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The Cookoff Cast: Dennis Denya Madyira

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“Sometimes we had to seek warmth under the lights to keep going.” ____
Our spotlight Hailing from Gweru, Dennis Denya Madyira is a Midlands State University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Theatre Arts Studies. A versatile arts practitioner, after graduation he first worked as a Project Officer at Pamberi Trust.
“Tom [Brickhill, director of Cook Off] – whom I would call my mentor – really believed in me as I embarked on the role of Camera Assistant and also helping the Gaffer on Cook Off. I vividly remember the cold Harare nights when we were filming. Sometimes we had to seek warmth under the lights to keep going. Little did I know this great project was to be on Netflix. I still can’t believe it!” ________
Dennis participated in Startup Weekend – a global grassroots movement of young, empowered entrepreneurs and – in Creative Enterprise programmes with the British Council. His aim is to continue developing his career and improving his skills in Zimbabwe’s creative sector.
As well as working on Cook Off, Dennis has worked in the camera department on the television show Battle of the Chefs, on music videos including for Mangoma and Shingai Shoniwa, on Zambezi News and various commercials.
“Cook Off has given me other opportunities in life as well. I have worked on feature films, reality shows, at Shoko and Jibilika Festivals.” Dennis is also a hands-on dad, passionate sports enthusiast and rugby player, and a farmer.
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