I AM
PALLANCE DLADLA

THE MAN ┃ BEHIND ┃ THE LENS

"Not many a man can say, I have lived up to my name. His grandfather named him after his favourite actor, Jack Palance."

The SAFTA award-winner, actor Pallance Dladla is much taller than I imagined, his lean shoulders swallow me up in a heart-warming hug. As a well-trained actor, he looks me in the eye and speaks with much articulation. He doesn’t flinch at any question. His back is upright and he is ready to share his journey as one of South Africa’s most loved Actors.

He believes expression is his foundation.

That need to express, to communicate with people who can relate to my story. It’s about – Why I do this in the first place? Other people are just paying their bills -that’s justified, others just want the celebrity status and that’s still justified. As long as you don’t forget why you’re doing this. Every time you feel like you’re getting lost you go back to that.

Dladlas foundation also stems from self-discovery, he is very curious about the world and himself.


"I’m still trying to find out who I am and this medium is the best way for me to discover that. Whatever character I play I have to decide what voice I’m speaking to right now. That’s why it’s important for me to play different characters and to be a part of different productions. Coming from a theatre background I needed to find out what else I could do to evolve."


We can all attest to his growth, the revolution of an actor from story to glory. Being a runner up on the second season of Class Act was no short-fall. It may have thwarted his ego and challenged his confidence. But producer Amanda Lane and Dorothy Gould, his theatre teacher, made a new man of him.

We’ve seen him surrender himself to many different roles; Jimmy from 4Play, Sizwe on Intersections, X – On Tempy Pushas, Sbu from Rhythm City, risk-taker TK from Hard to Get and the much loved Jabu on Isibaya.



 

The motivation behind this is Black Ownership.” He says. This initiative reminds me of a quote by Frans Fanon: “What matters is not to know the world, but to change it”

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ACCOLADES AND EXPERIENCE
36

PROJECTS


18

AWARDS


14

YEARS OF EXP.


5

MOVIES