Duncan Jones

Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones (born 30 May 1971) is a British film director, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the science fiction film Moon (2009), for which he won the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. He also directed Source Code (2011), Warcraft (2016) and Mute (2018).

He is also the son of the late English singer-songwriter David Bowie.

Duncan Jones
Duncan Jones by Gage Skidmore 3
Jones in July 2015
Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones

30 May 1971 (age 47)
Alma mater
  • Director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active2002–present
Rodene Ronquillo (m. 2012)

Early life

Duncan Zowie Jones[1] was born in Bromley, London, on 30 May 1971,[1] 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.[2] 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. His mother was born and raised in Cyprus,[3] and has Polish ancestry.[4] His birth prompted his father to write the songs "Kooks" and "Oh! You Pretty Things" for his 1971 album Hunky Dory.[5]

Mostly raised by his Scottish nanny, Marion Skene,[6] Jones spent time growing up in London, Berlin, and Vevey. He attended the first and second grade at the Commonwealth American School (now the International School of Lausanne) in Lausanne. 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.[7] At age 14, he enrolled in the Scottish boarding school Gordonstoun.[8] 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. 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.[9] He reverted to his birth name around the age of 18.[10]

Jones is the half-brother of Alexandria "Lexi" Jones (born 2000), the daughter of his father and his father's second wife, Iman. 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. 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. By 1995, Jones graduated with a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the College of Wooster. 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.[8] Whilst growing up, Jones dreamed of becoming a professional wrestler, and his father frequently praised what he called Jones' "natural strength".[11]


Duncan Jones and David Bowie at the premiere of Moon
Jones with his father David Bowie at the premiere of Moon in 2009

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. He was also the in-game cinematics director for the political simulator Republic: The Revolution, as well as scripting elements of the game.[12]

Jones directed the 2006 campaign for the French Connection fashion label. 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.[13][14] The advert debuted in the week ending 20 February 2006 and featured two women (representing fashion and style) fighting and briefly kissing each other. The advertisement generated 127 complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority.[14]

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.[8] 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. The film has received 19 other nominations from film festivals and societies, including the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award.

He directed the Summit Entertainment project Source Code,[15] a science-fiction thriller from Vendome Pictures, which was produced by Mark Gordon. Source Code was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 26 July 2011 in the United States.

Jones directed and co-wrote Warcraft, based on the video game series of the same name, which was released in the summer of 2016.[16] Jones next film would return to the science fiction genre and be called Mute, starring Alexander Skarsgård and Paul Rudd. 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.[17] The film, set in Berlin forty years in the future, follows a mute bartender investigating his lover's disappearance.[18] The film was produced and released by Netflix, and became available to stream world-wide in February 2018.[19]

Through his social media, Jones announced his next project will be a science fiction film, centered around the Rogue Trooper, based on the 2000 AD Comics character.[20]

Personal life

Jones announced his engagement to photographer Rodene Ronquillo on 28 June 2012. They married on 6 November 2012. On the same day, Ronquillo was diagnosed with breast cancer. The couple have been campaigning to raise awareness for the disease and for early diagnosis since then.[21][22] On 10 July 2016, Ronquillo gave birth to their first child, a son.[23] On 1 October 2017, Jones announced that he and Ronquillo were expecting a second child.[24] Jones announced the birth of their daughter [25] on 18 April 2018.[26]


Year Title Director Writer Notes
2002 Whistle Yes Yes Short film
2009 Moon Yes Story 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 Director
2011 Source Code Yes No Nominated—Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
Nominated—Ray Bradbury Award
2016 Warcraft Yes Yes Co-written with Charles Leavitt
2018 Mute Yes Yes Co-written with Michael Robert Johnson
TBA Rogue Trooper Yes No


