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Who the heck?


Who the heck?


Who the heck?


claudia pickering australians in film

Claudia is an Australian freelance comedy director and she's stoked about it.

Look at that face. Stoked. And she's toning it down for that picture.

Claudia Pickering’s comedy filmmaking career began with acting which lead to writing comedy sketches... and they just kept getting longer. To be more specific, it began when she and her mate Anna convinced Danny Trejo - movie star, ex-convict and face of Old El Paso - to perform a Backstreet Boys-style dance under a dimly-lit bridge. They did not ask the 65-yr old to take off his shirt, he did that all on his own as they evidently have that effect on people.

Since then, International film festivals have showered her two feature films Frisky and Winning Formula with official selections and awards, which is a nice change from when she and her mate Tori used to steal stickers in first grade and wear them on their school uniform collars as though they had been legitimately awarded them.

It surprised the pants off Pickering when Frisky was distributed by Madman and optioned by Jungle Entertainment to create a TV show, which is handy as she is likely to be pantsless for a large portion of the show itself. She did manage to keep her pants on, if you can call yoga tights pants, while directing the Resting Pitch Face webseries for Google and is currently in development on 3 features through her company Cliff House Productions with mixed pants status. One of her extracurriculars includes running the Freshflix Film Festival in Sydney (Vivid) and Los Angeles (AiF) which is mostly just an excuse to take photos at the media wall to update her LinkedIn profile.

The above projects have allowed her to avoid the field of Architecture in which she holds a Masters degree - a method superior to holding her breath until she faints, which was her avoidance tactic of choice up until about age three.

Pickering studied comedy improv at Upright Citizen's Brigade, acting at NIDA and NYFA, and screenwriting intensively at NYU... So she has a bachelor in Bulls**t Artistry, helpful when creating comedy sketches with her troupe Frothpocalypse and for winning Tropfest Tropvine with a giraffe telling a dad joke. This love of animals is evident in her illustrations where Pickering (as thedarclaud) recently drew a jellyfish wearing a Santa hat captioned “Jellyfishmas” which is second only to her "Kanye Asada" illustration of Kanye West trapped in a taco.

At any given time, you'll find her somewhere, with a group of frothers, making stuff.

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FILM & VIDEO


FILM & VIDEO


PROJECTS


FEATURE FILM

"Frisky"

(Director, Writer, Producer, Actor)

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Two twenty-somethings move to San Francisco to chase their career, but end up chasing tail instead.

When two twenty-something women move back to San Francisco, where they had met on exchange years earlier, their high career aspirations quickly become sidelined by their sexual interests. While wildly crass and charismatic in their public personas, they are in fact fundamentally at odds on many levels. Their opposing beliefs surrounding responsibility and romance, combined with their close quarters while crashing in an acquaintance's living room, find them thrust onto a fast track to discovering what their friendship is really made of. Based on true events, Frisky is an honest, tongue-in-cheek look at what it is to be a woman in the limbo years between college and "the real world".

★★★★  "This fearless, fun comedy offers a welcome female take on twentysomethings finding themselves amid aimless drifting, partying and hook-ups, its simple story bolstered by a sharp script and charismatic comedic turn from writer/director Claudia Pickering." - Empire Magazine

"...the script and the performances are razor sharp... Frisky is a beautiful exploration of friendship and self-discovery." Cinema Australia

"With its radical take on narrative and delicate humor Claudia Pickering's feature film directorial debut is a stunner. How Claudia constructs the film is incredibly mature: rather than focus on big dramatic moments, she relies on simple gestures and domestic routines. Pickering leaves the floor to her hilarious characters, who show real complicity throughout the film... The plot of Frisky is very simple, yet the implications of its characters’ emotions and actions are profound. Throughout the film she captures the pathos, loneliness, and excitement of living abroad,  delicately weaving present and future. We have been impressed by her lack of artifice, her indifference to decors resulting in a work at once raw and deeply poetic." - CinéWomen

Distributed in Australia and N.Z. by Madman Entertainment. Available through these providers:

Distributed in U.S. and Canada through Gravitas Ventures. Available through these providers:


FEATURE FILM

"Winning Formula"

(Writer, Producer, Actor)

Bet your bottom dollar. Lose. Take home the lucky door prize instead.

