ELEANOR – Straddling the sweet spot between art and cinema

With a film like Eleanor, you never quite know what to expect. Three screens, three stories, three women played by a single actress. Will it be visually distracting? How will all three stories unfold without interfering with one another? All these questions pop into your head involuntarily, but they dissipate as soon as the screening starts cause directors Alex Warren and Tobias Ross-Southall just made it all work.

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Eleanor was originally displayed at Camden’s Cob Gallery and now sees its second showing at Soho Revue Gallery on Greek street. The film, or better said, films, are quite an intense experience.

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Eleanor is basically a stunning installation, so you’ve got 3 interplaying films that unfold simultaneously across individual screens and follow the story of 3 solitary characters. Each character is individually inspired by the poems of W H Auden (If I could tell you), Robert Frost (Acquainted with the night), Leonard Cohen (The Faithless Wife) and played by Golden Globe winning actress Ruth Wilson.

The film is a fuse of major art forms, with a visually striking cinematic aesthetic, music, poetry, pose and dance. Despite its focus on 3 female characters, the narrative doesn’t follow womanhood and is in no way feminist, as many would expect. In fact, it hasn’t even got a gender. It’s a genuine expression of human nature, of people, of solitude and companionship.

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With UK’s top young writers on board – Polly Stenham, Anya Reis and Michael Lesslie, plus a stellar dance performance from the Royal Ballet and a haunting score from Baine Harrision of The Mystery Jets, Eleanor was created to be experienced from more than just an aesthetic viewpoint.

Words: Adina Ilie 

ANNINA ROESCHEISEN : A MULTIMEDIA ARTIST TO WATCH

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Credit to Annina Roescheisen

Annina Roescheisen is a half German half Slovenian multimedia artist based in Paris since 2009 ; she is specialized in Medieval art and she used to work for a little while for Sotheby’s in Munich before being full time dedicated to photography, films, sculptures, drawings, writings and human causes, especially to children. I met her last Saturday at her Parisian studio in 17th arrondissement and we naturally started talking about our common friend and visual artist Fawad Khan who used to sublet his Brooklyn apartment to her when she visited the big apple for work from times to times… At the moment, she is living between Paris and NYC ; NYC is the place where she is creating and writing whereas Paris is where she produces her artwork.  She is exhibiting her last video piece “What are you fishing for?” at the 56th International Venice Biennale in a few days and she is very excited about it : “It will be my first time attending the official opening as a featured artist so I will be going with the flow, it’s a big step for me! I hope I will be meeting up there with some friends : Xavier Veilhan and his studio team, some NY friends and my friend the galerist Imane Fares. I still don’t realize I am part of this international exhibition. It’s completely surrealistic…”. She added : “Having good supportive friends is very important when you enroll yourself in an artistic venture as you can easily feel lonely… It is essential to open yourself to what life is for real, accept failures and be patient, and of course, stop judging and labelling as good and bad things which are around you.” If you closely look at her website, you will notice she has a tab entitled “HUMANITY” where she features all of her actions towards human causes. She was recently selected by a French charity, L’Assiette Gourm’Hand, to take part in the jury process, under the patronage of the President of the Republic François Hollande, of a food experience designed by several groups of developmentally disabled people alongside big French Chefs next November. This human creature is a bottomless pit of generosity and creativity ; it is hauntingly beautiful. At the end of our talk from German painters to autism, she invited me to watch her selected video for the Venice Biennale in a darker and smaller space. The setting was perfect ; she built a TV frame made of birchwood to add a little something to her eight-minute narrative story. The music created by The Shoes’s band member Benjamin Lebeau as a background noise fits it so well. It helps you plunge in the water with this young pale girl all in white -played by the artist herself-, clean yourself from fears and thoughts and make peace with all around you for a bit. It feels so good to be stranded in the present time at this space full of good vibrations and energy. When going back to the main space, she handed me a little rainbow-colored book entitled LILLIE recommending me to read it on the train whenever I feel like it (Of course I read it right after leaving her). LILLIE is her first published book and I believe she is telling her own story through a little girl who is searching for peace of mind, facing both interior and exterior barriers… Welcome home, Annina! And thank you for being true to yourself.

