Ella Glendining

MA Mentor

Writer/Director/Actor: Documentary + Drama

Ella Glendining has written and directed several short films dedicated to presenting an authentic disabled voice.

‘POWER TO THE MINI BEASTS’ won Best Experimental Short at the BFI Future Film Festival 2016. In 2017 she made a film for Channel Four’s Random Acts called ‘Like Sunday’, about the experience of being a wheelchair user on a night out.

In 2018 Ella completed a 20-minute documentary called ‘Born’, commissioned by the National Paralympic Heritage Trust. Since then, Ella has been working on her first feature documentary, ‘Is There Anybody Out There?’, about her own search for others with the same rare disability as her. ‘Is There Anybody Out There?’ is supported by the BFI Doc Society and produced by Janine Marmot.

Ella is also an actor, having performed with Total Ensemble Theatre Company from 2013 – 2016. She has performed in a number of short films and has done some voice acting for BBC Radio 3, including playing Frances Cecil in Rex Obano’s ‘The Moors of England’. In 2020 she appeared in an episode of BBC One’s ‘Casualty’.

Ella was named one of Screen International’s Screen Stars of Tomorrow 2020.

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