films

Vidal Sassoon: The Movie



Last week I was invited to a press preview of VIDAL SASSOON: THE MOVIEand what a cinematic treat it was. Sassoon himself tells the poignant story of his journey from a London orphanage to celebrity superstardom in LA with the help of an anecdote or two from the likes of Grace Coddington, Mary Quant, Christiaan and Guido Palau. My favourite quote came from Mary Quant: “You cut hair how we cut cloth, you cut it on the cross.”The film itself is beautifully shot (by director Craig Teper) and designed (by Steve Hiett) and the archive footage is priceless – watch out for some of the 1970s ads and the scene where Sassoon cuts Mia Farrow’s hair live on the set of Rosemary’s Baby. It’s also very human and Sassoon’s charm and passion come across in spades as does his personal style (I noticed he has a bit of a scarf thing going on). VIDAL SASSOON: THE MOVIE will be released in the UK mid-May but you can see the trailer below. Catch it if you can…



Teddy Boys of The Edwardian Drape Society





I’m so glad I went to see Bruce Weber Shorts yesterday, a lovely hour of cinematic gorgeousness and perfect for a Saturday afternoon. Alas, I had to dash off moments before the end to catch a train to Leeds for a last minute BBC debate on the evils of teen magazines (I had to defend them). Before I left, tripping over my wheelie Globetrotter in a rather non-elegant fashion, I managed to catch the gem that was Teddy Boys of The Edwardian Drape Society, a three-minute movie showing a selection of old timer teddy boys (and girls) still dressing up, quiffing up and generally tearing up the dancefloor. These characters are passionate about their scene as can be witnessed in this old interview with Ritchie Gee who runs the Edwardian Drape Society. What a character!

[Images: Teds Corner]



Film news: Control




Victor at Melanthos reminded me how excited I am at the imminent arrival of the Joy Division film Control. I’m more of a New Order fan than Joy Division but I can guarantee even if you’re not familiar with their music, the film will be beautifully shot as it’s directed by Anton Corbijn.

Control is actually a biopic about Joy Division’s 23-year old lead singer Ian Curtis who committed suicide on the eve of Joy Division’s first U.S. tour. It’s based on the book Touching From a Distance, by Curtis’ wife, Deborah (which I still haven’t managed to buy).

The release date is 5th October – don’t miss this one.