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Jozua Malherbe

The director who danced with wolves

If you love your work you will never work a day in your life. It’s almost true.


Jozua has been working his butt off and has seen the fruits of labour. Starting at film school where he majored in producing, moving into the industry as a 1st AD then directing films and prime time drama’s he has established himself as a versatile filmmaker known for making unique and rapturing content.

His debut film was “Wolwedans in die Skemer” in 2011 which took on an artistic, dark and gothic tone. DOP Tom Marais was nominated for his work and distributors where amazed by the box office return placing the film in the top 10 pictures of the year.


Jozua followed up with a series of television dramas for which he has won every directing award in the country including the ATKV Media Veertjie “Donkerland”; an epic drama that recounts the story of a farm and its owners from 1838 up until 1996. As well as SAFTA awards for Swartwater, Bloedbroers and High Rollers.


Between “Swartwater” and “Donkerland” Jozua had the most nominations in the same year at the SAFTA’s; a total of 22 nominations. The following year he closely followed up the nominations and wins with “Bloedbroers” – another epic period drama.


His first venture as director and cinematographer was in 2016 on the Prime-Time action drama “Fluiters” set in Johannesburg which tells the story of a group of friends who are hunted by national security.


In 2019 he finished work on Mnet, HBO & ZDF co-produced series, “Trackers” where he was a writer and the 2nd unit director and worked with renowned cinematographer Ivan Strasburg for the duration of his shoot. He had also started working with the wonderful team at 7 Films where he directed a few commercials.


His 2nd feature film “Griekwastad” starring Arnold Vosloo and Alex van Dyk releases May 2020. This dark and gritty picture was also Jozua’s debut as a features DOP. This was an Indie experience and his passion for film making, working with actors and creating a world was truly realised with the camera in hand.


Jozua is known for his light heart and big smile. Although his work tends to take on darker themes, his personality is far from it. Technicians love working with Jozua as he has a clear technical vision and sense of photography but never allows the medium to get in the way of his performances. Ultimately there is no divide for him between technical and performance direction, a hand in a glove, they exist to co-exist.