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RITA OSEI - FILMMAKER
Nominated for Seville European Film Festival's Europa Junior Award. Rita's directorial feature debut Bliss! had its World Premiere at the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival, Best of British Strand. She directed, wrote and produced short films: Too Much Love, Room To Let and Screen South part funded The Curry Club. The latter premiered at the Hollywood Black Film Festival, Los Angeles, and stars Cleo Sylvestre, Ruth Sheen and Olivier Award Winner Kenneth Cranham. All her shorts screened at international film festivals. Rita has directed 2 theatre productions, both A.R Gurney Jr. plays. She received a Breakthrough Brit Honouree Award alongside Zoe Stewart, Noel Clarke and Kwame Kwei-Armah, OBE in 2008. Graduating from University of the Arts, London with a Joint Honours BA in Visual Arts, she began her career in Film and Documentary development at 1515 Productions. There she assisted Executive Producer Nick de Grunwald, son and nephew of Producers Dimitri & Anatole de Grunwald, who produced The Millionairess. Working predominantly on the development of Classic Albums Series 2 for the BBC, a collection of Films on the greatest records in history, Rita worked alongside many directors and producers. As well as Ann Wingate, producer of George Clooney starer The American.
Rita produced Award-Winning animation for Turner Broadcasting Europe (Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Toonami) for 6 years. She founded Sugar & Water Films to produce her first short film, Threesome. It screened in the Calling Card Program at Telluride Film Festival and numerous additional film festivals, and was nominated for a Stella Screen Award. Threesome sold to Sky Movies and Canal + and was distributed worldwide by Canada based Buzz Taxi. She also writes poetry and published in 2018 #Woman Remapping The Territory Our Way, an anthology of 50 poems from 16 female global creators including Salena Godden, Michelle Olley, Basia Palka, Marianna Palka, Nana Ghana and Osei.
THE TREE OF LIFE
THELMA & LOUISE
THE WHITE RIBBON
THE DEER HUNTER
THREE COLOURS RED
Stills from short film The Curry Club. Photos by Rob Rathouse.