Iwan Rheon: Game Of Thrones & Vicious Star in Exclusive Photoshoot For FAULT #20

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Words: Olivia Pinnock
Photography: Leigh Keily @ lovely Management
Fashion Editor: Kristine Kilty
Grooming: Amy Brandon @ lovely ManageMent

 

FAULT 20 has hit the shelves and we can now preview shots from our interview with Iwan Rheon!  We’re half expecting him to slither up to the table and eyeball us with a disjointed grin on his face. Instead, Welsh actor Iwan Rheon, the man behind Ramsay Snow, swaggers up in a leather jacket and sunglasses and flashes a ‘cheeky chappy’ .

Ian McKellen’s ‘Vicious’ co-star is developing a dark streak in his work. FAULT digs deeper with Iwan Rheon on the unusual inspiration behind ‘Game of Thrones’ most twisted villain and a strange fairy tale film coming soon.

 

Ramsay Snow is a really nasty piece of work. How do you get into the mind-set of someone like that?

You have to try and figure out why he is like he is, and figure out the reasons for him being like that. Things like: he loves inflicting pain, why is that? The key to it is that it really is the joy of it all. He just loves it. So you have to find that joy in it which is a bit dark.

Do you have any inspiration points for him?

I was thinking The Joker from The Dark Knight meets Dennis the Menace. That was my initial thoughts. He’s an evil Dennis the Menace.

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What’s your dream role?

I would have said Bilbo Baggins but that’s already been done… bastards.

Do you like playing a villain?

I do, yeah! [Chuckles]. It’s good fun. I’ve played lots of characters who are really introverted and hold everything inside so it’s nice not to have all that. It’s all extrovert and it’s really good fun.

 

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Vicious is filmed in front of a live audience, how does that change the dynamic?
It’s actually quite helpful I think because they’re having such a wonderful time. The first time I remember thinking, ‘What’s this going to be like?’ I was standing backstage ready to go on and then I could hear the warm reception that Derek [Jacobi] and Ian [McKellen] were getting so I thought, ‘Oh this is going to be fine.’ You go out and everything falls into place. The audience love it because they never get to see great actors like Ian and Derek and Frances [de la Tour] mess up. They absolutely love it and that gives you that warm feeling that you’

 

 

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Yasmine Hamdan on Soapkills

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Yasmine Hamdan

Do you remember Soapkills? They were one of the first underground electro bands created in Beirut by Yasmine Hamdan and Zeid Hamdan (They are not family-related!) in the 1990’s playing a mix of dub + trip hop, arabic and folk sounds. They stopped creating music together in 2005 when Yasmine was studying in Paris and collaborating with Mirwais, the ex-guitarist of the Taxi Girl band and three albums producer of the American pop star Madonna.

Still supported by hundreds of thousands of fans, we just heard they were releasing their best of on May 11th and we had a little chat with Yasmine Hamdan in Paris last week about the origin of their band’s name… The band was created at the end of the Lebanese civil war when there was absolutely nothing in terms of music and art. They had the vision of starting a new form of expression for the after-war young rootless generation : “Soapkills was kind of a joke ; Beirut was very moving, melancholic and hopeful at that time. It was very inspiring and when they started to rebuild the city, Zeid wrote a song named “Soap kills”. The soap actually referred to the reconstruction that was going to erase all the war marks, the hurtful moments and make everything look beautiful and sexy… The song meant it was actually dangerous. We opted for this band’s name and we started to film a lot of short videos playing with little bomb-shaped soaps from Tripoli. In one of these videos, I was walking in the half-destroyed city of Beirut and I came up on a little pedestal ; I had long black hair, all dressed in white… There was a little post apocalyptic side in it but it was made with a lot of humour. It was like a “wake up call” to say “Let’s be careful, the war is over, let’s take our time”. So we had a lot of fun playing with this term of “soap””…

She also shared with us a bit of her experience playing in Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive (2014). She met the director during a film festival in Marrakech after being randomly invited to perform ; he approached her at the end of her gig saying he had a role for her. Then she wrote Hal for the movie and she enjoyed a lot her part in it : “It was an extraordinary experience, Tangier is a beautiful city ; we shot all night long and there was a real magic energy that night between the public and me. I don’t know if it was Ramadan but it felt very special… I remember this little boy walking by himself on the streets at about 2 am. It was surrealistic. I really felt the beginning of something good coming in this city…”.

