Fault meets the ‘Peculiar’ Lauren McCrostie

Lauren McCrostie made her feature film debut in 2014, playing the role of Gwen in Carol Morley’s mesmerising The Falling. Since then, the twenty year-old actor has appeared in the 2015 short Brothers, as well as landing one of the starring roles in Tim Burton’s much-anticipated Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, alongside Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson. You can see it from September 30th.

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So, first thing’s first: Tell me about the film.
The film! Well, it’s about a boy, Jacob (Asa Butterfield), who thinks that he’s anything but peculiar, or special. He thinks he’s very ordinary. But, after following a trail left by his grandfather, he finds himself arriving at a mysterious island, where he comes across Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. That’s where the fun starts! It’s such a brilliant film, and it’s absolutely everything you expect from Tim Burton. I’m so proud to be a part of it.

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Working with Tim Burton must have been special, especially for such a young actor. How it happen?
Tim’s amazing. After I did The Falling, I got an agent who would send me through auditions, one of which was for Tim Burton. I didn’t think I’d ever get the part, but I thought it would be a good experience to meet the casting director. I did the audition and it went okay, but I assumed that the part would be far too big for me at this stage, so I didn’t really think anything of it. I didn’t hear anything for seven months and was really busy with exams, so it just wasn’t really on my mind. Then, I got a call from my agent. I knew that it could only really be about Miss Peregrine’s. My agent asked me if I could go to Tim’s house. Tim’s house! I was like: ‘Erm, let me think about that. I probably could…’

I’m sure you were able to squeeze it in.
I was freaking out, it was so crazy.

He’s not just a huge figure within film, but within popular culture, too.
Exactly! I couldn’t believe I was meeting the Tim Burton. Someone whose films I’ve grown up on and loved. But, I went there, and he was so lovely – and I got the part. He’s an amazing director. He makes everyone understand exactly what he wants from them – he’s so focused.

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You play Olive, one of the peculiar children. She’s a pyrokinetic.
She is! I loved playing Olive. As an actor, it was a really interesting paradox to play with, because her peculiarity is associated with anger and rage and destroying things, but she isn’t that kind of person. I didn’t see her as fire, really. It was more warmth.

In the novel, she’s one of the youngest characters. In the film, she’s one of the eldest. That’s an interesting change, isn’t it?
Yeah, it is. I guess it makes her situation a little more tragic. When I was preparing to play her, I came up with a story that she was at the School because she’d accidentally burnt down her home with her family inside. It was pretty dark, but it helped me understand how a girl would struggle with something like that. If she was a young child, she could almost be oblivious to the loneliness of her peculiarity. But as one of the older children, it’s something she’s conscious of and has had to grow up with.

It’s almost like the old Skittles advert, where the guy can’t touch anything without turning it into Skittles. I still maintain that’s one the saddest things I’ve ever seen on television.
[Laughs] I’d never thought of it like that!

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In terms of genre, what I think that Tim Burton does best is taking the fantastical, the other-worldly, and placing it within the everyday.
I agree! I think that the film has a really important message, too; it’s okay to be different. Even the tagline on each of the posters, ‘Stay Peculiar’. Film can be amazing at doing that.

I think that fantasy is probably the perfect medium for those kind of messages, too.
Exactly. Tim’s really good at that – look at Edward Scissorhands. I think this film is important because it’s about embracing the things that you make different. There’s no point trying to conform to an idea of what you should be, or trying to be somebody that you aren’t. The peculiar is what makes you who you are! Why be ordinary?

You worked with some incredible names on the film. Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson. How was that?
Eva Green is incredible. She’s so focused and intricate, but at the same time, she knew the name of everybody on set, from the co-stars to the production staff. Samuel L. Jackson, too. I only had one scene with him, but it was surreal. He’s such a presence.

And, of course, Judi Dench.
My favourite day was the one when she came in. She was so, so lovely. She put her hand on my shoulder and I haven’t washed since.

Never wash it. She’s the queen.
She’s amazing! It was such an honour. She spoke to me, and I can’t even remember what was said. I just completely blacked out. I think that probably happens to her a lot. She must think we’re all really stupid.

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I don’t even think I’d say anything, I’d just offer my services, mutely. I don’t know what I could give her, though. I could try and build a house for her, or something.
She probably has like six already. That she lets out to charities. Because she’s so amazing.

I need to learn how to build houses. This is what my life has been leading up to. Building a house for Judi Dench.
This is your calling.

Okay, let’s move on, before this gets really weird. As an actor, what would you love to do next?
I’m obsessed with Noah Baumbach. I mention him in almost every interview in the hope that he’ll read something and decide to look me up. Frances Ha is one of my favourite films – Greta Gerwig is amazing. I want to play every kind of character, though. Recently, my mum asked me if I’d be able to get a ‘pretty role’ soon.

Wow!
[Laughs] I know! When I told people that I played one of the peculiar children in the new Tim Burton film, they were like ‘ah, I see, that makes sense’. I want to do everything though, not just the ‘peculiar’ kind of roles.

Outside of acting, you’re a vocal green activist, aren’t you?
Yes! I think it’s very important. Look [She reveals the reusable cup from which she’s drinking green tea], this is my KeepCup! Did you know that standard coffee cups aren’t recyclable? It’s so bad – nobody knows! With this, though, you just refill it each time. And it’s so pretty!

 

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Do you think that it’s important that actors use their platform to promote these kind of positive messages?
Yes, I really do.

