My name is Andrew St.Pierre White. I am a film-maker, author, publisher and a recognized authority on four-wheel drive and the owner/operator of this website (4xforum.com)
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My wife is a novelist, Gwynneth White.
By background is TV commercials, having spent 16 years editing them for many blue-chip clients in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Working under several directors and editing many hundreds of commercials I have been awarded several international awards for editing including New York TV and Cannes. My clients included SAB (Lion Lager, Castle Lager, Ohlsonn’s Lager), Nedbank, Toyota, United Bank, General Tyres, Rembrant Group, (Peter Stuyvesant & Paul Revere cigarettes), and many more. (Some of these time-worn commercials can be viewed on youtube.
In the 90’s my direction changed and I spent the first year of the decade living in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. It was there that I wrote my first book, on a subject which at the time was no more than a hobby, called ‘The Complete Guide to Four-Wheel Drive’. With the immediate success of the book (now in its 7th edition), a second followed, leading to the creation of ‘International Motoring Productions’, a publisher of books, DVDs and maps, aimed largely at the 4×4 community. In addition, TV production started with a first series called Four-Wheel Drive. Following that, two aviation specials were produced, one of which was aired by Discovery Channel. A book is being published about the year in the Okavango, called Torn Trousers.
I consider myself a specialist in shooting documentary programming in remote locations, often shooting is difficult circumstances and often with no support or back-up. For example, in 2009 I crossed the Kalahari, and in 2010 crossed the Namib desert, both completely alone. I shot two one-hour TV documentaries of my trips, both of which became part of highly popular series, Take A Deep Breath.
I was born in England, my parents are from Australia and New Zealand and I have lived in South Africa all my adult life. I live in Somerset West, not far from Cape Town. I am married to Gwynn and have three children, Stephanie, Erin and Kate.
Between 1996 and 2012, the following has been achieved:
- 14 books on the 4×4 lifestyle.
- Four full-length TV series so far broadcast in SA, UK, New Zealand and recently, Russia.
- Two aviation TV documentaries, one of which has been broadcast on Discovery Channel. Click here.
- Creator of InfoMap, a brand of highly-detailed maps of the Southern Africa. Sold in 2008.
- 4xforum.com was launched in 1996. Content involves 4x4s and everything associated with them. Average unique monthly visitors ± 13 000.
- Now in production: Four-Wheel Drive series-3. Click here for more info.
- Planned for 2013. Trans Africa trip with my brother-in-law, Tom Roberts, who will be doing the same route by bicycle. Click here for my part.
My passions are aircraft and glider flying, making documentary films, family time and travel, especially into the wilderness in my 4×4, a passion that has been with me since my father took me to the Okavango in 1972. It was here that I sat in my first 4×4: A Series-3 LWB Land Rover. The first 4×4 motion I experienced was the Land Rover being backed hurriedly into a tree. It broke the tail light. The second ride was in a Series-2, SWB open-top Land Rover at Xaxaba Camp (Later to become a baboon research camp) on Chief’s Island in the Okavango. It was here that I went off-road for the first time: I remember Lloyd Wilmot driving the Rover, chasing hyena across the runway he was building, and the vehicle hitting an anthill, shooting me high into the air. From being seated in the front, I landed inside the spare wheel lying in the back. I was hooked!