Yasmine will be on tour from next week starting on May 7th at the Arab world institute in Roubaix. Check out all the tour dates on her website.

 

Meet the Wilders

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Credit to Neil Wilder + Tanja Wilder-Roos

 

The creative Brooklyn-based pair Neil + Tanja want their art works to make people smile; and they hope they help them think about what is important in life. They do fashion and advertising. They do portraits too. Vivienne Westwood, Clint Eastwood, Tim Burton, JK Rowling, Yoko Ono, Beth Ditto, Arctic Monkeys, Adrien Brody, Adele, Scarlett Johansson… The list of celebrities they already shot goes on and on… What else? They like brie cheese, the orange colour and Ozzy Osbourne ; and today they are enrolling their kids and friends in a new venture. Au menu : animation, illustration, video and conceptual art direction. The Bushwick chocolate factory Fine & Raw whose mission is to save the world through silliness and chocolate is among their best clients. You can find more info about how their hypnotic + childish world looks like by visiting their website. Anything is possible inawilderworld

 

 

Jess Glynne Stuns on FAULT Magazine’s Online Cover

 

 

Dress: Julien Macdonald Earrings, rings, bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

Dress: Julien Macdonald
Earrings, rings, bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

With a number 1 single in her pocket, Jess Glynne is no longer just ‘the girl who sings Rather Be”. After hitting all the awards shows from the Brits to the Grammy’s, fast forward to 2015 and she’s topping the charts with ‘Hold My Hand’. Apparently, taking the world by storm doesn’t take up all your free time as Jess chatted to us this week about all things music, her forthcoming album and how having a one hit wonder doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re gonna disappear.

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Dress: Julien Macdonald
Earrings, rings, bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

FAULT: You’ve started out by working with Clean Bandit and now you’ve got a number one as a solo artist. How does it feel? What was your first reaction when you heard the news? 

Jess: It was probably one of the most emotional and overwhelming moments in my career so far. I mean, having a number 1 with someone else is one thing, but having a number 1 on your own name is something completely different. It was so amazing to have all these people supporting me, buying the single and making it reach the top of the chart.

We’ve seen before that some artists will shoot to the top and then for a number of different reasons they can’t maintain that peak and fall off into obscurity. In the digital age when people have less of an attention span, does falling off ever worry you, and if so how do you combat it?

You know what, it’s a worry in any industry, especially in music right now when you’ve got so many artists out. I’ve been working on this project for a long time and the one thing that I’ve always focused on is making sure that it’s honest. It’s really easy to have a one hit wonder and then just disappear.  If your plan is longevity and to build an empire, you have to work hard. A lot of people think that if you’ve had one hit then that’s it, but you can’t think like that in this industry. You have to completely put your whole soul into it.  So no, it doesn’t really worry me, I work hard, but obviously there’s always a part of me that has a tiny fear of losing it.

Dress: Julien Macdonald Earrings, rings, bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

Dress: Julien Macdonald
Earrings, rings, bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

Now that you’re breaking into your own, how do you plan on differentiating yourself from being “the girl who sings Rather Be” and just being “Jess Glynne”? 

I think that the more music I release, the more stuff I do, the more people hear of me will eventually just speak for itself. I’m in this industry to make music and to be an artist. Eventually people will be able to differentiate me by hearing more of my music and seeing more of what I’m about.

You’ve been nominated at the Brits against yourself. Was that an odd position to be in?

It was really really strange actually. It was amazingly strange though. The first two songs I’ve ever released into the world were both nominated for a Brit award and it was probably one of the most amazing achievements really. I mean a lot of artists never get nominated to any awards.

Speaking of awards shows, congratulations on your Grammy. How was the whole experience for you? 

Absolutely insane. To be nominated is one thing, but to actually be there and win is like totally shit. I’ve never been so overwhelmed and shocked and excited and everything at the same time. Whenever someone mentions it to me I’m still in shock.

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Jacket & Skirt: Thierry Mugler at BOB Vintage 
All Jewellery: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX

When you close your eyes and envision 10 years down the road, what dreams/projects/milestones would you like to hit that’ll just make this whole journey worth it? 

If I were to look 10 years into the future I’d like to see that I have multiple albums out, touring the world, having a house and a family. All those things, hopes and dreams.

