Father & Son: Max Joy

Project Overview
Documentary piece following 6-year-old racing driver, Max Joy, and his father, Tom Joy, around the UK and Spain.
The film delves into their relationship not only as father and son, but also as driver and manager.
My Contributions
What began as a project for my newfound creative agency, then developed into a film for my 3rd Year university Honours project.
I planned, wrote and directed this film over the course of 6 months.
Cast & Crew
For my 3rd Year of University, I was tasked with creating an Honours project to receive the accreditation on my final degree. After a lot of time spent brainstorming, I came up with the idea to produce a documentary inspired by films and series such as Senna (2010) and Formula 1: Drive to Survive (2019).

I was always interested in the fact that racing drivers began their careers at such young ages, travelling many countries before they could even string together a full coherent sentence. Speed was something in their DNA, and I wanted to translate this through my medium of film.

As I was living in Manchester at the time, I began a search for nearby racing drivers. After finding young local talent, Max Joy, in an article by the Manchester Evening News, I reached out to his father to pitch my idea.
He was very keen to get something like this made, and from there it was history.

We spent the next few months meeting for podcast, photography and filming sessions; which eventually led to track days and flying out to Valencia, Spain. After a week of filming and returning home to complete a final interview session, all that awaited was the cutting room floor.

I learned a lot about myself during this project, as prior to this point I had never travelled solo out of the country. It was a new experience full of pressure and self-reliance, but I made it work and the final product you see is proof of that.
The Process
Producer / Director
Sep 2022 — May 2023