Simphiwe ‘’Fiddy’’ Ngcobo is a filmmaker, playwright and theatre director. He has been writing and directing for both theatre and film since 2011. His storytelling abilities and talents were passed onto him by his mother as he would boldly say ‘’Ukuba umbhali nomxoxi wezindaba, ngakuncela ebeleni’’.
He studied Marketing and Drama at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and earned a film certificate from the UKZN Summer Film School that he attended under the supervision of Mickey Hatton (New York Film School Academy). In 2015 he was selected as one of the 40 upcoming African filmmakers to take part in the Berlinale Talents hosted by the Durban International Film Festival. Furthermore, in 2016 a play he co-wrote and co-directed won best play in the emerging talent category in the MUSHO Festival 2016.
Currently he is concentrating on establishing his film production company Motion House Pictures, that focuses on feature films, documentaries and series, with Expeditionist founder, Thommo Hart and preparing for the John Ross Challenge to raise funds for Empilweni for the Physically Challenged Community Centre that is based in a township called KwaNdengezi just outside Pinetown. The organisation helps to take care of children living with disabilities, while providing ongoing support and education for their parents.
Simphiwe will complete the John Ross Challenge, an 1800 km expedition on foot from South Africa to Mozambique in the footsteps of John Ross, to raise funds to construct a centre to house the children with disabilities.