Rory D. Bentley

Writer / Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Film, TV & Theatre

Rory Dhariwal Bentley is an award winning writer-director from Edinburgh and currently based in London.
 
His debut feature film AMRIT is currently in development with the BFI after being supported by BBC Films, BFI and Creative England as part of iFeatures 2019/20 - the UK’s leading development lab for debut feature filmmakers. He has also been awarded a John Brabourne Award for the development of the film.
 
His latest independent short film BELONGING (2019) was part of the Official Selection at Edinburgh International Film Festival, Cork Film Festival & British Shorts Berlin.
 
His independent short VARKEN (2017) premiered internationally at Academy / BAFTA festivals, including the Oscar qualifying Palm Springs in California and Aesthetica FF, where it was featured as one of their all time favourite shorts.
 
In 2016 he co-wrote/directed 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.
 
In 2018 he was assistant to Paul King (PADDINGTON) and has previously been mentored by Sally Potter (ORLANDO). He is currently being mentored by Camera D’Or winner Anthony Chen (ILO ILO) as part of Director’s UK ‘Inspire’ 2020 Scheme.
 
In 2019 Rory was named as one of 25 Film London Lodestars, celebrating emerging talent in the capital and he is a member of the BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew 2019/20.

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