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Zoe Clarke-Williams

Zoe Clarke-Williams

Zoe Clarke-Williams directed her first feature film, Men, in 1996, when she was 22. Based on the novel by Margaret Diehl, Clarke-Williams wrote the screenplay with Karen Black and James Andronica.

Men premiered at Cannes in May 1997 and was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the CineJove Festival in Valencia, Spain, and won Clarke-Williams the Best Young Filmmaker Award at the 1997 Hollywood Film Festival. The film was also invited to the Athens Film Festival in Greece, the Puerto Rico International Film Festival and the Philippines International Film Festival in Manila. The film opened in June 1998 in Westwood to rave reviews by the Los Angeles Times.

Clarke-Williams began her career studying standup comedy with Greg Dean. She then switched to acting and studied at Playhouse West with Robert Carnegie and Jeff Goldblum.

In 1998, Clarke-Williams directed Undressed, a one-and-a-half hour pilot for MTV, the network's inaugural dramatic series, produced by Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields). Soon after she finished editing, the show was picked up for series broadcast.

Upcoming directing projects include, The Deep Freeze Girls, for Rastar Productions, starring Natasha Lyonne, Thora Birch and Billy Zane.

Clarke-Williams has just acquired the rights to John Briley's novel, The First Stone, the story of a young woman who goes undercover for the Moussad in a Saudi Arabian royal family and harem. Academy Award-winning Briley (Gandhi) will write the screenplay.

Clarke-Williams was born and raised in Malibu, California. While in secondary schools, She was an all-star athlete and later played college volleyball for Penn State, ranked the number two women's college team in the nation in 1992. Clarke-William's filmmaking began when her father, director-producer Paul Williams, put her through a three and a half year filmmaking program, that he designed and taught himself. Her mother, Barbara Clarke-Lilly, was adopted by the consciousness explorer, Dr. John Lilly.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

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Selected Filmography

New Best Friend
Men by Sean Young
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