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 being developed by 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. 

Rory was named as one of the inaugural 25 FILM LONDON LODESTARS, celebrating emerging talent in the capital, and he has been a member of the BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew for two years. He is also the recipient of the John Brabourne Award. 

He has made several independent short films on 8mm, 16mm (and digital) - which have screened at Academy / BAFTA qualifying film festivals around the world, including EdinburghCorkPalm Springs, East End Film Festival, British Shorts Berlin & Aesthetica FF

He co-wrote/shot the 8mm short film JAMELLA, starring Jamie Demetriou (STATH LETS FLATS) - which won first prize at the Straight 8 ‘One roll, no editing’ Industry Competition.

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 PaulKing (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’ Zoomprogramme, and is currently being mentored by Camera D’Or winner Anthony Chen (ILO ILO) as part of iFeatures / Director’s UK Inspire Scheme.

 

In Development

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AMRIT

2022

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

SUPRI!

2022

Fred Deedes

- Original short film
- As Writer and Director

Short Films

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BELONGING

2019

Rory D. Bentley / Elizabeth Middleton / Fred Deedes

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

VARKEN

2017

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

JAMEELA

2016

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