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Rachna Suri

Director

Rachna is a British director working across genres, tackling complex themes through personal stories.

She is currently developing her first feature film, Fanatic, with BFI / BBC Films alongside a broader slate of feature film and television projects. This year, Rachna directed two hour-long episodes of Channel 4’s award-winning show Ackley Bridge, produced by The Forge, which will broadcast this summer and is now in post-production on Mr Whippy for BBC Films. Previous TV drama credits include three films for BBC4 series Snatches and Playing Ball for BBC3/iPlayer. Her Channel 4-supported short film, Our Lad, was selected for a number of international film festivals including London, Seattle and Raindance. She has been selected for numerous emerging talent schemes including BFI NET.WORK @ LFF. In 2015, she was named a Screen International Star of Tomorrow and featured on the BBC New Talent Hotlist in 2017.

Rachna previously directed award-winning online programmes for Channel 4 and BBC before becoming Executive Producer / Director at Google Creative Lab Europe where she worked on major advertising campaigns.

Credits

IN DEVELOPMENT
Production (role):
FANATIC
Company:
Elation Pictures / Pia Pressure / BFI / BBC Films
Project details:
Developing thriller feature set in 1990s, written by Paddy Campbell (Wet House)
Production (role):
PANOPTICON
Company:
Escape Films
Project details:
Developing psychological thriller feature, written by Charlotte Wolf.
Prod Michelle Stein
Production (role):
BOUND
Project details:
Developing a transatlantic dark comedy TV series, written by Rob Drummond (Bullet Catch).
Production (role):
RODEO MO
Company:
Potboiler Productions
Project details:
Developing a post-Brexit comedy drama feature
TELEVISION
Date: 2019
Production (role):
ACKLEY BRIDGE
Company:
The Forge / Channel 4
Project details:
2 x 60’ episodes of award-winning TV series set in multicultural Academy in West Yorkshire.
Date: 2018
Production (role):
SNATCHES
Company:
Royal Court / BBC4
Project details:
3 x 15’ films, curated by the Royal Court Theatre, written by Zinnie Harris, Rachel De-Lahay and Charlene James
Date: 2015
Production (role):
PLAYING BALL (Director)
Company:
BBC Drama Productions / BBC 3 / iPlayer
Project details:
15’ dark comedy film, written by Selina Lim, for BBC3/iPlayer Original Drama Shorts series.
SHORT FILM
Date: 2019
Production (role):
MR WHIPPY
Company:
Elation Pictures / Pia Pressure / BBC Films
Project details:
In post-production on 15’ film set in East End of 1980s Glasgow, written by Paddy Campbell.
Date: 2013
Production (role):
OUR LAD (Director / Producer / Co-Writer)
Company:
Peek Films / Channel 4
Project details:
15’ drama film, written with Ishy Din.

Festivals inc. BFI London Film Festival, Seattle, Raindance, Encounters,
LSFF, LA Shortsfest, Aesthetica, Underwire.
Date: 2008
Production (role):
THE WEDNESDAY MATINESS CLUB (Writer / Director)
Company:
Reel Cinemas
Project details:
6’ live-action short film about a projectionist who tries to woo a regular cinemagoer
Date: 2007
Production (role):
IN THE CAN (Writer / Director)
Company:
Straight 8
Project details:
3’ super 8 live-action short

Shortlisted for 2007 Kodak Straight 8 Award (supported by UKFC)

Screened Cannes FF 2007 (Kodak Tent) and Raindance 2007
PRODUCER
Date: 2015
Production (role):
WHAT DO ARTISTS DO ALL DAY? – DEREK BOSHIER
Company:
Peek Films / BBC Four
Project details:
30’ documentary about the seminal pop artist, Derek Boshier
Date: 2015
Production (role):
RIGHT TO FIGHT
Company:
Peek Films / NERD / The Guardian
Project details:
15’ documentary about MMA fighter with Down’s syndrome
Date: 2013
Production (role):
WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER?
Company:
Peek Films / Channel 4
Project details:
7’ documentary about cryonics

Dir. Tom Latter
AWARDS
Date: 2015
Production (role):
Screen International
Project details:
‘Star of Tomorrow’
Date: 2014
Production (role):
Underwire Film Festival
Project details:
Special Mention in Best Director category - OUR LAD
Date: 2014
Production (role):
Corinthia Artist-In-Residence
Project details:
Runner Up
Date: 2008
Production (role):
IMA Award
Project details:
Winner - BITE
Date: 2008
Production (role):
AOP Award
Project details:
Winner - BITE
Date: 2007
Production (role):
Kodak / Straight 8
Project details:
Shortlisted Director
Date: 2007
Production (role):
Cannes Film Festival
Project details:
IN THE CAN
Date: 2006
Production (role):
National Skills Day Award
Project details:
Soho Editors / Skillset
SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS
BFI NET.WORK at London Film Festival 2016

