BFI London Film Fest

Claire Oakley – Make Up #LFF2019

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A journey of self-discovery and coming of age.

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PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Claire Oakley, director of the film Make Up.

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An interview with Claire Oakley, director of Make Up, presented in the First Feature Competition of the 2019 BFI London Film Festival. Here, she talks about her movie, a coming age drama and journey of self-discovery, which is set in specific place but deals with very universal and female themes. Oakley also reveals to us that she comes from a literary background and tells us about the challenges of making the transition to cinema, as well as what the medium can offer in terms of representing what is difficult to communicate.

Make Up: Teenager Ruth (Molly Windsor) travels to a seaside holiday park to stay with her boyfriend Tom. It’s off-season, so the resort is mostly deserted, except for a few residents and a handful of staff charged with sprucing up the place. Ruth gradually settles into her new environment, finding work and making a new friend in the form of make-up enthusiast Jade. But one afternoon, while giving Tom’s caravan a spring clean, Ruth finds evidence her beau might be cheating on her. As her desire to uncover the truth turns into an obsession, she begins to realise she might be looking for something else entirely. Transforming her remote coastal setting into an intangible labyrinth of creeping intrigue, Claire Oakley inventively flirts with genre conventions to weave a singular tale of self-acceptance and sexual awakening.


  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Claire Oakley
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Make Up
  • Festival section
    First Feature Competition
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