Leo DiCaprio does it really well. As does Mark Ruffalo.
I love Mark Ruffalo! Have you seen Spotlight? So good.

I want him to be my uncle. He’s so cool and nice. Maybe I can build him a house, too.
Maybe they could live together. That’d be an amazing home. You should really do this.

Finally – what is your fault?

My fault is that I’m practically incapable of making any decision. I’m so indecisive! I plough over situations for weeks and weeks, constantly demanding my friends for their opinions on what I should do. And I can be quite hot tempered sometimes! I suppose it’s my red hair..but I’m working on it!

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is out in cinemas this Friday, September 30th.

 

Words Niall Flynn

Photography Jack Alexander

Styling Edith Walker Millwood

Hair & Make-Up Shamirah Sairally

Special Thanks Tooting Tram and Social

Beaty Heart: Exclusive FAULT interview and shoot

Ever since the release of their debut album back in 2014, there’s been no looking back for alternative-pop trio Beaty Heart. Likening to the sounds of Jungle, Caribou and Alt-J, these boys are young, they’re original and their music will have you hooked. The former art-school students’ new album ‘Till The Tomb’ has already received amazing recognition after it’s release in July, including praise from Annie Mac, who believes the boys are definitely one to keep an eye on this year. Currently on their September tour across the US and Canada, Beaty Heart took the time to discuss their remarkable journey with us.

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First question, think quick – describe each of yourselves in one word.

Charlie: Fair.

Josh: …Fair?!

James: Confused.

Josh: Broke.

 

You’ve definitely introduced a new sound to your most recent album. Was the process of writing a lot different from your previous album?

Josh: Yeah it was completely different. We wrote the first record in practice space studios and we weren’t really focusing on writing songs or anything. A lot of those songs came out of this energy we had from performing together in these spaces, but this new one we really focused on the song writing a bit more. It was written in much more subdued environments where we were a lot more isolated. We said at the start of the process that this was something we really wanted to focus on more.

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So currently you’re on your incredible tour around the US and Canada. Have you noticed a difference between the fans across countries?

Josh: I mean not really. There are definitely places where we go down better, but it all kind of depends on loads of different factors, like the day of the week or the age group. I wouldn’t say there’s a difference between nationalities of fans – everyone seems to go for it.

Charlie: Everyone digs it [laughs].

Josh: But yeah, it’s just so great to be in America.

 

Have you got any crazy tour stories for us?

Josh: We’ve literally just been driving for the last three days, but we’ve been through so many different environments, it’s been so mental. We drove through Yellowstone National Park, which was honestly the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Every day we see something either really ridiculous or really crazy. We were in Montana the other day and we had to stop off in this shitty little town to stay the night. We ended up going to this casino/saloon thing next door and we met these cattle farmers.

Charlie: Real life cowboys!

Josh: Yeah they had like the hats and the accents – everything. So we had a few whiskeys with them and ended up lassoing each other! It was pretty crazy, but that’s what America is like! Our experience of it seems to be really surreal.

Charlie: It’s exactly how you imagine it [everyone laughs].

 

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What’s it been like working with such prestigious producers like Dave Eringa and David Wrench? Did you find it slighting daunting?

Charlie: Dave [Eringa] is, for anyone that knows him, the loveliest man. Even taking into consideration his incredible reputation and everyone he’s worked with, it wasn’t at all daunting. He’s a good friend of ours now and I think we work really well with him in the studio. David Wrench we had a slightly different relationship with, but again he’s such lovely man.

 

Could you give us a bit of an insight into your new album artwork? 

Josh: Well we have this Pinterest board where we collect all these images and we had hundreds of different images that we really wanted to outsource the artwork from because in the past we’d always done it ourselves. Me and James were looking and we found the photograph that you see on the front cover and we felt that it just really suited the tone of the record. It’s kind of this really…almost stereotypically beautiful image that has these sort-of tear marks going down it. We thought it kind of reflected the album in terms of it being quite accessible, but also having something that’s slightly uneasy about it – something slightly distorted about it. From there we contacted the artist and James mocked up this layout, which is based on similarities from Miles Davis records – where there’s an image in the middle and a nice text at the top. The artwork was something we also thought really reflected the aesthetics and the tones we’d discussed.

Charlie: The photographer is called Yves Rulliere [www.savage-eyes.blogspot.com].

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What’s been the most special moment of your careers so far?

James: Probably getting on FIFA 2017 [everyone laughs].

Charlie: To be fair, the two times we’ve come to America have been pretty big moments for the band, definitely a really exciting place to play. It’s kind of like a home away from home and there’s really incredible scenery we get to drive through everyday. We played Glastonbury as well! That was fun.

 

What is your ‘FAULT’?

Josh: As a band, we’re quite indecisive.

James: We’re too kind to people!

 

Words Georgia Dixon

Photography Abbie Douglas

Fault meets actress Lily Loveless

First gracing our screens with the tough but tender Naomi in the award winning Skins series, Lily Loveless has gone on to work on everything from smaller television series, award winning independent films like Fear of Water and a well-received theatre run of The Collector (with Game of Thrones darling Daniel Portman). Now promoting the gloriously sinister dark comedy “Set the Thames on Fire”, we caught up with her to have a chat about life as Lily Loveless.

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So you were introduced to the sort of “mainstream” audience as Naomi in Skins, and you’ve since moved on to do everything from TV shows, theatre and film – Where are you most comfortable, do you prefer a certain ‘genre’ of acting or are you just versatile enough to pull it off?