  1. ^ a b Buckley, David (2005) [1999]. Strange Fascination – David Bowie: The Definitive Story (Revised & Updated ed.). London: Virgin Publishing. p. 90. ISBN 0-7535-1002-2. On 30 May 1971, Bowie's son, Duncan Zowie Jones, was born in Bromley Hospital.
  2. ^ ANGIE BOWIE – BIOGRAPHY. angiebowie.net
  3. ^ Bowie, Angie (2000). "Cyprus: Land of Passion". angiebowie.net. Angie Bowie. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  4. ^ Angela Bowie "Backstage Passes", pp. 29–30
  5. ^ Graham, Caroline (8 August 2009). "Zowie Bowie: How a son of rock royalty survived a bitter rift with his mother to earn genuine success". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  6. ^ Jones, Duncan (23 March 2017). "Marion Skene". Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  7. ^ "WTF with Marc Maron Podcast: Episode 892 - Duncan Jones / Brendon Small". wtfpod.libsyn.com. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  8. ^ a b c "Duncan Jones: Creating his own space odyssey".. The Guardian. Retrieved 14 January 2016
  9. ^ "David Bowie Wonderworld: Press Archives 90s". Bowiewonderworld.com. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  10. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (7 June 2009). "Son of Major Tom, at Ground Control". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  11. ^ "Genealogy – Geni – private profile – Genealogy". Geni.com. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  12. ^ Adams, Sam (2011-04-08). "Duncan Jones | Interview". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  13. ^ Akbar, Arifa (16 August 2004). "FCUK, off: fashion label decides to rest 'tired' logo". The Independent, UK. London.
  14. ^ a b Sweney, Mark (6 July 2006). "French Connection and Beattie part company". The Guardian. London.
  15. ^ "Will Jake Gyllenhaal Crack Duncan Jones' Source Code?". DreadCentral.
  16. ^ Borys Kit (2013-01-30). "'Warcraft' Movie Lands 'Source Code' Director (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  17. ^ "Duncan Jones Talks Mute". Empire. Retrieved 14 January 2016
  18. ^ "Paul Rudd & Peter Skarsgard To Star In Duncan Jones' 'Mute'". Deadline Hollywood. 2015-11-03. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  19. ^ "Mute | Netflix Official Site". www.netflix.com. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  20. ^ "Rogue Trooper Movie Coming From Warcraft Director Duncan Jones". Screenrant.com. 2018-07-15. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  21. ^ "Cancer Campaign Fundraising Page". Fundraiseforbcrf.org. 2012-02-04. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  22. ^ Sara Nathan (10 December 2012). "Duncan Jones wedding". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  23. ^ "David Bowie's son announces late father was to become grandad". theguardian.com. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  24. ^ Duncan JonesVerified account. "Duncan Jones on Twitter: "Incredibly excited to be able to announce that the Jones gang is growing again! @rodeneronquillo cooking up a little... girl!". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  25. ^ Duncan JonesVerified account (2018-04-28). "Duncan Jones on Twitter: "Speaking of which, our lovely little girl has a name. (We chose it a while ago) Zowie Tala Mabsie Jones. About time SOMEONE made use of my middle name, even if I wasn't ready to!"". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  26. ^ Duncan JonesVerified account (2018-04-18). "Duncan Jones on Twitter: "I am thrilled to announce that the sequel to the hugely popular Stenton Jones, has finally been unleashed upon the globe! Both @rodeneronquillo and her big, beautiful baby girl are doing amazing!". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2018-12-16.

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Angie Bowie

Angela Bowie (born Mary Angela Barnett; September 25, 1949) is an American model, actress and journalist who, along with her ex-husband David Bowie, influenced the glam rock culture and fashion of the 1970s, in part by demonstrating openness about personal bisexuality.She was married to English singer David Bowie (whom she assisted in conceptualizing the costumes for the Ziggy Stardust stage show) from 1970 until their divorce in 1980. The couple had one child, film director Duncan Jones.

Arthur Duncan-Jones

Arthur Stuart Duncan-Jones (25 April 1879 – 19 January 1955) was an Anglican priest and author in the first half of the 20th century.Arthur Duncan-Jones was the son of another priest, Duncan Llewellyn Davies Jones. Educated at Pocklington School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, he was ordained in 1912. He held the College living at Blofield from 1912 until 1915 when he became Rector of Louth. He held further incumbencies at St Mary’s, Primrose Hill, and St Paul’s, Knightsbridge, before being elevated to the Deanery at Chichester Cathedral in 1929. He held this post until his death on 19 January 1955.

