Clare is a writer and actress based in the UK and Ireland. Her first feature Herself premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival 2020. Co-written and starring Dunne, it is directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia, The Iron Lady) and co-produced by Merman Films & Element Pictures Production, with support from Screen Ireland & BBC Films. Following the premiere Variety‘s Peter Debruge predicted that Herself could be a major awards season contender and Amazon quickly snapped up the US rights.
Clare’s one woman theatrical show Sure Look It Fuck It, produced by Thisispopbaby, and originally written as part of the Where We Live Festival has enjoyed sell-out runs in Dublin. Clare is much in demand as a writer and collaborator and is currently in the early stages of development with new TV and film projects.
Merman Films/Element Pictures/Screen Ireland/BBC Films.
Screenplay by Clare Dunne & Malcolm Campbell
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Producers: Rory Gilmartin, Ed Guiney, Sharon Horgan
Herself premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020 to rave reviews.
“the strength of Dunne’s performance pulls that comfortable rug away. And if her screenplay and her acting helps audiences understand what it is to be homeless, to be vulnerable in this way, Herself will have been a A-grade built by an A-list team.” Screendaily
“I’m convinced this inspirational Dublin-set drama could go all the way…Don’t be surprised if people are still talking about “Herself” this time next year, when Lloyd could be the sixth woman to break the Oscars’ glass ceiling.” Variety
Written & performed by Clare Dunne
Director: Tom Creed
Composer: Ailbhe Dunne
Sound Design: Ivan Birthistle
“Dunne has already made an impact as a fine actor… this writing-singing-rapping début offers the additional pleasure of witnessing an artist finding her own voice.” ★★★★ The Irish Times
“The time spent developing Sure Look It, Fuck It was well spent; turning the story of an average woman into something that is both relatable and a tiny bit magical. Dunne positively fizzes and pops with energy from beginning to end.” ★★★★ The Reviews Hub