Joseph Sims-Dennett was born in Oxford, England, with a pathological obsession with film. At 16 he moved to Australia, where he finished high school and went on to study writing and film at university in Brisbane. In 2008 he established Sterling Cinema; writing, directing and producing his first feature film Bad Behaviour, which starred John Jarratt (Django Unchained, Wolf Creek). This debut feature went on to win numerous awards on the international film festival circuit, including Best Director and Best Screenwriter at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival in 2010.
Joseph later relocated to Sydney where he forged a creative partnership with Josh Zammit. Together they wrote and produced their first collaborative feature and Joseph’s second directorial outing, Observance, which premiered at the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival and screened out of competition at the 59th BFI London Film Festival. Joseph and Josh Zammit are currently co-writing another feature, Cry of the Hunters, working with producer Kristian Moliere (The Babadook) through eOne Seville.
Joseph is also currently producing the feature film C.A.M. directed by John Scarpias. Over the past several years, Joseph has profited from the mentoring of Academy-Award-winning director David Denneen, as well as Gabriel and Infini director Shane Abbess.