At least you ticked one thing off your wish list with the Grammy. 

As much as amazing as the Grammy is, I’d love to win a Grammy in my own name as well. So that’s still in there.

You’re just about to release your album. What can we expect from it?

You can expect to hear what I’m about. A lot of people don’t know what to expect from me cause they’ve heard so much other stuff. Everyone’s like “is it gonna be a dance album, is it gonna be this and that”, but I just can’t wait for people to hear what I’ve been inspired by, what I’ve created from all the stuff that’s influenced me over the years. It’s got a lot of soul influence, but it’s not a heartbreak album.

Does it come from a very personal place? 

It does come from a personal place cause it’s kinda about my journey over the past few years leading up to now. It’s personal in the sense that it’s me giving you the art that I’ve created, art that’s very close to home and that someone there has a personal meaning to me. It’s not a heartbreak album, but I hope it touches people in the sense that it will make them smile and feel amazing at any given time. When I listen to some albums chronologically from someone that I love, it makes me, you know, feel. With an album, you really wanna experience that and really get into it. Hopefully it will do the job.

Dress: E?thologie by Jasper Garvida Earrings & Necklace: Mawi Shoes: United Nude

Dress: Ethologie by Jasper Garvida
Earrings & Necklace: Mawi
Shoes: United Nude

From Coachella to the red carpet, you are always dressed to perfection. How would you describe your style?

I think my style is quite diverse. I’m very picky in what I wear, I won’t ever just wear anything. I like to mix things a lot as well and have something a little edgy to it. I can’t quite describe it.

Who would you say were your style icons?

It’s a really difficult question cause I’m usually inspired by what I love seeing here and there. One day I’d see something Rihanna’s wearing and love it and the next I’ll be walking down the street and see someone wearing something that I like. I don’t really have style icons in fashion I just love fashion.

Dress: Natasha Zinko Earrings, necklace, rings & bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX Shoes: Moda in Pelle

Dress: Natasha Zinko
Earrings, necklace, rings & bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX
Shoes: Moda in Pelle

Lastly, what’s your FAULT? 

I think being indecisive is my biggest fault in the world. I can never make up my mind.

Words: Adina Ilie 

Photographer: Diana Gomez www.dianagomez.com

Fashion Editor: Kristine Kilty @ Lovely Management

Makeup Artist: Amy Brandon @ Lovely Management

Hair: Dave Nobel

Retoucher: Melissa Jenkins

Photography Assistants: Niklas Ruffer & Luis Antonio Gallo

Fashion Assistant: Shannon McGrath

Shot exclusively for FAULT at West Thirty Six, Notting Hill www.w36.co.uk

Jim Sturgess – Exclusive Shoot For FAULT Issue 20 Reverse Cover

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Words: Charlotte MCManus
Photography: Sarah Dunn
Fashion editor: Kristine Kilty @Lovely Management
Fashion assistant: Sheryl Kelly
Grooming: Johnnie Biles @ stella Creative artists

 

FAULT’s exclusive shoot with Jim runs over 10 pages inside the issue (in addition to the reverse cover) and also includes the issue’s Men section cover.

Jim was shot in the luxury Cheval Three Quays apartments overlooking London’s Tower Bridge. Photographed by Sarah Dunn and styled by Fashion Editor and Celebrity stylist Kristine Kilty, the shoot showcases Jim’s brooding yet playful style as he channels James Dean for this striking spread.

In his interview Jim opens up to FAULT on how he coped with the big-budget box office flop Cloud Atlas, an excitingly ambitious yet commercially disappointing multi-role epic which he starred in along-side Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. Jim also let’s us know what it’s like working on his upcoming blockbuster movie ‘Geostorm’ also starring Gerard Butler out later next year.

 

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I catch up with Jim on an icy February Friday, each of us shivering over the phone at our respective North London abodes. He’s not long gotten back from sunnier climes, having spent three months filming in New Orleans for upcoming 2016 blockbuster, Geostorm.

“It was fun – a big Hollywood splash. I was honoured that they asked me to do it,” says Jim, in his laid back, to-the-point manner. After recounting with warmth his off-set experiences in the lively southern American jazz scene, he describes the high-concept film has having “almost two stories, about two brothers – I played Max, a young politician on Earth, while Gerry [Gerard Butler] plays my older brother Jake, who gets sent up into space.”

