Matthew Lewis Broods Inside FAULT Issue 23

 

Matthew Lewis has played one of our favourite characters for ten years as Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film series. It’s been a while since the series has ended and his evolution as a performer is undeniable. We caught up with Matthew on his upcoming projects, working opposite Alan Rickman and the awkwardness of becoming a teen heartthrob in this FAULT Magazine photo-shoot and interview.

 

Can you tell me a bit about your life after Harry Potter? How did your career play out after wrapping 10 years of wizarding?

I decided to do a play, for 192 times haha. When it came down to it, I didn’t really know what I was doing. It was such a different school of acting than what I was prepared for. Getting up on stage, everything has to be bigger. You can’t internalize, as much as you can on camera, it has to be all big for the audience to experience it.  And I just didn’t get that and I think I was shouting for most of it. Someone described my voice as being ‘excruciating’ and I remember reading that review and going like ‘ohhh shiiiiit, 191 more shows to go’.  And I think I just had to really knuckle down and watch the other actors and directors. Before the end of it, about 3-4 months into it, I just clicked. By the end of the run, the reviews were the complete opposite. I learned how to project my voice instead of just screaming at eye-level.

 

Did you find it difficult breaking the Harry Potter mold?

Not really. The first thing after Harry Potter, I played a guy who was not very nice. He wasn’t exactly a desirable character. And then I did a film where I was rough and ready; I was capable of throwing my muscle and weight around a little, completely unlike Neville. I don’t really get offered those types of roles anymore. The lovable, vulnerable, cheeky, Neville-type roles. They just never come up, it’s not like I’m getting them and turning them down. Maybe I’m just really good at being a dickhead haha.  Neville was quite complex in his character, with his history and things like that, but I am more drawn towards characters that are shades of grey. I don’t like the idea of black and white. I’m drawn to characters that make me question things. What made him this way? Why does he want this? Why is he behaving in this manner? That’s what I find interesting. And you can only get that from complex interesting characters.

 

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 Alan Rickman must have been a pillar for both yourself and your career. How did you react when the news came through of his passing?

I was at Leavesden Studios the other day, visiting the set of Fantastic Beasts and I was with the producer who did all the Harry Potter films. He was taking me around the studio when the news came through. We were both just completely stunned. But also, to be in the studio when that came through, suddenly every room that I went into, every corridor that I walked down on, I suddenly remembered a story or an image of Alan. It got a bit odd. It was quite surreal. But also, powerfully moving as well. It was quite nice to be there. All those happy memories came flooding back and I got quite nostalgic actually. I went back home last night and just watched loads of interviews with him. It’s hard to describe. On his last day, I had a cup of tea with him in his trailer and we just sat and chatted about the future of my career and what I should do. He just offered me advice in where I should go and he said some things to me that filled me with a lot of confidence. And when you hear those sorts of things from someone of his stature, his ability, it means a lot

 

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What do you make of people calling you a sex symbol now?

Oh come on, that’s just a lot of make-up and good lighting. I’m not a sex symbol, Jesus, no.

 

Teen heartthrob?

No, come on, no, oh God.

 

I’ve completely embarrassed you at this point.

Yeah! Cause I can never see myself as that. When I grew up, my sister was obsessed with Take That. So people like Gary Barlow or Robbie Williams, they were like sex symbols. David Beckham and you’ve got your Ryan Goslings. They’re the heartthrobs. I’m not; I’m just a weird looking bloke from Leeds who keeps getting jobs on telly for some reason.

 

What’s your FAULT?

I’m very stubborn. To the point of almost childish immaturities. On the flipside, I do stick to my guns.

 

 

 

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: cln

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There’s something in the water when it comes to Australia dnd we want a piece of it. From Flume to Miami Horror to What So Not, the landlocked island continent has been churning out a consistent assembly line of hitmakers and the next one we have our eyes on is cln (real name Callan Alexander). Just a few weeks ago, he gave us a brand new single called “Owls,” a smooth brooding single with layers of twinkling percussion, echoing synths and orchestral rhythms, as his driving electronic beats and impeccable production wash over you with a stunning atmospheric grace.

We asked cln to put together a playlist for us of some of his favorite up-and-coming fellow Aussie producers – read on to see what he had to say.

Feki – Thankful

Golden Vessel – Never Know (feat. Lastlings)

Just A Gent – Loaded

Lolo BX – for u

UV Boi – If She, If He

Young Franco – Drop Your Love

Chiefs – Eleven

Lucianblomkamp – The Overman

Slumberjack – Open Fire

Wafia – Fading Through ft. Vancouver Sleep Clinic

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FAULT Focus: Discussing design with Emerging Talent, Victoria Scandale

 

International designer Victoria Scandale first debuted her brand at Milan Fashion Week but is showing no signs of slowing down. Back with their SS16 collection, Scandale has not shied away from vibrant colours and bold prints this collection but she has still managed to maintain the luxurious and high-end theme of the brand. High-quality craftsmanship is at the forefront of the collection and it shines through in all the VC pieces.

We caught up with the designer to talk about her collect, her ideas for the future and find out what it means to be a Victoria Scandale woman.

 

You’ve been designing clothing pretty much all your life. Can you remember what sparked your original interest?

It started from drawing outfits at a very young age…I was only drawing houses until my teacher told me maybe I should  try something else. So I tried drawing people in different coloured outfits. I couldn’t stop. A few years later my grandmother taught me how to make all this come into life with a sewing machine.

