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Claire McCarthy

Sydney based writer, director, producer and visual artist, Claire McCarthy has been making internationally acclaimed short films and documentaries for over a decade. A directing graduate of the Australian Film TV and Radio School (2001) she also holds a Bachelor of Design / Communications (Hons) from the University of Technology, Sydney.  Claire has written, directed and produced documentaries, short films and music videos in Australia, India, Germany, Bosnia and Mexico including LITTLE HANDS (2009), SKIN (2006), THE FIND (2006), CITY EDGE (2005), STARBABY (2002), PANOPTICON (2001), SQUARE SPACE (2000) and TINSEL (1999) and her films have screened at many international festivals including Montreal, New York, Palm Springs, Flickerfest, St Kilda and London.

Her first feature film CROSS LIFE premiered at the Sydney Film Festival (2007) and the Pusan International Film Festival in Korea (2007) and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award at the 2007 IF Awards. Her Young Filmmakers Fund (NSW Film TV Office) documentary film SISTERS was broadcast on ABC television in 2008 and 2009 and is distributed by Ronin Films domestically and SBS internationally.

Her most recent feature film THE WAITING CITY premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (2009) and was released theatrically in 2010.



Strong-willed but naive Australian teenager Helena McCarthy, nose-dives into volunteer work in Calcutta, India, one of the poorest cities on earth...


Kings Cross is Australia’s most famous neighbourhood and one of the nation’s most socially liberal and culturally diverse places...