Brought up in South and Southeast Asia, British director Clair Titley grew up watching Asia’s answer to MTV and visiting back-alley video shops to rent pirated copies of the latest western movies.

Her work taps into the quietly surreal moments of life, while often being a trojan horse for comment on the world around us. Themes of identity and self-discovery run through her films – what it means to be young, old or even just human.

Clair cut her teeth making oral history films for the BBC and quickly gained a reputation as a filmmaker with a talent for interviewing and for unearthing untold angles. As well as a BAFTA nomination, she has been nominated for the Royal Television Society award for ‘Outstanding New Director’.

She has recently collaborated with producers Misfits Entertainment to develop, write and direct the feature-length documentary,  THE CONTESTANT (2024). The film is one of just a dozen inaugural feature docs from leading independent studio MRC  and had its international premiere at this 2023’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), US premiere at Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) and opened Doc NYC Festival.

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The clear standout of this year’s documentary sidebar, Clair Titley’s (film) is both a thought-provoking take on the lengths people go to achieve fame and fortune, and one hell of a wild ride.

Rolling Stone, David Fear (Review for THE CONTESTANT)


This inspiring film will provoke both laughter and tears.

Daily Mail **** (Review for BRITAIN’S OLDEST STAND UP)


Director Clair Titley expertly captures this funny/heartbreaking example of cruelty as entertainment.

Cin.CA, Chris Knight (Review for THE CONTESTANT)


An irresistibly charming documentary

The Stage (Review for BRITAIN’S OLDEST STAND UP)


Titley’s sure-handed film compellingly recounts one of the strangest episodes in TV history.

Indiewire, David Ehrlich, (Review for THE CONTESTANT)


Clair Titley’s film had the humble ambition of telling a quietly extraordinary tale to leave you warmed and perhaps a little teary.

Radio Times (Review for BRITAIN’S OLDEST STAND UP)


’The Contestant’ sheds light on an impactful cultural moment and does so in a clever and thoughtful way.

The Playlist, Charles Barfield (Review for THE CONTESTANT)