our work

About us


Eight Street Stories is co-founded by Ashlin and Charne Simpson, sisters from 8th Street Kensington, Cape Town. We enjoy telling stories that resonate with young people of colour in South Africa. We will always aim to be representative of marginalized groups and focus on feminism and racial issues in a light-hearted and entertaining way. We’re very interested in the digital space and multi-platform storytelling but are also able to work in traditional television.


Our work


In 2016 we won third place in the LaunchLab/Multichoice Media Innovation Challenge where we proposed a new way to reach audiences and tell stories. Watch the full Please Scare Me series now.

We were also awarded funding through the National Film and Video Foundation for a short film series with the working title, Millennial Love.

In 2015 we submitted two proposals to the SABC for which we were invited to pitch.

Our short film, The Stall, was an official selection at Durban International
Film Festival and Cape Town’s International Horror Fest. This short film forms part of a horror anthology series called Please Scare Me which we developed for the mobile phone market. Each story tells a South African urban legend. Watch The Stall here.

The team

 Ashlin Simpson





Charne Simpson

A screenwriter and film graduate with social media and web content creation experience with a good understanding of traditional TV and storytelling.

Litha Sokutu

A TV and short story screenwriter and media graduate who also has a Masters in African Studies & Anthropology, specialising specifically in content creation that has a social and informative edge.