Joy’s debut feature as writer-director is 7 KEYS, which was selected by SXSW to have its World Premiere at the festival in 2024. Set in London, 7 KEYS is a dark urban thriller starring Emma McDonald and Billy Postlethwaite. Previously, the film was selected for the Locarno Pro ‘First Look’ strand, curated by Locarno Film Festival in collaboration with the BFI.
She is developing feature projects with producers in the UK and US, including sci-fi feature STALAG X for New Republic Pictures and director Francis Lawrence, and original comedy ENTER THE DRAGONS (Jeva Films/Rebel Park), starring Gemma Arterton. The script was selected for the Brit List and won development funding from Creative England/BFI.
Her previous short film, THE EVERLASTING CLUB, is a very modern twist on an old ghost story, inspired by the work of Arthur Gray (Ingulphus). It’s one of Joy’s passion projects and is a proof-of-concept for a longer form version. It was shot during lockdown and enjoyed an extensive festival run, with selections world-wide from St Louis and the London Short Film Festival to Monster Fest, Ax Wound and India’s Wench Festival for female-led genre films, winning several prizes along the way. You can watch the trailer here and follow #TheEverlastingClub for updates.
Joy’s directorial debut MA’AM won funding from the international Bumble Female Film Force. It had its premiere in 2020 at the BIFA-qualifying Shortest Nights Festival, its US premiere at the Oscar-qualifying St Louis International Film Festival, has been selected for numerous other festivals world-wide, and won several awards including the top prize for Emerging Talent at London’s New Renaissance Festival. More details on FFF here and follow Ma’am on Twitter for updates.
She is a Screen International Star of Tomorrow and was selected as one of Den of Geek’s ’50 Brilliant Screenwriters to Watch Out For’. She was selected for the iFeatures development slate and the Guiding Lights initiative, which paired her with mentor Sir Kenneth Branagh.