CLAIRE MCCARTHY

Collective Hub - - FOOD -

Two years ago, Perth­based film­maker Claire McCarthy packed up her fam­ily and moved to LA to di­rect The Per­sonal His­tory of Rachel Dupree – a film pro­duced by and star­ring Vi­ola Davis, who has since post­poned pro­ceed­ings by ac­cept­ing an­other role. Since this early set­back, Claire has main­tained her foothold in Hol­ly­wood. She re­cently wrapped filming on Ophe­lia, a highly an­tic­i­pated film adap­ta­tion of Shake­speare’s Ham­let, star­ring Daisy Ri­d­ley and Naomi Watts.

IT WAS A BIG DE­CI­SION TO MOVE TO THE US WITH A YOUNG FAM­ILY,

only to have [The Per­sonal His­tory of Rachel Dupree] post­poned. It’s only now that we’ve re­booted and plan to be shoot­ing early next year. I’ve tried to turn ev­ery ob­sta­cle into a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and an op­por­tu­nity to push my­self fur­ther as an artist. Learn­ing about the pitch­ing process in Hol­ly­wood at the stu­dio level, shad­ow­ing and learn­ing from more ac­com­plished di­rec­tors than my­self, par­tic­u­larly in the TV space, find­ing a ‘fam­ily’ of like-minded in­di­vid­u­als – this has taken up a lot of my time.

THE CRE­ATIVE PROCESS IS A CRUEL TASKMAS­TER.

You can feel like a su­per­hero, a com­plete loser, and sick to the stom­ach, all in the space of an hour. And the cre­ative process asks more of you each time. You can’t rest on a delu­sion that, just be­cause some­thing has worked once it will work again. You have to take ev­ery project head on, wres­tle with it, al­low it to show you its shad­ows and se­crets, and try to love the ride.

THE BIG­GEST CHAL­LENGE OF [DI­RECT­ING HAS BEEN CAST­ING FE­MALE LEADS.

I im­me­di­ately con­nected with the ma­te­rial, and spent a lot of en­ergy win­ning the gig – and then spent al­most six years cast­ing the project. Hol­ly­wood in the cinema space is very ret­ro­spec­tive around as­sess­ing the worth of an ac­tor or a project – it’s all about what has worked be­fore and who has earned what at the box of­fice. It’s frankly a mir­a­cle our project has man­aged to be made.

FILM­MAK­ERS SHOULD GO FOR CHAL­LENGES, NOT THE SAFE PATH.

In­no­vate! Some­times the things you think can’t pos­si­bly work are ac­tu­ally so­lu­tions, or will strengthen you in the long run. Re­mem­ber, this is not a business for sprint­ers – it’s an en­durance sport – so stay light on your feet, keep pos­i­tive [and] healthy, and find your fam­ily.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.