Claire McCarthy

Writer / Director

Writer, director, producer and visual artist Claire McCarthy has been making internationally-acclaimed short films and documentaries for more than a decade. Claire is a directing graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (whose alumni include Jane Campion and Gillian Armstrong) and holds a Bachelor of Design/ Communications (Hons) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Claire is currently directing Ophelia, a feature reimagining of Hamlet starring Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: Episode VIII) and Naomi Watts (Birdman, The Impossible). Daniel Bobker (The Brothers Grimm, The Skeleton Key), Ehren Kruger (Transformers, The Ring) and Sarah Curtis (Charlotte Gray, Mrs Brown) are producing this US/UK co-production. She is also writing and directing a project for twice Academy Award-nominated actress and producer Viola Davis (Suicide Squad, The Help), with Su Armstrong (Red Dog, Good Will Hunting) and Brian Rosen (Around the Block, James and the Giant Peach), with other features at various stages of development.

Claire wrote and directed the title segment of Tim Winton’s The Turning produced by Robert Connolly (Romulus, My Father, The Boys) which screened at Berlinale in 2014. This critically-acclaimed compendium feature premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival and won the AACTA Award (Australian Academy Award) for Best Actress (Rose Byrne) for Claire’s segment. The film was nominated for a further six AACTA Awards, including Best Feature Film.

Her 2010 feature film, The Waiting City, starring Radha Mitchell and Joel Edgerton, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010 and was released in Australia through Hopscotch Films, and in North America through eOne. The film was nominated for three Film Critics Circle Awards, an Australian Directors Guild Award, won two IF Awards for cinematography and editing and has sold to over than 40 territories around the world. Claire’s debut feature, Cross Life, premiered at the Sydney Film Festival, screened at Busan and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Her Young Filmmakers Fund documentary film, Sisters, was broadcast on ABC Television and is still distributed internationally.

In 2016, Claire shadowed Cherie Nowlan on How to Get Away With Murder, and also shadowed on American Horror Story. She was also selected to participate in the NBC Emerging Director’s Program and completed an attachment with Ryan Murphy Productions.

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