Jenna Bass

Jenna Bass (b. 1986) is a South African writer, filmmaker and ex-magician. An alumnus of
the Focus Features Africa First Short Film Program, her Zimbabwe-set short film, The Tunnel,
premiered at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals and continues to screen internationally.
In 2013, Jenna shot and self-produced her nano-budget directorial debut, Love The One You
Love, and is currently developing her second feature, Flatland, a feminist Western, as well as
several other projects.
In 2014 Jenna joined forces with DoodVenootSkap, a hip-hop collective from Lavender Hill
on the Cape Flats, to collaboratively workshop the first a-cappella rap-musical in Kaapse
Afrikaans slang, entitled 17. The project will result in a four-part mini-series, for community TV
station CTV.
Jenna is the editor and co-creator of Africa’s only pulp-literary magazine, Jungle Jim, pub

lished in South Africa, and soon to be syndicated in Nigeria. In 2012, under pen name,
Constance Myburgh, she was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing, the conti

nent’s leading literary award.