BIO

  • USA & UK

ARTIST | WRITER | HISTORIAN

JOYCE DATILES is an award-winning visual artist, screenwriter / director and academic historian working between the UK and USA. She is attached to direct an Irish gothic arthouse film based on a short story by master of suspense and the supernatural, STEPHEN KING (IT, CARRIE) that goes into production in Kerry, Ireland this autumn. Joyce recently received full sponsorship from the Sundance Institute to develop her historical drama series, SCEPTRE with Sundance Collab. Her upcoming art film, TO SEE THE CORPSE ALIVE received National Lottery funding and is backed by Arts Council England.

Her films 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 experimental films and photo works have won and exhibited on both the national and international circuit at Cannes Film Festival, Sundance London, PRADA Journal, TATE Modern, VOGUE Italia, Royal Academy of Art, Open City Docs, DC Shorts, Festival of the Moving Image, Canada Indie, Newburyport Documentary Film Festival and Berkeley Video & Film, among over 100 others.

She was recently selected by CREATIVE ENGLAND as one of this year's ten female creatives in INDUSTRY EQUALS: WOMEN IN SCREEN 2020, an initiative for emerging leaders at the forefront of storytelling in moving image across film, TV, games and digital. She co-founded independent film / TV production company, THE SPECTACLE MAKERS PRODUCTIONS in 2017. Spectacle Makers (https://thespectaclemakers.com) is supported by the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund and based at Somerset House, operating from London, Oxford and Cardiff, Wales.

Joyce is currently one of thirteen selected 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 fantasy television pilot, MOON FIGHT. Her poem, BLOOD WORK was published in May 2020 by Poets Versus in a joint project with UN Women UK to support Safe Spaces Now.

Other screenplays were selected for the British Film Institute (BFI) NETWORK Producers Lab 2019 for first features with the Independent Cinema Office (ICO), the Cambridge Film Festival Writers Lab 2018 and as a semi-finalist for the 2019 BBC Wales It's My Shout Script Competition.

Joyce is a member of BAFTA Crew and held the 2019-2020 Digital Artist Residency with Magdalen Arts, Oxford where her latest film was exhibited at Magdalen Road Studios for several weeks as part of the Wrong Biennale's Wretched of the Screen. She is on Directors UK INSPIRE 2020 mentoring scheme and is paired with BAFTA-nominated director, Isabelle Sieb (VIGIL, BBC ONE). She is also an award-winning film editor.

Alongside her creative work, Joyce is an academic historian. She holds a dual doctorate in ancient history and visual anthropology from UCL where she is currently an honorary research fellow (2017 - 2022). She specialises in ancient battle and the socio-cultural concepts of heroism, both in history and on screen. Prior to UCL Joyce studied international affairs, political science and history at Georgetown, Oxford and Cambridge (and a half blue in varsity lacrosse), finishing with distinctions from all three.

Her art and research have been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Cambridge Trusts, British School of Archaeology at Athens, Somerset House Trust, UCL Doctoral School and the Institute of Historical Research (IHR).

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.