FILM FEST LAB Cinematography Course with Skillset International Scholarship Bursary 2015

Creative England / BFI NET.WORK Brighton Talent Centre Programme 2014

Think Shoot Distribute Talent Lab at London Film Festival 2013

Living Pictures Directing Actors with Dominic Cooke, Ian Rickson, Roxana Silbert, Katie Mitchell 2005-15

Werner Herzog Rogue Film School 2011

Edinburgh International Television Festival Fast Track 2007

Script Factory SCENE Insiders Programme at Edinburgh Int. Film Festival 2007

16mm Filmmaking Course at City University 2006

National Youth Theatre of Great Britain 1999-2002

Credits

  • Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Production (role): FANATIC
    Company: Elation Pictures / Pia Pressure / BFI / BBC Films
    Project details: Developing thriller feature set in 1990s, written by Paddy Campbell (Wet House)
  • Production (role): PANOPTICON
    Company: Escape Films
    Project details: Developing psychological thriller feature, written by Charlotte Wolf.
    Prod Michelle Stein
  • Production (role): BOUND
    Company:
    Project details: Developing a transatlantic dark comedy TV series, written by Rob Drummond (Bullet Catch).
  • Production (role): RODEO MO
    Company: Potboiler Productions
    Project details: Developing a post-Brexit comedy drama feature
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2019
    Production (role): ACKLEY BRIDGE
    Company: The Forge / Channel 4
    Project details: 2 x 60’ episodes of award-winning TV series set in multicultural Academy in West Yorkshire.
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): SNATCHES
    Company: Royal Court / BBC4
    Project details: 3 x 15’ films, curated by the Royal Court Theatre, written by Zinnie Harris, Rachel De-Lahay and Charlene James
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): PLAYING BALL (Director)
    Company: BBC Drama Productions / BBC 3 / iPlayer
    Project details: 15’ dark comedy film, written by Selina Lim, for BBC3/iPlayer Original Drama Shorts series.
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2019
    Production (role): MR WHIPPY
    Company: Elation Pictures / Pia Pressure / BBC Films
    Project details: In post-production on 15’ film set in East End of 1980s Glasgow, written by Paddy Campbell.
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): OUR LAD (Director / Producer / Co-Writer)
    Company: Peek Films / Channel 4
    Project details: 15’ drama film, written with Ishy Din.

    Festivals inc. BFI London Film Festival, Seattle, Raindance, Encounters,
    LSFF, LA Shortsfest, Aesthetica, Underwire.
  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): THE WEDNESDAY MATINESS CLUB (Writer / Director)
    Company: Reel Cinemas
    Project details: 6’ live-action short film about a projectionist who tries to woo a regular cinemagoer
  • Date: 2007
    Production (role): IN THE CAN (Writer / Director)
    Company: Straight 8
    Project details: 3’ super 8 live-action short

    Shortlisted for 2007 Kodak Straight 8 Award (supported by UKFC)

    Screened Cannes FF 2007 (Kodak Tent) and Raindance 2007
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): WHAT DO ARTISTS DO ALL DAY? – DEREK BOSHIER
    Company: Peek Films / BBC Four
    Project details: 30’ documentary about the seminal pop artist, Derek Boshier
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): RIGHT TO FIGHT
    Company: Peek Films / NERD / The Guardian
    Project details: 15’ documentary about MMA fighter with Down’s syndrome
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER?
    Company: Peek Films / Channel 4
    Project details: 7’ documentary about cryonics

    Dir. Tom Latter
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Project details
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): Screen International
    Project details: ‘Star of Tomorrow’
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): Underwire Film Festival
    Project details: Special Mention in Best Director category - OUR LAD
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): Corinthia Artist-In-Residence
    Project details: Runner Up
  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): IMA Award
    Project details: Winner - BITE
  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): AOP Award
    Project details: Winner - BITE
  • Date: 2007
    Production (role): Kodak / Straight 8
    Project details: Shortlisted Director
  • Date: 2007
    Production (role): Cannes Film Festival
    Project details: IN THE CAN
  • Date: 2006
    Production (role): National Skills Day Award
    Project details: Soho Editors / Skillset
  • BFI NET.WORK at London Film Festival 2016

    FILM FEST LAB Cinematography Course with Skillset International Scholarship Bursary 2015

    Creative England / BFI NET.WORK Brighton Talent Centre Programme 2014

    Think Shoot Distribute Talent Lab at London Film Festival 2013

    Living Pictures Directing Actors with Dominic Cooke, Ian Rickson, Roxana Silbert, Katie Mitchell 2005-15

    Werner Herzog Rogue Film School 2011

    Edinburgh International Television Festival Fast Track 2007

    Script Factory SCENE Insiders Programme at Edinburgh Int. Film Festival 2007

    16mm Filmmaking Course at City University 2006

    National Youth Theatre of Great Britain 1999-2002