Writer / Director
Claire Leona Apps was raised in Hong Kong and Indonesia before relocating to Britain, where she graduated in Pure Mathematics at Imperial College before completing an MA at the London Film School, graduating as a director. For a decade her work with in the industry has been fuelled by a strong narrative drive, vivid imagination, desire to challenge people’s everyday perceptions and a fascination with the moving image. She has shot as far afield as Asia, directed accomplished actors, and has been commissioned by a diverse range of sponsors. Writing and directing credits include “Gweipo” (starring Francesca Annis, winner of ‘Best Short’ at Tiger Far East Film Festival and ‘Special Jury Prize’ at AFIA Film Festival), documentary “Aceh Recovers” shot in Indonesia and charting the effect of charity work on the post tsunami region, “Hubcaps and Bathtubs” (finalist at Commonwealth Vision Awards), stop animation “Plastic Love” (Filmaka level winner), “Girl Blue Running Shoe” (Art Council England Funded, seen at the Great North Museum, on BBC1 and at the Cork Film Festival), His Uterus ; Her Lover, Ruminate (Starring Rebecca Hall, St. Louis International Film Festival) and a selection of noteworthy music videos. With her production company Dog Eared Films, Claire has established a unique creative hub in Central London: Dog Eared Studios. She completed her debut feature film “And Then I was French” (screened at East End Film Festival, Middlebury Film Festival). It was nominated for best thriller at the National Film Awards in London, and Little White Lies and Hero Magazine announced it as a must see. The film, starring Joanna Vanderham (“What Maisie Knew”, “The Paradise”) is a kooky, genre-twisting thriller with a surrealist tilt aimed at young adults and will be releasing in 2017. Claire's most recent script "Bat and the Kid" was a finalist for the EWA Berlinale Residency Program 2017.
Interview with Claire about And Then I was French