ANGUS BENFIELD • FOUNDER
ANGUS BENFIELD is an Australian-born, multi-award-winning director, producer, actor and writer and is the Founder and CEO of film production and distribution company LAMA ENTERTAINMENT and production company BRIDGE & ACORN ENTERTAINMENT.
Movies have been a lifelong passion for Angus, starting with an interest in special FX at 8, then working as a production runner on commercials at 14, he later went on to train as an actor at The Actor's Centre at 20 and landed the lead role in Australian feature film ‘Lex & Rory’ straight out of acting school.
Angus has since worked in all major departments of the film industry, as an actor, screenwriter, producer, director and distributor (theatrical & non-theatrical), as well as in financing. Angus has successfully managed multiple film production companies in the US, Australia and New Zealand along with working as a head of department at the New York Film Academy.
Angus began BRIDGE & ACORN ENTERTAINMENT in 2017 and LAMA ENTERTAINMENT in 2019 in Los Angeles, specializing in independent distribution and production, uniquely creating content from script to screen and producing noteworthy films with impacting messages that inspire and entertain.
Angus is the director of The Great Turkey Town Miracle (2023), Yellow Bird (Brian Doyle-Murray, Kathy Garver, 2023), Heaven (Eric Roberts, 2020) for which he won best director at the Canadian International Film Festival in 2020, Trust (2018) and Wait Up Harriet (2006) and is attached to direct several upcoming features in 2023.
Angus has also produced films The Post (2023), Purgatory Station (Bob Gunton, Sean O’Bryan, 2023), and written and produced films Motorvation (Judy Norton, 2022), Heaven (Eric Roberts, 2020), Trust (2018), High Rollers (2019) and The Holy Roller (Mark Hadlow, 2010), as well as producing Meet Me in Miami (Carlos Ponce, 2005), with other projects currently in development.
Angus is also an accomplished, award winning, and incredibly versatile actor having acted in an extensive number of roles in film, television and theater.
RUTH BENFIELD • CO-FOUNDER
RUTH BENFIELD is a New Zealand-born, accomplished singer/songwriter and artist and has worked in the music and film industry for over 28 years. Ruth is the co-founder of BRIDGE & ACORN ENTERTAINMENT and founder of GLASS OF MILK RECORDS.
Growing up in a musical family, Ruth has always been passionate about the arts. Starting out as an artist at 15, working as an apprentice photographer at 16 and attending the Australasian College of the Arts at 18 - majoring in vocals and guitar and minoring in bass, drums and sound engineering. Ruth was nominated for best female vocalist at 19 and has worked as a singer/songwriter, music director and exhibited her art.
Ruth has worked alongside Angus in the film industry, predominantly as a composer, music supervisor, producer, production designer, and marketing director, and is most passionate about championing little-known music artists for film soundtracks.
"One thing we have realized is that you can't sit around wait around for things to just 'happen,' for the blockbuster budget you dream of to be handed to you, or for perfect conditions. Unquestionably, if you want to make a movie, you have to use whatever talent you have been given and go out there and make it happen, or you will find yourself sitting around and waiting forever. Go out into the world and make movies with heart and passion and hope woven within a great story, because even if it impacts only a handful of people's lives, you have done what you were called to do." - Ruth Benfield
Ruth is the production designer and producer for Yellow Bird (2022), production designer, website designer and poster artist for Motorvation (2022), music supervisor, composer (additional music), website designer, poster artist and producer for Heaven (2020), music supervisor for Trust (2018), a composer for The Holy Roller (2010), and a composer for Wait Up Harriet (2006).
BRIDGE & ACORN ENTERTAINMENT is a multi-faceted, self-sustained, collaborative production company, passionate about creating high quality films, that reach out, impact, inspire, entertain and speak hope into people's lives. - anonymous