Joe Shrapnel read English at St. Anne's College, Oxford, where he edited the magazines The Word and Isis.
After graduating with his master's degree he worked for two years as a
development producer at World Productions, before moving into writing.
As a freelance writer he has developed single drama and series
television in the UK, and feature films in the US. In 2008 his short
film The Tonto Woman was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.
Since 2005 he has collaborated on screenplays with Anna Waterhouse and the pair wrote the released film Frankie and Alice, directed by Geoffrey Sax and starring Halle Berry and Stellan Skarsgard.
Most recently they have written Seberg for director Stephen Hopkins/Scott Free; The Roots of Heaven for Scott Free/ Twentieth Century Fox and director Ridley Scott; Race for Forecast Pictures; Diamond for Derby Street Films and Grassfor Focus Features/Steel Mill Pictures and director Tom Green.