THE EMPIRE VIEWING GUIDE FRISKY
Rising Australian writer, director and actor Claudia Pickering on her winning low-budget comedy film
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.