Jennifer Clary, for those who don’t know, is a young but very promising film director. She has made a name for herself through short films Dirty Girl and The Christmas Conspiracy, both of which have garnered considerable attention on the film festival circuit. Now she has made her first full-length film, The Silent Thief, which appeared in our Daily Trailer a couple of weeks back. A mixture of a grounded family drama and a tense psychological thriller, it tries to buck many of the trends associated with “the indie drama”, and if word from the festivals it has shown at is anything to go by, it succeeds. It features an impressive cast, especially considering that this is the director’s first go at 90+ minutes on the big screen, ranging from promising Scout Taylor-Compton to 36-year film acting veteran Frances Fisher.
We were lucky enough to get to speak to Jennifer, and in this interview she reveals the inspiration for the unique scenario in The Silent Thief, her first impressions of lead actor Toby Hemingway, and spills a few beans on her next steps toward world domination, which include a stop-motion musical, no less. But enough faffing about. Let’s get on to the interview itself.