Sue Clayton has been producing and directing films for over 30 years. Her debut feature film THE SONG OF THE SHIRT on women in the garment trades was distributed globally. She made a number of award-winning documentaries for UK Channel 4 and Central Television including the COMMODITIES series, TURNING JAPANESE, HOW TO SURVIVE LIFESTYLE and THEME PARK BRITONS.
She then went into fiction film writing and directing, making among others HEART SONGS, THE LAST CROP and THE DISAPPEARANCE OF FINBAR starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and distributed by Buena Vista International. All her films have won international awards including UK BAFTA, Madrid Film Festival, Tokyo Film Festival, Midnight Sun Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Philadelphia World Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival and many others. Her films have been screened globally on television networks.
Sue made a prior award-winning film on a related topic - HAMEDULLAH: THE ROAD HOME, where she gave a camera to a refugee boy deported back to Afghanistan from the UK when he reached 18. The film was distributed internationally andchelped change UK policy on the forced removal of child refuges at age 18.
Since then, while making the new film CALAIS CHILDREN: A CASE TO ANSWER, she has been six times on ITV and Channel 4 national news, on BBC television, and been quoted regularly in the Guardian and Independent on this story. Sue is also co-writing a book on child refugees for Policy Press.
Sue will be involved in the following FiLiA session:
Women Making News (Saturday Afternoon)
Women Making News (Saturday Evening)