Rory D. Bentley

Writer / Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Film, TV & Theatre

Rory Dhariwal Bentley is an award winning self taught writer-director from Leicester / Edinburgh, based in London.
 
His first feature project AMRIT is being developed by the BFIBBC Films & Creative England as part of iFeatures 2019/20, the UK’s leading development lab for debut feature filmmakers. He was awarded a John Brabourne award for the project.
 
His DIY approach has led him to write/direct/produce several independent short films, the latest of which - BELONGING (2019) and VARKEN (2017) - premiered as part of the Official Selection at Academy & BAFTA qualifying festivals around the world - including Edinburgh International Film FestivalCork Film FestivalBritish Shorts BerlinPalm Springs Aesthetica
 
In 2016 he co-wrote/directed/produced and shot the 8mm short JAMELLA, starring Jamie Demetriou (STATHS LETS FLATS), which won first prize at the Straight 8 ‘One roll, no editing’ Industry Competition.
 
Alongside making his own films, Rory cut his teeth working in production both in house and freelance, on commercials and feature films. In 2018 he was assistant to Paul King (PADDINGTON) on a Disney feature, thanks to 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 the Director’s UK Inspire Scheme.
 
In 2019 Rory was named as one of 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.

In Development

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AMRIT

2020

BFI / Elizabeth Middleton

- 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

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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