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Claire is a Filmmaking Trainer at Sydney Campus. Claire is a graduate of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, UNSW, and is currently a PhD candidate in Screenwriting at The University of Newcastle, where she taught as a sessional lecturer for the School of Creative Industries from 2015 to 2023.
Claire began her career in theatre, training as an actor and then creating her company The Judas Tree, which championed the new works of emerging Australian playwrights. She has written and directed many professional theatre productions, including Spoon River Anthology (based on the poetry of Edgar Lee Masters), and adapted Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck.
As a filmmaker, Claire's documentary short Big Sky Girls (2022) premiered at Cinequest and recently screened on both SBS and NITV. In 2021, Claire produced the feature documentary Calibrate, which won LA’s Awareness Festival People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film is currently screening in festivals around the world, along with the feature documentary The Power of Activism, which Claire script-edited and associate-produced. That film won the Best Australian Film at the 2022 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. Three Chords and the Truth is Claire's feature drama debut as Writer/Director, which premiered at The Brisbane International Film Festival in 2022. The film's distributor is Bonsai and it will be released in cinemas later this year.
Claire is a recipient of the Director's Pathway Program (2023) through Screenworks. She is currently completing the screenplay for her follow-up feature Seek and Destroy and finishing the true crime documentary feature film Catching Crooks.
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