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Creative Rebels in Film

Jan 6, 2021

Next up in our ‘Creative Rebels’ series, featuring those that inspire us by pushing the boundaries of culture through their craft, are three unique and distinctive talents from the world of filmmaking. 


Ava DuVernay

“The question will be, what did you do during this time?"

Ava DuVernay is a force of nature. A writer, producer, director and distributor of independent film, she was virtually unknown six years ago, but has since found global recognition for her powerful stories told through intimate film.

At the forefront of a new generation of black filmmakers, she is determined to foster, support and progress the black cinematic image. And with consistent effect. She has to date become the first black female director to win at the Sundance Film Festival (‘Middle of Nowhere’), to be nominated for Best Director at the Oscars (‘Selma’), and to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards (‘13th’ - which also scooped both an Emmy and BAFTA to boot.



Mark Jenkin

"...form and content completely complement one another – you can’t separate the one from the other."

Mark Jenkin is a Cornish filmmaker whose work often focuses on the ways in which tourism has displaced and reconfigured working-class communities in coastal Britain. 

Discontent at the way cinema was charging head-on into digital, he wrote up a 13-point filmmaking manifesto in 2015 (we love rule No.13). This combines aesthetic constraints such as shooting only in 16mm black and white without sound recording on-location, with conceptual attitudes such as subverting or ignoring the boundaries of genre. 

His 2019 BAFTA-winning film, Bait, shot entirely on clockwork cameras and processed by hand in his home studio, is a dreamlike masterpiece that positions him as one of the most arresting and intriguing British filmmakers of modern times. 



Sarah Gavron

"There is something magic when you all contribute from different walks of life."


Inspired by the scarcity of women filmmakers in the UK, British film director, Sarah Gavron, has dedicated her career to accurately telling the stories of women through her work. 

In her latest feature, Rocks, she found critical acclaim after sourcing non-actors through workshops in schools and youth clubs across London. The film’s all-female crew did away with the usual chains of filmmaking command, and enabled the multiracial cast of teenage girls to tell their inner-city story in their own honest way. The result is a deeply sensitive, impactful and uplifting portrait of truth and resilience.


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Here's to the interesting ones! 

We make jeans for some of the most creative people in the world. That’s not by accident. That’s because we believe in the power of ideas. When you do interesting things, interesting things happen. We’re an ideas company that happens to make jeans.

But ideas need ideas. Ideas feed on ideas.

Our Creative Rebels series features some of those we turn to for inspiration, in the hope their ideas may be fuel for your 'interesting' too. 

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