JOYCE DATILES is a visual artist, writer and historian. Her body of work is an eclectic collection of art films and photography for which she has won awards and exhibited internationally at Cannes, PRADA Journal, VOGUE Italia, Sundance London, Royal Academy of Art, British Film Institute (BFI), DC Shorts, Festival of the Moving Image, Canada Indie and Open City Docs, among others. She will be directing a film adaptation based on a short story by master of suspense and the supernatural, STEPHEN KING (IT, THE DARK TOWER, CARRIE) that goes into production in Ireland this autumn.
She is co-founder of The Spectacle Makers Productions, an independent mixed media production company supported by the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund (https://thespectaclemakers.com). THE SPECTACLE MAKERS is based at Somerset House and operates out of London, Oxford and Cardiff, Wales.
Joyce was recently selected by CREATIVE ENGLAND as one of ten female creatives for its inaugural INDUSTRY EQUALS: WOMEN IN SCREEN 2019-2020. She is currently one of thirteen writers chosen for TOR Emerging Writers 2019-2020 with BAD WOLF TV (A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, HIS DARK MATERIALS, THE NIGHT OF) during which she is developing an original television drama series pilot.
Joyce's short films have been praised as 'favorite of the night' (BritFilms, Cannes Film Festival), 'a moving piece' (UK Music Video Awards jury, The Shiny Awards) and 'best film that captures human possibility' (United Nations World Youth Alliance Film Festival, New York). Her screenplays have been selected for 2019 BFI NETWORK Producers Lab for first features, as a finalist in 2019 BBC Wales It’s My Shout and for 2018 Cambridge Film Festival Writers Lab.
Over the past year she was accepted to Directors UK INSPIRE 2019-2020 to be mentored by BAFTA-nominated director Isabelle Sieb. Joyce was inducted into BAFTA Crew 2019 and recently completed the 2019-2020 Digital Artist Residency with Magdalen Arts, Oxford. Her latest film was on exhibition at Magdalen Road Studios with The Wrong Biennale's Wretched of the Screen in February 2020.
Alongside her creative work, Joyce is an academic historian. She holds a dual doctorate awarded jointly in 2017 by the UCL Depts of Anthropology and Greek & Latin, where she is currently an honorary research fellow. She specialises in ancient battle and the concepts of heroism, both in history and on screen.
Prior to UCL she studied political science, international relations and history at Oxford, Cambridge and Georgetown. Her academic research has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Cambridge Trust, British School of Archaeology in Athens and Institute of Historical Research (IHR).
Joyce's work has supported and will always seek ways to promote gender and ethnic parity in order to celebrate our diverse world through art, the moving image, writing and research. She works between the UK and USA.