I find acting I’m just more comfortable at it, so I wanted to go in to theatre as well because it’s completely different, it’s so challenging and so hard. But the rewards are completely different and great as well. All I’m interested in is the characters and the writing. So, whether that’s in a play or a tv show or film, all that really matters to me is that the writing is good and that the character is a good character.

 

I suppose it’s terrifying with theatre because you only have the one take to get it right.

Yeah, it’s so scary, it’s my first play that we finished a couple of weeks ago! The first night I actually cut my finger open by accident and had to just finish the play with my finger bleeding all down my arm, and I could see the first two rows were going “Oh my god!” I didn’t know what to do! It was awful, but you get through it.

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I’ve heard that you have an interest in doing some directing as well – is that something you’d still like to do?

[Nervous laughter] Yeah it is, definitely – I mean I might try it and be awful at it, so I don’t know, but I am trying to write my own stuff. It’s taking a hell of a long time… I think I would enjoy directing more than writing. Writing is great but it’s so hard, you have to be so self-motivated to get it done. But I don’t want to be handed a job in directing because I’ve acted, I want to work my way into it, because directors have worked extremely hard to get where they are and I don’t want to be handed anything or given a leg up. So I’d like to start by writing stuff and then sort of maybe start by helping someone co-direct and learning the “secrets” before going out and trying it on my own. It’ll take a long time, but that’s fine, because we’ve got time.

 

How was working on The Musketeers? Was it a bit of nostalgic fun being back on set with [former Skins castmate] Luke Pasqualino?

It was so much fun that I think I was annoying everyone else who was on set! That being because me and Luke get on so well… he is the funniest person I have ever met in my entire life! I think that when people see me laughing with him they think that I must be putting it on because it’s so ridiculous. I remember the first day on set – we were in the middle of nowhere, just outside of Prague, it was freezing cold and everyone was really grumpy – I spotted Luke coming out of his trailer and he spotted me and we just screamed, to the delight of everyone else, hah. Honestly though, it was the most fun I’ve ever had, and I’ve always wanted to learn how to use a bow and arrow because I’m a bit of a Lord of the Rings geek. Plus it was Sue Townsend directing my episode which was very cool, she was the first female director that they’ve had.

 

Wait, so were you any good with the bow and arrow?

YEAH! I was a natural! Wait, that sounds really arrogant… I was “okay”. I was trying to challenge my teacher to a contest, and he was like “No, I’ll beat you.” Everyone should try it, it’s so satisfying when you actually hit a target.

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Dress – Temperley / Earrings – Carolina Bucci / Necklace – Lily’s own

With roles like Naomi [Skins] and Alexia [Fear of Water, for which she won the Best Newcomer award in 2013] you’ve been praised as a kind of hero to the LGBT community. I actually have friends who had the courage to come out because of the Naomi/ Emily storyline – I think that whether or not you chose to be, you were praised as a hero to the LGBT community – was that something you ever set out to do?

In terms of my character being gay? It’s not something I had ever thought about before I got the part. I didn’t think about it that much to be honest, it was just “Oh, I’m playing this character and she happens to be gay” – it wasn’t a thing that I thought about. Me and Kat [Prescott, who played Emily]… we didn’t think that it was going to be how it was, the first season we did we thought that we were secondary characters. We just had this little story on the side, which we loved, we loved our characters and thought that it was very clever but we didn’t think that people would react the way they have. I’ve actually had people come up to me in person and say that I helped them come out, and I’ve read it in some places, and had letters. It’s amazing because I didn’t write it, I just got given the lines. So, it’s great to be credited with helping people come out like that, but I don’t think I can take the credit. It’s a very strange feeling because I don’t quite feel like I deserve to be thanked for it, but I’m so happy that people were able to come out because of something that I’ve been involved in. It’s amazing, you’d never think that you could have that influence on anyone. So yeah, it’s very special. With Fear of Water I just really liked the script, it’s like, you can’t turn down two straight roles in a row, so I’m not going to turn down two gay roles.

 

So I know that you and Kat had known each other before Skins and have stayed friends – are you a total social butterfly with actors you’ve worked with outside of work or are you more of an introvert?

Actually I was with Megan (Prescott, played Emily in Skins, Kat’s twin sister) the other day, we’d met at an acting class at Wood Green. So we were talking the other day, she’s one of my best friends, and she told me that she thought I hated her the whole time we were at that school! Which was news to me, I thought we were friends! I mean, we knew each other but we didn’t hang out, and then we bumped into each other at the Skins audition and obviously didn’t think that the three of us would all be in that, but then we were! I’m certainly not a social butterfly, I’d never use that term and neither would either of my friends, hah. But it’s sort of over the years I’ve had friendship groups that have come out of the different things that I’ve been in, and people sort of intertwine and know each other. I have a small, very very good circle of friends on top of my best friends from school and college. A lot of them are actors but we don’t do “actor things” we’re just a group of mates… I hate saying that because obviously I’m normal, but I’ve never seen it like that, we’ve all blended into one group of people.

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Dress – Temperley / Earrings – Carolina Bucci / Necklace – Lily’s own

So, you’ve gone from these down to earth kind of projects to Set the Thames on Fire which looks creepy and dystopian, totally not your wheelhouse, how did you end up working on it?

