Film, TV & Theatre
Claire is a writer and director based in London. She is currently in post production on her debut feature, ‘Make Up', produced by the BFI, BBC Films and Creative England through their iFeatures initiative. Claire is developing three other features with the BFI: 'The Swan' is an adaptation of Tessa Hadley’s short story and was developed through Torino Lab, 'English Animals' is an adaptation of Laura Kaye’s debut novel being written by Emily Marcuson, and Claire is co-directing BFI-backed documentary, 'My Husband The Cyborg'.
Claire’s award-winning short films have played at more than 50 festivals worldwide and are known for their subtle storytelling and striking visuals. Claire has an MA in English Literature from Edinburgh University, where she specialised in Gothic fiction. She assisted director John Crowley on ‘Boy A' and ‘Is Anybody There?' and worked as a script reader for companies such as the UK Film Council, BBC Films, Focus Features, Working Title Films and Studio Canal. In 2014 she co-founded Cinesisters, a collective of female directors. www.claireoakley.com
MY HUSBAND THE CYBORG
BFI, Rubber Stamp Films
Documentary feature in development with the BFI.
BFI, Redbreast Productions
Feature adaptation of Laura Kaye’s novel being written by Emily Marcuson, in development with the BFI.
BFI, Quiddity Films
Feature in development with the BFI and developed through Torino AdaptLab
BBC Films, BFI, Creative England, iFeatures, Quiddity Films
Debut feature in post production
Decca, Universal Music
Documentary about South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza
Rankin Film Productions, Quiddity Films
Winner of ‘Best Director’ at Underwire Film Festival (2014), Special Mention at London Short Film Festival (2014), nominated for the Channel 4 Award for Innovative Storytelling (2014).
Commissioned by the Wellcome Trust
Working Title, Quiddity Films
Winner of Film London’s 'Best of Boroughs' Jury Award (2012)
Winner of Best Personal Narrative at Amsterdam Film Festival (2011)