BIO

  • USA & UK

WRITER | DIRECTOR | HISTORIAN

JOYCE DATILES is a screenwriter / film director and historian working between the USA and UK. She was selected by Creative England as one of ten female filmmakers for the inaugural Industry Equals: Women in Screen 2019-2020. She will be attending the National Film and Television School (NFTS) this September.

This summer she received full sponsorship from the SUNDANCE Institute to develop her historical drama TV series, SCEPTRE. Her upcoming experimental art film, TO SEE THE CORPSE ALIVE recently secured UK National Lottery funding and is backed by Arts Council England. Joyce is attached to adapt / direct a gothic film based upon a short story by STEPHEN KING (IT, CARRIE) that goes into production in Kerry, Ireland next spring. It is one of 12 projects accepted to TorinoFilmLab (TFL) NEXT Film Development 2020.

Her work has exhibited on both the national and international circuit at the Cannes Film Festival, PRADA Journal, Saatchi Art, VOGUE Italia, Sundance London, Royal Academy of Art, TATE Modern, DC Shorts, Canada Indie, Newburyport Documentary Film Festival and Open City Docs, among others.

She is co-founder of the independent media company, THE SPECTACLE MAKERS PRODUCTIONS which is supported by the Mayor of London 2020 Good Growth Fund and based in Somerset House.

Concurrent with her creative work, Joyce is a historian. She holds a dual doctorate in ancient history and visual anthropology from University College London, where she is currently an honorary research fellow (2017 - 2022). She specialises in ancient battle and heroism, both in history and on screen.

Joyce's work has and will always promote gender and ethnic parity to celebrate our diverse world through art, the moving image, writing and research.