While backpacking around America, two Aussie girls find themselves deep in turtle racing debt to a notorious gangster. Constantly validating each other's bad decisions, they devise crafty plans to keep their heads above water, earning money any way they can while unwittingly becoming tangled in a dark mystery surrounding their family's past. Through the hardest of times, they learn to embrace what is right on their rent-free caravan doorstep: Romance, friends and family. With a side order of juice.

 

Things are heating up, and it’s not just the casserole...

When Louise is invited to bring a dish to a ladies’ brunch, she eagerly seizes the opportunity to put to rest her microwave dinner reputation.

Starring Emma Leonard and Adam Spencer

SHORT FILM

"Potluck"

(Director, Writer, Producer)


VINE ANIMATION SERIES

"Dad Jokes"

(Writer, Producer, Co-Director, Actor)

 
 

WEB SKETCH SERIES

"Frothpocalypse"

(Writer, Producer, Co-Director, Actor)


WEB SERIES

"Deliveries"

(Writer, Producer, Co-Director, Actor)


WEB SERIES

"Keith and Kev"

(Writer, Producer, Co-Director, Actor)


WEB SERIES

"Wookie Error"

(Writer, Producer, Co-Director, Actor)


PILOT

"Dead Broke"

(Writer, Producer, Actor)


WEB SERIES

"Banjacks and Pervis"

(Writer, Producter, Co-Director, Actor)

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Testimonials


Testimonials


What people are saying

If anybody’s a go-getter, it’s Claudia. Whether she’s acting, writing, producing or executing any one of her other amazing skills, she is always on the move, bursting with new ideas and getting the job. On top of all of that, she is funny, down-to-earth, full of life and an absolute pleasure to work with. I can’t wait to work with her again!
— Erik Deutscher, Director
I’m rolling with this chica because she’s got f**king balls.
— Danny Trejo, Actor
Claudia is talented on every level possible. I had the pleasure to be her cinematographer for the feature film Frisky, which she wrote, directed, produced and acted in it. Frisky, a movie with a very large cast and a long list of locations, was shot and edited only within a few weeks-all thanks to Claudia’s excellent attitude, organisation skills, creativity and ability to find solutions to every single problem that we encountered. In addition, Claudia is the kind of director that really cares about her crew. She was constantly showing her appreciation to the team and was making sure that everyone was happy to be on set. Like her stories, Claudia, is smart, witty, funny and original. I would work with her again in a heartbeat.
— Christiana Charalambous, Cinematographer
Funny as hell.
— Adam Nimoy, Director
Claudia represents the new form of the triple threat in the era of independent content creation. She writes, directs, and acts, and she does them all remarkably well. She is constantly creating and will take on any creative challenge. Her script, Frisky, is hilarious and it was blast working with her on set. She let me freely make creative choices, but gave proper direction where needed. It was great acting with her, too. She was always present in the scene. I would recommend hiring Claudia in any creative capacity and I’m already excited to work with her again.
— Brandon Wardle, Actor and Filmmaker
Bravo!!! Great stuff mate... See you at Cannes
— Adam Spencer, Presenter
Claudia’s ability to multitask is astonishing, and she is extremely organized, accommodating, and professional on set, while still maintaining a light-hearted atmosphere. She gives credit where credit is due and doesn’t micromanage or pass the buck, which makes everyone’s team effort easier and more seamless. Claudia always greets cast and crew with a warm smile and a positive attitude.
— Willow Polson, Producer
It was a great experience working in the film “Winning Formula” with Claudia and her production crew. Claudia is energetic, kind and inspiring.
— Eichin Chang-Lim, Actor
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Press


Press


PRESS

 Empire Magazine: Frisky Review & Viewing Guide - by James Jennings

Empire Magazine: Frisky Review & Viewing Guide - by James Jennings

 Inside Film magazine - by Jackie Keast

Inside Film magazine - by Jackie Keast

Sydney Morning Herald Interview - by Michael Idato

Tropvine photos by Christopher Pearce/Getty Images, Video Junkee photo by Yaya Stempler

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Contact


Contact


INQUIRIES

The Fleming Agency
Level 3, 100 Harris Street
Pyrmont NSW 2009
Sydney, Australia

Email: info@theflemingagency.com.au
Office: +61 2 8320 0595

Sales Agent

Loveology Films

Danielle Redford

(Frisky and Winning Formula Projects)

Sydney, Los Angeles, San Francisco

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