Liesl Tommy is a name South African's will become very familiar with in the coming months.
Tommy has created a name for herself in the US, having been the first black women nominated for a Tony Award for the play Eclipsed.
Tommy's hard slog in the US is finally paying off and she makes her directorial debut with film adaptation of Trevor Noah's book, Born A Crime.
Tommy chatted to Bongani Bingwa from the US and spoke of her shock and excitement at telling a home grown story.
It's been a long road and a lot of hard work.— Liesl Tommy, director
She told of the sacrifices she's made, having moved away from her family to pursue her passion. Tommy says even as a child she had a very clear vision of what she wanted to do and feels "vindicated" now as she tackles projects that she's moved by.
Tommy says she's only communicated with Noah via email, but that's all going to change soon. She also describes Oscar winning actress, Lupita Nyong'o, who will play Noah's mother, Patricia, as a friend who she holidays with, listen here...