Rachel is a BAFTA award-winning filmmaker with extensive short film and TV directing experience. She trained as an actress and directed theatre at Bretton Hall College (Leeds University) before completing a MA in Film Direction at the Royal College of Art. She’s made eleven shorts, financed by a range of funders such as LFVDA, UKFC, Film Four and Anglia TV. She’s sold her shorts internationally to many TV stations winning numerous awards, such as from Clermont-Ferrand, DepicT, R.T.S, Brest and Encounters Festival. She won her BAFTA for the BBC drama OFFSIDE and won another R.T.S for GIRLS IN LOVE.
Rachel attended the Cinefondation screenwriting residency in Paris (Cannes film festival) and attended the Guiding Lights scheme. Her directing mentor was David Yates (Harry Potter). She was on the BFI scheme ‘Think, Shoot, Distribute’ alongside Andrew Haigh (‘45 Years’) and she was accepted onto the Creative England ‘Elevator Scheme’. Rachel won the Nick Darke screenwriting award for her feature script CUB, which had Tim Spall and Helen McCrory attached in principle. CUB was selected for the Berlinale Talent Project Market.
With BFI early development funding Rachel wrote the dark comic idea SOMEWHERE OUT THERE, which she pitched at the Cinesisters BREAKING THROUGH THE LENS event at Cannes in 2018. She is working on a ScI-Fi idea called MAPPED, a popular concept at the Torino Film Lab. TFL Extended - TV series in 2018. MAPPED has been optioned by ie ie productions in Cardiff. Rachel's 10th short written by Caroline Bird is currently doing the festival rounds. Her previous short ('I'll Tell You') won at Encounters Film festival (Best of SW) and was BAFTA long-listed. Rachel shot her 11th short in 2019, a proof of concept for MAPPED. She is directing work with the Bristol Old Vic in July/August 2020 and is writing her dark comic feature SOMEWHERE OUT THERE.
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