BIO

  • USA & UK

WRITER | DIRECTOR | HISTORIAN

JOYCE DATILES is a writer / director and historian working between the USA and UK. She co-founded the production company, THE SPECTACLE MAKERS PRODUCTIONS which is supported by the Mayor of London Good Growth Fund and based in Somerset House.

Following a nationwide call of over 1500 submissions, she is one of 4 finalists in the 2020 Amazon Prime Video x TriForce Creative Network WriterSlam in December. She is a member of the 2021 BAFTA Crew x BFI NETWORK and was one of only 10 emerging female filmmakers selected for CREATIVE ENGLAND’s 2020 Industry Equals: Women in Screen.

She was awarded a full scholarship by the Sundance Institute for Sundance's TV Writing Co-Lab Programme 2020 and was accepted to the prestigious Torino Film Lab (TFL)’s Next Feature Film Development 2020 in September.

Joyce was recently one of thirteen writers selected for the year-long programme, The Other Room (TOR) Theatre x BAD WOLF TV (A Discovery of Witches, The Night Of, His Dark Materials) Emerging Writers 2019 - 2020 and was a Writer in Residence with the award-winning writers’ collective, 26 at the 2020 Bloomsbury Festival in October.

Other screenplays were selected for the BFI NETWORK Producers Lab 2019 for first features, Cambridge Film Festival Writers Lab 2019 and as a BBC Wales It's My Shout Script 2019 finalist.

Her shorts have been praised as 'favorite of the night' (BritFilms at 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 work has exhibited at Cannes Film Festival, Sundance London, PRADA Journal, VOGUE Italia, TATE Modern, Saatchi Art, Open City Docs, DC Shorts, Festival of the Moving Image, Newburyport Documentary Film Festival and Canada Indie, among others.

She held the 2019-2020 Digital Artist Residency at Magdalen Arts, Oxford where her film screened at Magdalen Road Studios and at TATE Modern with Uniqlo Lates. Her upcoming experimental film, TO SEE THE CORPSE ALIVE recently secured UK National Lottery funding and is backed by the Arts Council. Her latest poem was published by UN Women and Poets Versus as part of their 2020 anthology to support Safe Spaces Now, a new United Nations initiative to end sexual harassment worldwide.

Concurrent with her creative work, Joyce is an historian. She holds a dual doctorate in ancient history and visual anthropology awarded in 2017 from UCL where she is an honorary research fellow (2017 - 2022).

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.

IG: @anelectricpoet