We’ve read you initially chose the somewhat stable path when you graduated from with a degree in economics. Looking back, are you thankful that you did, having a clear understanding of economics is one of the skills some fashion designers lack, yet something any good business person needs?

Yes, definitely. Although it is not my passion understanding this side of the fashion business is very important and I am grateful and happy I had a chance to get an education exactly this way.

 

When was the deciding moment you chose to make a career out of it?

Once I realised that the world belongs to dreamers. The best you can do in life is turn your passion into your dream job. Additionally, due to my numerous travels, I was always meeting a lot of inspiring people; their support helped me and eased the whole process. The fashion industry is highly competitive, it’s not easy. So it truly has to be your passion should you decide to make it your job.

 

 

Can you tell us some unique features about the SS16 collection?

It’s vibrant, volumetric and aims to find the fun around. I love to work with new cuts and play with volume in details: it’s somewhat magical. Cottons, silks and jacquards are shown in a pretty unusual way, but still very elegant. From daytime to cocktail party at night, from sneakers to high heels, women wearing pieces from the SS16 collection won’t be seen as boring or not elegant enough, that’s for sure !

 

Your designs and chosen prints are very bold, bright and colourful (perfect for spring/summer), yet they aren’t outlandish. Was it hard to find a way to use such colours and prints without taking it too far?

It’s easy and hard at the same time when it comes to fashion. I love prints and colours. But I try to find a limit, testing and thinking about the women who will wear the clothes I design. Who ? Where to ? Then it becomes much more understandable. And easier.

 

You’ve done a lot of travelling; what country would you say inspired you most when it came to designing?

Inspiration is everywhere. France has always been my first inspiration, it is the perfect source of elegance, the French lifestyle is unique and recognised everywhere. Recently I discovered South Korea. Everything about this country is awesome: the technology and high level of innovations combined with the respect of traditions, skyscrapers located nearby the old buildings of ancient dynasties…It’s perfect harmony together. And the way South Korean women dress is a feast for the eyes, like an endless fashion week.

What do you feel are the strongest pieces of the SS16 collection?

The tectonic orange dress is a “must have” that goes with every type of shoes. The orange culottes are nice too as they can be worn with a simple white t-shirt for an effortlessly chic look.

 

What do your designs reflect about yourself, are you a “Victoria Scandale woman”?

I am a dreamer, a free soul, it shows through my designs. I’ve experienced a lot in my life, I’ve gone from this super well-educated girl to hard rock lover and back again, I’ve travelled from one country to another and more… I found myself, I’m confident and I love to explore. I can say that I know what life tastes like. This is what the Victoria Scandale is about, strong and elegant but adorable and playful.

 

What are you plans to expand the line?

I plan on adding a shoe line in the nearest future.

 

What is your FAULT?

Overthinking. Fortunately, it’s a fault I have no problem living with 🙂

Reliving the 90’s at Hot Since ’91 Karaoke Event

 

Chokers, VHS tapes, TLC, Clueless, the 90’s replay in our minds over and over again, but one night in London is offering the chance for partiers to once again relive the glory days. Equipped with our tie dye tees and chokers, we took a trip down memory lane to Hot Since 91’s Karaoke to experience the magic.

HS91 isn’t just another flimsy 90’s themed night where they’ll play the Fresh Prince soundtrack before returning to the usual “Pitbull Clubchoonz Megamix” playlist. No, Hot Since 91 takes the 90s very seriously. This isn’t a karaoke event in the sense that you get in a private booth and drunkenly croon along to ‘Angels’ in a sweaty huddle. This is a ‘Live at the Apollo Amateur Night’, where you either turn up ready to snatch wigs with your beat-perfect rendition of Left Eye’s verse of Waterfalls or you unceremoniously get booed off of stage like a 13-year-old Lauryn Hill did back in 1987. We’re not lying, check out the video below…

We chose not to get on stage but the performances were indeed fire, so much so, we’re pretty sure some of those on stage had rehearsed before hand. Along with the singing, the night also featured free chicken, free candy floss and a host of nostalgic entertainment in their 90’s games room which is kitted out with a SNES, Connect Four, Operation and many other games.

Themed karaoke events are nothing new to London. Hip-hop karaoke has been a well-known event for a couple of years however they don’t take the theme nearly as far as HS91. Even the photo booth on the upper floor had a prop-box full of nostalgic items to pose with.

All in all the night was fun and a different way to spend a Friday evening. They do however need to work on a few things. The karaoke continues past 2am, that’s far too late. It’s fun and quirky but there is a point when you just want to dance to the 90’s music as opposed to watching Destiny’s less talented children perform them.

Suddenly after the karaoke portion of the night ended, the music made a complete shift. The 90’s tracks which partiers performed all night suddenly became a full on Grime mix which was strange and out of place for a night which was previously based on everything 90’s. We might love Stormzy, but I don’t recall running into HMV in 1995 to buy his latest cd.

If you’re after a fun and unique night, we would definitely recommend HS91. It’s a rather lively night so don’t wear your finest heels as they will be trampled and there is very limited seating. This is a night to relive youth, if you’re after a calm bar for your Friday night then steer well clear but if you want something fun, quirky and new, HS91 has you covered!

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All photos: HS91