Nathan Stewart-Jarrett: The Lost

Part One of a Brooding Men's Fashion Trilogy From Director Jonas Lindström

Channeling the sartorial nonchalance of Robert Longo’s "Men in the Cities" series, photographer and director Jonas Lindstroem premieres the first installment of his silver screen-inspired miniseries, The Lost, The Determined, The Dreamer. Starring Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, famed for appearing in BAFTA award-winning comedy-drama Misfits, today’s short sees the Brit School alumni lost in a baroque London hotel, clad in designers including Juun. J, Lanvin and Gucci. “The films were loosely inspired by Mystery Train by Jim Jarmusch,” explains the Berlin-based director and frequent contributor to Modern Matter, Interview and Wallpaper. “I thought of it as a triptych: three men, three tales. The hotel is a place that somehow exists out of space and time, a micro-cosmos to these stories and many more. I really like the strangeness of it.” To conjure the atmospheric mood, Lindstroem enlisted Frankfurt music collective HardWorkSoftDrink, who reworked the soundtrack of cult 1994 German TV show, Space Night. Next up, the director is working on a project with Berlin designer Kostas Murkudis for Novembre magazine, while Stewart-Jarrett, having recently starred alongside Jude Law and Emilia Clark in Dom Hemingway, is reprising his role in critically acclaimed British TV thriller, Utopia.

Part Two, The Determined, with Cathal McAteer premieres next Tuesday, January 21.

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    Make it to the third and final round to crown your champion. Taking cues from ball culture and the hyperreal aggression of Japanese video games, today’s dance-off sees eight new-wave ballers walking it out to be named overall winner by the viewer. “The scene is so alive and the culture is amazing, with all the different houses dancing off,” says Buenos Aires-born filmmaker Clara Cullen, recalling her first experience of attending a vogue ball in New York three years ago. “It started at 3am and didn’t end until nine in the morning.” With dancers including Aniyah Lacroix, Bootz Givenchy and Cullen’s close Ballroom Battle collaborator Alex Mugler, this film takes the underground dance-offs that started amongst America’s black and Latino gay communities out of the clubs and into an online sphere, with help from the transatlantic digital studio, Convoy. With Philadelphia’s Kevin JZ Prodigy providing the beat-laden soundtrack and live commentary, every dancer belongs to a “house”—their moniker is adopted from a leading fashion label and they are clad in their namesake’s clothes: Alex, of course, dances for the House of Mugler. “When I was a kid I used to play the video game Street Fighter,” adds Cullen, whose filmmaking education included stints with Spike Lee in New York and Werner Herzog in Los Angeles. “I wanted to take each dancer and make them into a very defined character, so people could choose their favorite and stick with them.” 
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    Location: London Regatta Center, Docklands, London

    Distance from 2012 Olympics site: 4.2 miles

    Shoot duration: 11 hours

    Approximate calories burned: 37,224

    Cast: Four male models; five collegiate rowers

    Makeup: YSL Touche Eclat under the eyes; Giorgio Armani Face Fabric Foundation; No7 Protect and Perfect body lotion

    Special effects: Caudalie Beauty Elixir to create a post-workout glow; three tubs Vaseline to mimic sweat

    Hair: Two pots Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Gel

    To drink: Vita Coco coconut water

    To eat: Spanish tortilla, sausage plate, asparagus quiche, Bounce protein balls, GoRaw organic bars, brownies, carrot cake

    Boat: Vintage Burgashell coxed four, circa 1980, measuring 12.5 meters long

    Camera: One Arri Alexa (with launch)

    Wardrobe: Raf Simons, Sunspel, Prada, Dior, Tabio

    First aid: Sixteen Band-Aids for blisters on the models’ hands

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