That was kinda the reason. I love my job, but a lot of my job is spent up North, in the cold, on a street, in not the prettiest places… this was a chance to do something where I’m playing a sort of fantastic character, not a real life person, and I got to go on these incredible sets which I’ve never done. Everything I’ve done is on location, on a street or in a club or in a pub, but being able to walk onto a set and feel like you’re in another world was just so cool. I really loved the story too, I’m a Londoner from generations and generations, and I just thought the idea of one there being just this small community of Londoners left because everyone else is gone, or dead… I found that very interesting, I’d like to think that I’d be able to stick it out to the end in London. I just loved the story, and the colourful characters, and that it wasn’t over the top. This film looks insane, like a work of art, but has a great storyline, and although you could say that some of the characters are over the top, it’s still got… I’m so shit at summing things up! [Laughs]. The idea of London being boiled down to just a few occupants left, and also the character, Emily. I’ve never really played a character who was sweet and innocent, and a little stupid, I get to play very intelligent women, which is amazing but variety is nice. I just wanted to play something that people never really get to see me as, I get put up for a lot of roles that are quite similar, but Emily is someone who is not strong, not intelligent, doomed for terrible things I think.

 

What was it like to film? Was it a bit much with the big sets? Did you get a little star struck with Noel Fielding and the rest of the cast or did you play it cool?

No, it was quite chilled actually… it was chilled on set and everyone was very nice. It was cool to work with the camera crew we had; someone had told me that they’d worked on Pan’s Labyrinth which made me really excited to see how it was going to look. It obviously didn’t disappoint when I saw it. I just wanted to not let them down, really. Obviously Noel Fielding is this great comedy actor and I am NOT a comedy actor! I mean, I’ve tried but it just doesn’t come to me, so I just didn’t want to be the one to let the side down.

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I suppose it was a bit daunting working with these famous comedians on set.

Yeah because they can create these incredible crazy characters that you’d never think of. I’d get the script and learn it but it would never occur to me that I could do something to make it funny. Like you’d always watch it back and be like “Oh I could have done that better, or made that bit more entertaining” but… I’m happy.

 

If you had the chance to work with your dream cast of people, director, actor/actress etc, who would you choose?

Okay, well this is going to sound really random, but my number one would be Daniel Kaluuya (Skins, Black Mirror, Sicario) who is a very good friend of mine, and a very talented writer and actor. I would like Tommy Lee Jones in it, because I love him. I need to think of a female actress, because that’s prejudice if I don’t… WHOOPI GOLDBERG! I’ve loved her since I was four!

 

[Laughs] That’s totally out of left field, I didn’t see that coming!

Neither did I! But I’ve loved her since, like, The Rascals. Think she’s wicked. Maybe directed by Pedro Almodavor.

 

This would be the strangest film of all time.

It would be wacky, good luck with it.

 

This is the script you should be writing! So what are you doing at the minute, any more projects lined up?

Well I just came off stage, and I needed a break because it was just a two person show. So now I’m just going back to my writing that I’m working on… I don’t have anything lined up, it comes very quickly and goes again really quickly really.

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What is your FAULT?

I think being too self-conscious and too aware of what other people think to the point of anxiety sometimes.

 

Set the Thames on Fire is on demand from 19 September and on DVD from 26 September, and also stars Sadie Frost and Noel Fielding. You can follow Lily on Twitter.

 

Words Morton Piercewright

Photography Jack Alexander

Styling Jess Stebbings @ Frank Agency

Hair & Make-Up Lauren Griffin using MAC Cosmetics

Hair & Make-Up Assistant Anni Rademacher using Bumble & Bumble

Special Thanks Clayton Arms, Peckham

Get to know Halfnoise – Exclusive interview

­Zac Farro is a name that will seem familiar to many a 00’s rock fan – after rising to fame as part of the Paramore powerhouse, Zac is now steadily making waves with his new musical venture, Halfnoise. With the recent release of an entrancing video for single Telephone, and a US tour on the horizon, FAULT sat down with Zac to talk all things Halfnoise ahead of the release of hotly anticipated new album, Sudden Feeling

 

So, the new Halfnoise album is out now! And I think you can really he­ar how your sound has evolved since 2012 – do you think your musical influences have changed since you started?

Yeah, I think my taste in music has sort of developed. I still listen to some of the bands that inspired me back in the day, like Radiohead, but I’ve been listening to Talking Heads, The Beatles, David Bowie, a lot of retro throwback music. I think it was a culmination of that and just growing up, figuring out who I am, learning about my voice and what I like to write about. When I first started writing music it was very much to chill me out, and I would write sort of ambient, ethereal music; but when you play that stuff at shows, you realise the energy is lacking, in a way – I’m a really upbeat person and I wanted the music to represent my personality a bit better.

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After being in a band for so long, was it always an ambition to move away from that and create something of your own?

Honestly, it was never really my intention when I left the band. I started writing music while we were on tour and learned that I like to sample drum beats and build tracks, and it just naturally happened. Then, when I wasn’t touring anymore, I wasn’t sure if I maybe needed a break from travelling and playing music. I had never really written on my own, or for Paramore when I was playing with them, so I guess it was a natural progression and I learned that I really liked writing.

 

Aside from your musical influences, what sort of music do you like to listen to in your downtime?

