BIO

  • USA & UK

WRITER | DIRECTOR | HISTORIAN

JOYCE DATILES is a writer, director and historian working between the UK and USA.

She is co-founder of production company, THE SPECTACLE MAKERS PRODUCTIONS which is based at Somerset House and supported by the Mayor of London Good Growth Fund through the Somerset House Trust.

Joyce was one of 10 emerging female filmmakers selected by CREATIVE ENGLAND for its inaugural Industry Equals: Women in Screen 2020 and was accepted to the 2021 BFI Network x BAFTA Crew cohort and TorinoFilmLab (TFL) Next Film Development 2020.

She was a 2020 Finalist in the TriForce x AMAZON PRIME WriterSlam and one of 13 writers selected for the year-long 2020 Emerging Writers Programme with The Other Room (TOR) Theatre x BAD WOLF TV (HIS DARK MATERIALS, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES).

Her upcoming short films, TO SEE THE CORPSE ALIVE and I LIKE WHAT YOU'VE DONE WITH THE WOLVES secured National Lottery funding and are backed by the Arts Council. She was recently selected for the Mayes Creative STARLIGHT art/science residency with the Royal Astronomical Society, where her art project ORION will exhibit in autumn 2021.

She is an alumna of Young Vic Directors 2020, DirectorsUK INSPIRE 2020, Cambridge Film Festival Writers Lab 2019 and was a 2019 BBC Wales It’s My Shout Script finalist. Currently Joyce is on The Kusp x Somesuch 2021 programme for creatives and is mentored by Nick Gordon, co-founder of Somesuch.

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