Rebecca Ann Bentley is a queer Australian director, writer & producer currently based in Melbourne, Australia. She first truly discovered her love of the industry when she was twelve years old and saw her sibling in a play. The idea of bringing stories to life excited her.
Inspired by this, Rebecca then started acting and secured an ensemble role in West Side Story the very same year. Soon after, she was hooked on the thrill sharing stories gave her. She trained at acting schools in Australia, Canada, and the United States and acted in numerous projects including short films, feature films, commercials & web series.
Rebecca also wanted to learn and experience being on the other side of the camera, so she started working behind the scenes as a script supervisor, casting director, and first assistant director on independent short films & web series. This experience inspired and motivated her further to make the industry her career. As a strong believer in creating your own opportunities, it led her to write, direct, produce & edit her own projects while continuously learning everything she can about every position in the industry.
Rebecca lived in Vancouver, Canada from 2017 to early 2019 where she gained more connections and was lucky enough to be involved in a few projects over there.
Over the last two years, Rebecca has been diagnosed with epilepsy as well as numerous other invisible chronic medical conditions. She didn't let this stop her though. She has started using her voice to try and spread awareness, create opportunities for people in similar situations and also create stories surrounding these and many other issues in the world. This as well as other reasons have led her to decide to focus mainly on writing, directing, and producing instead of acting. She has a strong focus on creating stories with messages, twisted stories, or ones that explore dark and complex human behaviour.
Her script Serendipity was a finalist in Your Script Produced! Season Two and was a quarter-finalist in Scriptapolooza's 2021 contest. One of her other scripts, Desire, was a quarter-finalist in the 4th Annual Stage 32 TV Writing Contest and in ISA'S Drama Genre-Busting Competition.
Her short films, Forever, Letting Go, and Him have all been selected for many festivals and won numerous awards over the past few years. She is currently in post-production of two other short films and has written and will be directing a web series about Alzheimer's called Bound Together, early next year.
Rebecca launched her own production company, Bentley Pictures (formally Bentley Productions) in January 2020. The company is focused on sharing stories with messages and bringing behind the scenes opportunities for those often overlooked in the industry such as women, disabled (whether invisible or not) and/or with chronic health conditions. Shortly after launching, Martin Hroch came onboard locking in their Canada base.
Rebecca is currently in post-production of their director debut feature film, Kill Me, Heal Me about violence against men which is also the first feature film Bentley Pictures is behind. The film stars Rebecca as the co-lead and she also wrote, directed & co-produced the film. This is a topic she is very passionate about and is looking forward to creating further awareness, while also breaking down the stigma surrounding violence against men and men's mental health issues.