FAULT Issue 13 star John Legend announces UK tour as ‘All of Me’ reaches 1 million digital sales

John Legend was shot by Miguel Starcevich and styled by Avo Yermagyan for FAULT Issue 13

John Legend was shot by Miguel Starcevich and styled by Avo Yermagyan for FAULT Issue 13

Contemporary soul phenomenon and FAULT Issue 13 star John Legend continues to belt out hits after 10 years at the pinnacle of the music industry. His latest success sees his heart-stoppingly beautiful recent single, ‘All of Me’ break another personal best in the UK.

After already being classified as a Platinum Single in the UK, the news that ‘All of Me’ has hit a combined sales mark of  1,015,582 in the digital sphere makes it John’s most popular UK single to date, eclipsing even seminal classics such as ‘Used to Love U’, ‘Ordinary People’ and ‘Green Light’. The figure was reached after the song was downloaded 804,500 times and streamed over 21.1 million times since its release, with the latter equivalent to 211,082 downloads. The news itself follows on from announcement that ‘All of Me’ reached #1 in the US and #2 in the UK charts – both record positions for John.

John, who covers our Music section insideFAULT Issue 13, recently announced dates for his upcoming tour of the UK this October:

John Legend – UK tour October ’14 – dates:

Monday 06 – O2 Apollo Manchester
Tuesday 07 – Newcastle City Hall
Thursday 09 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Friday 10 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Sunday 12 – Birmingham NIA
Monday 13 – London Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

FAULT Presents: Our Top 20 Albums of 2013 (part 2)

Part 2 of our Top 20 Favourite Albums of 2013 feature. You can find part 1 HERE. Remember, these are just our personal favourite albums of the year, in no particular order. Let us know if you think we missed anything!

10. John Legend – Love in the Future

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John Legend inside FAULT Issue 13

Remember John Legend’s first album? Well, this is absolutely nothing like that. For a start, it’s executive-produced by Kanye West and features songwriting collaborations with Rick Ross. It’s unashamedly sexy, dramatic and soulful, and even manages to make schmaltz sound cool.‘All Of Me’ is a pop ballad in the truest sense, and wouldn’t sound out of place being sung by One Direction. It’s a polarising point on the album, but Legend’s smooth soul flows throughout, and he’s incredibly good at it.

Read John’s own thoughts on the album inside FAULT Issue 13. Excerpts from our interview (and some shots from inside the issue) are available here and our behind the scenes video from our shoot can be found here

John Legend – ‘All Of Me’:


9. Haim – Days are Gone

Haim inside FAULT issue 15

Haim inside FAULT issue 15

2013 was undeniably Haim’s year. They’ve been universally praised by the likes of The Line of Best Fit and The Guardian as well as garnering extensive airplay on Radio 1. Instant classics like ‘Falling’ and ‘Don’t Save Me’ secured their debut’s position as one of the most anthemic and memorable records of the year.

We spoke to the sibling trio in FAULT Issue 15 while they were recording Days Are Gone, in which they told us what to expect from the album (needless to say, it didn’t disappoint): “Be prepared to have some fun! We had a lot of fun making it, so I hope it sounds fun. There are a bunch of new songs as well as songs that we released before.”

Read more from the interview, or get the full feature in FAULT Issue 15 from here

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8. Bass Drum of Death – Bass Drum of Death

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While Black Lips fans await their next album, they’ll probably be filling the gap with Bass Drum of Death. The Mississippi outfit’s honest, fuzzy garage-rock may not be particularly pioneering, but they demonstrate an excellent grasp of the genre in their second full-length offering, with infectious melodies and a purposefully under-produced sound. They also really, really like reverb. Who doesn’t?

Bass Drum Of Death – ‘Crawling After You’:


7. Charli XCX – True Romance

Charli XCX inside FAULT Issue 16

Charli XCX inside FAULT Issue 16

She’s had a fantastic 2013 by anyone’s standards – the past year has seen Charli XCX tour with other FAULT Featured artists Ellie Goulding and Marina and the Diamonds, as well as Paramore. She’s gone from underground sensation (her first album, ‘14’ was an acclaimed underground hit in 2008, but never commercially released) to the potential ‘next big thing’ of leftfield quirky-pop. Her vocal tone is strikingly similar to Marina Diamandis but her songwriting and grasp of melodic devices is phenomenal for her 21 years.