I’m a really mood-based person, so if the sun’s out I like to listen to upbeat stuff – anything from old afrobeat music to reggae, stuff that feels nice and beachy. I like indie pop music, Tame Impala, Washed Out, The Radio Dept., Vampire Weekend and stuff like that, but I also love The Beatles and The Kinks, all the old British rock stuff as well.

 

Well, those are all pretty cool bands, but you must have a guilty pleasure lurking on your iPod!

Um, I really like the new Justin Bieber album!

 

So, Sudden Feeling shares a name with one of the songs on the album – was there a reason you chose to use that as the title track?

I think with Sudden Feeling, the song and the lyrical content encompasses everything that I was trying to get across with this album. I was writing and there was a recurring theme of heartbreak, and this one dramatic break-up that I had years ago. When someone breaks up with you, you really aren’t the one to make that choice, and you haven’t got that line of communication anymore. So that song – this whole album – is kind of what I’d say if I could speak to her one more time.

 

Is there a track on the album that means the most to you, if not that one?

There’s a song, Love You Back, which I like a lot. I think that’s because it all happened in one afternoon; I just locked myself away in my house and wrote all the lyrics, and all the music. You don’t expect to have songs that come together so quickly, but that one did, that one was really special. It came out of me the most naturally, and when I hear that song I always remember how effortless that was. I think that was the first song I wrote about that break-up, and it was one of the first songs I wrote for this album, so it kind of opened the door for the rest of the songs to be created.

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The video for your latest single Telephone has just come out, directed by Mike Kluge – what was that collaboration like?

When I met Mike, he was doing this art exhibit in downtown Nashville and it was really trippy. I was like ‘Man, I’d love to do some video stuff with you someday!’ and Mike said ‘Yeah, I really love Telephone.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, that’s kind of just an interlude song… but, yeah, there’s no rules, let’s do it!’ The lyrics are very to the point, but the music is really upbeat and I wanted the video to match that – I knew his stuff would be quite spacey, and I wanted it to be bright. We knew exactly what we wanted to do, and we made it in about four hours – it was a really fun video to make.

 

So as well as the new album and the video, you have a new US tour starting in October too! What are the best and worst things about being on the road? 

For me, the best thing is that you get to reinvent your songs every night and try something different. But it’s a lot of work; you’ve got to be really geared up for it. When you tour as a band like I used to, you’ve got a bus and you’re going on planes, whereas this is really DIY. But that’s the beauty of it – by the time you’re on stage playing, you’re giving it everything you have because you’ve put so much work into it. I don’t know if there are any really bad parts. Maybe being away from family? I lived in New Zealand on and off for a few years, and that sort of thing really makes you appreciate your family more when you come back. I prefer it, in a way, working hard and being away makes it that much better again when you see all the people that you’ve missed.

 

Are there any fun ‘behind the scenes’ stories you can share from being on the road?

Okay, well I left high school so I could go on tour with Paramore, so I hadn’t finished high school and I had only finished a handful of books in my life. On the last tour I did with Paper Route, the band I’m about to tour with in November, I jumped in the van with them, and one of the guys had a copy of The Great Gatsby with him. The three of us would each read a chapter and share it together in the van – we were doing such long drives, so we had a lot of downtime to do that. It was really special for me, having this sort of book club, and then when we finished touring the movie came out and we all went to see it, had champagne, and it was amazing. That’s not really a cool tour story, like where we stole a cop car and drove off, and did something crazy –

 

Wait, did that actually happen?

No! But the book club was exciting for me, and it made that tour so special. There were other fun things too, but nothing shocking!

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Are there any bands or artists that you would love to perform or tour with in future?

I’d love to write a song and have Kevin Parker from Tame Impala produce it. I really look up to him, I think they’re one of the best newer bands out there. I have a huge list I’d love to tour with, but I’m just taking it as it comes. It would be awesome to tour with any band that I love, but I’m thankful for any of the shows I get to play, and the fact that I have a tour coming up.

 

What’s been the main highlight for Halfnoise from the past few years?

Well, after touring for eight years with Paramore, I didn’t simply think, ‘Okay, now I’ve stopped touring I want to move to New Zealand’, that just happened. I visited once and I fell in love with it, so I kept coming back and making more friends and more connections. At one point I stayed for nine months, and just kind of disconnected myself from all of the music and friends that I knew. I needed that. And that was when I started writing a lot of Halfnoise stuff, figuring out how I wanted it to sound. It was really life-changing for me, one of those pivotal moments in life where everything else is affected by it. So I’d say that moving there, being there, was definitely a standout moment or time for Halfnoise. Sudden Feeling wouldn’t sound anything like it does, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today, if I hadn’t gone there.

 

Zac, what is your fault?

I probably joke around too much, and don’t take life as seriously as I should – I don’t know if that’s a fault though! I think I poke fun at people more than I should. That’s not being funny, I tear people down just to get someone to laugh. Taking the piss a bit too much, that’s my fault.

 

Sudden Feeling, the new album from Halfnoise, is available to buy now. For the latest updates follow Halfnoise on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Words Jenny Parkes

Photography Zachary Gray

We Meet Bill Milner – star of ‘ANTHROPOID’ and ‘iBOY’

For someone so young, you’ve got a pretty extensive portfolio of roles. Was it difficult juggling education, the normal difficulties of growing up and an acting career? I was barely well equipped enough to handle just being a teenager.

