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“If you love your work, you’ll never work a day in your life… It’s almost true,” says South African Indie director and producer, Jozua Malherbe.

Jozua’s not afraid to admit he’s been working his butt off since majoring in producing at film school, AFDA, in 2004. He joined the industry as a 1st AD, and then moved on to directing films and prime-time dramas.

And the work’s paid off – Jozua’s established himself as a versatile filmmaker known for making unique and captivating content.

He’s the winner of several international and local awards, including the Platinum Remi Award for best short film (2018) at WorldFest Houston and the SAFTA Golden Award for best achievement in directing (2017 & 2015).

Jozua’s main goal is to produce film that matters. Film that show fresh perspectives. Film that encourages audiences to see themselves. Film that reads like art.

Although his work tends to take on darker themes, Jozua’s personality is far from sombre and he’s known for his big heart and sunny smile.

Technicians love working with Jozua as he has clear cinematic vision, and a keen understanding and sense of the photographic elements. Yet, he doesn’t allow this to get in the way of the actors’ performances. For Jozua, there is ultimately no divide between technical and performance direction, a hand in a glove, they exist to co-exist.

He’s a proud dad with the cutest kid and somehow managed to get a ring on South African star, Rolanda Marais’s, finger. Jozua lives, happily, with his family in Cape Town. He’s also really tall and can dance (well, kinda).