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The Essential List

The Essential List: Claire Edmondson

Vintage Volvos, George Michael and mezcal with Steam Films’ exciting director

The Essential List: Claire Edmondson

Claire Edmondson cut her teeth as a director shooting conversation-generating music videos for Austra’s ‘Beat and the Pulse’ and Broken Social Scene’s ‘Sweetest Kill’. She hit the commercial scene in 2015 with the launch of ‘I’m a Boxer’ for Everlast, which addressed the insulting ways that people use ‘female’ as a needless moniker and was featured in the likes of Buzzfeed and Huffington Post. 

She’s a Liverpudlian by birth but left the north-English city for Toronto, Canada, where she spent much of her youth. Nowadays she’s repped as a director in that market by Steam Films and Doomsday Entertainment in LA for the US market. 

We hit her up for her Essential List to get to know her more.


o Place of birth: Liverpool, England

o Hometown: Toronto / LA

o Staycation: In LA I consider Palm Springs a staycation

o Vacation: Currently planning a trip to Greece

o Place of work: Wherever location set turns out to be. Or Steam Films (Toronto) or Doomsday Entertainment (LA)

o Place of workout: Griffith Park Hikes

o Mode of transport: A vintage Volvo. Really it’s just old, but vintage sounds better

o Miscellaneous Travel Essential: Sunscreen


o Artist: I think Tau Lewis, a young up-and-coming Toronto artist is the most interesting person in the art world right now

o Musician: All time favourites include Depeche Mode and Kanye West. Although I’m mad at Kanye for his “Bill Cosby is innocent” tweet

o Film director: Lynch, Haneke, Coppola (Sofia)

o Photographer: Juergen Teller for his humour

o Film: Mulholland Drive 

o Series: Atlanta, Fleebag

o Commercial: Nagi Noda’s Coke Commercial

o Music Video: Classics like Hole ‘Malibu’, George Michael ‘Freedom’, Pass This On ‘The Knife’

o Video Game: Does Words With Friends count as a video game?

o Board Game: Does Sudoku count here?

o Book: Anything Joan Didion or Jeffrey Eugenides

Joan Didion in front of her Daytona Yellow Stingray Corvette

o Graphic Novel: Black Hole by Charles Burns

o Newspaper (off or online): NYT – their work on the Weinstein expose has changed the course for women forever and we are just getting started

o Magazine: Purple

Food and Drink

o Breakfast: Coffee

o Restaurant: Salazar

o Cheap bite: Taco trucks

o Working lunch:  Some sort of salad / veggie bowl

o Snack:  Macadamia nuts

o Guilty Pleasure: BREAD

Claire's culinary kryptonite


o Bar: Hotel bars

o Tipple: Tequila

o Soft Tipple: Mezcal

o Miscellaneous food: Ramen, tuna sashimi

o Miscellaneous Beverage: Green smoothies


o Phone: iPhone

o Computer: MacBook Pro

o Headphones: AIAIAI earbuds

o Pen / pencil: Retro 1951 Tornado (black)

o Where you document an idea: Note app on my iPhone

o Casual wear: Jeans

o Smart wear: Jeans with some sort of heeled boot or shoe

o Footwear: Depends on my mood / look

o App: Whatever can deliver food. Habit Bull

o Work program: Final Draft. Random note: when working at home I find the Pomodoro Technique very helpful and I sit outside with my plants on the breaks between

o Analogue work tool: So many notebooks

o Morning grooming / makeup essential: Exfoliator

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