When I started off I had my parents and my agent around me and we all treated it very much like a hobby. It was something that was really fun and I was very privileged to be able to do once or twice per year. I also had an amazing school who made sure I was able to do School and my acting at the same time. It wasn’t until I went to college when I was 16 that it became a lot tougher to juggle. It was around that time I decided I wanted to take acting a lot more seriously and pursue an acting career.

 

2016 seems to be your year with Anthropoid and iBoy being major features. Has this been your best year yet as an actor?

Probably yes. It has been tough since I decided to take it more seriously and you can’t take it all for granted. I remember last year – 2015 – was a lot tougher and I had to work a lot harder and wait for things to come to me. You learn to be a lot more patient; I learnt more about my acting and my career in 2015 when I was doing very little. You have to learn to deal with the downtime and when stuff doesn’t go your way, but then sometimes it will go your way like 2016 where it is all working out quite well.

 

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Top – Nudie Jeans

 

I can imagine. I know from working as a photographer that the downtime can start to plant seeds of doubt too.

I think I’ve finally learnt not to doubt myself in those quiet times and that really pays off. It’s been a good year this year and I’m really glad to have work coming out that people can actually see me in. I feel like people will have forgotten who I am even though it hasn’t really been that long. There just haven’t been any big releases for a while so I’m looking forward to people seeing Anthropoid and then soon iBoy.

 

I want to talk about iBoy actually. I’m really excited about this. I knew of the novel and I’d heard great things about it but now I’ve seen the trailer I’m chomping at the bit to watch it. Could you tell us a bit about your character and what iBoy is about?

iBoy is based on the book of the same name and it follows a young guy called Tom who lives in an estate in Central London and after intervening in a brutal attack, things go wrong and there’s an accident where parts of a smart phone get lodged in his brain. From this he has the power to control computers. On first glass, it seems like one of those average young teen superhero movies, but where iBoy differs from the others is it is a lot more of a psychological film; it’s about how someone so young deals with all this power and the guilt from the attack as well as trying to get revenge without damaging lives. I think it’s a really interesting spin and we had an amazing cast and location, the DoP made it look stunning and the Director is great; it all came together really well. It has been a long time getting this film going. It has been here and there for 5 or 6 years and I think it’s serendipitous that it came together with these people as it’s the best it could have been.

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Jumper – Several

 

 

It seems a rather fitting time for this film to release as augmented reality is becoming less of a sci-fi theme and more of an emerging technology.

I’m not sure what it would have been like a few years ago but I know that when the Director and I were talking about the story and the character’s powers and where it could possibly go, it often felt quite real. We would be talking about the script and then we’d fall silent for about 10 minutes while our minds run off with the ideas. That’s what I hope happens to people when they see it. It’s an everyday normal boy but something extraordinary has happened to him yet it feels quite real.

 

Is it difficult playing a role where so much of the scene will be added in post production? How do you make it look so genuine?

Yeah, this is the first time I’ve acted alongside any green screen style scenes, not that we had green screen, a lot of it was just painted in after. When I did X-Men there were a lot of effects but they were mostly practical effects that were happening there and then. Whereas with this, there was a lot of augmented things that were added after and I can’t wait to see what it all looks like. But yeah, it was a new experience acting to a blank wall and having the Director say “Ok Bill, now you see a text come up and now a video has started playing” and so on. You have to have a lot of trust in the guys but I think it’ll look awesome.

 

So you haven’t seen it yet? When do you get to?

I really don’t know. I’m still waiting to find out. I got a Tweet from Adam the Director the other day and it just said something like “coming soon”! But we’re all very eager to see it. 

 

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Jumper – DKNY Pure / Roll neck- Brooks Brothers / Jeans – Hawksmill Denim Co

 

Blimey, that’s cryptic! You star alongside one of the queens of the internet, Maisie Williams. It would be remiss of me to not ask, how was it working closely with her? You’ve worked with her before haven’t you?

Yeah, well, sort of. We both did a 2 part Drama for the BBC a couple of years ago called The Secret of Crickley Hall but we didn’t do any scenes together. So I only saw her briefly on set a few times. However, through a lot of different mutual friends I’ve known her a little while and we both have a few friends who have been on Game of Thrones too.

 

It must be nice working alongside someone you know then.

Yeah it was – we had a lot of fun. Not just with Maisie, but all the other boys in the cast. It was such a nice environment because we’re all around a similar age so we’d all go out for drinks particularly as we were working in Central London instead of being housed up in the middle of nowhere.

 

Ok, next up is Anthropoid. It has been getting enormous amounts of hype and this film is right up my street as I love war films, particularly ones based on true events. Apart from X-Men, is Anthropoid the biggest film you’ve worked on?

Cast-wise it probably is. Jamie [Dornan] and Cillian [Murphy] are incredible and they deserve a lot of the attention they get because they are great to work with and brilliant actors. It’s really exciting to see that people can’t wait to see the film. A lot of the films I done before, people would stumble across them as hidden gems. That’s lovely too but it’s really nice to hear – even your friends and family – all looking forward to seeing the film as it’s got a bit of excitement behind it.

 

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Jumper- Theory / Roll neck- Brooks Brothers / Jeans – Nudie Jeans / Shoes – Dr Martens

 

Well, the initial reviews I have read have been very positive. Also, I agree about Cillian and Jamie, they are brilliant actors and I am a big fan of Peaky Blinders in particular. Does it ever feel a bit surreal working with people like that or are you used to it now?