Duncan Jones (rugby player)

Duncan James Jones (born 18 September 1978 in Blaengwynfi, Port Talbot) is a former Welsh rugby union player who played at loose head prop for the Ospreys in the Pro12 and has played for Wales.

Katherine Duncan-Jones

Katherine Dorothea Duncan-Jones, (born 13 May 1941) is an English literature and Shakespeare scholar. She was a Fellow of New Hall, Cambridge (1965–1966) and then Somerville College, Oxford (1966–2001). She was also Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford from 1998 to 2001.

Kooks (song)

"Kooks" is a song written by David Bowie, which appears on his 1971 album Hunky Dory. Bowie wrote this song to his newborn son Duncan Jones. The song was a pastiche of early 1970s Neil Young because Bowie was listening to a Neil Young record at home on 30 May 1971 when he got the news of the arrival of his son.British indie band The Kooks named themselves after the song.

Moon (film)

Moon is a 2009 science fiction film directed by Duncan Jones and written by Nathan Parker from a story by Jones. The film follows Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell), a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year solitary stint mining helium-3 on the far side of the Moon. It was the feature debut of director Duncan Jones. Kevin Spacey voices Sam's robot companion, GERTY. Moon premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was released in selected cinemas in New York and Los Angeles on 12 June 2009. The release was expanded to additional theatres in the United States on 10 July and to the United Kingdom on 17 July.

Moon was modestly budgeted and grossed just under $10 million worldwide but was well-received by critics. Rockwell's performance found praise as did the film's scientific realism and plausibility. It won numerous film critic and film festival awards and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Film.

Mute (2018 film)

Mute (also known as Moon II in some countries) is a 2018 neo-noir science fiction television film directed by Duncan Jones, who co-wrote the script with Michael Robert Johnson. It stars Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, and Justin Theroux, revolving around a mute bartender searching for the love of his life who has mysteriously disappeared.

The film has been described by Jones as a "spiritual sequel" to his 2009 film Moon. It was released on Netflix on 23 February 2018 and received negative reviews, with praise for the visuals but criticism for its pacing, plot, and mishandled subject material; it drew unfavorable comparisons to Blade Runner from many critics.

Shakespeare's sonnets

Shakespeare's sonnets are poems that William Shakespeare wrote on a variety of themes. When discussing or referring to Shakespeare’s sonnets, it is almost always a reference to the 154 sonnets that were first published all together in a quarto in 1609; however there are six additional sonnets that Shakespeare wrote and included in the plays Romeo and Juliet, Henry V and Love's Labour's Lost.

Sonnet 102

Sonnet 102 is one of the 154 sonnets written by English playwright and poet William Shakespeare. It is one of the Fair Youth sonnets, in which Shakespeare writes of an unnamed youth with whom the poet is enamored. Sonnet 102 is among a series of seemingly connected sonnets, from Sonnet 100 to Sonnet 103, in which the poet speaks of a silence between his Muse and himself. The exact date of writing is unknown, and there is contention among scholars about when they were written. Paul Hammond among other scholars believes that sonnets 61-103 were written primarily during the early 1590s, and then being edited or added to later, during the early 1600s (decade). Regardless of date of writing, it was published later along with the rest of the sonnets of the 1609 Quarto.

In the sonnet, the poet writes of why he has stopped showering his muse with flowery praise and adoration. In his analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnets, David West suggests that the sequence of sonnets 100-103 and the silence described are a response to the infidelity of the Fair Youth in the Rival Poet sequence of sonnets (78-86), which has caused a rift between the poet and his Muse. He writes of how immediately following the Rival Poet sonnets, the Poet begins to speak of his lover being false and having forsaken him. West claims that this ultimately culminates in sonnets 100-103, where the Poet expresses his regret over what has transpired.

