John Trengove's debut feature The Wound opened to rave reviews in Sundance and Berlin and won the historic Sutherland trophy for Best First Feature at the BFI London Film Festival. The film, which deals with a closeted love affair in the context of a rite-of-passage to manhood, was selected as South Africa's submission to the foreign language Oscars. John originally trained as an actor and went on to study at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He spent his early career making work across multiple platforms, including the cult theatre hit The Epicene Butcher which played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and his television miniseries Hopeville which was awarded the Rose d'Or and received an International Emmy nomination. In 2015, he received a best director SAFTA and and honorary award from the South African Academy of Arts and Sciences for his work on the drama series, Swartwater. John lives between Johannesburg and São Paulo with his boyfriend and filmmaker Marco Dutra. He is currently working on his second feature (2018).