I think I was very fortunate starting so young because I think when I was 11-12 and meeting a great like Michael Caine I think I probably didn’t feel it as much. If I had met him for the first time today having not done any acting I think I would have been all over the place. I think when I was a kid I was a bit naive and blasé about it all but I have learnt how to handle it now which is a good thing or I’d have probably embarrassed myself.

 

Does being an actor change how you watch TV and film?

Slightly, yes. Well, often because you see your friends there and you say “ah there’s Maisie”! Sometimes you do judge how someone has approached a scene and even learn a lot from it. I guess in any job if you see or watch someone doing something well you’ll probably take that and use it yourself. My brother-in-law is a Director and it’s probably nothing compared to how he watches TV. Or DoPs actually! I remember when we were on the set of iBoy, playback came on and I watched it on the screen and the DoP said “you were just watching yourself through that whole shot weren’t you?” and I said “you were just watching the camera work through that whole shot weren’t you?” That’s the thing; you do just focus on your own job!

 

That’s also what makes it so special: you have people who are all very good at their individual roles and you all combine to make something amazing.

Yeah, they absolutely love what they do too and that comes across on screen. You see Eben the DoP watching each shot so intensely to make sure that nothing is missed. That fills everyone with such confidence though.

 

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Jacket – Hawksmill Denim Co / Top – Several

 

I’ve asked this question to a number of actors and the responses are always very interesting. What would be a type of role you would love to be cast in next?

I will answer this, but I always think that regardless of the style of character, it always comes down to great writing. If you’ve got a great writer you can do anything. A genre I’m interested in is a biopic. I would quite like to get in to the history of a particular person and really find out about their story and trying to portray someone who did actually exist. Often, the person is hugely respected so I’d love the challenge of that. I’d also love to do a huge scale Sci-Fi like Star Trek or Star Wars kind of level. I’ve done X-Men and while it’s based in some sort of reality I’d love to see how they create these huge worlds in films like Star Trek or Star Wars.

 

What is your Fault?

I’m neurotic. Although I think that’s a good thing too. I often over-think things and lay awake at night thinking about minor things that can be dealt with in the morning!

 

ANTHROPOID is released in cinemas Friday 9th September in the UK. Find Bill on Twitter and Instagram.

Words Robert Baggs

Photography Stephanie YT

Styling Felicity Gray

Grooming Lillie Russo

Behind The Scenes on our FAULT Magazine Issue 23 Photoshoot

With the theatrical release of X-Men Apocalypse only 6 days away, take a step behind the scenes on our FAULT Issue 23 cover shoot with star Alexandra Shipp

Video: Steve Failows

Words: Kee Chang l Photography: Irvin Rivera l Styling: Sharon Williams @Art-dept l Makeup: Carola Gonzales @Forwardartists l Makeup Asst: Laramie Glen l Hair: Larry Sims @ Forwardartists l Photography Asst: Phill Limprasertwong l Production: Ashley Tsai @ashley.tsai

Foals Exclusive Photoshoot and Interview With FAULT Magazine Online

 

 

Foals is one of the few bands these days that has reached the top on their own terms. The past year has been the result of nearly a decade of sweat and hard work: Wembley gigs, a Brit Award nomination for Best Group and now – a headline spot at this weekend’s Reading and Leeds. At this pace, we trust that the guys are still going to be hitting it hard in another decade to come. We caught up with the bands just moments ahead of their monumental headline show at Reading and Leeds and here’s what the boys make of it all – before you see it all unfold on stage.

 

You’re just about to headline Reading and Leeds. What’s going through your heads right now?

 

We’re like a mixture of quietly confident that it’s going to be good and fun, but we’re also a little bit terrified. Whenever there’s a big show, there’s a big build-up towards it. You just want to get it done after a while. But it’s okay, everyone is in good form. That’s the thing with these things – it’s the sense of occasion that makes it a success. I like to think that we’ve sort of won anyways and if we just play through the songs, we should be okay.


You’ve been in the music industry for over a decade now. Let’s do an overview of how things were back in the day and what they’re like now -when you’re just about to do one of the biggest shows of your careers. What’s changed and what’s stayed the same?

 

The thing that stayed the same is definitely our attitudes toward playing live and how we operate as a band. We’ve definitely gotten used to more comfort, we travel a bit more, there’s more luxury now and all that stuff that just comes with being a bigger band I suppose. But what has definitely changed was the way we made music over the years. We figured out really early on, after our first record, that if we were going to have any kind of longevity as a band and success in the industry, then we needed to keep our fans and ourselves kind of on their toes. And basically change up everything we do, but still be true to ourselves. We haven’t done it perfectly, but we managed to do it.  I feel the lifespan of the band would have been dramatically shorter if we were just going over the same ground and putting out the same record.

 

The charts were never a point of reference for you, as a band, and now you’ve become a household name. Do you feel that the music industry in the UK has a tendency of sieving out the unnecessary in time? 

 

We consider ourselves lucky with the fact that we didn’t have this great success with anything that was like a one time hit. I really don’t envy bands these days that are in that situation because it’s almost impossible to follow up.  If you can’t keep it up, you’re done. I think we’ve done well to avoid that.  And I like to think that we’ve become a decent name amongst other bands.

 

I like how you’ve used the phrase ‘decent band’ when you’re just about to headline Reading and Leeds.

 

Well, the moment you think you’re really good – then you’re in trouble. We know we can be good but we also know that we cannot be that good. That kind of human element, cause we give it a lot of energy and a lot of effort , is also a part of our success right now.

