Aussie actress lands role in Tim Roth film

10 July, 2014 by Don Groves

Claire van der Boom is a big fan of Tim Roth and Mexican director Michel Franco, so much so that she flew to Los Angeles and back this week for a supporting role in Chronic, Franco’s first English-language film.

Roth plays a depressed nurse named David who assists terminally-ill patients while trying to reconnect with the family he abandoned.


Bitsie Tulloch, who stars in the NBC series Grimm, plays a woman named Lidia, whose father John is portrayed by Pulitzer-winning playwright Michael Cristofer.

Van der Boom is Alice, a pretty, bubbly, sensitive woman. She is uncomfortable with David’s story about his dead wife, epecially as her boyfriend has just proposed to her.

The indie film is produced by David Zonana, Gabriel Ripstein and Franco. David Dastmalchian (Prisoners), who was recently cast in Marvel’s Ant-Man, is in talks to join the film, according to

Roth was president of the jury that awarded the Mexican director the top prize in the Cannes festival’s Un Certain Regard sidebar for his teen bullying drama After Lucia in 2012.

Van der Boom, who is represented in Australia by United Management, recently appeared in writer-director Heath Davis’ Broke, which stars Steve Le Marquand as a washed up, former rugby league star who battles a gambling addiction. She plays his single parent daughter who helps him to fight the addiction.