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RACHAEL CASTELL, MA

Interviewer | Presenter | Facilitator

07939 040 836|  rachael@rachaelcastell.com

www.rachaelcastell.com

Rachael Castell is an interviewer, presenter, event host and chair with specialisms in film, comedy, music, literature, event cinema and the performing arts. She has conducted interviews with internationally recognised talent live on stage for major international festivals and acted as host and chair at multiple galas, special screenings and networking events. She recorded and hosted her own podcast for Domino Music Publishing with sponsorship from Sonos, and has 5 years of podcasting and broadcast experience. Rachael has also coordinated and delivered a variety of acclaimed filmmaker training schemes at which she acts as facilitator, host and mentor. Her interviews take a conversational and fun approach but Rachael isn’t afraid to tackle deeper questions and investigate themes, providing meaningful insights for an audience whilst keeping them entertained. She is a confident public speaker and, recently, stand-up comic.

“The best interview I’ve ever given” – Jon Hopkins 

PREVIOUS CLIENTS:

Cheltenham Literature Festival | 800 – 1000 live audience | 1.5 hours each

Example interviews: comedian David Mitchell (That Mitchell and Webb Look, QI, Peep Show), playwright Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem, The River, Spectre, Black Mass), writer John Morton (Twenty Twelve, W1A, People Like Us), Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong (writers Peep Show, Fresh Meat)

LOCO London Comedy Film Festival | 70 – 500 live audience | 40 min – 1 hour
Example interviews: Robert Popper (Look Around You, Friday Night Dinner, The Inbetweeners), Julia Davis (Nighty Night, Human Remains, Hunderby), Steve Oram (Sightseers, Aaaaaahhhhh!), Debbie Isitt (Nativity!, Nativity 2: Dude Where’s My Manger)

Host: Kickstart Your Comedy Career 2014/15/16 | Rich Pickings: The Science of Laughter | Closing Night Gala 2016

East End Film Festival | 35 – 500 live audience | 40 min – 1 hour

Example interviews: Peter Straughan (screenwriter Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Men Who Stare At Goats), Nick Gonda (producer Tree of Life, To The Wonder, Night of Cups), Damian Jones (producer The Girl with the Pearl Earring, The Iron Lady, Belle), Stephen Woolley (producer Carol, Stoned, The Crying Game)

Host: Mind the Gap 2013/14/15/16 | multiple galas and events

Domino & Sonos | podcast series | 30 – 40 min

Example interviews: Clive Langer, Kate Tempest, Jon Hopkins, Steve Mason, Bill Ryder-Jones, Felix Marten and Al Doyle, Oli Bayston, Ikonika

Host: live events series at Sonos Gallery, London 

“My interview experience with Rachael was one of the most engaging 1 on 1 interactions I’ve had concerning my work and career. It can be an uncomfortable process indulging in your own art in conversation, but she made it an enjoyable experience. She also offered a fresh approach to the interview process, choosing a unique choice of questions for me to answer. 
I’d gladly do it all over! ” - Oli Bayston, BOXED IN

 Carnival of Literatures, Berlin | 60 live audience | 45 min

Example interviews: Elnathan John (author Born on a Tuesday, twice shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing), Shamini Flint (author the Inspector Singh Investigates series), Nii Parkes (author Tail of the Blue Bird, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize)

Blink Productions | 35 live audience | 45 min

Example interviews: Graham Linehan (writer Father Ted, Black Books), Richard Holden (producer The It Crowd, ‘Allo ‘Allo, Blackadder Goes Forth), Alexi Wheeler (executive producer Nickelodeon)

British Comedy Guide Conference | 200 live audience | 1 hour each

Example interviews: Damon Beesley (co-creator The Inbetweeners), Bill Dare (creator and writer The Mary Whitehouse ExperienceDead RingersThe Now Show),

Paul Bassett Davies (author The Magic Roundabout movie), Ged Parsons (writer Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week)

“Rachael's input on The Media Festival and the Media Festival Arts, as both speaker and advisor on content was always fresh, insightful and very topical. Her combined knowledge of the arts and the digital content industries is impressive and her enthusiasm and creativity were hugely helpful in launching both events.”

Louise Benson, Festival Director Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival

QUALIFICATIONS:

MA History of Film and Visual Media with distinction, Birkbeck, University of London

BA, English Literature, Kings College, London

BFI Sight and Sound journalism course

Art of Interviewing Course, Just Radio

Graduate Improv Olympics one week London intensive

Graduate Second City Intensive improvisation course in Chicago

ADDITIONAL SKILLS:

Direct experience as a filmmaker (producer / director / editor)

Extensive experience in digital art and specifically performance capture

Lead singer / songwriter for the 5-piece folk-rock band The Wild Rye

French to A-level standard, confident conversational

Full clean driving license