 

Do you feel that there can be downsides to your increased popularity?

 

Straight off the top of my head, one of the downsides is that sometimes we do feel the pressure a little bit when the shows get bigger. Sometimes you feel like you can lose a little bit of the element of control. More and more people get involved. They’ve all been brilliant – the team that’s around us is incredible and we’ve been really lucky to have the help that we’ve had from our management and label. But there’s just no way you can keep control of everything and I think that element of sometimes losing control is a little bit of a downside to increased popularity.

 

What’s your take on your band’s current lofty position on the British rock landscape?

I like to think that we’re up there with the big boys. There’s a certain group of bands that are around at the moment – some of them are quite bigger than us – like, say, the Arctic Monkeys who’ve done considerably bigger shows and have more achievements than us, but I like to think that because of our longevity, we’re up there with many of those bands. I like to think that we’re going to leave some kind of mark on the British music scene.

 

Final words: what can we expect from your set at Reading and Leeds in the weekend ahead?

 

We’re treating it like a celebration of 4 records. So, we’re trying to do a little bit of everything, but we don’t have that much time to try and fit everything in. We’ve been trying to work out a set that’s kind of comfortable for us and we don’t miss too many things out. We’ve got some production, we’ve got some little bells and whistles and things that should probably make it fun and make it a celebratory upbeat thing. We’re in a good place. I hope it works out, otherwise…

 

What’s your FAULT? 

I think it’s letting go of decision and trusting other people. I think we’re quite untrusting as a band and sometimes we need to realize that people do know what’s best for us.

 

Rudimental launch their Bench AW16 campaign – exclusive interview

As part of their ongoing #LoveMyHood campaign, iconic menswear brand Bench have partnered with the equally iconic Hackney lads Rudimental, as their new brand ambassadors. We had a brief chat about the AW16 collection …and some other random things.

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FAULT Magazine: What do you think you’ve learned about the fashion world whilst partnering with Bench?

Piers: I learned that sometimes I can fit into a 34, when I was always a 36…

Kesi: I learned about Piers’ love for shirts. I think he has now discovered a love for shirts.

Piers: Yes. I learned about my love for shirts too.

Locksmith: What I’ve learned… Is that fashion and music actually go hand in hand.

FAULT: How so?

Locksmith: Well if you think about it… In the past… I’ve been asked questions like this… and I’ve been able to answer [everyone laughs]

Amir: …they are both forms of expression. We are the masters of one form, so we thought we’d collaborate with the masters of the other.

DJ Locksmith: Seriously, fashion and music do go hand in hand… Bench came to us kind of with a spiel and we were very wary of that, because we’re not the face of our music. We let the music do the talking. When you get approached by a clothing company, you often think ‘they’re going to want us at the front’ …we still like doing our shopping without being noticed, but Bench came to us from another approach. They were kind of sold by our music and the reach of our music, so because of the way they sold it to us, or approached us, we were like, ‘you know what? Fashion and music do go hand in hand’ we were able to target their fans and they were able to target the fans that were similar to their fans and go forward.

Another thing I liked was they said that they didn’t just want to do a normal photoshoot with us wearing their big logo, they wanted to do something where they find out about Rudimental… a 24hr video shoot if you like, and we did that with them in Central Park, New York, where they got to come behind the scenes of a gig we were doing on Summer Stage. They got to see us getting ready and they found out about our individual characters, fashion sense and fashion styles. It was a really cool concept.

FAULT: How do you describe your individual style, because you’re quite diverse? – do you know that you are every colour emoji? That is so cool. You should use that somehow…

Piers: Nobody is yellow though.

Kesi: I am a bit…

DJ Locksmith: That is true… We should do a DJ act, in front of loads of people and just wear emoji hats, because it represents – That’s a sick idea! – And call it EMOJI. If you guys don’t do it, I’ll get some other guys to do it. That’s sick!

FAULT: Back to your individual styles…

DJ Locksmith: Me and Kesi and more T-shirt and shirt guys, Amir is more the smart/swagger guy, then Piers whose into his shirts… Which we all found out along the way. These are all things we never really paid attention to. We just knew what we liked and we cracked on with it.

Amir: It’s beautiful that they caught us in our reality. That’s basically how that whole photoshoot happened. They followed us with their cameras and got a lot of nice, natural shots with us.

FAULT: In a world where A$AP Rocky and Rihanna are fronting Dior, which is great too, this collaboration feels very organic and home grown…

Amir: I always thought of Bench as Brit pop, I always thought of it as proper British culture, so yes, it was a great match.

FAULT: Given what you said earlier about privacy and being sceptical at first, after this experience do you see yourselves ever fronting a high fashion campaign?

DJ Locksmith: Damn! If the money is right, girl, I’m down!  [laughs]

Kesi: If it somehow worked with Rudimental and what Rudimental are about as a movement, why not? It all depends on the ethos. We can’t change ourselves to fit something else.

FAULT: The AW16 was unveiled on Snapchat, which is quite a cool and current idea…

DJ Locksmith: See! Snapchat. We’re down.

FAULT: Do you manage your own social media or does it belong to your management?

[In Unison]: It’s ours!

Amir: Some of us are better at it than others.

Piers: I did a Snapchat once.

FAULT: Well done. What was that one Snapchat?

Piers: It was me half naked…

You can read more about the Rudimental X Bench campaign here, and can follow the boys on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Words Trina John-Charles