Duncan Jones is an English person who makes movies, directs them, and writes scripts. He is best known for directing the sci-fi movie “Moon,” which came out in 2009. The movie helped him win a lot of awards and get known. It did well at the box office and was also well received by critics. The brilliant idea behind the movie was also praised by scientists. Jones is the son of David Bowie, a famous singer. He got his start at the 50th birthday party for his father, where he was one of the cameramen. He eventually tried his hand at directing movies, and he quickly became known as a smart director with a unique way of making movies. He has been working for years on a project to make a “spiritual sequel” to his highly praised movie “Moon.” In 2016, he made it official on social media that the movie was going to be made. Jones has also been in charge of some well-known advertising campaigns. One of the ad campaigns he was in charge of getting in trouble with the Advertising Standards Authority, which gave him some bad press.
Early years and childhood
Duncan Jones was born in Bromley, London, on May 30, 1971. He is the only child of famous singer David Bowie and his first wife, Angela, a former model from the United States who was born in Cyprus. When he was born, his father was moved to write the songs “Kooks” and “Oh! Pretty Things,” which were on his album “Hunky Dory” from 1971.
Jones spent his childhood in many places, such as London, Berlin, Vevey, and Switzerland. In first and second grade, he went to Commonwealth American School, which is now called the International School of Lausanne.
In February 1980, his parents split up, and David Bowie got custody of Jones, who was then nine years old. He used to go see his mother on school breaks, but when he was 13, he broke up with her. They are still not getting along.
Jones was born with the name Zowie, but when he was 12, he decided he liked the name Joey better. He was called Joey until he was in his teens when he changed it to Joe. In 1992, the press said that he went by the name “Joe” when his father married Iman. He went back to his birth name when he was 18 years old.
In 1995, he got his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the College of Wooster. He also went on to get his Ph.D. at Tennessee’s Vanderbilt University. But in the middle of the course, he dropped out to go to London Film School. In 2001, he got his director’s degree from London Film School.
Duncan Jones’s Career
Duncan Jones’s career got off to an odd start when he worked as a cameraman at his father David Bowie’s 50th birthday party at Madison Square Garden in 1997. The party was widely watched on TV and was partly directed by an Englishman named Tim Pope.
Jones once again helped his father out when, in 2000, he worked as a cameraman at two BowieNet concerts at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. He was the in-game cinematics director for the computer game Republic: The Revolution. He also wrote the script for the game’s parts.
Jones ran a campaign for the French Connection clothing brand in 2006. They came up with the idea of “Fashion vs. Style” to re-invent the FCUK brand and move away from its old style, which fashion experts said had been used too much and was getting old.
The ad came out on February 20, 2006. It was about fashion and style, and it showed two women fighting and kissing each other. People didn’t like the ad, and 127 complaints were sent to the Advertising Standards Authority because of it.
Jones’s first full-length movie, “Moon,” which came out in 2009, was a science fiction drama that changed the way movies were made. The movie did well at the box office and got good reviews from critics. Scientists also liked the movie and appreciated the work that went into making it.
As part of a series of lectures, the movie was shown at NASA’s Space Center in Houston. The movie was up for a lot of awards, and Jones, who was making his first movie as a director, won a lot of them.
Jones directed “Source Code,” a science-fiction thriller for Vendome Pictures. Mark Gordon was in charge of making the movie, which came out on DVD and Blu-ray in the US on July 26, 2011.
In 2013, he said that he would be directing the “Warcraft” movie, which is based on a series of video games with the same name. The movie came out in the summer of 2016.
After making “Warcraft,” Duncan Jones decided to make “Mute,” a science fiction thriller that stars Alexander Skarsgard, who won an Emmy, and Paul Rudd. Jones had been planning for a long time to do this project. It is based on his favorite movie, “Blade Runner,” and is sometimes called a “spiritual sequel” to “Moon.”
The movie will take place in Berlin forty years from now. It will be about a mute bartender who is trying to find out what happened to his partner. Jones began filming on September 28, 2016, as he said in a tweet. Liberty Films UK confirmed that the main filming of the movie had begun. The movie will come out in 2018.
Works of note
Duncan Jones’s first full-length movie, “Moon,” came out in 2009, and it made him a name for himself as a director. The first time people saw the movie was at the Sundance Film Festival, and it was only shown in a few theaters at first.
It was later shown in more theaters in the US, UK, and Toronto. The movie was a huge hit, and a sequel is being made right now. For this movie, Jones won the BAFTA award, the Writer’s Guild award, the ALFS award, and many more.
Awards & Achievements
“Moon,” which Duncan Jones wrote, directed, or produced, won the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer (2009). He won the Golden Athena Award at the Athens International Film Festival and the Douglas Hickox Award at the British Independent Film Awards for the same movie.
Moon, which Jones directed, won the award for Best New British Feature at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Also, he shared with Stuart Fenegan the Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Gold at the Espoo Cine International Film Festival for the movie “Moon.”
He also won the Critics Award and the Special Jury Prize at the Gerardmer Film Festival for his film “Moon.” In 2010, he won the Spotlight Award and the ALFS Award for Breakthrough British Filmmaker.
He shared the Writes’ Guild of Great Britain Award for Best First Feature-Length Film Screenplay with Nathan Parker for the movie “Moon.”
His Personal Life
On June 28, 2012, Duncan Jones told everyone that he was getting married to his girlfriend, the photographer Rodene Ronquillo. A few months later, Ronquillo was told she had breast cancer, and the couple quickly decided to get married the same day. Since then, they have both done things to bring attention to the disease.
In February 2016, the couple posted on social media that they were expecting their first child. On July 10, 2016, their son Stenton David Jones was born. On October 1, 2017, the couple said they were having a baby girl, their second child.
Jones has more than one half-sibling. Alexandria “Lexi” Jones, who is the daughter of David Bowie and his second wife, Iman, is his half-sister. He is also the half-brother of Stacia Larranna Celeste Lipka, who is his mother’s daughter from her relationship with musician Drew Blood.
Jones’ stepsister is Zulekha Haywood, who is the daughter of his stepmother Iman and her second husband. Duncan Jones loves to play video games.
He hasn’t talked to his mother since he found out that she gave up custody of him for $750,000 when she and his father, David Bowie, split up.
Estimated Net worth
Duncan Jones is a British writer, director, and producer with a $70 million net worth. Duncan is the son of David Bowie, a rock musician, and Angela Barnett, a model. From 1970 to 1980, they were married, and he is their only child.