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Chris Vorster
Chris was on stage in 'Die Hart Verklap' at the Toyota US Woordfees in Stellenbosch recently.

“Difficult and very strange,” is how Chris Vorster, veteran actor and Drama lecturer at the University of the Free State (UFS) describes his role as Bas Koorts in the supernatural thriller Die Spreeus

For Chris, the biggest challenge during the filming of Die Spreeus was to work in front of a green screen. “You never see the monsters and things attacking you, it is only added later on during the editing process,” he said. Therefore, he and his co-actors were expected to use their own imagination “to be frightened, and to duck and dive from something that does not exist.” 

This Afrikaans thriller series has recently been nominated in five categories of the South African Film and Television Awards, including Best Television Drama, Best Cinematography, and Original Sound and Sound Editing. 

Chris was also nominated for a Fiësta award in 2019 for his one-man performance in the theatre production, Die Hart verklap. “It is fantastic to still be recognised for my work,” he said, “but I also have to give recognition to Dion van Niekerk, because without a good director, any actor will be lost.” Van Niekerk also lectures Drama at the UFS.

Being a lecturer broadens his knowledge 

Chris joined the UFS Department of Drama and Theatre Arts in 2015 as lecturer in the programme for Film en Visual Media. “Everything I learn in the industry I apply as lecturer, and research and teaching feed more knowledge on acting, directing, and especially writing,” he said. After five years, being involved with the UFS Department of Drama is still exciting to him. “This is where both lecturers and students get encouraged to do more than just breathing.” 

With his busy schedule of teaching and acting, it remains important to him that South Africans are still able to tell stories – “in any language”. He considers it a privilege for anyone to work in their mother tongue. This is also why the symbiosis between his work as actor and lecturer is so appealing.

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International expert in forensic psychology visits the UFS
2008-08-29

 

Prof. Raymond Bull, an internationally renowned expert in investigative forensic psychology, recently visited the Centre for Psychology and Law in the Department of Psychology at the University of the Free State (UFS). Prof. Bull is head of Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom (UK) and is also involved in the training of senior investigators of serious crimes in the UK. The Department of Psychology at the UFS uses his books, theories and viewpoints to train students, especially when in comes to interviewing children and victims of sexual abuse. The Centre for Psychology and Law at the UFS is exploring the possibility of establishing a more permanent cooperation agreement with Prof. Bull. He also attended the conference of the International Association for the Treatment of Sex Offenders in Cape Town before returning to the UK. Here are: Prof. Bull (left) and Prof. Dap Louw, Head of the Centre for Psychology and Law at the UFS.
Photo: Lacea Loader

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