BIO

  • USA & UK

WRITER | DIRECTOR | HISTORIAN

JOYCE DATILES is a writer, director and historian working between the USA and UK. She was one of 10 emerging female filmmakers selected for CREATIVE ENGLAND's inaugural Industry Equals: Women in Screen 2019-2020. She is one of 13 writers selected for The Other Room (TOR) x Bad Wolf TV Emerging Writers 2020 and is a writer-in-residence at Bloomsbury Festival 2020 with the award-winning writers group, 26.

Her upcoming experimental art film, TO SEE THE CORPSE ALIVE was awarded UK National Lottery funding and is backed by Arts Council England. She was recently one of 12 writers accepted to Torino Film Lab (TFL) NEXT Film Development 2020. Her original historical drama series, SCEPTRE was fully sponsored by the Sundance Institute to be developed with Sundance Co/Lab TV Writing 2020.

Joyce's short 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 work (short films and photography) has exhibited in VOGUE Italia, PRADA Journal, Cannes Film Festival, Saatchi Art, Sundance London, Royal Academy of Art, TATE Modern, Canada Indie, Newburyport Documentary Film Festival and Open City Docs, among others.

She is co-founder of the independent media company, THE SPECTACLE MAKERS PRODUCTIONS which is supported by the Mayor of London 2020 Good Growth Fund and based in Somerset House.

Concurrent with her creative work, Joyce is a historian. She holds a dual doctorate in ancient history and visual anthropology from University College London, where she is currently an honorary research fellow (2017 - 2022). She specialises in ancient battle and heroism, both in history and on screen.

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.