The sound emanating from ACMI’s cinema on Tuesday night was that of popping champagne corks rather than the rustle of Fantales’ wrappers as No Home premiered a series of 14 short films with a focus on fashion for LMFF. The production value of each short was brilliant especially considering I heard from some of the film-makers that they only devoted two or three days to produce their work for this mini film fest.
Presenting film ranging from what were essentially cinematic collection lookbooks to full-on narratives; No Home left me wondering about the direction of fashion films. Should their merits be considered as every other film, should the fashion be the focus or should it play a supporting role? At a stretch, are fashion films going to emerge as an entirely new genre?
The films that left an impression on me personally were;
-‘Stardust’ by designer Alexi Freeman and director Tom Blachford. Think Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’ music video with WAY more glitter!
-Upper Left Arm’s absolutely charming love story ‘My Boyfriend’s Unreal’. It left you with a smile and knowing exactly where this debut label was coming from.
-The simple entrancing rhythm of ‘Level’ by Above with Adam Murfet & Jessie Oldfield.
A remix of the No Home films will be screening at the Penthouse Mouse opening from this Friday and a few of the No Home stable have been popping up online to watch already. If you want to delve deeper into the realm of fashion on film there are a couple more filmic LMFF events to consider; FASHIonFILM and the ACMI’s Fashion Models on Film program. Check out some of the designers, film-makers and cinema-goers at the premiere of No Home in our gallery below…
Happy snaps by Chris Moore
Stardust still courtesy Tom Blachford & Alexi Freeman