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. 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 (Philadelphia Documentary & Fiction Festival) , “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), Ruminate (Starring Rebecca Hall, St. Louis International Film Festival) and a selection of noteworthy music videos. With her production company Dog Eared Films, Claire founded a unique creative hub in Central London: Dog Eared Studios. She has recently completed her psychological thriller debut feature film “And Then I was French” starring Joanna Vanderham, Lewis Rainer and Tom Forbes.
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