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Joshua Sinclair

Actor | Writer | Producer
Lili Marleen (1981) | Judgement in Berlin (1988) | Jump! (2008)
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May 7, 1953 (age 62)

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Past Film & Video (25 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
Past Television (6 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for Shaka Zulu: The CitadelShaka Zulu: The Citadel (TV Movie) Father Aaron, Director, Associate Producer, Writer  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for Nonni und ManniNonni und Manni (TV Series) Writer (6 episodes, 1988–1989)  Less 1988–1989 6
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  • Primary photo for Shaka ZuluShaka Zulu (TV Mini-series) Writer (1 episode, 1986), Associate Producer  Less 1986 1
  • Primary photo for The Biko InquestThe Biko Inquest (TV Movie) Writer  Less 1984
  • Primary photo for CartesiusCartesius (TV Movie) Brandaccio  Less 1974
  • Primary photo for L'età di Cosimo de MediciL'età di Cosimo de Medici (TV Mini-series) Branduardi (1 episode, 1973)  Less 1973 1

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Additional Credits (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • The Mystery of Cinecitta' * – Writer/Director The Oliver Corporation
  • All Tomorrow's Parties * – Writer Warp X
  • The Mystery of Morphus * – Writer Provobis Film
  • Broken Idyll * – Writer Liria Films
  • Embarque Imediato * – writer Fera Filmes
  • Majesty * – Writer/Director The Oliver Corporation
  • Jump * – Writer/Director/Co-Producer LWB Media
  • Cry, the Beloved Country * – Writer Distant Horizons
  • Soweto Green * – Writer Toron Screen Corp.
  • Judgment in Berlin * – Writer/Producer Leo Penn
  • Der Fall Lucona * – Writer Kloiber Int.
  • Nowhere to Run * – Writer Concorde Pictures
  • Shaka Zulu * – Writer/Director/Co-Producer SABC
  • To End All Wars * – Writer David L. Cunningham
  • Hangman * – Actor Cinema Sciences Corp.
  • The Great White * – Actor/Co-Writer Film Ventures International
  • The Golden Lady * – Writer/Co-Director/Co-Producer MovieTime
  • The Naked Prey * – Actor/Co-Writer Explorer Film
  • Some Like it Cool * – Writer PRO International Pictures
  • Inglorious Bastards * – Actor Films Concorde
  • The Dope Way * – Actor/Co-Writer Cinemaster srl
  • Il Grande Racket * – Actor/Co-Writer Cinemaster srl
  • Keoma * – Actor/Co-Writer Uranos Cinematografica
  • The Lonely Violent Beach * – Actor/Co-Writer Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Jonathan Degli Orsi * – Writer Enzo Castellari
  • 1900: The Bronx Warriors * – Actor/Co-Writer Dear International Films
  • Lady Frankenstein * – Actor/Co-Writer Rank Films
  • Lili Marleen * – Writer Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Il Messiah * – Actor/Co-Writer Roberto Rossellini
  • Trinity Plus the Clown and a Guitar * – Actor/Co-Writer Franz Antel
  • Just A Gigolo * – Writer, Executive Producer Leguan Films
  • The Assassination of Trotsky * – Actor/Co-Writer Joseph Losey
  • Winged Devils * – Actor Duccio Tessari
  • The Garden of the Finzi Contini * – Actor/Co-Writer Vittorio De Sica
  • Through A Glass, Darkly * – Writer/Director/ The Oliver Corporation
  • Hitlers Eliten nach 1945 * – Writer ABC/ADR
  • Shaka Zulu * – Writer/Co-Director/Co-Producer SABC/HBO
  • John and Joko: A Love Story * – Actor/Co-Writer NBC
  • Shaka Zulu: The Citadel * – Writer/Director/Co-Producer Shaka Zulu Enterprises
  • Death of a Stranger * – Writer/Director/Co-Producer NBC
  • Artze - Medizin ohne Gewissen * – Writer, Executive Producer ABC/ADR
  • The Age of The Medici * – Actor/Co-Writer Roberto Rossellini
  • Cartesius * – Actor/Co-Writer Roberto Rossellini
  • Nonni and Mani * – Writer/Co-Director/Co-Producer Beta Film/ABC
  • The Biko Inquest * – Writer Albert Finney
  • Three Sisters * – Director National Theater, London
  • The Passion Play * – Director National Theater
  • A Long Days Journey Into Night * – Director New York Ensemble
  • A Streetcar Named Desire * – Director New York Ensemble
  • Romeo and Juliet * – Director Odeon Theater
  • Who Killed Kowalski? * – Writer/Director/Co-Producer New York Ensemble

Education (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • University of Virginia * – PhD Theology Charlottesvile, Virginia
  • Johns Hopkins Univertsity * – Doctor of Medicine Baltimore, Maryland
  • Grant University * – Specialisation in Tropical Medicine Bombay, India
  • Actors Studio * 1990 New York
  • Gregorianum * – PhD in Theology Rome, Italy
  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts * – Diploma in Directing & Acting London, England
  • Cinecitta' * – Diploma in Filmmaking Rome, Italy
  • University of Berlin * – Magister in Theology Berlin, Germany
  • University of Vienna * – Diploma in European History Vienna, Austria
  • London School of Economics * – Extra Courses in Linguistics and Anthropology London, England

