BIO

  • USA & UK

WRITER | DIRECTOR | HISTORIAN

JOYCE DATILES is a writer/director and historian. Her eclectic body of work has won and been screened on the international film festival circuit, exhibiting at Cannes Film Festival, PRADA Journal, VOGUE Italia, Sundance Film Festival London, Open City London, DC Shorts, The British Film Institute (BFI), Canada Indie and Being Human Festival, among others. Joyce was recently selected for the 2019-2020 DIRECTORS UK INSPIRE, the 12-month mentoring partnership for emerging directors. Her mentor will be director Isabelle Sieb, who is developing a comedy-drama television series with Sacha Baron Cohen.

In the last year Joyce was accepted to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Crew, the year-round development program for BAFTA's new talents. She was in the BFI NETWORK Producers Lab in February with the Independent Cinema Office (ICO) and the Cambridge Film Festival Writers Lab this October. This August she was director of photography for horror film THIS FEAR FEATURING FURY, written and directed by Kate Mahony and produced by OVADA Studios.

Joyce's work has been described as 'favorite of the night' (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).

Joyce is co-founder of 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 with women in lead positions of production and is currently developing a slate of projects including a historical drama series and a gothic thriller based upon a short story by acclaimed author Stephen King (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, CASTLE ROCK, THE DARK TOWER).

Outside of her creative work, Joyce is a historian and a visual anthropologist. She was educated at Georgetown, Oxford and Cambridge and holds a dual doctorate in ancient history and film awarded in 2017 from University College London (UCL), where she is currently a historical researcher. She works between the USA and UK.