Growing up in Young, Joshua has always wanted to use the Hilltops region as a back drop to one of his films. He first moved to Sydney as he was selected to participate in the Young Artists Program at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) where he spent a year working as part of an ensemble of actors creating new material. It was this process that lead him to programs that were facilitated by Metro Screen. He wrote his first short film at age 19. It was called ‘Ravage’, which premiered at the 2013 Sydney Film Festival. Joshua says this “was an amazing experience and I loved this process but looking back I don’t feel like I was articulate enough and if I made the film again today it would be very different”.
In 2015 he pitched a television concept as part of Metro Screen’s Dream Accelerator competition and from winning this he was invited to pitch at the Screen Forever Conference. This experience was invaluable for him. Last year he won the emerging filmmaker awards at both the Mardi Gras and Melbourne Queer Film Festivals with his directorial debut, ‘Oasis’. He also studied producing at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) which gave him the foundations for how he would approach his work from a business point of view and how, as a writer, director and producer, he could utilise all these skills to build his brand. This year he has co-founded Wintergarden Pictures with fellow filmmakers Rosie Braye and Tim Spencer. Together they are making ‘Cherry Season’ which will be filmed in Young in coming weeks. If you would like to be an extra in the film or generally help out please contact Wintergarden Pictures on their email address: email@example.com