Claire McCarthyScreenwriter | Director

Award-winning filmmaker Claire McCarthy directed Ophelia, a feature reimagining of Hamlet starring Daisy Ridley, which had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival in 2018. In 2019, she is directing The Luminaries for Working Title and BBC Two, a series based on the novel by Eleanor Catton; and is also developing several feature projects.

Claire wrote and directed the title segment of Tim Winton’s The Turning produced by Robert Connolly (Romulus, My Father) which screened at Berlinale in 2014. This critically-acclaimed compendium feature premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival and won the AACTA 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 ADG Award, 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. For a full CV please contact

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