 In her recent interview for FAULT Issue 16, Charli revealed that she “always see[s her] music in colours. , my first record, was purple, whereas this [upcoming] album is going to be red. I’m inspired visually by red lips, blazers and things that blow up!…It’s going to be much more alive than True Romance.”

Read more excerpts and see more shots from the shoot here – or get the whole story in FAULT Issue 16, available from here.

Charli XCX – ‘You’re The One’:


6. SUUNS – Images du Futur

suuns Slightly freaky but wholly compelling, ‘Images du Futur’ really is something of a masterpiece, juxtaposing the heady sound of electro-indie (think Holy Ghost, Cut Copy) with what can only be described as futuristic lo-fi garage. FAULT Favourites SUUNS are carving their way through multiple genres with this impressive second album, and as a result, saw themselves nominated for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.

Check out our interview with the Montreal four-piece in full on FAULT Online here

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5. Jessica Sanchez – Me, You and the Music

Jessica Sanchez inside FAULT Issue 16

Jessica Sanchez inside FAULT Issue 16

The American Idol runner-up showed she’s not just a pretty face with her impressive debut album. After a stint on Glee, it would have been easy for her to continue down the squeaky-clean teen pop route, but she shakes off any preconceptions with the R’n’B-influenced ‘Me, You and the Music’, which includes a collaboration with Ne-Yo and songs co-written by Tom Petty and Sia.

Read Jessica’s own thoughts on the album inside FAULT Issue 16. Excerpts from our interview (and some images from inside the issue) are available here, along with our exclusive behind the scenes video. Get the whole story in FAULT Issue 16, available from here.

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4.Big Sean – Hall of Fame

Our (in)famous shoot with Big Sean inside FAULT Issue 15

Our (in)famous shoot with Big Sean inside FAULT Issue 15

If you miss Notorious B.I.G as much as we do., Big Sean is there to fill the void. His unashamedly retro hip-hop, with song titles like ‘MILF’ and ‘Freaky’ borders on being a pastiche without crossing the line into ‘Trapped In The Closet’ territory. Collaborations with Li’l Wayne, Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz make this one of the most noticeable new hip-hop releases, and Sean’s lyrics segue between the humorous and the filthy with ease.

 Big Sean told us in FAULT Issue 15 that Hall of Fame featured “the best music [he’d] ever made”. Read more from the interview, and see more shots, here – or get the full story in FAULT Issue 15 – available from here.

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3. The Black Angels – Indigo Meadow

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Not only did they use some seriously Sixties cover art for ‘Indigo Meadow’, they also showed that they’re still one of the American underground rock scene’s forerunners with an album that’s as melodic, lyrically dark and introspective as you’d expect from the Texan five-piece.

Read our interview with the psych-rockers in full on FAULT Online here

The Black Angels – ‘Indigo Meadow’:


2. Beyonce – Beyonce


One morning, we all awoke to a new Beyonce album. No media fanfare or indeed any clues at all preceded the release of Beyonce’s self-titled fifth album, which began as an iTunes exclusive. Following the release, she announced that she ‘sees’ music, explaining the fact that each track came with its own music video. Throughout the course of the album’s accompanying visuals, she portrays an exploited pageant queen (‘Pretty Hurts’, which is co-written by Sia), a happy theme-park goer (‘XO’) and sings an entire song about having sex with Jay Z (‘Drunk In Love’).

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1. Mac Miller – Watching Movies with the Sound Off

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Mac Miller described his second album as ‘introspective’ and he certainly lived up to that promise with ‘Watching Movies with the Sound Off’. His previous style of playful party anthems has been shelved in favour of deeper lyrical content and a clear desire to make music for no-one other than himself – although the lead single is officially ‘Somebody Do Something’ (abbreviated to S.D.S) there is no particular standout track. Taking this approach is a risk, but one that’s paid off for Miller.

 Look out for more of Mac Miller in FAULT Issue 17 – more info announced this Friday 10th January!

