Having cut her teeth directing video games and commercials, China Moo-Young is now ready to graduate to feature films. Her debut short, Liar, was a tightly constructed exercise on deception starring Glenn Doherty. Her follow-up Juvenile, made for the UKFC and shown this year at Sundance and Berlin, is an affectionate portrait of a hopeless single father (Doherty again, who wrote the screenplay) and his teenage daughter. Her most ambitious film so far is Emo for Channel 4, a nuanced tale about a man coping with the aftermath of a breakdown which sucks in the audience with its tight focus on the performances. Next up are two shorts: The Devil's Play, about a preacher and a high-class prostitute, and a six-minute period comedy. She is also in discussions to option a cult novel set in the 1960s London porn world. 'I want to avoid being pigeonholed,' she says. 'The most important thing is that the story and characters are compelling.'

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