BIO

  • USA & UK

WRITER | DIRECTOR | PRODUCER | HISTORIAN

JOYCE DATILES is a writer/director, producer and historian. She was recently selected by CREATIVE ENGLAND as one of ten emerging female producers for INDUSTRY EQUALS: WOMEN IN SCREEN 2019-2020, an initiative for leaders at the forefront of storytelling in moving image across film, television, games and digital. Joyce is currently completing her 2019-2020 Digital Artist Residency with Magdalen Art Space, Oxford and was chosen for TOR Emerging Writers 2019-2020 in partnership with BAD WOLF (HIS DARK MATERIALS, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES).

Joyce's work has screened and won on the film festival and art circuit, exhibiting at the Cannes Film Festival, PRADA Journal, VOGUE Italia, Sundance Film Festival: London, Royal Academy of Art, British Film Institute (BFI), Open City Docs London, Festival of the Moving Image, DC Shorts and Canada Indie, among others.

Her films have been described 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 Film Festival, New York).

She 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 currently has a slate of projects in development, including a historical drama series and a gothic thriller based upon a short story by acclaimed author Stephen King (THE SHINING, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION). SPECTACLE MAKERS will be based at Somerset House starting in December 2019 and will operate between London, Oxford and Wales.

Joyce was awarded a Power 30 Under 30 for Arts, Media and Entertainment and selected for Directors UK INSPIRE 2019-2020 (mentored by BAFTA-nominated director, Isabelle Sieb), BFI NETWORK Producers Lab 2019, Young Vic New Directors Programme 2019, BAFTA Crew 2018-2019 and the Cambridge Film Festival Writers Lab 2018.

Alongside her creative work, Joyce is a historian and visual anthropologist. She holds a dual doctorate in ancient history and film from University College London (UCL) where she is currently an honorary research fellow in Classics. She specialises in ancient battles and the concepts of heroism.

Joyce works between the UK and USA.

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