REBEKAH FORTUNE: DIRECTOR \ SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT
After gaining a BA and MA in Drama Rebekah Began her career as an actor working extensively in theatre and TV including working with Directors David Yates and Colin Teague. In 1997 Along with Writer Peter Machen, Rebekah began to direct theatre and set up a critically acclaimed Arts Council funded theatre company, which toured nationally until 2005. After undertaking several filmmaking courses and shadowing some inspirational Directors she moved into film direction.
Rebekah set up production company Seahorse Films in 2011 with longtime collaborator and writer Peter Machen to develop a slate of films that combine creativity with commerciality and that actively encourage more opportunities for women both in front and behind the camera.
Something Blue was her first short film which was selected for film festivals around the world, was also selected by Channel 4 for their shooting gallery. Rebekah’s micro-budget feature “Just Charlie” has received numerous awards including The Audience Award at Edinburgh International Film Festival and The Cannes Film Festival Ecrans Junior Award. It has appeared in festivals worldwide and has been nominated for 2 BIFA’s
Just Charlie has secured international distribution in The USA, Canada, China, Taiwan, and Theatrical Release extensively in Europe so far. Just Charlie is currently ***** rated on Sky Cinema where it premiered on 16/04. The film has received exceptional reviews around the world.
Rebekah is a member of Bafta Crew, Cinnesisters, and mentors for BFINETWORK
PETER MACHEN: WRITER/SCRIPT EDITOR
Whilst training as an actor Peter developed his interest in making theatre using movement and language. After leaving Drama School he worked as an actor as well as cofounding a touring theatre company, where he furthered his interest in writing.
Having written for theatre for a number of years he finally experimented writing for film by writing a series of short films. This led to him writing the short Something Blue, which traveled the world festival circuit and came to the attention of Channel 4.
The short was developed into Just Charlie, which was Peter’s first feature and earned him a place on the BIFA long list for Best Debut Feature. Peter has been asked to sit on the jury at The Zlin Film Festival 2018. He continues to perform, having appeared in the West End and The Royal Albert Hall, and is key to the script development process at Seahorse Film. Peter is a regular lecturer at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.
Peter is currently writing several projects for both Film and Stage.