Jozua Malherbe

Jozua Malherbe

Screenwriter | Director | Producer


Jozua’s debut as feature director was the gothic Afrikaans film WOLWEDANS IN DIE SKEMER in 2011. The film achieved massive returns at the South African box office and was one of the top ten pictures of the year. Jozua followed up with a series of television dramas for which he won every directing award in South Africa, including the ATKV Media Veertjie for DONKERLAND, an epic drama that recounts the story of a farm and its owners from 1838 to 1996. He also won SAFTA awards for SWARTWATER, BLOEDBROERS and HIGH ROLLERS. Jozua earned a total of 22 nominations at the 2014 SAFTAs for his television work and won the following year for BLOEDBROERS. In 2019 Jozua wrote on the MNET/HBO/ZDF copro TRACKERS, based on Deon Meyer’s bestselling novel. He was also the second unit director for the series where he worked with renowned cinematographer Ivan Strasburg and essentially shot the equivalent of an ep.

His second feature film, GRIEKWASTAD, starring Arnold Vosloo and Alex van Dyk was released in May 2020. This true crime picture was Jozua’s debut as a features DOP and is currently available on African streamer Showmax. Earlier this year the film secured a whopping 7 SAFTA nominations and won two; Best Film and Best Director. Jozua directed and shot all five episodes of Mnet’s mystery thriller SLOT (TX January 2021) and two episodes of the psychological thriller LIONESS, also for Mnet (TX February 2021). Joz’s feature film BEURTKRAG (which he also co-wrote) for producer Danie Bester and KykNet premiered at Silwerskermfees 2022 and new heist action/thriller for Netflix which Joz directed the opening block drops on the streamer later this year. It will be the streamer’s biggest budget local production to date. Joz directs commercials under the banner 7 Films and has several projects across film and television in development including a five part TV adaptation for Expanded Media/LookOut Point and BBC Studios/M-Net which he will direct all five eps.

Represented by David Kayser