Film Maker Appreciation: Rhea Dillon

Film Maker Appreciation: Rhea Dillon

By Sister Sibling

Film Maker Appreciation: Rhea Dillon

Film Maker Appreciation: Rhea Dillon

In an industry often besotted with age-old traditions and clichés, emerging filmmaker Rhea Dillon is a breath of fresh air. She is hailed as a beacon for a new generation of creatives, persistently pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo with her thought-provoking narratives and visually striking cinematography. 

Born and raised in London, Dillon's journey into the world of filmmaking was anything but conventional. She studied Fashion Communication and Promotion at Central Saint Martins, an institution renowned for fostering creative talent. Here, she nurtured her interest in storytelling and image-making, subsequently leading her to the realm of filmmaking. 

"Cinema is a magical place where I can explore and express my thoughts, fears, and dreams. It's a canvas where I paint my perceptions of the world," says Dillon.

Indeed, her works are reflective of her personal experiences and perspectives. They often delve into themes of identity, race, and childhood, offering audiences a unique lens through which to view these subjects. 

  • Process, her debut film, is a powerful exploration of Black identity and the complexities of growing up in a predominantly white society.
  • In The Name I Call Myself, Dillon probes into the intersection of race and gender, presenting a poignant narrative about self-discovery and acceptance.
  • Her most recent work, Black Angel, is a stellar exemplification of her storytelling prowess, merging the abstract with reality to create a mesmerising cinematic experience.

Dillon's contribution to the film industry extends beyond her own productions. She is also an ardent advocate for diversity and inclusion, consistently using her platform to amplify underrepresented voices and narratives. 

Rhea Dillon is more than a filmmaker; she is a visionary, a trailblazer, and a force to be reckoned with. As we eagerly await her next masterpiece, we are reminded of the power of cinema to instigate change and challenge conventions.

Dillon's short film 'A Perfect Soul' was screened at the BFI London Film Festival in 2018.

Dillon's short film 'The Other Side of the Coin' won the Best Short Film award at the British Urban Film Festival in 2019.

Dillon is a co-founder of the production company Black Apron Entertainment.