Born in 1983 in Johannesburg, Brett Michael Innes graduated in 2005 as a producer from AFDA, the Oscar-winning South African film school, on a scholarship from the National Film & Video Foundation of South Africa.
He spent three years working as a documentary photographer and filmmaker with various NGO’s and church groups, a position that has seen him and his camera drive from South Africa to South Sudan twice and kayak through the Okavango Delta. He has also done video work in malnutrition camps in Angola as well as excursions to Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, DRC, Nepal, Liberia, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, the USA, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, China, Nigeria and Mexico.
In 2012 he turned his focus to feature films and literature, achieving considerable success in South Africa with 3 feature films in active development. The pilot script for Peace on Paper, a television series that he has written, has been optioned by Spier Films and was ranked by the International Emmy Awards in the Top 10 world wide for the Sir Peter Ustinov Award in 2012.
Rachel Weeping is Brett’s second novel and released in June 2015. His first book, The Story of Racheltjie de Beer, was released in 2012 and became a local bestseller, hitting top positions on both local and international book charts.