Mac Miller – ‘S.D.S.’:


Read the rest of our Top 20 FAULT Favourite Albums of 2013 feature:

Part 1

Part 2


Words by Thea de Gallier

FAULT Presents: Our Top 20 Albums of 2013 (part 1)

Along with the celebrations that come with ringing in the new year, there is always the inevitable “totting-up” of the year gone by. With that in mind, we at FAULT have put our heads together and come up with our eclectic, eccentric and (hopefully) excellent list of our favourite feature releases of 2013 – from the debuts that demanded to be noticed to the follow-ups that showed us who we can’t forget.

It’s not always the case, but last year was a particularly rich one for music lovers, which made it tough to narrow down our choices. We eventually settled on 20 of our personal favourites – mostly because we thought that most of you would get bored by a longer list!

In no particular order, then, here’s our first set of picks for 2013’s albums of the year. Part 2 will follow later this week – be sure to keep an eye on FAULT Online:

 20. Lorde – Pure Heroine


The outspoken and wise-beyond-her-years New Zealander unveiled her debut album amid a flurry of press claiming she’d denounced the likes of Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez for portraying women in a negative, over-sexualised manner. Her thought-provoking lyrics and sparse, sometimes dark, electro-pop sound immediately set her apart from the heavily visual (and sexual) gimmicks employed by some other young artists. A must-listen antidote to manufactured pop.

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19. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Specter at the Feast


BRMC’s seventh album showed a mellower side to the band, with the energy of previous hits such as ‘Spread Your Love’ in something of a short supply. It works, though – they display a surprising tender side in ‘Lullaby’ and pull off this new, gentler sound very well. Calming down might not be what we expected of them after we witnessed them recording at Cobb Studio for FAULT Issue 9, but ‘Specter at the Feast’ may well be one of their best offerings yet.

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18. Disclosure – Settle


Kicking off the proceedings is arguably one of the best debuts seen in recent years. Featuring the likes of Aluna George, Eliza Doolittle and hotly-tipped purveyors of artfully depressing aural beauty London Grammar, ‘Settle’ provided many a summer anthem and saw the duo nominated for a Grammy. Despite their tender ages of 22 and 20, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence showed an impressive grasp of effortlessly cool minimalist dance-pop.

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17. Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

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With ‘Lightning Bolt’, grunge stalwarts Pearl Jam proved that the murky sound of Nineties Seattle is no distant memory. They demonstrated that they’re still as relevant today as they were when their game-changing debut ‘Ten’ was released in 1991, with this set of twelve fresh tracks, showcasing a hint of lo-fi cool but plenty of their signature raw attitude and rich melodies. As if that wasn’t enough, each track has its own artwork in of-the-moment flat illustrative style.

Pearl Jam – ‘Sirens’:


16. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time

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Proving that she’s not just a poster girl for prescribed edginess, Sky Ferreira finally (after delays dating back to 2011) released her debut ‘Night Time, My Time’ at the end of October. Featuring single ‘You’re Not the One’, Ferreira describes the sound of the album as ‘up-tempo numbers that are…electronic, but come across live as pop-rock’. Not only has she been praised by the likes of Dazed & Confused and Rolling Stone, she’s also bagged herself a support slot on Miley Cyrus’ 2014 tour. Hats off for being a true all-rounder.

Sky Ferreira – ‘You’re Not The One’:


15. James Blake – Overgrown

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Former BRIT Award nominee James Blake’s second album, featuring Brian Eno and RZA, touched down this Spring, with the lead single ‘Retrograde’ gaining extensive airplay on Radio 1. Variance Magazine named it their Album Of The Year, and it isn’t hard to see why, with its languid beats and subtle jazz overtones.

James Blake – ‘Retrograde’:


14. Youngblood Hawke – Wake Up

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Youngblood Hawke inside FAULT Issue 16

Don’t let the fact that two fifths of FAULT Issue 16 stars Youngblood Hawke used to be Iglu & Hartly put you off. The video for the album’s lead single ‘We Come Running’ is all about saving whales, and featured an irresistible beat last heard when Black Kids were a thing. Sing-a-long indie-pop at its best.

