Born in North London, England to Ghanaian parents Rita initially trained as a painter and graduated from Camberwell College of Arts with a Joint Honours BA in Visual Arts, here she made her first films. Her work explores the complexity of family, in all its forms, and the dreams of women. Her debut feature, the rites-of-passage adventure BLISS! starring Freya Parks, had its World Premiere at the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival. Rita directed 2nd Unit on the closing 2 episodes of SISTER/HBO/Sky series, THE BABY.
She is developing long form work for TV and Film. Short film directing credits include Screen South part funded THE CURRY CLUB starring Cleo Sylvestre MBE, Ruth Sheen, Claire-Louise Cordwell and Olivier Award Winner Kenneth Cranham and the upcoming AURORA, log line: "A peri-menopausal vampire is on a quest to kill a habit that won't die".
Rita is the Chair of BAFTA's British Short Film Award Jury and creator/curator of 225 Film Club.
She produced award winning animation for Turner Broadcasting Europe (Cartoon Network, Boomerang) for 7 years and founded Sugar & Water Films to produce her first short film, Threesome. It screened in the Calling Card Program at Telluride Film Festival and was nominated for a Stella Screen Award. Threesome was distributed by Sky Movies and Canal +.http://www.sugarandwaterfilms.com
Bliss! (BBFC 12) Directed & produced by Rita Osei. Cast includes Freya Parks, David Leon, Lauren Johns, Reece Noi, Montserrat Lombard, Lars Arentz--Hansen.