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First Act Films brings together the talent and experience of producer/director Ruth Berry and producer/film editor Rodney Sewell.


They've produced, directed, written and/or edited hundreds of hours of factual television for most major international free to air and digital broadcasters.


They are passionate about science, about history, about nature and about people, telling stories that touch the hearts and minds of viewers.


First Act Films is a young company bringing together the talents of two industry professionals who know the business of television and know the art of filmmaking.


Join First Act Films on a storytelling journey!



Productions include:


Asia - Secret Lives, Hidden Places

(5 x 1hr, Eikon/Autentic/LIC for NDR/Arte/ARD)


The Legion - Germany's War in Vietnam

(1 x 75min, for the History Channel Germany)


The 11th Day - Survivors of the Munich Massacre

(1 x 1hr, for the History Channel Germany)


The Neanderthals' Dark Secret

(1x1hr, for Terra Mater Factual Studios/Red Bull Media House and WNET13, Secrets of The Dead)


The Untamed Lech

(1 x 1hr, for ServusTV/Red Bull Media House)


Wonders of Planet Earth

(Series, Cicada for the Travel Channel)


The Billionaires' Promise

(1x86min, DOKfilm for RBB/Arte/ARD)


The Edelweiss Enigma

(1x1hr for ORF, Arte and AVRO)


Dinosaurs on Ice

(1x1hr, ABC Australia/Arte France/WGBH Nova)


Thriller Science

(Discovery International)


Tropic Gothic

(National Geographic International)