Film Programme Manager
In addition to working at the British Council, Rachel is also a producer at Wellington Films, the company she co-founded in 2000 with Alastair Clark and which was named in the ‘Creative England 50’ list of leading creative enterprises in the UK in 2016. Their BAFTA-nominated debut feature, London To Brighton (Edinburgh International Film Festival 2006, Toronto International Film Festival 2006) earned them the Best Achievement in Production award at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards. It was released by Vertigo Films to huge critical acclaim and earned director Paul Andrew Williams a BAFTA nomination for the Best Debut category. It has since been named by TimeOut London as one of the top 100 British films of all time. Other credits include Better Things by Duane Hopkins (Cannes Film Festival Critics Week 2008, Toronto 2008) and Co-Production Unmade Beds by Alexis Dos Santos (Sundance 2009, Berlinale Generation 2009).
Rachel has recently produced The Levelling by Hope Dickson Leach which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and screened in competition for The Sutherland Award at the London Film Festival 2016.
Specialties for British Council Film Team: producers' support; Middle East, North Africa, and Sub Saharan Africa
Working at British Council since: 2011
Best thing about working on British Council Film Team: The snacks! We have a global array of snacks which is a wonderful thing.
Career highlight so far: I was pretty chuffed when Love, Theft and Other Entanglements by Muayad Alayan -- a film which was developed through a British Council / EAVE development programme in Palestine -- was accepted into the Berlinale Film Festival in 2015 (read story here).
Favourite British film of all time: The Life Of Brian, Brief Encounter, The Selfish Giant
Favourite British film of 2016: American Honey