Youngblood Hawke – ‘We Come Running’:



13. Savages – Silence Yourself


Sufjan Stevens may not be a fan of the typography used on the cover of their debut, but Savages, fronted by ex-John & Jehn (featured in FAULT Issue 2) member Jehnny Beth, have given us a collection of songs that have been described by The Guardian as reminiscent of ‘the debut releases of Public Image Ltd and Siouxsie and the Banshees’. The foursome capture the spirit of punk with insistent beats and sparse, reverb-heavy guitars, all topped off with Beth’s aggressive, clear vocals.

Savages – ‘Shut Up’:



12. Little Boots – Nocturnes

Little Boots inside FAULT Issue 12

Little Boots inside FAULT Issue 12

After telling us in FAULT Issue 12 that her second album, inspired by the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, had taken “a while and [would] be worth it”, Victoria Hesketh aka Little Boots released ‘Nocturnes’ in March. Suffice to say that it didn’t disappoint. There’s a strong Madonna-esque retro vibe and plenty of the promised spookiness with heavy use of minor keys and low, moody strings. Victoria said that she “DJed a lot over the past couple of years and that’s inspired it – things like how people react at 3am” – check out the whole interview in FAULT Issue 12, and check out the behind the scenes video from our shoot here

Little Boots – ‘Every Night I Say A Prayer’:



11. Arctic Monkeys – AM

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The opening beat to first track ‘Do I Wanna Know’ sounds like Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Fix Up, Look Sharp’, and that is reason enough to love this album. All the lyrical wizardry and gritty Northern charm you’d expect from the Monkeys are there, but with added elements such as falsetto, syncopated beats and a lot more moodiness. Not to mention the wonderfully minimalist cover art, which in a few years will probably be described as ‘iconic’.

Arctic Monkeys – ‘R U Mine?’:




Words: Thea de Gallier

FAULT Favourite: designer Gabriella Marina Gonzalez

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FAULT Favourite London-based accessory designer Gabriella Marina Gonzalez’s new collection, ‘Nigredo E’poche’, is every bit as haunting as her last seven. While its name is derived from the French phrase La Belle Époque – a golden era in Europe’s cultural history – her morose artistic ethos bleeds through each meticulously constructed piece.

‘Nigredo,’ which means blackening, can be defined as the first stage of self-awakening. Gonzalez’s unique spelling of ‘E’poche’ combines both the French term ‘Époque’ –meaning ‘era’ – and the ancient Greek term ‘Epoché’ – a philosophical notion that challenges one to suspend judgment of commonly held beliefs through conscious detachment.

In this sense, ‘Nigredo E’poche’ permeates throughout not only Gonzalez’s newest designs, but also her approach towards her work. She openly describes her carefully-crafted leather goods as targeting the ’emotionally dispossessed’. It’s the sort of phrase that one would normally associate with heavy irony but, in Gabriella’s case, it seems to have been meant in earnest. She seems to genuinely lament the plight of consumers – her customers – in an increasingly frivolous and superficial society. It’s a peculiar – but fascinating – standpoint for someone operating in an industry so completely in thrall to celebrity culture.

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It is a finely balanced stand-off: even if Gabriella can’t help but acknowledge, through the words she uses to describe her collections, the precepts of the dark era in which we live, her work stands as the ideal response. Its honesty and raw integrity evokes the words of Edna St. Vincent Millay when she famously declared “Euclid alone has looked on Beauty bare./Let all who prate of Beauty hold their peace…”

‘Nigredo E’poche’, which features hand-molded leather shin guards, harnesses and bracelets adorned with special-made brass fixtures by product designer Michael Antrobus, turns Gonzalez’s alchemically philosophical musing into a reality.

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In your last interview with FAULT Magazine (FAULT Issue 13), you said that you don’t really follow other designers, or even take notice of celebrities that wear your clothes. In an industry that often idolises fame and celebrity, what barometers do you use to measure your own success?

Gabriella: I’ve never desired to become part of something too far removed from the artistry. I do not feel that belonging to a particular circle measures my success, nor do I want to surround myself with certain types of people in order to confirm it. It’s limiting. I made an active decision very early on not to fall into a lifestyle that created any illusions about what part I really play in this world.

‘The Celebrity’ is a strange phenomenon to me, a modern religion, manifesting idols from projected persona’s. How can one identify with a stranger in pictures without comprehending the journey? I guess because they like the clothes? It’s fun, don’t get me wrong, but is it sufficient? I find it unnerving that people don’t want to peek behind the curtain. It’s a distracting frivolity that makes reality a little more bearable. [One should] Actually trace the development of the idea. Try to understand the hard part instead of the part that is suspiciously handed to you.

