Michael Raeburn
Born22 January 1943 or 1948
Alma materUniversity of Rhodesia,London

Michael Raeburn (22 January 1943[1] or 1948[2]) is a Zimbabwean filmmaker.


Raeburn's mother was partly Egyptian and his father was British.[3] Born in Cairo, he lived in Rhodesia from the age of three. He studied at the University of Rhodesia, London and Aix-en-Provence.

After making his satirical 1969 film Rhodesia Countdown (Directors' Fortnight Cannes), he was declared a prohibited immigrant in Rhodesia, and spent twelve years in exile.[4]

Living in London, Raeburn met James Baldwin in 1974. The pair became friends, and on-off lovers, and in 1977 began working together on a movie adaptation of Giovanni's Room.[5] Marlon Brando agreed to play the part of Guillaume, and Robert De Niro also showed interest in the project. At Baldwin's 53rd birthday in 1977 guests were told that the film was going to be made. However, Raeburn eventually gave up the project, frustrated at financial demands made by Baldwin's agent.[6][7]




Museé Dapper, Paris, 2010 ; Festival de Douarnenez, France, 2011 ; Museum of Cinema, Munich, 2012 ; Jeu de Paume Museum, Paris, 2014


  1. ^ Michael Singer (1993). Michael Singer's film directors: a complete guide. Lone Eagle. p. 244. ISBN 978-0-943728-60-5.
  2. ^ Roy Armes (2008). "Raeburn, Michael". Dictionary of African Filmmakers. Indiana University Press. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-253-35116-6.
  3. ^ Kedmon Nyasha Hungwe, Interview with Michael Raeburn, 2001
  4. ^ Katrina Daly Thompson (2013). Zimbabwe's Cinematic Arts: Language, Power, Identity. Indiana University Press. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-253-00646-2.
  5. ^ Michael Raeburn, "We can love each other in different ways": Collaborating with James Baldwin on a Screenplay of Giovanni's Room, James Baldwin Review, Vol. 5, 2019.
  6. ^ James Campbell (2002). Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin. University of California Press. p. 253. ISBN 978-0-520-23130-6.
  7. ^ Matt Giles, James Baldwin and the Lost Giovanni’s Room Screenplay, Longreads, 16 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Rhodesia Countdown".
  9. ^ "Ireland: Behind the Wire".
  10. ^ "The Grass is Singing (1981)". 2 September 2013.
  11. ^ "The Grass is Singing".
  12. ^ "Film Review: Doris Lessing's the Grass is Singing (Michael Raeburn, 1981) - the Postcolonialist".
  13. ^ "Jit".
  14. ^ Holden, Stephen (20 March 1993). "Reviews/Film Festival; A Quirky Ancestor and the Road to Love". The New York Times.
  15. ^ "Home Sweet Home". 28 February 2001.
  16. ^ "Zimbabwe Countdown (2003)".
  17. ^ "Zimbabwe Countdown, Michael Raeburn's view of the crisis ravaging Zimbabwe". January 2004.
  18. ^ "Triomf movie, Michael Raeburn". January 2004.
  19. ^ "Zimbabwe Countdown, Michael Raeburn's view of the crisis ravaging Zimbabwe". January 2004.
  20. ^ Raeburn, Michael (2006). Night of the Fireflies. ISBN 9780864866868.