Duncan Jones

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For the rugby union player, see Duncan Jones (rugby union). Duncan Jones_sentence_0

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BornDuncan Jones_header_cell_0_1_0 Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones
(1971-05-30) 30 May 1971 (age 49)

Bromley, London, EnglandDuncan Jones_cell_0_1_1

Alma materDuncan Jones_header_cell_0_2_0 Duncan Jones_cell_0_2_1
OccupationDuncan Jones_header_cell_0_3_0 Duncan Jones_cell_0_3_1
Years activeDuncan Jones_header_cell_0_4_0 2002–presentDuncan Jones_cell_0_4_1
Spouse(s)Duncan Jones_header_cell_0_5_0 Rodene Ronquillo ​(m. 2012)​Duncan Jones_cell_0_5_1
ChildrenDuncan Jones_header_cell_0_6_0 2Duncan Jones_cell_0_6_1
Parent(s)Duncan Jones_header_cell_0_7_0 Duncan Jones_cell_0_7_1

Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones (born 30 May 1971) is a British film director, producer and screenwriter. Duncan Jones_sentence_1

He is best known for directing the films Moon (2009), Source Code (2011), Warcraft (2016) and Mute (2018). Duncan Jones_sentence_2

For Moon, he won the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Duncan Jones_sentence_3

He is the son of English singer-songwriter David Bowie. Duncan Jones_sentence_4

Early life Duncan Jones_section_0

Jones was born in Bromley Hospital, Bromley, London on 30 May 1971, the only child of English singer-songwriter and musician David Bowie and his first wife, Angela "Angie" Bowie (née Barnett), an American model and actress. Duncan Jones_sentence_5

His maternal grandfather, George, was a United States Army veteran and mining engineer who ran a mill for the Cyprus Mines Corporation, while his maternal grandmother, Helena, was a naturalized Canadian. Duncan Jones_sentence_6

His mother was born and raised in Cyprus, and has Polish ancestry. Duncan Jones_sentence_7

His birth prompted his father to write the songs "Kooks" and "Oh! Duncan Jones_sentence_8 You Pretty Things" for his 1971 album Hunky Dory. Duncan Jones_sentence_9

Mostly raised by his Scottish nanny, Marion Skene, Jones spent time growing up in London, Berlin, and Vevey in Switzerland. Duncan Jones_sentence_10

He attended the first and second grade at the Commonwealth American School (now the International School of Lausanne) in Lausanne. Duncan Jones_sentence_11

When his parents divorced in February 1980, his father was granted custody of eight-year-old Jones (who was then known as "Zowie Bowie" to rhyme with his father's stage name) and he visited his mother on school holidays until ending contact with her at age 13. Duncan Jones_sentence_12

At age 14, he enrolled in the Scottish boarding school Gordonstoun. Duncan Jones_sentence_13

At the age of 12, he decided that he preferred to be called "Joey", and used this nickname until shortening it to "Joe" in his later teen years. Duncan Jones_sentence_14

The press reported that he went by "Joe" in 1992 when attending his father's wedding to fashion model Iman, where he was the best man. Duncan Jones_sentence_15

He reverted to his birth name around the age of 18. Duncan Jones_sentence_16

Jones is the half-brother of Alexandria "Lexi" Jones (born 2000), the daughter of his father and his father's second wife, Iman. Duncan Jones_sentence_17

He is also the half-brother of Stacia Larranna Celeste Lipka (born 1980) from his mother's relationship with musician Andrew Lipka, better known as Drew Blood. Duncan Jones_sentence_18

He has a stepsister, Zulekha Haywood (born 1978), who is the daughter of Iman and former NBA basketball player Spencer Haywood, Iman's second husband. Duncan Jones_sentence_19

By 1995, Jones graduated with a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the College of Wooster. Duncan Jones_sentence_20

He then pursued a Ph.D degree at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, but left before completion to attend London Film School, where he then graduated as a director in 2001. Duncan Jones_sentence_21

Whilst growing up, Jones dreamed of becoming a professional wrestler, and his father frequently praised what he called Jones' "natural strength". Duncan Jones_sentence_22

Career Duncan Jones_section_1

Jones was one of many cameramen at his father's widely televised 50th birthday party directed by Englishman Tim Pope at Madison Square Garden in 1997 and also at two BowieNet concerts at Roseland Ballroom in New York City in June 2000. Duncan Jones_sentence_23

He was also the in-game cinematics director for the political simulator Republic: The Revolution, as well as scripting elements of the game. Duncan Jones_sentence_24

Jones directed the 2006 campaign for the French Connection fashion label. Duncan Jones_sentence_25

The concept of 'Fashion vs Style' was to re-invigorate the brand and move it away from the former incarnation of FCUK, which style pundits believed had become tired and overused. Duncan Jones_sentence_26

