, she worked as a writer, director, content producer and performer. Her directorial work also includes 2 seasons of the sketch comedy show ‘The Bantu Hour’ and situational comedy ‘The Mayor’. Her TV writing work also includes South African Film and Television Award winning ‘Lockdown’, ‘MTV Shuga 5’ and the four-part miniseries ‘Emoyeni: Insanguluko’ and most recently as development writer for animated series ‘Queens’ for Wild Sheep.

Project

Sabbatical

An overworked exec, Lesego (34), is suspended after drunkenly assaulting her boss and then arrested for crashing her car while drunk. Lonely and depressed, with her career on the line, she agrees to a time-out at her now unfamiliar childhood home with her estranged, retired mother, Doris (65) an hour and worlds away from her fast-paced corporate Johannesburg life. The reunion is prickly and grief hangs over them through the giant smiling portrait of Lesego’s older sister who died at 18. Lesego tries to put a worried Doris (65) at ease by participating in chores but Doris’ obsession with perfection begins to chip away at Lesego’s sanity. Doris plies Lesego with food and flaunts her to her friends telling them she’s on ‘sabbatical’ to study for an MBA. Frustrated by the pretence, Lesego rekindles her friendship with Koketso, their free-spirited, rowdy neighbour which forces her to retrace the steps of her childhood all the way to when it ended abruptly the day her sister died.