Morné completed his 4 year BA Honours degree at Tswane University of Technology, where he specialized in writing and directing. After sweeping away awards (director, writer, best picture, best academic student) for the last two consecutive years of his studies, Morné graduated cum laude in 2007.
During his time as a student, Morné found himself acting in numerous tv commercials, short films and feature films (All Gold 36’ss, Sony Playstation, Sprite, Standard Bank, Vodacom, Straigh Outta Benoni, Footskating 101, Spaarwiel, George, etc). As an actor, Morné’s most valuable characteristic is his effortless comedic timing and broad character range. He has a great ear for accents.
After his 2005 short film as writer/director/editor; Employee of the Month, his first commissioned short film as writer/director/editor was the TUT winning drama Spaarwiel (24min) Mnet 2006, after which he wrote and directed the darkly humerous Mnet EDIT short film; Andre Metstrepie (18min) Mnet 2007, which he won Mnet EDiT awards for best film, best script and best actor in a leading role. In 2007 Morné officially started his career as a freelance filmmaker as 1st Assistant director on the box office hit feature film, Bakgat! Through The Film Factory Morné did the majority of his work as a young professional researcher, director and editor. In 2008 Morné produced, wrote, directed and edited an independent short film titled: The Crazy Fight Beast Song.
To date Morné has conceptualized, directed and edited many music videos for artists like Glaskas, Ray Dylan, Revolusie, Rozelle Blackie and Die Kat se Snor. He has directed and edited promotional and corporate films. He worked as assistant editor to Johan (Lads) Lategan on Leon Schuster’s Shucks Tshabalala’s survival guide to South Africa. On Bakgat 2 Morné was 2nd Unit director. For Red Pepper Productions Morné has directed inserts for shows like Frenz-y, Craz-e, Sistahood and Shiz-Niz. For Homebrew Films Morné has directed for the magazine show: All Access.
In 2011, Morné was editor on the 26 episode Kyknet series; ‘Daar doer in die Fliek’ with Johan (Lads) Lategan from Diaz films.
In April/May 2011 Morné made his feature film directing debut with “Hoofmeisie”, an afrikaans family comedy, produced by The Film Factory. Hoofmeisie released nationwide on 23 December 2011 and received raving reviews by some of the country’s harshest critics. Hoofmeisie became a massive box office success. In 2012 Morné edited many live DVD’s for Barefoot Productions and he was editor on Deon Opperman’s popular Kyknet TV series Getroud Met Rugby.
Amongst many other writing projects, Morne’s most recent screenplays has been feature length. Lucky’s Numbers (Produced by Coalstove): A romantic comedy that plays off in Soweto and an afrikaans ‘all ages’ detective/superhero genre film for the “tween” market, based on a popular 1980’s TV series.
More recently Morné was commitioned by Kyknet to write and direct a 26min Supernatural Thriller short film titled; Prinses, for the Silwerskermfees. The film received great response at the festival and Darrel Roodt spoke highly of Prinses in a directing discussion at the Silwerskermfees.