Rory D. Bentley

Writer / Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Film, TV & Theatre

Rory Dhariwal Bentley is an award-winning Writer / Director of mixed British-Punjabi heritage from Leicester / Edinburgh.

His first feature AMRIT is in active late-stage development with the BFI after being selected for a coveted place on the BBC Films / BFI / Creative UK iFeatures initiative - the UK’s premier development lab for debut feature films. His debut TV show CUTH - Just A Little Bit Brown’ has been selected as one of 7 U.K projects through The Independent Film Trust’s Creative Corridor scheme 2022, backed by Sony Pictures.

Rory was one of the inaugural 25 FILM LONDON LODESTARS, celebrating emerging talent in the capital and is a BAFTA connect member. He was selected as a BAFTA scholar at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and was a recipient of the prestigious John Brabourne Award.

His award-winning 16mm independent short film SURPRI-!  premiered at BFI London Film Festival 2022 and won ‘Best Super Short’ at the British Short Film Awards. He co-wrote/shot/directed the award-winning 8mm short JAMELLA, starring Jamie Demetriou - which won first prize at the Straight 8 ‘one roll, no editing’ Industry Competition. He has made several other independent & diy short films on 8mm, 16mm (and digital) - which have screened at Academy / BAFTA qualifying film festivals around the world.

Alongside making his own films, he cut his teeth working in-house and freelance for award winning production companies on commercials and features. Notably, he was assistant to Paul King (PADDINGTON 2) on a feature film for Disney, through Film London’s Equal Access Network.

He has been mentored by Sally Potter (ORLANDO) as part of the Four Corners’ Zoom programme, and is currently being mentored by Camera D’Or winner Anthony Chen (ILO ILO) as part of iFeatures / Director’s UK Inspire Scheme.

He studied French & English Literature and, after a stint writing and marinading in Paris, is now based in the UK. 

In Development




BFI / The Other Gemini Pictures / Betes Sauvage

- Feature film in development as Writer & Director
- Took part in iFeatures 2019/2020 Initiative
- John Brabourne Award recipient
- Set during the summer holidays of the year 2000, it tells the story of how a 12-year-old boy from Leicester copes with losing his father, name, Sikh religion, family and identity after a sudden accident forces his mother to move him and his younger sister 300 miles away to Edinburgh

Short Films




Fred Deedes

- Original short film
- As Writer and Director
- Official Selection: BFI London Film Festival 2022



Rory D. Bentley / Elizabeth Middleton / Fred Deedes

- Writer, Director, Editor and Producer
- Official Selection: Edinburgh International Film Festival, Cork Film Festival & British Shorts Berlin



The Other Gemini Pictures

- Writer, Director and Editor
- Selected for the Palm Springs and Aesthetica film festivals, for which, at the latter, it was featured as one of their all time favourite shorts



The Wagon

- Co-Writer / Director, DOP and Sound Editor
- Stars Jamie Demetriou (STATHS LETS FLATS) and Susannah Scott
- Won first prize at the Straight 8 ‘One roll, no editing’ Industry Competition in Cannes