Additional Awards (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • United Nations Anti-Apartheid Congress * – Commedation for work against Apafrtheid 1987
  • Premiere of Shaka Zulu: Egyptian Theater * – Commedation: Sen. Feinstein, US Senate 2002
  • Premiere of Shaka Zulu: Egyptian Theater * – NAACP Award for Excellence 2000
  • Premiere of Shaka Zulu: Egyptian Theater * – Congressional Commendation from Diane Watson 2002
  • Premiere of Shaka Zulu: Egyptian Theater * – Commendation from County of Los Angeles 2002
  • Opening of Shaka Zulu The Citadel * – Commedation from Zulu MP Mangosuthu Buthelezi 2002
  • Actors Against Apartheid * – United Nations Commendation 1987
  • Shanghai Film Festival * – Best Feature Film (JUMP) 2007
  • Academy Awards * – Best Foreign Film (THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI CONTINI) 1972
  • Image Award * – Outstanding Motion Picture (CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY) 1996
  • Cambridge University * – Commendation for Series of Lectures on Theology 2003
  • Vatican, Rome * – Papal Commendation for Ministry in India 1994
  • Vatican, Rome * – Papal "Placet" for Screenplay on Fatima 1999

Additional Resume Info (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • * His production of _Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo (1979)_ (Just A Gigolo) was Marlene Dietrich's last movie. It was also the first time since WWII that she worked with an all-German crew (albeit in Paris' SFP Studios). The experience of working again with a German crew delighted her and made her cry with tears of joy and remembrance.

    Professor in Comparative Theology

    In 2002, for his work as the creator and writer of the Shaka Zulu Trilogy and for his work against Apartheid, he received a commendation from the United States Senate (Dianne Feinstein) and from the US House of Representatives (Diane Watson). Also for his work on Shaka Zulu and against Apartheid, he received commendations in 2000 from Kweisi Mfume of the NAACP and Mangosuthu Buthelezi (Prime Minister of the Zulu Nation).

    Author's note on the "Shaka Zulu" Trilogy: Contrary to what some may think, he did not write the series based on the writings of Francis George Farewell. His trilogy was based on his own novel Shaka Zulu (1985). In this novel, he literally used all the oral tradition he garnered from the Zulu people (having lived there for many, many months) and refined it, adding an international transcultural flavor to the story. In the final product, almost 50% of all the facts are not history, but the fruit of his imagimation honed by a great understanding and love for the Zulus. In that respect one can say that Shaka is factually a "true story" inasmuch as it was the truth he felt while he was writing it. Indeed, when he was awarded a commendation by the Zulu Prime Minister Buthelezi, he mentioned how exciting it was for the future of South Africa that the story of Shaka should be conceived and created by a non-Zulu and non-South African. Having been a member of the ANC (when it was still outlawed), he felt that during the filming of Shaka some sort of control should be exercised on the South African Apartheid production (contrary to what many think, Shaka was almost entirely financed and produced by SABC). So he sued the Apartheid government and received a restraining order in Vienna. According to this order, every page of the script had to be signed by all parties (in and out of South Africa). This guaranteed that the script that was shot was indeed the script he had conceived. It was important to him that no propaganda could be added to the piece that could not be used to further the goal of Apartheid. His story of Shaka must be told with the best interests of Africa and the Africans in mind. If not, it would just be another way of raping this proud and wonderful land.

    The SHAKA ZULU miniseries has been the most repeatedly screened miniseries ever shown on syndicated television in the United States. By 1992 it had been seen by over 350 million viewers. Bu 2002, 750, million. The series dislodged John Marshall's "The Hunters" and the later The Gods Must Be Crazy and its follow-ups as the prime shaper of American perceptions of "tribal" history in southern Africa. The series even achieved cult status.
    The three miniseries of the Shaka Zulu Trilogy are based on Joshua Sinclair's own novel "Shaka Zulu", itself based on the oral tradition of the Zulu people.
Brief Biography
  • * Joshua Sinclair is an eclectic personality. A medical doctor specializing in tropical diseases, he has worked in India with Mother Teresa (Calcutta) and Sister Rosa (Bombay), as well as in various parts of Africa. He is also a professor in comparative theology. Since his acquired professions are obviously "non-profit", he has made a living as a best-selling novelist and a film and television writer, actor, producer and director.

    Dr. Sinclair currently teaches as a professor in Filmmaking, Comparative Theology and Biblical Anthropology at the London School of Economics, Webster University and New York University.
Literary Publications
  • * Shaka Zulu (1987)
    The Shroud (1988)
    The Hunt & Sacrifice (1990)
    Windows on God (1990)
    Buddhism (1991)
    Knowing & Believing (1991)
    Free Will (1995)
    Shaka Zulu, The Aftermath (1997)
    Jesus & Anti-Semitism (1999)
    Does God Exist? (1999)
    The Hero's Journey In Myth (2001)
    The Man of the Rift (2002)

Music Lyrics
  • * Wrote the lyrics to "Who" - Theme from SHAKA ZULU // Wrote the lyrics Theme from JUMP
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