Bob Bentley

Recent Years

The Pleasure of Rope is being distributed and screened at events and festivals. It is also available for download at
Bob produced and directed a feature documentary The Pleasure of Rope - about the art of Japanese rope bondage.
Bob wrote The Birth of the West, a two part series about Greek Pre-Socratic philosophy. Not yet produced.
Director on the Animal Planet/Discovery Channel series Fatal Attractions - Chimps.
Bob was India/Sri Lanka Director/Cameraman on the BBC4 series Masterpieces of the East.
Bob was director/producer on two programmes in the BBC2 series British Film Forever. They were on Thrillers and War Films.
He made two programmes as writer/director/producer for the US History Channel series Battlefield Detectives. They were the American Civil War THE Battle of Shiloh and the Indian Wars THE Battle of Big Hole. The battles were reconstructed.
Bob was director/producer on two programmes in the BBC series The Private Life of A Masterpiece. They were The Kiss by Rodin and The Great Wave by Hokusai. Both were well reviewed and were ‘pick of the day’ in a number of newspapers and publications.
He directed two drama/docs in a six-part series, Art Crime, for the BBC and Bravo (USA). They were Rubens Unwrapped and Tiffany Tomb Raiders which had a wonderful review in The Guardian.
Arts programmes include To a Woman’s Heart, a contemporary dance film with Dutch choreographer Karin Post, produced as a Dance for the Camera for the BBC and NPS (Holland).
Blind Visions was a science programme about sight loss and The Art of Horse Racing looked at the history of racing art - with Mark Wallinger. Other drama/docs include visions of the future for CNN in the series 2020 - A History of the Future.

Earlier Work

In drama Recluse (1980) was a half-hour cinema short which Bob directed, produced and co-wrote. It was the winner of the BAFTA Best Short Film award. Available Light (1990) was a one-hour television drama for BBC2 starring Tom Bell, Joely Richardson and David Morrissey.
Literary programmes with drama include Adrian Noble’s Measure For Measure (1995), a Bard on the Box with the Royal Shakespeare Company for BBC2. Fun with Wigs (1996) was an exploration of restoration eroticism with David Baddiel for Channel 4.
Music programmes for the BBC include profiles of opera singers – Jessye Norman: Singer (1985) and Janet Baker: Full Circle (1981). He directed a number of items for a classical music series The Score (1995). One item was THE YOUNG ONES, about musical prodigies.
Contemporary dance films include Never Again (1989) with DV8 Physical Theatre for Channel 4 - it won several European awards. Beethoven in Love (1993) with Divas Dance Company had a Down’s Syndrome performer in the main role.

Qualifications and Lecturing

Bob Bentley graduated with a MA(RCA) from the Royal College of Art Film & Television School. Prior to that he gained a degree in Fine Art at the University of Brighton. He has taught at the National Film school, Brunel University, the Universities of Westminster, Portsmouth and Falmouth and for the Documentary Filmmakers Group.