My reality has never been glamorous, it’s not what I’m in for. By the end of a collection my hands are swollen from weeks of leather working and the last thing I want to do is pretend to not be physically and emotionally exhausted. I use my craft as a means for exploring my (understandably obscure) thought processes. Each collection becomes a sort of personal research project of my mind. If through this I achieve a better understanding of the world and those around me then this is all the success I need.

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What piece from your collection are you the most excited about?

Every piece evokes totally different associations and sets of emotions for me. I have a soft spot for the halo [headpiece] this season because it’s so stylistically different to my usual work.


You partnered with product designer Michael Antrobus for this collection. How did you hook up with him?

I approached Michael about a potential collaboration about seven months ago. We brainstormed for a while. Finally, I decided I wanted to do something with bells to symbolise a temporal map of one’s movements through vibratory frequencies. We spoke and I explained that all the bells I was sourcing were too reminiscent of reindeer and he suggested making the bells for me. The end product is a perfectly functioning bell with a great sound in Michael’s signature simplistic style. There is no pretension in his work, it’s just raw and I find a lot of beauty in that.

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How do you know when a collection you’re designing is complete?

Nothing is ever complete. I have to force myself to be satisfied with however far I have taken a concept. It continues to unfold in my head but I may not explore it again in a collection.


What can we expect from your next collection?

I’ve had a craving to make garments lately. I enjoy taking advantage of the fact that I haven’t limited myself to a specific discipline so I’m playing with the idea of a full on knitwear range. It will continue to be individually handmade, and available from the newly launched online store.

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Words: Carolyn Okomo
Photography: Olivia Richardson
Styling: Arndt Stobba
Hair: Dave Noble
Makeup: Nicola Moores
Model: Billie @ Select
Special thanks: Beyond Retro

‘The Man with the Iron Fists’ – with FAULT Issue 13 star Byron Mann – out now on DVD

Presented by Quentin Tarantino, the blood-soaked, bone-snapping action-adventure The Man With The Iron Fists is out now, having been released on Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, Blu-ray and DVD two days ago, on 1st April 2013.

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Inspired by the kung-fu classics of the 1970s and 80s as interpreted by Tarantino’s long time collaborators RZA (Wu Tang Clan) and Eli Roth (Hostel), The Man With The Iron Fists features a kick ass cast including Lucy Liu (Kill Bill), Russell Crowe (Gladiator) and WWF’s Dave Bautista – as well as FAULT Issue 13 star Byron Mann. The film tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero in nineteenth-century China who must unite to destroy a traitor in their midst who would lay waste to them all for the sake of a chest of gold bullions.

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Isolated in rural Jungle Village, the town’s blacksmith (RZA) works tirelessly supplying the warring local clans with weaponry  in order to pay for his and his lover’s (Jamie Chung, Sucker Punch) passage out of the desolate region. The delicate peace of the area is thrown into disarray by the revolt of the local Lion clan’s second in command, Silver Lion  (played to pantomime perfection by Mann), and the murder of his superior, Gold Lion, sets in motion a treacherous and deadly chain of events. The violence escalates to a whole new level and the town is inundated by dangerous strangers, including the infamous Brass Body (Bautista), foreigner Jack Knife (Crowe) and the deadly Poison Dagger – all eager to join the fight and lay their hands on the governor’s gold.

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The film features heavy martial arts fight sequences, a gritty, urban soundtrack featuring the Wu Tang Clan, Black Keys and Kanye West and gruesome special effects. The Blu-ray exclusive special features include an on-set featurette with RZA.

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For more on The Man with the Iron Fists, check out ‘Silver Lion’ Byron Mann’s interview in FAULT Issue 13

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Byron Mann was shot by Daniel Scott for FAULT Issue 13 – the Contrasts Issue


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The future of Film? Martin McDonagh’s ‘Seven Psychopaths’ deserved better after a disappointing Awards season

Reviews often need an opening gambit – a hook, if you like – to draw the readers in and to set the tone for the piece. How’s this for raising expectation levels then – the first words to leave this reviewer’s mouth when he left the cinema (after the second viewing, no less):

“That might just be the best film I have ever seen.”


