Rebecca O'Brien

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Phobia Films

Film maker. Director at Phobia Films.


Mobile 0413 127 295
Address 20 Julian Rocks Drive, Byron Bay


Originally from Christchurch New Zealand I moved to Sydney to study at the Australian Film Television & Radio School. While there I directed and designed several award winning short films that screened in Australia and around the world. After graduating I worked as a Designer and Art Director on TVC’s, music clips, drama and stop-motion animation for many years.

Over the last ten years I have concentrated solely on directing, working predominately in television. My desire to direct drama has manifest in several short films and also lead me to direct some theater.

I spent four months in Vancouver working on the set of Battlestar Galactica with director Michael Rymer, inspired by my experience I came back to Australia more determined than ever to pursue my passion.

Over the years I have worked on numerous productions including; Photo Finish for Southern Star Entertainment, segment producer for the ABC’s First Tuesday Book Club, and producing the televised presentation of The Reef, an artist collaboration between Richard Tognetti and the ACO.

After taking time off for maternity leave I am currently working as a freelance director for ABC TV’s Play School. I am also in the process of directing two short films; 'A Child’s Introduction to the Principles and Mechanics of Flight' and a short horror film titled 'Unwanted'.

Career Highlights

Executive Producer Jasper Jones.
Mentor placement with Michael Rymer on the set of Battlestar Galactica.
Developing first feature with Nicola Harvey from Pipi Films.
Director The Unlisted, Aquarius Films and Netflix.

Production Credits

The Unlisted - Drama Director Ep 13. Aquarius Films & Netflix
Play School – Segment Producer/Writer/Director, ABC TV.
ABC Arts Online – Producer/Writer/Director/Shooter/Editor ABC TV.
Jasper Jones - Executive Producer.
The Reef – Producer.
The Great Dark - Writer /Director.
The First Tuesday Book Club – Segment Producer/ Writer/Director/Shooter.
Young Performer Award – Series Producer ABC TV.
Move it Mob Style (Season 2) – Producer.
Photo Finish - Producer.
Living Strong – Producer / Post Producer.
Rural Crisis - Director
Battlestar Galactica - Director internship.
Revolution (Sci Fi Drama) - Internship / 2nd unit Director.
JTV Saturday - Program Producer / Writer/ Director / Post Producer.
Triple j Doc ‘One Night Stand’ - Director / Writer/ Post Producer.
End Of The Line - Director AFTRS.
A Permanent End - Writer /Director AFTRS.
Secrets (documentary) - Writer /Director.


Age 45-54 years old
Indigenous No
Membership Type Professional