Becker Film Group is a leading independent film distribution company bringing innovation, extensive experience, strong relationships and an established reputation to the quality film market.
The Becker Family has been an integral part of the Australian film landscape for over 50 years, founding Australia’s first independent film and television distribution business in 1965. Following the sale of the Becker Group business (incorporating Dendy Films and Exhibition as well as Moonlight Cinema) in 2008, Richard Becker established Becker Film Group – keeping the strong family tradition alive. Notable Becker box office hits include FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, RABBIT PROOF FENCE, THE WORLD’S FASTEST INDIAN, MARGIN CALL, AMELIE, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS, SUPERSIZE ME, GOOD NIGHT AND GOODLUCK, BECOMING JANE, THE LAST STATION, MARGIN CALL, VOLVER and CANDY.
Becker Film Group has a focus on delivering quality stories and exceptional content to the Australian and New Zealand marketplace.
Richard Becker launched Becker Film Group Pty Ltd in 2008. A 39-year industry veteran, Richard brings with him a wealth of experience in film distribution, exhibition and production.
Richard served as CEO of Becker Group formerly R.A. Becker & Co. (the umbrella company for household names including Dendy Films, Dendy Cinemas, Moonlight Cinema and OnSite Broadcasting) from 1985 to 2007, where he supervised all aspects of the company’s film and television operations including finance, acquisitions, development, production, sales, marketing and distribution. In addition to the titles mentioned in the introduction Richard has overseen more than 300 theatrical films generating over $100M at the box office. These films include critically acclaimed and commercially successful titles such as; FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, VERA DRAKE, PRIMARY COLORS, WONDER BOYS, SCREAM, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, A WALK TO REMEMBER, THE 7-UP SERIES, CONTROL, SWIMMING POOL and more.
In addition to his executive experience in growing and managing independent film companies Richard has produced 14 feature films and over 100 hours of quality Australian drama. Richard was the founding President of the Australian Independent Distributors Association (AIDA).
Sales & Acquisitions Manager
Elle joined Becker Film Group in 2009 as Head of Regional Sales and in 2011 took over as National Sales and Acquisitions manager, responsible for overseeing all theatrical sales including THE LAST STATION starring Academy Award® Nominees Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer, MARGIN CALL starring Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons, BOYCHOIR starring Academy Award® Winner Dustin Hoffman and 5 FLIGHTS UP with Academy Award® Winner Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton.
Elle is also actively involved with acquisitions, along side Richard for both Australia and New Zealand. Attending all major international film festivals including Festival de Cannes, Berlin and The American Film Market.
Elle’s background in cinema exhibition, her creative outlook and attention to detail are vital resources to promote and position each and every film effectively.
Publicity & Partnerships Manager
Prior to joining Becker Film Group as National Publicity and Partnerships Manager in 2014, Kate had a long standing relationship with the company. During her time working for a Sydney based PR agency, Kate was appointed as their Senior Communications Manager.
Kate is responsible for creating and implementing all PR strategies for theatrical and home entertainment releases in Australia and overseeing PR in New Zealand. Recent campaigns include: BOYCHOIR starring Academy Award® Winner Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates and 5 FLIGHTS UP with Academy Award® Winner Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton.
Kate is an 8-year veteran of the PR industry with a strong consumer background where she specialised in entertainment PR. It was during this period, working in the high-pressure agency environment, that she found her love of film PR. Since then she has also recognised the importance of brand alignments, partnerships and targeted grassroots outreach for film campaigns and has fully embraced this aspect of taking a film to market.
Cinema has always held a special place in Kate's heart. In fact, she always wanted to be an actor but once she realised she couldn't act, not even a little bit, she decided behind-the-scenes was more her bag.
She has previously worked for Paramount Home Entertainment, Pinnacle Films and Transmission Films.