Sean O'Sullivan Profile

Sean O'SullivanI have worked in television and film since graduating with a BA(Hons) degree in history from the University of Cape Town.

For about a decade I worked as a freelance news cameraman for CBS, CBC and the BBC. Much of my work covered the turmoil in South Africa in the years up to 1994. 

Over several years I filmed the testimonies of over eighty South African Holocaust survivors for the Los Angles based Visual History Foundation at USC. This worldwide project ultimately recorded over 52000 people. At present the entire collection is being uploaded onto an on-line data base. 

Over the past decade I have worked as a documentary director and cameraman in Russia, China, Laos, Kazakhstan, Antarctica, Greenland, Ethiopia, Madagascar and the UK.

Much of my career reflects my interest in science and history and I have done work for several universities and museums in South Africa and Europe. Past clients include include the University of Cape Town, the SA Jewish Museum and the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation. In 2010 I directed a fund raising film for the University of Oxford.

In 2011 I co-directed and filmed a feature documentary, The Meaning of the 21st Century. The narrator is Michael Douglas. The Producer is James Martin, a pioneering IT figure who recently donated 100 million dollars to Oxford University to fund basic research in the life sciences, physics and alternative energy.

At present I am in post production with nineteen short films for the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Foundation. 

I have recently completed these films


  • Revolution in Oxford  A documentary film on the work of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. 
  • Another Time, Another Place: The Jews of District 6
  • Masters of Dreams: The Americas: Feature documentary on 12 iconic master jewelers
  • Remember Not to Forget:  Seventy years after the Second World War, two Holocaust survivors reflect upon their time in Auschwitz. 

  Director of Photography

  • Asia Rising: 10 part television series on the rise of China and East Asia in the 21st Century. 
  • Driven: Road trip from Bangkok to Beijing. Currently in post production
  • Antarctica: The White Continent: Climate change will irrevocably alter the most isolated landmass on earth and affect the future of mankind.

Current Projects

Remember Not to forget

Remember Not to forget