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CLARE KILNER (Director) began her film career by writing and directing the short drama Saplings, which gained her entrance to Britain's Royal College of Art, where she received an M.A. in Film and TV Directing. Kilner co-wrote and directed another short, Half Day, which screened at both the Munich Film Festival and the British Short Film Festival. 

In 1994, the filmmaker was commissioned to write and direct a documentary about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder called The Secret. It won the Royal Television Society's Student Documentary Award, the Discovery Award at the Sheffield International Film Festival, Best Student Short at the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Best New Director award at the Nyon Film Festival in Switzerland. The next year, Kilner directed Symbiosis, her final graduation film at the Royal College of Art. It was screened at many film festivals, received theatrical distribution and aired as part of the BBC series Screen Firsts. In 1994, she was hired to direct another short film, Daphne and Apollo, for the BBC/Channel 4 series Brief Encounters. Kilner made her feature directorial debut with Janice Beard: 45 Words Per Minute, which she co-wrote with Ben Hopkins. The quirky office comedy starred Eileen Walsh, Rhys Ifans and Patsy Kensit.

Most recently, the director helmed the teen comedy-drama How To Deal, which starred Mandy Moore and Emmy-winner Allison Janney, for Radar Pictures and New Line Cinema.

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