Claire Leona Apps
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Claire Leona Apps was raised in Hong Kong before relocating to Britain, where she graduated with Maths at Imperial College before completing an MA at the London Film School, graduating as a director. 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, “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). With her production company Dog Eared Films, Claire has established a unique creative hub in Central London: Dog Eared Studios. Her debut feature film “And Then I was French” (screened at East End Film Festival, Middlebury Film Festival) 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 released in amazon through Summer Hill entertainment in May 2018. Her most recent script "Bat and the Kid" was a finalist for the EWA Berlinale Residency Program. She currently lives in LA.