Menell is an award-winning television reporter, producer and director. He received an MA in Anthropology from Trinity College Cambridge, before joining the BBC as a reporter.
He soon graduated to produce and direct current affairs documentaries such as the BBC’s Panorama and ITV’s This Week.
In 1969, the South African government banned him as a result of the three documentaries he produced and directed on the country. He has since worked internationally for television stations in Chile, Brazil and the United States.
In 1996, he received an Academy Award nomination for directing Mandela. Menell moved to South Africa in 2006 and currently lives in Hout Bay.