We are the talents and spirits behind Rebel Heart Films.

CEO / Writer / Director


Born in Scotland, Diane has lived a less than conventional life.  She traveled across the globe to go from Ashtanga Yoga instructor to Sundance filmmaker .

Diane's second feature as writer/director, BLEEDING HEART, a feminist thriller starring Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 2015.


Her first feature, OBSELIDIA, premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival 2010, where it won the Alfred P. Sloan Award and the award for Excellence in Cinematography.  It was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards 2011, including one for Best First Screenplay.  It won acclaim at festivals around the world, including being named as Best of Fest at the Edinburgh Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature at Ashland Indpendent Film Festival, and winning the Youth Jury Prize for Best Film at the Valladolid Festival, Spain.


Her screenplay, STEM, was selected for the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab in January 2011, where it was awarded the Sloan Fellowship.  She was selected for the inaugural Women in Film/Sundance Mentorship program in 2012. With her husband and producing partner, Chris Byrne, she recently launched the Rebel Heart Film Workshop, teaching 2 day intensives on how to make a stand out indie film.  She is passionate about sharing her experiences making films to empower other filmmakers and strengthen our indie film community.



COO / Producer


Born in London, Chris has gone from being a paratrooper in the Falklands War to gaining 20+ years of on-set experience, working on blockbusters like Titanic as well as microbudget indies.

Chris has clocked up decades of filmmaking experience as an actor (credits include Titanic and Mad City),  a stunt man, a military tech advisor (to John McTiernan, the director of Die Hard and Predator) and a Camera Assistant,  learning all the nuts and bolts of physical production on literally dozens of sets.


He produced the Sundance award winning feature, OBSELIDIA, and was subsequently selected for the Film Independent Producer's Lab 2011 and as a participant in the Sundance Institute Producer's Summit 2012.  He has directed commercials, and produced and directed an acclaimed short film, THE TABLE, which played at festivals around the world.


In 2014, together with Diane Bell, he launched the Rebel Heart Film Workshop, teaching step by step how to make a stand out indie film.




Wherever you are in your process, Chris and Diane are available to work with you to help you realize your aims.  Bringing a wealth of hands on knowledge and experience, they can help you avoid problems that could sink your film before you even shoot it.


Who We Are

Dreamers, movie lovers, yogis, parents, artists, film-makers, bread makers, meditators, story-tellers, visionaries and entrepreneurs.  We love having  fun, working hard, and being creative.


In 2010, 16 feature films were selected out of 1,058 submissions to be screened in the US Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.


Our film OBSELIDIA was on of them.


Why Choose us?

  • Our Philosophy

    We believe that a film is ultimately the sum of the choices you make, and that in order to stand out, those have to add up to something magic. From the day you choose to make a movie, you will be faced with a thousand decisions from how you choose to fund it to who you choose to cast in it, from which locations you’ll use to what you’ll feed your crew. Our workshop will help you make the BEST choices you can, empowering you with an understanding of what your options are at every step, and how to select the best one for you and your film EVERY TIME.

  • Our Experience

    Rebel Heart is born from experience. We didn’t go to film school, we’re not academics. We’re film-makers who have been in your shoes. We’ve learnt how to make a successful indie film by doing it – and we want to pass on what we’ve learned from being in the trenches, so you have a better chance of winning.


  • Our Goal

    We can’t guarantee that if you follow our advice your film will go to Sundance or sell for a million dollars. But we can guarantee that if you follow our advice, you will have an awesome experience making your movie, and that you will make the best damn film you are capable of; one you will love and be proud of for the rest of your life.


    And we think that those two factors will give your film the best shot of being the stand out movie – the magic film that beats the odds and gets noticed the way Obselidia did.



One way to get an outlook for the state of independent filmmaking is to look at the Sundance Film Festival.  One clear fact is that spending on independent film rivals that of major movie studios


For a super cool infographic with all the stats go here.


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