THE EM­PIRE VIEW­ING GUIDE FRISKY

Ris­ing Aus­tralian writer, di­rec­tor and ac­tor Clau­dia Pick­er­ing on her win­ning low-bud­get com­edy film

Empire (Australasia) - - Review - WORDS JAMES JEN­NINGS

THE CON­CEPT OF a per­son be­ing a ‘triple threat’ may have (un­der­stand­ably) be­come a bit of a punch­line over the years, but, much like Big­foot, just be­cause they’re not sighted in pub­lic all that of­ten doesn’t mean they don’t ex­ist.

En­ter Clau­dia Pick­er­ing: a writer, di­rec­tor and ac­tor (and pro­ducer — so tech­ni­cally a quadru­ple threat, which doesn’t quite have the same al­lit­er­a­tive ring to it) from Syd­ney who has proven her im­mense tal­ent at all these roles with Frisky, her DIY fea­ture film di­rec­to­rial de­but. Shot on the fly in San Fran­cisco for un­der $5000, her based-on-real-life tale fo­cusses on two best mates (Aussie Chloe, played by Pick­er­ing, and Amer­i­can Alice, played by Mon­ica Am­mer­man) whose ca­reer as­pi­ra­tions get way­laid by both typ­i­cal (arse-ing about, par­ty­ing, get­ting laid) and atyp­i­cal (flood­ing apart­ments, sav­ing a dog that’s con­sumed rat poi­son) twen­tysome­thing pur­suits.

For­mer ar­chi­tect Pick­er­ing, who cut her teeth on shorts and sev­eral web se­ries, has seen Frisky be­come a word-of-mouth suc­cess on the fes­ti­val cir­cuit, which in turn has helped open doors both abroad (the film scored distri­bu­tion for US on-de­mand plat­forms) and at home (Jun­gle has op­tioned Frisky to be­come a TV se­ries).

“There’s in­ter­est from Aussie net­works and places in the US — it’s like, ‘What the fuck is go­ing on?!’,” says a thrilled Pick­er­ing. “[I’m so happy]i don’t know what to do with my face!” Based on her cur­rent projects and more than promis­ing fu­ture, we’d sug­gest smil­ing. Lots.

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