M A K E   U P  [feature, 2020]


ADAM YAUCH HORNBLOWER AWARD, SXSW, 2020 - NOMINATED *festival cancelled due to Covid-19

GOLDEN ATHENA, Athens Film Festival, 2020 - NOMINATED

HITCHCOCK AWARD, Dinard Film Festival, 2020 - NOMINATED *festival cancelled due to Covid-19


"Claire Oakley demonstrates admirable control in her first feature film" NEW YORK TIMES

"It’s an insightful, deeply felt film that lets us in on a personal evolution." LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Oakley teases with De Palma-like suggestions of where all this is going" HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑ "This sexy, eerie Cornish creeper is the British film of 2020 so far." Robbie Collins, THE TELEGRAPH

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑ "One of the best British films of the year, this dark-edged seaside tale casts a deeply hypnotic spell." TIMEOUT

⭑⭑⭑⭑ “It’s a clever and expertly made movie.” Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

⭑⭑⭑⭑ “An unsettling blend of bleak naturalism and swirling reverie... there are echoes of Don’t Look Now” THE TIMES

⭑⭑⭑⭑ “A bold, impressive movie.” FINANCIAL TIMES

⭑⭑⭑⭑ “Oakley’s film really does point towards a grand future.” IRISH TIMES

⭑⭑⭑⭑ "A new British filmmaking talent comes out." LITTLE WHITE LIES

⭑⭑⭑⭑ "A startlingly original debut." EMPIRE MAGAZINE

⭑⭑⭑⭑ "Brilliantly confounds expectations and marks her as a visionary new talent to watch" METRO

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑ “A masterful, unsettling and beautifully constructed gem that points to a very bright future for its maker” NME

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑ “Make Up is a creepy, enthralling, atmospheric coming of age thriller.” DIGITAL SPY

"A gorgeous and inventive piece of cinema." SIGHT + SOUND 

"Strong performances and vivid aesthetic, Oakley has crafted a story which packs an immersive sensory punch." SCREEN DAILY

"New Filmmaker Claire Oakley on desire and storytelling" FINANCIAL TIMES [interview - July 2020]

"This psychosexual drama ended up being an awakening for the director herself" THE GUARDIAN [interview - July 2020]

"Claire Oakley discusses her enigmatic fish-out-of-water thriller Make Up" BFI [interview - July 2020]

"The story behind ‘Make Up’, the dazzling indie horror film about a battle between desire and repression" NME [interview - July '20]

‘If you’re constantly focused on how others perceive you, you lose touch with how you perceive yourself’ SCREEN QUEENS [interview - Aug 2020]


T R A C K S  [short, 2014]

BEST DIRECTOR, Underwire Film Festival, 2014 - WINNER


SHORT FILM PRIZE, Shuffle Film Festival, 2015 - NOMINATED

BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR, London Short Film Festival, 2015 - SPECIAL MENTION


"A very accomplished piece of filmmaking, showing vision, humanity and originality." UNDERWIRE FILM FESTIVAL JURY, 2014

"A strong, beautiful and warming story, that cleverly uses landscape as character."  LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL JURY, 2015

"A poetic and pensive pieceTHOMAS HUMPHREY, CINEUROPA 

"Claire Oakley has returned to the director's chair with her brand new short film Tracks, which saw her pick up the Best Director at the Underwire Festival." FEMALE FIRST [interview - Dec 2014]

"We talk with Claire Oakley about her latest two directorial outings, Tracks and James" HUNGRY EYE [interview - Sept 2014]

"Catching up with Underwire Alumni: Claire Oakley" UNDERWIRE FILM FESTIVAL [interview - July 2017]

"Dazed finds out the challenges of Collabor8ting on short films made for the big screen" DAZED [interview - Jan 2014]

"Claire Oakley one year on from winning Best Director at Underwire 2014" DIRECTORS UK [interview - Aug 2015]

"Commissioned Collabor8te writer Claire Oakley speaks about her project, 'Tracks'." COLLABOR8TE [video interview - July 2013]


J A M E S  [short, 2014]


BEST COMPOSER, Underwire Film Festival, 2014 - WINNER

"James wins Education Resources Award, 2017" ASSOCIATION FOR SCIENCE EDUCATION [article]

"We talk with Claire Oakley about her latest two directorial outings, Tracks and James" HUNGRY EYE [interview - Sept 2014]

"Entretien avec Felix Levinson, auteur et Claire Oakley, réalisatrice" LE POULAILLER [interview - Sept 2014]


P H Y S I C S  [short, 2012]

BEST FILM, Best of Boroughs, 2012 - WINNER

BIFA Longlist, 2012

"Physics is a beautifully filmed narrative by a director who has a great visual sense. A film that playfully explores interesting themes, backed up by natural and winning performances."  BEST OF BOROUGHS JURY, 2012

"Oakley’s Physics is the real stand-out, a sublime short that’s perfectly suited to its format."  BEN FOWLER, LONDONIST

"The outwardly tough but emotionally vulnerable young leads enliven this beautiful tragi-comedy." DYLAN CAVE, BFI BLOG 

"Physics stole the screening for me, a well rounded and emotive short by Claire Oakley." SHORT SIGHTED CINEMA

"The young actresses are excellent, though it is Claire’s visual flourishes that linger long after the credits have rolled." SIMRAN HANS, FILM4

"Claire Oakley talks about her award winning short Physics starring Matt King from Peepshow/Starlings." FILMMAKING REVIEW [podcast]


B E A U T I F U L   E N O U G H  [short, 2010]

BEST PERSONAL NARRATIVE, Amsterdam Film Festival, 2011 - WINNER

"Beautifully composed, yet sinister and dark. 'Beautiful Enough' is a haunting but gorgeously shot film" DIRECTOR'S NOTES 

"Claire Oakley talking about her first short film, Beautiful Enough" HUNGER MAGAZINE [interview - Jan 2014]


P U M E Z A : T U N I N G  I N  [short doc, 2016]

"I found it inspiring, pure and true"  GUILLERMO DEL TORO, TWITTER

"A delicately shot short documentary"  VISION TIMES [article]