Rory Banwell is an AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer, MEAA accredited freelance journalist, digital content producer, and freelance creative based on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales.

Rory completed her Bachelor of Digital Media & Communications (Journalism/Screen) in 2017 and graduated at the first in her degree.

In 2016, Rory received international coverage for her photography project 'Still Not Asking For It' which brings attention to sexual and domestic violence.

She received a scholarship in 2017 to be a part of the pilot cohort of students to attend the brand new Sydney School of Entrepreneurship because of her work with 'Still Not Asking For It'. 

Rory completed a production internship with WildBear Productions in 2017 which set her up for an ongoing career in film.

In 2019, Rory was a finalist for the Documentary Australia Foundations SheDoc initiative. That year she also received a scholarship from the Sundance Film Institute to take part in their Producing Documentary course.

2019 was a busy year with Rory directing a brand new production of "Heathers: The Musical" with renowned musician Pete Skelton as the Musical Director, and Ash Ross, from the Ross dancing dynasty, as the Choreographer.

Due to Covid-19 in 2020, Rory took a break from film and dove into journalism and writing. Rory has become an integral part of the SmartFella Media team - the production team behind the Australian True Crime podcast and many others, and continues to work for SmartFella currently. 

2021 has seen Rory team up with the phenomenal team from zacpage to create a short film for the National Gallery in Canberra. She has also created a new project as an offshoot of 'Still Not Asking For It' called "What I Wore" which is currently in production. You can find more information about it here

Rory also has a documentary inspired by the 'Still Not Asking For It' project called 'Consent' that is currently in early development with Lady in Black Creative. 

After being based in Sydney for almost ten years, Rory now resides in her beautiful seaside hometown of Coffs Harbour with her partner Alex and beautiful daughter Polly.

 

Rory is also a staple of the Coffs Harbour theatre scene and regularly contributes to various community events and charities.