Rachel is a BAFTA award-winning filmmaker with extensive short film and TV directing experience. She is currrently one of the BFI NETWORK BAFTA Crew 2020/21. 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. With BFI early development funding Rachel started her dark comic idea SOMEWHERE OUT THERE, currently at second draft, which she pitched at the Cinesisters BREAKING THROUGH THE LENS at Cannes. She hopes to make a concept short for this feature film called DON'T GO HOME. In addition, Rachel is working on her ScI-Fi idea called MAPPED, a popular concept at the Torino Film Lab. TFL Extended - TV series, which has been optioned by ie ie productions in Cardiff. Rachel made a short proof of concept for MAPPED in 2019. She is currently writing a new sci-fi concept SPINE.
Rachel has 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'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. She directed for the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in summer 2020.
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.
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