Natalie Haarhoff attended a film school for four years where she acquired a degree & honours in Motion Picture Medium, specialising in cinematography, in the year 2000. In her final year she was awarded the opportunity to direct the photography on the feature film Soldiers of the Rock. This went on to win many awards internationally. It was here that Natalie had the privilege of lighting for celluloid & shot on 16 & 35mm for almost 4 years constantly. Working with this medium, she fell in love with the powerful story-telling abilities of the frame and light. Whilst a student, she won an "Avanti Craft" award for Cinematography on a short film in the year 2000. She also won a M-Net Best Student in Film and Best Cinematography, at the AFDA awards, 2000. From there she went into the professional industry as a camera loader & focus puller on features, commercials and television series.

In 2003 Natalie gained a 'Silver' award at the SASC (South African Society of Cinematographers) Visual Spectrum Awards, for Cinematography in the Music Video category. At age 23 Natalie shot her first feature-length documentary, Shouting Silent, with renowned producer Xoliswa Sithole. This film went on to attend many film festivals & win numerous international awards. This set up the introduction to the acclaimed U.K. based company, True Vision Productions. For them, Natalie shot the documentary Orphans of Nkandla for the BBC & Discovery Health Channel. This film won the BAFTA (British Academy of Film & Television Arts) for Best Feature Documentary, amongst other awards. She was then asked to film their next South African film, The Lost Girls of South Africa which went on to be nominated for a BAFTA, the Amnesty Media Award & the One World Award in 2011.

Shooting stories around women and children has now become Natalie's forte, having shot over 20 long-form documentaries. Through her documentary work, Natalie feels privileged to have been able to study real people, in very real situation, through a lens. It has strongly influenced and informed her lighting style in the narrative stories she has directed the photography on, embellishing drama and emphasis where necessary. As she enjoys narrative stories, Natalie has found herself lighting at least 7 drama series. In the drama genre, Natalie won a SAFTA Golden Horn award for Best Cinematographer on a Drama Series in 2010 and was nominated for Best Cinematography on a Drama Series, at the SAFTA's 2009. Natalie was the Director of Photography on the 2013 feature film Felix.

In 2004 Natalie began to direct television drama. She has since directed on 7 series. The last two series were Soul City 11 and Sokhulu & Partners 2, which received 10 SAFTA nominations in 2010. In South Africa, drama series is where most original narratives lie, as the feature film industry is still a fledgling one and this is why Natalie works in this area of the industry, close to story.

Natalie's passion is to tell stories visually, as a writer, director and as a cinematographer. Stories, about ourselves that will resonate across language, culture, class and race. The mediums that she chooses to work with are narrative film, documentary film and PSA's.

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Production Product Production House Awards
Eskom Roteck & Roshcon, corporate Corporate video Blue Moon Communications
Jeppe on A Friday, documentary Feature Documentary Parabola Films
Sasol, corporate Paralympics Safety Message Unplugged Communications
Soul City season 11, drama TV Drama, 3 eps T.O.M. Pictures, RSA
Sasol, corporate Saying No To the Boss Unplugged Communications
Sasol, corporate Practise What you Preach Unplugged Communications
Sasol, corporate Listening to the Big Boys Unplugged Communications
Sokhulu & Partners, season 2, drama TV Drama, 11 eps Penguin Films, RSA award
Kemang, Sangoma Story, documentary Documentary Paw Paw Films, RSA
African Sky Stories, kids edu-series Childrens' TV series Penguin Films, RSA
Home Affairs, season 1,2,3,4,5, drama TV drama, 1 of 4 directors Penguin Films, RSA award
7phezulu, documentary Documentary, co-director Cut To Black Media

Documentary, as Cinematographer

Production Product Production House Awards
The Lost Girls of South Africa Documentary True Vision Productions, UK award
Jammer As Ek So Bitter Is... Documentary KIKA Creatuve Communications, RSA award
Kemang, Sangoma Story Documentary Paw Paw Films, RSA
Days of Awe Documentary Full Circle Productions, RSA
Imagine Africa, season 3 Documentary Born Free Media, RSA award
Lunch Box Bullies Documentary KIKA Creative Communications, RSA award
The African Game Documentary DV8 Films, RSA
Beat Bag Bohemia Documentary The Washing Line, Switzerland award
A Ribbon in the Sky Documentary Nayanaya Pictures, RSA
Thandeka & Martime Documentary Nayanaya Pictures, RSA
Daddy's Little Girl, Leila Ali Documentary Ali Shuffle Productions, USA
The GoGo Project Documentary Jane Gilloly, USA award
Orphans of Nkandle Documentary True Vision Productions, UK award
Andre Alexis, Carribean Tales Documentary Leda Serene Films, Canada award
Building a Dream, The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Acamemy Documentary True Vision Productions & Harpo, USA
District Six- Dignified Homes for Dignified People Documentary Oryx Media, RSA
Restorative Justice Documentary Oryx Media, RSA
7phezulu Documentary Cut To Black Media, RSA
Dressed Like King Documentary Black Butterfly, USA award
Let The Children Play Documentary Cut to Black Media, RSA
Blue Cheese, The Mocumentary Documentary Planet Soul, RSA
Shouting Silent Documentary Nayanaya Pictures, RSA award
Simon & I Documentary See Thru Media, RSA award

Drama, as Cinematographer

Production Product Production House Awards
Siri, season 4 13 part series Al IS On Producions, Kenya
Izingane Zobaba 6 part series Paw Paw Films, RSA award
Soul City, seaon 10 13 part series List">T.O.M Pictures, RSA
Shreads and Dreams 4 part series Paw Paw Films, RSA
Society, season 1 4 part series Puo Pha Productions, RSA award
Home Affairs, season 1 and 2 13 part series Penguin Films, RSA award

Film, as Cinematographer

Production Product Production House Awards
Felix! Feature Film Penguin Films
Izingane Zobaba Feature Film Paw Paw Films, RSA
Biko's Children Short Film Ikon award
Society Feature Film Pou Pha Productions award
I'll See You Just Now Short Film The Quickies Company
Soldiers of the Rock feature film AFDA award
Lefifing Bofelong Balesedi Short Film AFDA

Other, as Cinematographer

Production Product Production House Awards
16 Days of Activism, PSA PSA High Rotation
Miriam Makeba, music video Music video Devereaux Harris & Ass
Jabu Khanyile, music video Music Video Devereaux Harris & Ass award
Sibongile Khumalo, music video Music Video Logos Productions
Belljar, music video Music Videos Bloom and Stone