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And Then I Was French

And Then I Was French

And Then I Was French

1h 46min | Thriller | 8 May 2018 (USA)

Nominated for Best Thriller at the National Film Awards and Screen at East End Film Festival and Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival.

And Then I Was French is a dark and twisting thriller about a young girl’s journey of self-discovery, that takes a dangerous and emotional direction as she struggles to escape the agony of unrequited love.

Sensitive wallflower Cara exists in her humdrum life until the appearance of charismatic Jay unlocks powerful desires within her. When Jay’s beautiful French lover arrives, Cara’s journey to self-discovery takes a dark and unexpected turn, with tragic consequences.

“And Then I was French” released across multiple platforms during summer of 2018, through Summer Hill Films. Please visit the microsite to learn more. This is an original screenplay by Claire Leona Apps, all rights reserved.  ©ATIWF

ATIWF Website

A microsite dedicated to our recently released feature film ‘And Then I was French’!

Feature Film


Joanna Vanderham

Lewis Rainer

Tom Forbes

Milly Thomas 

Writer/Director: Claire Leona Apps

Producers: Amy Thornton  & Claire Leona Apps

Cinematographer: Maeve O’Connell




AND THEN I WAS FRENCH is viewable across the following platforms in the US, Canada & UK:

Amazon US

Google Play

Microsoft Store / XBox

Amazon Digital UK

You can purchase the DVD here


“This fierce British debut about obsession and female identity is for fans of The Neon Demon and the early films of Andrea Arnold.”

“It’s what writer, director Claire Leona Apps does with it that transforms this average plot into something both terrifying and fascinating.”
wemakemovies on the weekend

“Claire Leona Apps’ Brit thriller centres around self-discovery and the dangerous consequences of falling in love, or in this case, lust.”
little white lies


“The director using toxic obsession to flip the male gaze on its head”
hero magazine




International Primere at 2014 St. Louis International Film Festival.

To ruminate means to think; to chew thoughts over and over, focusing on symptoms of distress… their causes, and their consequences. Gemma is in her mid-thirties: She is a childless woman, not in a serious relationship, who lives in the big city of London, primarily concentrating on work and survival. The years have slipped by and the things that appear to have fallen into place for her friends and peers still elude her. We never hear her speak. Instead the audience witnesses a series of events that make us question her happiness culminating in a visit to her gynaecologist.

This film is about age and time, being human, a woman, neither a victim nor a victor; focusing on the struggle that some have to endure to get their lives into the shape they want, and the realization that time won’t wait for them.

Short Film

2014 / 9 min.

Writer / Director: Claire Leona Apps

Starring: Rebecca Hall 

Cinematographer: Maeve O’Connell 

IMDb page

Press on Ruminate : Medium 

His Uterus ; Her Lover

His Uterus ; Her Lover

His Uterus; Her Lover

His Uterus; Her Lover is a fast-paced dry comedy which deals with the complexities of relationships in contemporary society and retains a simple moral- help the friends you love. The short is a witty, dialogue-driven narrative that takes place across a couple of days in the lives of four well-formed characters: Sophie, an attractive, assertive author is six months pregnant with Jonathan’s baby. Jonathan is gay, suave, and happily married. His husband Conner is worried about the strength of their marriage and whether it can support a child and whether Jonathan ever wanted it… or him. Sophie’s younger boyfriend, Richard, also worries about the impact of the child and withdraws from Sophie sexually. Sophie, in turn, becomes more and more frustrated. Comic issues are played out against the landscape of contemporary London: Sophie laments her sex life loudly at her book signing and consoles Conner in a suit shop while Jonathan teaches Richard how to sate Sophie in a crowded pub. The plot is bookmarked by Sophie and Jonathan travelling on a bus- they are in transit.

The film is a touching snapshot of their day to day lives- the warm relationships which buoy them and, of course, the biting London humour which invigorates them.

Year: 2011
Duration: 18 minutes
Format: RED
Country: England
Genre: Comedic Drama

Writer / Director: Claire Leona Apps

Producer: Alexandra Marrache

Cinematographer: Maeve O’Connell

Cast: Hugo Harold-HarrisonJaleh Alp Nathan Evans,  Patrick Fryer 

Composer: David Hermann

Editor: Adam Biskupski 

Plastic Love

Plastic Love

Plastic Love

Samuel and Katalina demonstrate the illusions of beauty. Surrealist stop motion comedy.

Plastic Love won the filmaka competition, theme ‘smoke and mirrors’.

Year: 2009
Running time: 3 minutes
Format: HDV stop animation
Country: England
Genre: Comedy

Voices: David Hermann / Alex Marrache

Writer / Animator / Editor / Sound: Claire Leona Apps

Selected sound effects: free sound project

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