Claire Leona Apps was raised in Asia before relocating to Britain, where she graduated in Pure Mathematics at Imperial College before an MA at the London Film School. 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, stop animation “Plastic Love” (Filmaka level winner), “Girl Blue Running Shoe” (seen at the Great North Museum, on BBC1 and Cork Film Festival), “Ruminate” (Starring Rebecca Hall, St. Louis International Film Festival).
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 through Summer Hill Films across Amazon, iTunes, Xbox, and DVD in 2018. “Bat and the Kid”, her next script, was final three at EWA Berlinale Residency.