Ivan Botha Biography
Ivan Botha is a South African Director, Actor, Writer, Producer, MC and Presenter. He is best known for his role as Pieter van Heerden in in 7th Avenue, and for his appearance in Afrikaans-language films in which he spelled, including Road to Your Heart (2014), Superhelde (2011) and Bakgat! (2008).
He attended Tshwane University of Technology for a drama degree and specialized in direction and script writing. He made his debut in the Rapid Heart Pictures horror movie The Raven, directed by David DeCoteau, and has since appeared in the Bakgat! series, and the television show Getroud met rugby.
Ivan Botha Age
He was born on December 13, 1985 in South Africa. He is 32 years old as of 2018.
Ivan Botha Family
He was married to co-actor Ciske Kruger on 19 October 2007. The couple has one daughter. Botha and Kruger have since been divorced.
Ivan Botha Wife
Ivan Botha is married to South African model, actress, film producer and scriptwriter Donnalee Roberts. Botha and Donnalee Roberts got engaged in May 2017. Ivan popped the question in The Netherlands because of Donnalee’s special connection to the country.
He was previously married to co-actor Ciske Kruger on 19 October 2007. Botha and Kruger have since been divorced.
Ivan Botha Movies
- Path to your heart , 2014 as Basson Jr.
- Traitors , 2013 as Adaan de la Rey
- Roepman (English: Stargazer), 2011 as Salmon
- Superheroes , 2011 as Albert
- 7th Avenue , (TV series) as Pieter van Heerden
- Quentin! 2 , 2010 as Wimpie Koekemoer
- Married to rugby (TV series)
- Dog’s Dinges , 2009 as Dolf de Lange
- Tornado and the Kalahari Horse Whisperer, 2009 as Athlete
- Quentin! , 2008 as Wimpie Koekemoer
- The Raven (TV movie), 2007 as Greg
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Interview with Ivan Botha and Donnalee Roberts
Thank you so much, we really appreciate your feedback. We met on the set of 7de Laan in 2009. We worked together for five years and in the process discovered that we shared the same passion for storytelling and the film industry. We then started a production company and developed and wrote Pad na jou Hart, which released in February 2014.
Yes, it is exactly as you say, Pad Na Jou Hart was a literal and symbolic life journey, whereas Vir Altyd is an adventure through all the seasons of love, relationships and friendship. We used the adventure to the island of love as a thematical binary and setting. Therefore this thematical binary becomes symbolically ironic to have our characters who are dealing with relationship problems and issues in an environment that is supposed to be synonymous with romance, love and happily ever after.
As a writer you are always inspired by your own life, lessons learnt, experiences, dreams and hopes. You are also always in tune with moments all around you that inspire stories or characters. Working within the romantic genre with this film we started taking notice of relationships all around us. Couples that are still in the honeymoon phase, older couples that inspire when they still hold hands or even a middle-aged couple who go out for dinner and the only conversation they are able to have is about ‘the special on the menu’. We realised we wanted to open a conversation about relationships and that is how Vir Altyd was born.
We agree, it does help to write what you know. However a writer’s responsibility is also to explore and research the unknown. Just because we have not lived to be 70, nor have we been in a 50-year relationship like two of our characters, it does not mean we didn’t capture their journey honestly and realistically. As human beings we can relate to all our characters’ questions and struggles with love and relationships. We explored universal themes and believe everyone will be able to relate to us and our characters.
Interviewer: Love stories will always seduce the senses and allow us to take an emotional journey into love and loving. What is your view?
We completely agree. As mentioned in our previous answer, ‘love’ is such a universal theme. Whether you are a romantic or not, we have all been in love, or loved someone or we’ve been hurt by it or aspire to it. Love as a theme still dominates the film and storytelling world.
Donnalee: Yes I am a complete hopeless romantic. Within our writing team I tend to write more from an emotional perspective and Ivan’s strengths can definitely be seen within the story structure and dialogue.
Ivan: Mmm, well I am part of the writing team that created Pad Na Jou Hart and now Vir Altyd – two very ‘hopelessly romantic’ sounding titles. Haha. So I am going for yes.
Great question. The person who has the answer to the ‘perfect’ romance please contact us, we would like to write the story for it. Haha. We suppose learning to speak each other’s love language helps the romance in a relationship.
No we don’t. Love is something we all aspire to. Sure love does come in different shapes and forms, so what we consider as love might not be our neighbours perspective on what love is. However the feeling, the emotion, this love word is what makes most things worthwhile in life.
We don’t want to pretend like we have the answers to a perfect relationship, because we don’t. But having researched love languages we realised it is actually such a simple conscience and practical application to help your relationship. We all already speak in different love languages, whether you know it or not, we all have a certain way of showing someone we love them and we have a certain way in which we feel loved. Love languages are not a foreign concept, we just believe people are not always aware of it. Hopefully, Vir Altyd opens the conversation or sparks the thoughts in our audience, of how I can learn to speak my partners love language better or even fluently.
Being our second screenplay together the writing process was only a joy. We both have certain writing characteristics that are stronger than the other and we are aware of it and embrace it. We don’t allow ego into the writing process, if you feel strongly about a certain point we believe in convincing each other so that we can both feel as passionate about it. We allowed our director Jaco Smit into the writing process of Vir Altyd, and he in return allowed us into the directing process. It was a creative collaboration that worked. We kept focus on what is best for the story.
We could not have asked for more. We are not precious writers, if an actor brings a better suggestion to set we are more than happy to apply it to the script, once again, whatever is best for the story.
Ivan: Since Bakgat 1 the industry has grown into a serious business. We made Bakgat for less than R1 million, it was all about the passion, there was no market, it has been an amazing journey to be a apart of young pioneer filmmakers focussed on building an industry and constantly exploring ways for it to grow and be better.
Donnalee: I had the privilege of making my film debut with the very heart-warming romantic comedy Klein Karoo, most of the team were ‘first-timers’ so it was also very much a passion project, but I agree with Ivan, since then it has had to become more of a business in order to make it more sustainable for filmmakers. And, yes, it is a wonderfully exciting place to be at the forefront of pioneering an ever-growing and expanding film industry in which we can tell stories that are home grown and make films that are truly proudly South African.
We hope to start conversations within people about relationships. As writers our goal is not to give people answers, but rather to ask questions.
Interviewer: Vir Altyd leaves us wanting more. Is there a sequel in the pipeline, or a third film to complete a ‘trilogy of love’?
We like that it left you wanting more. That is what we were trying to say with the film, that it is not about the perfect ending, the ‘happily ever after’. It’s about each moment in-between. There won’t be a follow up. But, yes, we will be making more films together and love, romance; life and adventure will be a big part of it. However, for now, we are exploring some other themes and stories. So, yes, there is a new story being developed.
Interviewer: Tell me about your future plans?
We are expanding as a company and will be focussing on growing the marketing and media division of our business. As mentioned above, we are developing a new story, it will be a strong female-driven cast with adventure awaiting the characters. Donnalee will be playing one of the leads and Ivan will make his directing debut. Exciting times!