The advert debuted in the week ending 20 February 2006 and featured two women (representing fashion and style) fighting and briefly kissing each other. Duncan Jones_sentence_27

The advertisement generated 127 complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority. Duncan Jones_sentence_28

Jones's first feature film, Moon, was nominated for seven British Independent Film Awards in 2009, and won two, Best British Independent Film, and the Douglas Hickox Award for Best British Director on their debut feature. Duncan Jones_sentence_29

It was also nominated for two BAFTA Awards at the 2010 ceremony, winning Jones the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Duncan Jones_sentence_30

The film has received 19 other nominations from film festivals and societies, including the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award. Duncan Jones_sentence_31

He directed the Summit Entertainment project Source Code, a science-fiction thriller from Vendome Pictures, which was produced by Mark Gordon. Duncan Jones_sentence_32

Source Code was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 26 July 2011 in the United States. Duncan Jones_sentence_33

Jones directed and co-wrote Warcraft, based on the video game series of the same name, which was released in the summer of 2016. Duncan Jones_sentence_34

His next film would return to the science fiction genre and be called Mute, starring Alexander Skarsgård and Paul Rudd. Duncan Jones_sentence_35

Jones had been developing the project for years and described it as a "spiritual sequel" to Moon, and was inspired by Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. Duncan Jones_sentence_36

The film, set in Berlin forty years in the future, follows a mute bartender investigating his lover's disappearance. Duncan Jones_sentence_37

The film was produced and released by Netflix, and became available to stream world-wide in February 2018. Duncan Jones_sentence_38

Through his social media, Jones announced in July 2018 that his next project would be a science fiction film, based on the 2000 AD Comics character the Rogue Trooper. Duncan Jones_sentence_39

In July 2019 he told Entertainment Weekly, "The script is really looking pretty good now. Duncan Jones_sentence_40

It’s getting to the point where we’re going to have to start casting and making the thing." Duncan Jones_sentence_41

Personal life Duncan Jones_section_2

Jones announced his engagement to photographer Rodene Ronquillo on 28 June 2012. Duncan Jones_sentence_42

They married on 6 November 2012. Duncan Jones_sentence_43

On the same day, Ronquillo was diagnosed with breast cancer. Duncan Jones_sentence_44

The couple have been campaigning to raise awareness for the disease and for early diagnosis since then. Duncan Jones_sentence_45

On 10 July 2016, Ronquillo gave birth to their first child, a son. Duncan Jones_sentence_46

On 1 October 2017, Jones announced that he and Ronquillo were expecting a second child. Duncan Jones_sentence_47

Jones announced the birth of their daughter on 18 April 2018. Duncan Jones_sentence_48

Filmography Duncan Jones_section_3

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YearDuncan Jones_header_cell_1_0_0 TitleDuncan Jones_header_cell_1_0_1 DirectorDuncan Jones_header_cell_1_0_2 WriterDuncan Jones_header_cell_1_0_3 NotesDuncan Jones_header_cell_1_0_4
2002Duncan Jones_cell_1_1_0 WhistleDuncan Jones_cell_1_1_1 YesDuncan Jones_cell_1_1_2 YesDuncan Jones_cell_1_1_3 Short filmDuncan Jones_cell_1_1_4
2009Duncan Jones_cell_1_2_0 MoonDuncan Jones_cell_1_2_1 YesDuncan Jones_cell_1_2_2 StoryDuncan Jones_cell_1_2_3 BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

BIFA Douglas Hickox Award Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Gold Fantastic'Arts Jury Prize Fantastic'Arts Special Prize Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form London Film Critics Circle Award for Breakthrough British Filmmaker NBR Award for Best Directorial Debut Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best First Feature-Length Film Screenplay Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Director Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Filmmaker Nominated—Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Best British DirectorDuncan Jones_cell_1_2_4

2011Duncan Jones_cell_1_3_0 Source CodeDuncan Jones_cell_1_3_1 YesDuncan Jones_cell_1_3_2 NoDuncan Jones_cell_1_3_3 Nominated—Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation

Nominated—Ray Bradbury AwardDuncan Jones_cell_1_3_4

2016Duncan Jones_cell_1_4_0 WarcraftDuncan Jones_cell_1_4_1 YesDuncan Jones_cell_1_4_2 YesDuncan Jones_cell_1_4_3 Co-written with Charles LeavittDuncan Jones_cell_1_4_4
2018Duncan Jones_cell_1_5_0 MuteDuncan Jones_cell_1_5_1 YesDuncan Jones_cell_1_5_2 YesDuncan Jones_cell_1_5_3 Co-written with Michael Robert JohnsonDuncan Jones_cell_1_5_4
TBADuncan Jones_cell_1_6_0 Rogue TrooperDuncan Jones_cell_1_6_1 YesDuncan Jones_cell_1_6_2 NoDuncan Jones_cell_1_6_3 Duncan Jones_cell_1_6_4


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