Cycle, by Joelle Mae David (2022)
Joelle used her commission to produce Cycle a new experimental short film, directed and produced by Joelle Mae David and written by Joelle and S. B. Caves. Cycle is a sci-fi, thriller set in a launderette over one night where parallel worlds collide.
Working with Joelle as mentor during the project was Angela Michaels (Theatre Director) and Mo Ali (Director).
Joelle Mae David
Joelle is a writer/ director/ producer from East London. Her passion for storytelling and creative arts was mostly channelled through fine art until attending Southampton University to study English Literature and Film. After attending university, Joelle went on to work as a production assistant for several different production companies, before moving on as an assistant director in film and television and a sub-editor for several national newspapers.
It was whilst she was working as a production assistant that she began creating short documentaries that shone a light on undiscovered talent from marginalised backgrounds. Her short documentary series ‘Hidden Talent’ was featured on BBC3 and in 2019 was commissioned by the channel to create a spoken word documentary about the effect regeneration has on young people.
After making several short documentaries and films, Joelle used her experience as an assistant director to start Bluebird Pictures and focus on more narrative storytelling and making the TV and film industry more accessible. Joelle often writes and directs stories that subvert negative stereotypes of marginalised groups in society, by delving into genres such as comedy, sci-fi and thriller. Her short film Greasy Spoon (a sci-fi comedy about gentrification) was selected for over 10 festivals around the world in 2020, including two BAFTA-qualifying festivals. She was also the recipient of the Business Woman of the Year Award and Overall Woman of the Year Award in Barking and Dagenham in 2020. She has written two pilot spec scripts, both of which are comedy, and has started outlining a feature film as well – but is still keen to do more passion projects through short films, where she can really experiment with writing and directing.