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New Team at BC Film

A Man's Story - produced by new BC Film Adviser Rachel Robey

November 2011

Exciting times for British Council Film as we announce three new team members who will join us later this month

We're entering a new phase here at British Council Film - we have a a new site right here, we're developing a range of exciting new projects to promote UK filmmakers across the globe, and all we needed was the team to realise them. Well now they're here! Joining us at the end of November are three brilliant new team members who will advise on different areas of the industry, who will be joining Christine Bardsley, our current adviser who has over 20 years'  experience in delivering international cultural projects.

You'll get the chance to meet them soon. Until then - read about them here:

Rachel Robey is a highly respected independent producer who has made five features including the BAFTA-nominated, BIFA-winning London To Brighton, Better Things (which was selected for Toronto, London and Cannes Film Festivals) and the soon to be released Ozwald Boateng documentary, A Man’s Story.  Rachel has also produced over 30 short films via Wellington Films, a Nottingham-based production company that she co-founded. She has previously travelled extensively to international Film Festivals with her films and has taken part in both British Council (Singapore) and UK Film Council (India) market trips; she was named as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow; was selected for the prestigious Inside Pictures programme; is a board member of Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema and a BAFTA member.

Will Massa is currently New Talent Development & Film Executive for Vision+Media, the North West’s Regional Screen Agency where he has been responsible for delivery of film talent strategy in partnership with national agencies. He was executive producer of the region’s  Digital Shorts and Green Shoots short film slates and has overseen a range of new talent programmes including ‘Drafted’ for feature film writers and ‘Produced By’, an initiative for emerging producers. Will has also been an Associate Partner for Reel Solutions providing film exhibition support for the Yorkshire-based film industry; and is a Development Co-ordinator for Rankin Film (the new film wing of photographer, Rankin) overseeing their recently launched Collabor8te Shorts Scheme.

Gary Thomas was previously the Head of Moving Image for Arts Council England, leading on policy and strategy development for arts distribution, broadcasting and visual arts. He subsequently founded Animate Projects to run the Channel 4/ACE Animate TV scheme, which he developed to become a commissioning agency producing content for online/digital, cinema, broadcast and galleries. His productions/commissions include Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s short A Letter to Uncle Boonmee which won the Oberhausen Grand Prix and formed part of the development of the Cannes Palme d’Or winning feature project Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

Will & Gary will job-share in British Council Film – Will keeping his Rankin project going alongside this new role, while Gary will continue to work on Animate. And Rachel willl continue to serve as a director of Wellington Films alongside her role at BC Film.