Jozua has been awarded several times as a director both although he started in the industry as a young producer. His passion for storytelling, innovation and craft has led him to produce, direct and recently shoot successful prime time television dramas including "Fluiters" (2016), "Bloedbroers" (2015) "Swartwater" (2014) and "Donkerland" (2013). His debut feature film ''Wolwedans in die Skemer" (2012) is part of the South African high schools curriculum in film studies.
In 2016 Jozua founded Make Stuff Machine with partner Lucia Meyer-Marais with a vision of creating media that allow audiences to better understand themselves and the world around them. After the success of "Vlees van my Vlees" and completing development of film and television material he joined the Nthibah team to produce “i am All Girls”. Jozua looks forward to taking important, interesting and unique stories to audiences across the globe.
Donovan is a film director and writer based in Cape Town, South Africa, represented by ICM Partners in Los Angeles.
He is currently in edit on I AM ALL GIRLS, a Johannesburg crime thriller set in the world of child sex trafficking, a film he directed and co-wrote for Nthibah Pictures. In 2018 he completed work on his first Hollywood film, HUNTER KILLER, starring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman, for Millenium films, distributed by Lionsgate. His future projects include ZOO CITY, a film he adapted from the best selling novel by Lauren Beukes, MEMORY WALL, which he adapted from the short story by Anthony Doerr, commissioned by Vulcan Films, and COMMON PURPOSE, a bio pic about the lawyer who defended the Sharpeville Six.
In 2013 he completed his 4th feature film, iNUMBER NUMBER (wrote, directed, edited), a stylish heist film created for the winner of a TV show he created called Class Act - a nationwide search for new acting talent. Class Act Season I, was broadcast in 2010 and Class Act Season II was completed in 2011. iNUMBER NUMBER had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and was picked up for US distribution by Wreckin Hill and the remake rights were purchased by Universal Studios – a South African first. The film won Best Screenplay at the Calabar Africa Film festival, Best Director, Best Editor and Best Screenwriter at the South African TV and Film Awards 2015 and was nominated for 12 African Academy Awards, winning Best Production Design. In 2010-2012 he wrote and directed SPUD and SPUD II, starring Troye Sivan and John Cleese, a feature film adaptation of South Africa’s best selling novels. The films were box office hits and SPUD was nominated for six South African Film awards including Best Film.
In 2005 Donovan completed his first feature film, DOLLARS AND WHITE PIPES (wrote, directed and edited), produced by Helena Spring and Anant Singh which had its world premier at the Montreal Film Festival and won Best Director, First Feature at the 2006 Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles and Best Director and Best Screenwriter at the 2006 South African Film Awards where it received 6 other nominations. In 2002 his short film DEAD END (wrote, directed, edited), was produced by Anant Singh and won Best Short Film at the Durban International Film Festival. Also in 2002, Donovan won Best Music Video Director at the South African Music Awards for his music video, Ghetto Scandalous for Zola. Prior to 2002 Donovan directed commercials, television drama (HARD COPY, TSHA TSHA) and the number one hit shows WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE and GLADIATORS.
As a sought-after line producer her most exciting work to date includes her collaboration on the 2018 Cannes Official Selection Un Certain Regard feature film The Harvesters (2018), together with international production companies Cinema Defacto, Spier Films, Heretic, and Lave Films. Not just limited to film production, her talents also extend to major television dramas.
Graduating with an Honours Degree in Production from AFDA in 2005 with the title of Best Producer, Lucia's graduation short film Escudo won the first ever SAFTA for Best Student Film in 2006. From this auspicious start, she progressed into indie film-making, swiftly building a solid reputation and exciting career. Having since line produced on major local feature films such as Wolwedans in die Skemer, Hoofmeisie, and Roepman, she turned her attention to television dramas and co-produced the award-winning series Donkerland, as well as line producing Getroud, met Rugby 4.
Since 2016 she has pursued exciting new entrepreneurial ventures within the film industry, co-founding a production company with her husband and renowned cinematographer Tom Marais SASC and is now proud of have joined partner and director Jozua Malherbe in Make Stuff Machine.
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