Rachel Benaissa is a French actress and writer, based in London. Rachel’s writing is female-focused, often blending drama with dark humour and finding the comedy in the absurdity and challenge of everyday life. She writes unabashed about mental health challenges, identity and the conflict of multi-heritage labels with a fresh, vibrant humour and contemporary relevance. Her dramedy feature script JULIET IS FINE placed in the top 10% of the 2020 & 2021 Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship and as a Finalist in the 2021 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. Her TV pilot INADEQUATE placed as a quarterfinalist, in the 2022 Filmatic Pitch Now Screenplay Competition & in the 2022 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship. The script is loosely based on Rachel’s own experiences and follows a French-Algerian woman navigating a crisis of identity. Rachel’s television feature for a US network channel is currently filming in Florida and she is developing her short film THE COMMITMENT following its placing as a Top 5 Finalist in the 2022 Shore Scripts Film Fund. It is a short dramatic comedy about postpartum depression. She is also developing a comedy-horror television idea. Previous projects include TV pilot ‘PANIC’, inspired by her own experience with generalised anxiety disorder which was a quarterfinalist in the 2021 ScreenCraft TV Pilot Script Competition & a semifinalist in the 2021 Script Lab Screenplay Contest. Rachel studied Theatre & Filmmaking at the Gaiety School in Dublin and is represented as an actress by AK Agents.
A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for a action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for a action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.