Tina-Louise Smith

Tina-Louise Smith has worked as director and series director on documentary, educational and entertainment television programmes for SABC 1, 2 and 3 since 2001. She has directed the short films: African Queen (2012); Cape Town is not For Me (2011); Framed (2011); I Want To Be A Teapot (2011); My Cape Town (2010); and Looking Back At Leeuwenhof Road (2005). She was secretary of the Documentary Filmmakers Association (DFA) in 2010 and co-chair in 2011. She founded Perspective, a DFA publication of interviews with South African documentary filmmakers. Tina-Louise spearheaded bringing the dynamic Business Model Canvas tool to local producers at the 2015 and 2016 Durban FilmMarts. Through Accidental Films and TV, which she founded in 2010, Tina-Louise produced and directed the documentary film, Mr Table Tennis (2015), and Engender (2015), a 3-part feminist TV show for CTV. Mr Table Tennis had its world premiere at the Encounters 18th South African International Documentary Festival in 2016 where it received the bronze Audience Award for Best South African Documentary. Tina-Louise is currently developing The Medium. The Message., a documentary film about community TV in South Africa. Her highlight in 2017 was producing and directing three short documentary films on gender justice for the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation in South Africa.


  • Mr Table Tennis

    Mr Table Tennis is the inter-generational story of Pedro and Cody Meyer. Their big dreams unfold against an ambiguous socio-economic climate that determines the choices they make in life and in table tennis.