BIO

  • USA & UK

WRITER | DIRECTOR | HISTORIAN

JOYCE DATILES is a writer/director and historian. She was recently selected for 2019-2020 TOR Emerging Writers with BAD WOLF TV (HIS DARK MATERIALS, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES) during which she is developing an original historical fantasy TV series pilot. She is one of ten emerging female creatives selected for Creative England's INDUSTRY EQUALS: WOMEN IN SCREEN 2019-2020 and is completing her Digital Artist Residency with Magdalen Arts, Oxford this March. Joyce is set to adapt/direct a short story by master of the supernatural and suspense, STEPHEN KING (THE SHINING, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) that will go into production in Ireland this summer.

Her short films have been described as 'favorite of the night' (BritFilms, Cannes), '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 body of work is an eclectic collection of short films and photography for which she has won numerous awards on the film festival and art circuit, exhibiting at the Cannes Film Festival, PRADA Journal, VOGUE Italia, Sundance Film Festival: London, Royal Academy of Art, British Film Institute (BFI), Open City Docs London, Festival of the Moving Image, DC Shorts and Canada Indie, among others. She has been accepted for Directors UK INSPIRE 2019-2020 (mentored by BAFTA-nominated director, Isabelle Sieb) and BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew 2018-2019.

Joyce's screenplays have been chosen for the 2019 BFI NETWORK Producers Lab, as a finalist in 2019 BBC Wales It’s My Shout, 2018 Cambridge Film Festival Writers Lab and semifinalist in 2017 International Screenwriters Association (ISA) Table Read My Screenplay competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

Joyce co-founded THE SPECTACLE MAKERS PRODUCTIONS LTD (https://thespectaclemakers.com), an independent film, television and mixed media production company. The company’s mission is to produce female-centric narratives that celebrate diversity, with women in lead positions of production. SPECTACLE MAKERS is supported by the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund and will be based at Somerset House starting in January 2020, operating between London, Oxford and Wales.

Alongside her creative work, Joyce is a historian and visual anthropologist. She holds a dual doctorate in ancient history and film, awarded jointly in 2017 by the University College London (UCL) Departments 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.

She works between the UK and USA.