Raised in Asia and educated at the London Film School, British-Canadian award-winning writer/director Claire Leona Apps's debut feature And Then I Was French, released in 2018, is a psychological thriller compared by critics to Andrea Arnold and David Lynch. Apps is known for her cross-cultural perspective and for using dark comedy to challenge ideas about society as we know it. Previous writing and directing credits include Gweipo, Aceh Recovers, Girl Blue Running Shoe and Ruminate. Her work has been screened on the BBC, shown at The Great North Museum and premiered at prestigious festivals such as St. Louis International Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, Cinefest Sudbury, and East End Film Festival. She is a BAFTA LA newcomer. Claire has worked with outstanding actors such as Francesca Annis, Rebecca Hall, Olivia Poulet and Joanna Vanderham.