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RITA OSEI - FILMMAKER
Nominated for Seville European Film Festival's Europa Junior Award. Rita's feature debut BLISS! had its World Premiere at the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival, Best of British Strand.
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 such films as ‘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. Including Ann Wingate, producer of George Clooney starrer “The American".
Rita produced Award-Winning animation for Turner Broadcasting Europe (Cartoon Network, CN Too, Boomerang, TCM) for 6 years. She founded Sugar & Water Films Ltd to produce her first short film, Threesome. It screened in the Calling Card Program at Telluride Film Festival 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 directed and wrote short films: Too Much Love, Room To Let and Screen South part funded The Curry Club starring Cleo Sylvestre and Olivier Award Winner Kenneth Cranham. All screened at international film festivals. Rita has directed 2 theatre productions, both A.R Gurney Jr. plays.
THELMA & LOUISE
THE WHITE RIBBON
THE DEER HUNTER
THE WIZARD OF OZ
THREE COLOURS RED
Stills from short film The Curry Club. Photos by Rob Rathouse.