Ella Bee Glendining is a filmmaker, writer and actor. A graduate of Norwich University of the Arts, Ella has made several short films, predominantly specialising in writing and directing. ‘POWER TO THE MINI BEASTS’, one of her first films, won Best Experimental Short at the BFI Future Film Festival 2016, a two-minute film that explores the feeling of being part of a minority. Her graduation film, ‘The One You Were Born In’ is a drama / documentary hybrid with themes of disability, addiction and queerness. In 2017, Ella wrote and directed a film produced with Screen South and funded by the Arts Council for Channel Four’s Random Acts called ‘Like Sunday’. In March 2018, Ella completed a 20-minute documentary commissioned by the National Paralympic Heritage Trust for installation at an exhibition looking at the history of the Paralympics. As a disabled person, she is particularly interested in challenging society’s perception of disability in her work, and frequently acts in her films. She auditioned for and was accepted onto BBC Class Act 2017, a national programme to support and raise the profile of disabled actors. Ella is currently taking part in Directors UK Inspire Mentorship Partnership, in which she is shadowing director Marc Munden throughout the production of major feature ‘The Secret Garden’. In 2018 she took up a position at Sky TV working on original drama productions including ‘Britannia 2’. Her most recent directing project is a feature documentary about her search for other people with the same disability as her, for which she has secured funding from the BFI Doc Society and is currently in development. Ella has also acted in a number of short films aside from her own, and has had a vegan cookbook published called ‘The Vegan Cook and Gardener’, co-authored with her dad, Piers Warren.
To view Ella's short films, visit https://vimeo.com/user8516224