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 spring.

Her upcoming film, TO SEE THE CORPSE ALIVE received National Lottery funding and is backed by Arts Council England. Joyce recently received full sponsorship from the Sundance Institute to develop her historical drama television series, SCEPTRE with SUNDANCE COLLAB 2020. Her first feature film project is one of 12 accepted to TorinoFilmLab (TFL) NEXT Feature Film 2020 this September.

Joyce's films have been praised as 'favorite of the night' (Cannes, BritFilms), 'a moving piece' (UK Music Video Awards jury, The Shiny Awards) and 'best film that captures human possibility' (United Nations World Youth Alliance (WYA) Film Festival, New York).

Her work has 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, Canada Indie and Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, among many others.

Joyce is one of 10 female filmmakers selected for Creative England's INDUSTRY EQUALS: WOMEN IN SCREEN 2020, an initiative for emerging leaders at the forefront of film, television and games. She is co-founder of THE SPECTACLE MAKERS PRODUCTIONS, an independent production company supported by the Mayor of London 2020 Good Growth Fund. SPECTACLE MAKERS is based in Somerset House and operates from London, Oxford and Cardiff, Wales.

Joyce is currently one of 13 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 a historical fantasy television series. Her poem, BLOOD WORK was published in May 2020 by Poets Versus and UN Women UK to support Safe Spaces Now, a new United Nations initiative to end sexual harassment worldwide.

Concurrent with her creative work as an independent filmmaker, Joyce has developed a career as an academic 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.