Michelle Joy is a freelance filmmaker who is passionate about authentic performance, building diverse teams and creating a safe and empowering on-set environment.
She released her debut feature film SUNDAY in 2014/15, across NZ and Australia, which played 50+ Cinemas, Television (Rialto Channel, GEM, Maori TV), VOD (iTunes, STAN, Google Play, Bigpond Movies, Xbox, Sony), DVD and Airlines (Jetstar + Air NZ). It has received multiple festival nominations, along with winning “Best Foreign Feature” at the Female Eye Film Festival and “Best Female Actor” at NYC Independent Film Festival.
More recently she has directed commercials, which are playing on national TV, cinemas and online in Australia.
"Director Michelle Joy announces herself as one of Australia’s brightest young directional talents as she takes the script written by herself and real life and on-screen couple Camille Keenan and Dustin Clare and turns it into a thought provoking relationship drama that well and truly draws its audience in."
- Subculture Media
"Sharing writing duties with real-life partners Clare and Keenan, the direction of feature debutant Michelle Joy skilfully crafts a realistic portrait of tarnished love"
"This is an honest, heartfelt, skilful, admirable, and truly likeable film. Bravo."
- The Dominion Post
"In a bumper year for New Zealand cinema Sunday can hold its head up high as a fine meditation on both human relations and the relationship we have with the places in which we live and love."