Rebecca O'Brien (born 25 October 1957) is a BAFTA-winning film producer, known especially for her work with Ken Loach. O'Brien was born in London, England.[1]

Rebecca O'Brien
O'Brien in 2015
Born1957 (age 66–67)
OccupationFilm producer Edit this at Wikidata

She grew up in Peebles.[2]

Together with Loach and scriptwriter Paul Laverty, she runs the production company Sixteen Films, formed in 2002.[3][4] The trio received an "outstanding contribution" award from BAFTA Scotland in November 2016.[5]

Her career began in theatre and children's television and her early cinema work includes My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), on which she was location manager, and Bean (1997), which she co-produced.[3]

She was co-producer on Loach's Hidden Agenda (1990) and sole producer on his Land and Freedom (1995) and on many of his subsequent films,[3] two of which, The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) and I, Daniel Blake (2016) received the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Laverty, Loach and O'Brien won the 2017 BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film, for I, Daniel Blake.[6]

She served as a member of the board of the UK Film Council, until that body's dissolution in 2010,[7] and of the UK Film Industry Training Board.[8] She is a board member of PACT, the trade body for independent film production companies in the United Kingdom,[9] and of the European Film Academy.[8] She is also a member of The British Screen Advisory Council.[10]

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  1. ^ "Rebecca O'Brien". BFI. Archived from the original on 30 October 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  2. ^ The Scotsman Friday 16 October 1998, page 31
  3. ^ a b c "O'Brien, Rebecca (1957-) Biography". BFI. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  4. ^ "'I, Daniel Blake' producer Rebecca O'Brien joins Screen Film Summit". Screen Daily. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Crime drama Shetland triumphs at Bafta Scotland". BBC News. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  6. ^ "2017 Film Outstanding British Film". BAFTA. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Producer Rebecca O'Brien reacts to abolition of UK Film Council". BBC News. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  8. ^ a b "People" (in German). European Film Academy. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Our Team". PACT. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Rebecca O'Brien". British Screen Advisory Council. Retrieved 19 August 2017.

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