Stepping Out

Directors : Rebecca Ann Bentley

Stepping Out poster Australian Film Festival OZIFF

Overview & Credits


The story follows a well-liked student in an all-boys high school, grappling with his sexual identity after kissing his closest friend.

Director Biography

Founder & CEO of Bentley Pictures, Rebecca Ann Bentley is a queer award-winning Australian writer, director & producer. Actress-turned-filmmaker, Rebecca has trained in Australia, Canada, and the United States and worked on many projects including short films, feature films, commercials & web series. Her short films have won awards at many film festivals around the world.

As queer woman, she has always felt and noticed the lack of opportunities and proper representation in the industry, both in front of and behind the camera. However, it wasn’t until she got diagnosed with ADHD, epilepsy and many invisible chronic illnesses, that she truly noticed the lack of representation for people like herself and the negative, hopeless stereotypical portrayal of people with mental health issues and disabilities on screen. Determined to change this and start more conversations, she created Bentley Pictures. Both with her company and her own work, Rebecca is passionate about spreading awareness about important topics and issues that often get dismissed, creating opportunities for those with disabilities and making film/TV sets, film festivals and studios more accessible.


Rebecca Ann Bentley - Writer / Editor
Kelly Ryan - Producer
Noah Kiely - Music
Johnny Sacco - Cinematographer

Key Cast

Ayodeji Otuyelu
Ashleigh McGregor
Ejembi Adakole
Kone Sendou
Alem John
Paulin Essayiyas