Ms Sue Clayton

Sue Clayton

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Sue Clayton is a UK feature film director, writer and composer. She has written and directed features, shorts, campaign videos and documentaries.

Film Career
Sue is currently  co-writing a cinema thriller NOWHERE TO HIDE on the topic of asylum and deportation.
She is also in development on a feature-documentary TEENAGERS IN WAR ZONES in this area.
Clayton’s most recent film as director is the award-winning documentary HAMEDULLAH: THE ROAD HOME (2012) which tells the story of a young refugee in the UK who was deported back to Afghanistan, and to whom she gave a digital camera. The film has been backed by Emma Thompson and others, and was invited as a submission to the Select Committee which seeks to change the law on deporting young people to war zones.

Sue co-wrote and directed the following dramas: THE LAST CROP starring Kerry Walker (The Piano) and Noah Taylor (Shine); British Academy-nominated HEART SONGS starring Tom McCamus, and the award-winning feature film THE DISAPPEARANCE OF FINBAR for which she discovered Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Bend it like Beckham, Vanity Fair) and which was released worldwide by Film Four and Buena Vista International.
She was chosen from 600 new European directors to have her work showcased in New York and Hollywood (First Film Foundation/Panavision awards)
Her career was the subject of a Channel Four documentary Upstarts, Broadcast on C4 in August 1999.

In recent years she has focused on screenwriting, and has written JUMOLHARI, a screenplay set in Bhutan, produced by Donald Ranvaud (City of God, Central Station)  and an adaptation of THE LOST GIRL by DH Lawrence, with support from Yellow Bird Films (Wallander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
She is Director Graduate Studies (Taught) in Media Arts, and is Programme Director of RHUL's MA in Screenwriting for TV and Film ( Retreat Programme).

Research Interests: Women and Cinema, The Buddhist Narrative , UK and World independent cinema, Asylum, migration and identity, Film Adaptation.

Sue Clayton co-supervises the following research students:

Lenworth Henry “Race, Gender and Class in the Sports Film Genre.”

Taghred Elsanhouri “ Truth and Reconciliation- Film Representations of the Partition of Sudan.”

Mary Mitchell "Towards Engagement and Impact: Interactive Documenataries with Displaced Youth"

Anastasis Sarakatsanos “Cinematic Notions of Time and Space as Factors in Musical Performance.”


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