Sonnet 131

Sonnet 131 is a sonnet written by William Shakespeare and was first published in a 1609 quarto edition titled Shakespeare's sonnets. It is a part of the Dark Lady sequence (consisting of sonnets 127–52), which are addressed to an unknown woman usually assumed to possess a dark complexion.The sonnet, like the others in this sequence, addresses the Dark Lady as if a mistress. It references allegations from unspecified others that her "black" complexion makes her unattractive and rebuts these, but in the final two lines turns the compliment into a backhanded one by admitting that "In nothing art thou black save in thy deeds". The sonnet employs the Petrarchan conceit of "tyranny" to imply the power the object's beauty imposes over the sonneteer and argues for her beauty based on the power she exerts over him. It also uses the word "groan", another common practice from Petrarch, to superficially reinforce the lover's depth of emotion; but it does so ambivalently, possibly implying the word's connotation of pain or distress, or even its alternate meaning that refers to venereal disease.

Sonnet 141

Sonnet 141 is the informal name given to the 141st of William Shakespeare's 154 sonnets. The theme of the sonnet is the discrepancy between the poet's physical senses and wits (intellect) on the one hand and his heart on the other. The "five wits" that are mentioned refer to the mental faculties of common sense, imagination, fantasy, instinct, and memory. The sonnet is one of several in which the poet's heart is infatuated despite what his eyes can see.

Sonnet 27

Sonnet 27 is one of 154 sonnets published by William Shakespeare in a quarto titled Shakespeare's Sonnets in 1609. It is a part of the Fair Youth group of sonnets, and the first in a group of five sonnets that portray the poet in solitude and meditating from a distance on the young man. A theme of the first two of the group (sonnets 27 - 28) regards the night and restlessness, which is a motif also found in the sonnets of Petrarch.

Sonnet 34

Shakespeare's Sonnet 34 is included in what is referred to as the Fair Youth sequence, and it is the second of a briefer sequence (Sonnet 33 through Sonnet 36) concerned with a betrayal of the poet committed by the young man, who is addressed as a personification of the sun.

Sonnet 39

Sonnet 39 is one of 154 sonnets written by the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare. It is a member of the Fair Youth sequence, in which the poet expresses his love towards a young man.

Sonnet 54

Sonnet 54 is one of 154 sonnets published in 1609 by the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare. It is considered one of the Fair Youth sequence. This sonnet is a continuation of the theme of inner substance versus outward show by noting the distinction between roses and canker blooms; only roses can preserve their inner essence by being distilled into perfume. The young man's essence or substance can be preserved by verse.

Sonnet 76

Sonnet 76 is one of 154 sonnets published by the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare in 1609. It's a member of the Fair Youth sequence.

Sonnet 86

Sonnet 86 is one of 154 sonnets first published by the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare in the Quarto of 1609. It is the final poem of the Rival Poet group of the Fair Youth sonnets in which Shakespeare writes about an unnamed young man and a rival poet competing for the youth's favor. The exact date of its composition is unknown, it has been suggest that the Rival Poet series may have been written between 1598 and 1600.Sonnet 86 has attracted attention because it seems to offer clues to the identity of the Rival Poet.

Source Code

Source Code is a 2011 science fiction-action thriller film directed by Duncan Jones and written by Ben Ripley. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a U.S. Army captain who is sent into a computed reality to find a bomber. Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright play supporting roles. The film had its world premiere on March 11, 2011 at South by Southwest, and was released by Summit Entertainment on April 1, 2011 in North America and Europe.

The film received favorable reviews from critics and became a box office success, grossing over $147.3 million worldwide. Plans for a television adaptation at CBS were announced shortly after the film was released. However, these plans were scrapped in December 2014 in favor of a film sequel. The sequel is in development with Mark Gordon returning as producer and Anna Foerster added as director.

Warcraft (film)

Warcraft (alternatively known as Warcraft: The Beginning) is a 2016 American action fantasy film directed by Duncan Jones and written by Charles Leavitt and Jones. Based on the video game series of the same name, the film stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky, Clancy Brown and Daniel Wu. The film portrays the initial encounters between the humans and the orcs and takes place in a variety of locations established in the video game series.The film was first announced in 2006 as a project partnership between Legendary Pictures and the game's developer, Blizzard Entertainment. Warcraft premiered in Paris on May 24, 2016, and was released by Universal Pictures in the United States on June 10, 2016. Despite a disappointing domestic box office performance and the film and script receiving negative reviews from critics, the film has grossed $433 million worldwide, surpassing Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time as the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all-time, although it was still considered a financial disappointment.

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