Clare Sladden is an award-winning writer and director with a passion for female-driven stories. She recently penned an episode of the Stan Original series Eden, for Every Cloud Productions—she wrote, directed and co-produced Winding Road, a narrative podcast series funded by Audible and Screen Queensland—and she wrote two episodes of the Wentworth podcast series by Fremantle Media for Audible.
Clare’s first feature-length screenplay, Always the Dressmaker, was a finalist in the prestigious Cinestory Fellowship in 2014, and since then Clare has won and placed in various international screenwriting competitions.
Clare’s feature screenplay, Broken Head, won the inaugural Byron Bay Film Festival International Screenplay Competition, was a semifinalist in the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowship, and was selected to attend the 2016 Cinestory Fellowship Retreat, where she was mentored by Oscar-nominated screenwriter, Meg LeFauve (Inside Out & Captain Marvel).
Clare wrote, directed & produced each of her three short films, Consent, Dolls and The Men that Come, which all screened at Academy-accredited festivals. Most notably, Consent was awarded an IndieFest Award of Excellence, a Gold Remi, and the WIFT Award at Freshflix/Vivid—and screened at the 2017 Palm Springs International ShortFest, the 2018 Cleveland International Film Festival, and the Freshflix/G’Day LA Emerging Filmmakers Conference. Dolls, screened at Flickerfest 2019, received multiple nominations at the Women in Horror Film Festival, and won ‘best comedy’ at Freshflix, while The Men That Come, premiered at the St Kilda Film Festival in June 2019, with its festival run including the West End Film Festival, the Byron Bay Film Festival, and Flickerfest.
Clare’s web series, Freudian Slip was nominated for ‘best Australian comedy’ at the Melbourne Webfest, won ‘best Comedy web series’ at the Gold Coast Film Festival, and Clare received an AWGIE nomination for her writing.
Clare has a number of her own projects in various stages of development, with her half hour comedy/drama, The Lead, receiving development funding through a joint Stan/Screen Queensland initiative. Most recently, Clare was selected for the prestigious SPA Ones to Watch program, and she was also chosen to lead a room for her project, Pathological, as the successful participant of Screen Queensland’s Bradford Winters Lab, a program specifically designed to facilitate emerging showrunners.