IN CONVERSATION WITH REBECCA O’BRIEN
Friday 14 June – 17.00-18.00
The Queens Head, 78 Harbour Parade, Ramsgate CT11 8LP
As we celebrate a lifelong achievement of Ken Loach and Rebecca O’Brien, Rebecca is coming to Ramsgate to talk about her career and her work with Ken Loach.
Rebecca O’Brien began her film life working at the Edinburgh Film Festival. After a short stint in theatre admin at Riverside Studios she took a one week film production course and fell headlong into production. She worked on early Channel Four films and dramas, including “My Beautiful Laundrette” (as Location Manager) and the Michael Rosen inspired multi-cultural kids’ series “Everybody Here”. Her feature film producing debut was “Friendship’s Death” written and directed by Peter Wollen and starring Tilda Swinton and Bill Paterson. Her first film with Ken Loach was “Hidden Agenda” and since then they have made eighteen feature films together and many other documentary and short projects. In 2002 they formed Sixteen Films. Apart from the Loach/Laverty films, Rebecca also produced the “Bean” movie for Working Title, “Princesa” for Parallax Pictures, “City of Tiny Lights” for Sixteen Films and has executive produced for Camilla Bray, Ian Knox and Henrique Goldman. In 2016 she produced “Versus – the Life and Films of Ken Loach” a documentary directed by Louise Osmond.
Rebecca has sat on various film industry boards including PACT, the European Film Academy, the UK Film Council and South West Screen. She is currently a board member of the British Screen Advisory Council.