Born and caffeinated in Melbourne, Joel is one of those pesky hyphenates - writer/director/producer, and has over 15 years experience in the Film and TV industry.
He’s is an RMIT graduate, completing a Masters of Communication degree (with honours), and also has extensive practical training through a variety of professional development initiatives. He received a funded director’s attachment with Anthony MInghella on his civil war epic Cold Mountain, and is about to spend 6-weeks in Tasmania for a Film Victoria director’s placement on the STAN series ‘The Gloaming’.
Joel moves between producing, directing and creating, and this versatility is reflected through a breadth of experience in both film and television. He directed 2nd unit (as well as a main unit episode) on Season 3 of hit the kids TV show The Saddle Club and was background-director and producer’s assistant on the 2016 Sony feature film Spin Out.
He has also made a host of diverse, high-end short films that have screened all over the world, from his large-scale kids adventure film Gravediggers to the Tropfest finalist film Here Today. His latest project, a shrot film script called The Mirror, was a finalist in the Screen Craft Film Fund, and is a quarter finalist in the Holy Shorts Film Festival screenplay competition. It has also just been chosen for the Jewish International Film Festival - short film fund and will shoot in September.
In 2017, Joel was selected for the SPA ‘ones to watch program’ and won the emerging producer SBS first-look award at the gala night. He has his own production outfit, Screen Invaders, and is currently developing a slate of exciting, high-end projects for film, TV and digital, collaborating with some high-profile partners.
Joel is also creative director at SHERPA Projects, a leading digital content and production studio. As part of his role, he has helped to develop, write and direct campaigns for premium brands like Johnnie Walker, Samsonite and Luxury Escapes. His content has been seen through-out the world, and also generated millions of views on-line.