Born in 1988, Philip graduated in 2010 at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) with a BA Corporate Communication degree. In 2012 he received his Audiovisual Communication Honours degree. His thesis focused on how new media and the internet in the digital age changes the whole spectrum of filmmaking. The topic was as follows: Digital Cinema: Towards a New Aesthetic. As a part of his pursuit of the performing arts, Philip has also received a grade 3 piano practical and grade 5 music theory diplomas through UNISA. His love for presenting, acting, music, directing, film and writing was developed further by Brumilda van Rensburg’s Introduction to Drama course in 2006. In 2015 he also participated in the Acting on Screen course presented by Jacques Bessenger and Lelia Etsebeth. During his school career in Polokwane, Philip was always involved in Drama and Culture and received Drama Honours at Capricorn High School in matric. He acted in different plays and musicals at the University of Johannesburg while living in Afslaan Men’s Residence, namely Die Crazer, Unholy Matrimony, Blindness and more. He also participated in the writing, decor and costume production regarding these productions. Philip did a piece of industrial theatre for Murray and Roberts, called ‘Sizebenzela Wena’, around Gauteng. He has also been MC at numerous events. For five years Philip was a part of the Acapella group, Y-knot, during which time they performed on KTV’s Morning Edition and Villa Rosa. This group also won the UJ Serenade Competition and placed second at the National Serenade Competition in Stellenbosch, where they competed with groups from four other major universities. Their song, ‘Ons wil Huis toe kom’, won best own composition which Philip helped write and arranged. In 2010 this group also performed at the Sandton and Soweto fan parks for the Soccer World Cup. During 2011 Y-knot performed with the Parlotones at Gold Reef City, Carnival City, The Barnyard Theatre, 5FM and Studio 1. Later that year they recorded the album, “Eavesdropping on the Songs of Whales”, with the Parlotones. While studying, Philip also played in, directed and wrote numerous short films. In 2011 he won the Best Director Award at the University of Johannesburg. He also played a lead in the feature film “Henley-on-Klip”. Philip can also be seen in the international collaborative film, “The Owner” (2012). In 2013 he was seen as Pieter in the SABC 1 drama “Intersexions” and also in the kykNet TeleLovela “Ligte! Kamera... Liefde!” In 2014 he also made an appearance on the eTV soap, Scandal! He is also featured in the period docu-drama “Legends of the Turf” as well as “Boer Soek ‘n Ou” for Vrydag Nag Laat. Currently Philip is a freelance writer, content director and director for television programs such as “Tech Report”, “Kwêla”, “Bravo”, “Kollig”, “MK Kampus”, “Ilse Kook” and “Op die Spyskaart”. Philip was a writer on the kykNet drama, ‘Sterlopers’. He also wrote the film, ‘Totsiens, Pa’, which was chosen for the Silwerskerm 2014 festival and produced “Van Agter die Deur” for the 2015 Silwerskerm Festival. In addition, Philip was also a guest lecturer at the University of Johannesburg presenting a storytelling and scriptwriting lecture to the third year BA Audiovisual Communication students. For as long as he can recall, Philip’s passion has been to tell South African stories in all its cultural yet shared diversity.