“It was cool – a big piece of entertainment, although it does have a backbone in the world of global warming and geoengineering,” Jim says, musing on the idea of sci-fi flagging present-day issues rather than future ones. “Sometimes you reach more people with entertainment than some heavy-browed documentary. You can weave thoughts into their subconscious whilst making them laugh and showing them a good time… but I don’t want to make out that we’ve made a really important environmental movie!” he adds, ever-quick to see the humour in a situation.


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Another one to watch hits cinemas this year in the form of London Fields, an adaptation of Martin Amis’ darkly comic murder mystery Jim plays Keith Talent, the thug, philanderer and darts-player extraordinaire who becomes embroiled with Nicola Six (Amber Heard), Guy Clinch (Theo James) and Samson Young (Billy Bob Thornton [FAULT 13’s Cover Star] in a twisted love affair.

“It was such a bonkers movie – testing to make, and to dare to be involved in,” says Jim, alluding to the narrative’s brooding apocalyptic undertones and increasingly sinister sequence of events. “The nice thing about it, for me, was getting to travel around London and shoot in areas I hadn’t been to in years, like Brixton Market. It almost felt like I was seeing the city through new eyes. With a lot of Americans involved, it was good to be the host for a change – normally I travel to other parts of the world, being a guest in someone else’s town.”

 

So how does he deal with the disappointment? Along with smaller-production titles like The Lion’s Share, Jim recently starred in big-budget box office flop Cloud Atlas, an excitingly ambitious yet commercially disappointing multi-role epic with a story that spanned five centuries.

“As long as I feel I’ve made a good film, I can feel good about it. That’s what’s so frustrating about acting, because once you’ve done your bit, you kind have to hand it over… there’s so little you can do.” He pauses, contemplative. “You want a film to do well, but that’s not always going to be the case. With Cloud Atlas, I was hopeful that people would be excited to see something different, which was a bit hard to watch. So much work went into it; all it took was the distribution companies to give it some love and support, but they didn’t. But you know, we got such positive feedback from the people who did watch it – it connected with them, and that’s the most important thing.”

 

 

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Alexander McQueen fever is officially in the air.

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‘Inferno: Alexander McQueen’ by Kent Baker and Melanie Rickey

Five years after his untimely death, London is celebrating this genius London talent with two major exhibitions (‘Savage Beauty’ at the V & A and Nick Waplington’s ‘Woking Progress’ at the Tate Britain), alongside the stunning picture book ‘Inferno’ by Kent Baker and words by Melanie Rickey.

Focussing on one show- the breakout AW 1996 ‘Dante’, described as groundbreaking couture meets club culture, which took place at a Crypt in the midst of Jack the Ripper’s killing ground on a freezing March evening, in East London.

The venue in itself set the scene for mystery and intrigue, and the off the beaten track show was bound to be controversial with the fashpack who were keen to see what was next from the inventive young designer.

Coffee table book ‘Inferno’ is an insider’s view of that night. It showcases exclusive, intimate behind the scenes photographs, as viewed from the lens of fashion photographer Kent Baker; After meeting Lee through mutual friends, he casually asked if he could take document the evening, not imagining he would say yes!

The infamous show, set in the apparently haunted venue of Christ Church in Spitalfields, complete with skeleton on the front row, has never been re-created, but you can now see for yourself the buzz and excitement of the show preparation, unseen portraits, model shots, hissy fits and the master at work.

With words by fashion journalist Melanie Rickey, Lee’s peers, his ex, the creative teams, and models that walked for him, all tell their version of what it was like to know and work with the legend on the show. High energy, raw, dramatic, are all phrases that crop up time and time again, alongside tales of the freaky vibe, dark spirits and electricity, which make the anecdotes worth their weight in gold.

Known for always pushing the boundaries in fashion and production, this show was bound to be remembered- as a performance as well as the designs. With Lee once stating “You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for”

This is a book for everyone that agrees with that, and can appreciate couture, and a dark, thoughtful visionary. Long live that sentiment. Even now you’re gone.

By Sara Darling

Inferno: Alexander McQueen by Kent Baker and Melanie Rickey is published by Laurence King Publishing in March, available from www.laurenceking.com

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