"I first met Joy at Afflecks Palace in Manchester at a free to use creative space that she was running. Right away I was moved by her and found her so utterly compelling. We really connected on a creative and emotional level.
I was shocked when Joy told me she was planning on competing in a battle rap. After hearing her reasons, I really wanted to go on the journey with Joy and be able to explore the story in a way that was authentic to Joy's journey. I didn't want it to just be a story about rap, because it isn't. It's actually a story about age and finding the courage to be yourself - that's what makes it so relatable to so many people.
I'd never been to a rap battle event before making this film. The battle rap community was not what I expected at all. They have been so friendly and have welcomed Joy and I into the community with open arms.
Joy's attitude towards life has inspired me so much. She's been a real 'Joy' to hang out with and has taken me to some very interesting places!
I hope audiences enjoy the film and can take some inspiration from it. Joy's story is one that's moving, empowering and brave. We can learn a lot from our elders. She's certainly braver than me!"
Natasha Hawthornthwaite (Joy Uncensored, Director)