Joshua Rous

Joshua Rous is an award winning Writer/Director who has worked and studied in both theatre and film in South Africa, Oxford, Boston and Los Angeles.  Having attained his Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Southern California he worked for a year as an editor and director in Los Angeles. 

Joshua’s music video Tragic Laughter, commissioned by Yo Yo Ma, was released by Sony Classical in May of 2005.  Other achievements include winning SAFTA Golden Horns as Best Director for his short film Sibahle, Best Writing Team, Best New Sitcom and Best Director for City Ses’la. Joshua has also won audience awards at The Los Angeles Instant Film Festival, as well as at the Apollo, Cape Town and Durban International Film Festivals.  He gained experience working with Adam Schroeder Entertainment at Warner Brothers and has been personally mentored by Oscar winners Robert C. Jones and Mark Harris.
           
Josh returned to SA in 2004 and has become a Head Creative and In-House Director at Rous House Productions. Since returning home he has spear headed the multiple-award wining sitcoms City Ses’la, Askies, Gauteng Maboneng and Ga Re Dumele whilst finding time to write, direct and produce his first feature film drama released by Ster-Kinekor - Discreet.  Josh’s second feature film, the Afrikaans romantic comedy, Semi-Soet, released by Indigenous films, has received commercial and critical success. He currently directs for the popular soap opera Scandal.

Returning to South Africa to revolutionize the film industry is the culmination of many years of preparation, perseverance and passion for this young director.