Rita grew up in East London and first found herself on a set at the Montessori style state school she attended there. She graduated from Camberwell College of Arts with a Joint Honours BA in Visual Arts. Her work explores the complexity of family, in all its forms, and the dreams of women. Her debut feature, the rites-of-passage adventure Bliss! starring Freya Parks, had its World Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival, screening in the Best of British programme.

She is developing a TV series and her first feature film as both Writer and Director. Short film directing credits include "The Truce", "Room To Let", "Too Much Love" and Screen South part funded "The Curry Club" starring Cleo Sylvestre, Ruth Sheen, Claire-Louise Cordwell and Olivier Award Winner Kenneth Cranham.  

Rita has directed 2 theatre productions. She directed 2nd Unit on 2 episodes of SISTER/HBO/Sky series, "The Baby".

She is the Jury Chair of BAFTA's British Short Film Award, curator of 225 Film Club and London Ambassador for Film Fatales.