Clare Young BIO

Clare made her first film when her father asked her to document the story of their family's survival of the Canberra bushfires in 2003. FIRING ON ALL PINS won the Canberra short film festival in 2004 and launched her career in documentary. She produced directed and edited several more short films which won a string of local awards, broadcast on ABC, and played at festivals around Australia. 

Sharpening her skills at Bearcage Productions (now WILDBEAR) for three years, Clare developed concepts for and directed programs for a variety of clients including the National Portrait Gallery, Old Parliament House, Questacon, and Foxtel. She also worked as an assistant to Jan Chapman through the post-production of BRIGHT STAR.

In 2012 Clare was awarded an Arts ACT grant for a mentorship with Oscar-winning writer/director Jane Campion. Clare was Jane's assistant through the development and production of the Emmy Award winning six part series for television TOP OF THE LAKE. Under Jane's wing she wrote and directed her own short film THE LIGHTER supported by Arts ACT and Screen Australia due for completion early next year.

Clare is known for her authored approach to filmmaking, her ability to quickly build rapport with subjects, and for finding the heart of a story. She is currently developing a slate of long form projects supported by Arts ACT and Screen ACT, including original long form drama UNRULY GIRLS, inspired by the memories of girls who rioted at Parramatta Girls Home in 1961. UNRULY GIRLS was one of five projects chosen from 935 applicants for development through the SMART FOR A GIRL - ROAR initiative funded by Screen Australia led by Imogen Banks (OFFSPRING) and Alice Bell (THE BEAUTIFUL LIE). 

Clare is a graduate of Media and Creative Writing from the University of Canberra 2004 (1st Class Hons).