South London storyteller, Thabo Mhlatshwa, was recently commissioned by CBBC to write the first twelve episodes of ‘My DG’, an online spin-off for their BAFTA-winning drama, ‘The Dumping Ground.’
Prior to this he penned his first feature film, ‘Ghetto Madness’, which was his way of bringing to screen the fun, community spirit found on the high rises on which he grew up – a crucial ingredient which he felt lacking in film and TVs attempts to portray this world. Having reached the Semi-Finals of the Academy Nichol Screenwriting competition, been longlisted by the BBC Writers room, and shortlisted by 4Talent’s screenwriting opportunity this dramedy is now under option with Lime pictures, where Thabo is working with the Emmy award-winning Louise Sutton, and Jack Ford to develop this story for television.
His other projects include ‘The Greyhat Gang’ a show about a hip hop loving hacktivist. An early draft of this show’s pilot episode was long-listed by the BBC Writers room in their search for drama scripts.
Away from stories centered around the world he grew up in, Thabo loves making his audience fall for heroes who suffer from a tragic flaw, as well as writing for young adults, where he draws from the extreme emotions that youngsters often struggle to contain.
In 2018/9 Thabo was chosen to be part of BFI x BAFTA Crew initiative.