You may have heard either or both of those two clichés knocking around before, of course. ‘So good you’ll want to see it twice’ is such a hackneyed expression in advertising parlance that even the bowler hat boys on ‘Mad Men’ steer clear of it. So, let us put this into perspective for you – Seven Psychopaths is one of those films that you would be happy to watch five or six times. In a row. On a delayed flight; on your honeymoon. With a screaming baby spluttering next to you.

Simply put, there isn’t a single flaw in Martin McDonagh‘s sophomore screenplay. Ostensibly a comedy, it is a film that will have you in fits of laughter between moments of acute contemplation, stifled sobs and occasionally even awe at the sheer audacity of the thing.

McDonagh has mastered meta-cinema in the same way that Kurt Vonnegut mastered the meta-novel. Overtly self-aware, this is a film about a man [Marty, played by Colin Farrell] making a film – while he is participating in that film. We watch as Marty struggles with his indolent lifestyle and incipient alcoholism to try and put together his script: ‘Seven Psychopaths’. Only Marty doesn’t really want to write about psychopaths. Marty prefers drinking and talking – he doesn’t really understand the point of violence, or why it is so appealing. Unsurprisingly, his obsession with creating non-violent psychopaths quickly manifests itself as a writer’s block, one that his good friend Billy [Sam Rockwell] is only too keen to try and cure…

Read the full review in FAULT Issue  13 – out now.

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Full review in FAULT Issue 13 – the Contrasts Issue


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Taio Cruz – Behind the Scenes film of our Men’s Fashion cover shoot for FAULT Issue 13

 Video courtesy of Giuliano Bekor and Lightbox Studio

Below: the final Men’s Fashion cover for FAULT Issue 13


Taio Cruz was shot by Giuliano Bekor and styled by Avo Yermagyan exclusively for FAULT Issue 13

Taio Cruz was shot by Giuliano Bekor and styled by Avo Yermagyan exclusively for the Men’s Fashion cover of FAULT Issue 13


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Billy Bob Thornton: Behind the Scenes exclusive with FAULT’s Issue 13 cover star

Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton is our front cover feature for FAULT Issue 13: the Contrasts Issue. Billy Bob was photographed by Dove Shore.

Billy Bob Thornton was shot by Dove Shore, exclusively for FAULT Issue 13

Billy Bob Thornton was shot by Dove Shore, exclusively for FAULT Issue 13. Get your copy of the issue HERE

Billy Bob Thornton’s upcoming film, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, is not strictly speaking autobiographical but, given that he’s written, directed and starred in the Dixie-based family drama, it does offer some of the industry icon’s reflections on his own past. After years of dealing with the Hollywood gossip bandwagon, it is good to hear Thornton speaking as an artist in his own right once again.

Billy Bob occupies a unique place in contemporary film culture, he’s long been a standout square-peg fixture in fishbowl field. He’s the oddball in the  counter-culture corner, the gumshoe southern-fried savant, the virtuoso music-maker more reliant on big ideas than big budgets. And yet he’s also put together an enviable and lengthy cache of credits with films like Monster’s Ball, The Man Who Wasn’t There, A Simple Plan, Love Actually, Friday Night Lights and Bad Santa. Thornton has managed to leave his gritty prints all over Hollywood for over two full decades without bowing too much to conventions. Now, sixteen years after writing/directing/acting in Sling Blade, the movie that won him his first Oscar, Thornton is back operating under the same successful trifecta in his new film, Jayne Mansfield’s Car.

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Billy Bob was interviewed by Heather Seidler

“It’s a  film about how war and tragedy affect people and how they manifest themselves in families”, Thornton explains.
Jayne Mansfield’s Car is a southern-gothic tale about a Western family colliding with a British family due to a family tragedy. The  film mirrors much of Thornton’s “small-town” childhood in the deep south, elements exactly paralleling his own relationship with his father who died when Thornton was only 18. The film, in part, appears to be a
veiled reckoning with his father…

Read more in FAULT Issue 13, out now:


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Be sure to also check out our Behind the Scenes Exclusive with the Hollywood legend – 5 Questions with Billy Bob Thornton is out now on Vimeo and Youtube: