The New Lens: Rei Nadal Nominated by Nick Knight

The New Lens: Rei Nadal Nominated by Nick Knight

In a short film exclusively for V titled "Stalker", Rei Nadal equips fashion to subvert the male gaze.

In a short film exclusively for V titled "Stalker", Rei Nadal equips fashion to subvert the male gaze.

Text: Devin Barrett

As the Discovery Issue, V117 features our cast of the latest and greatest ahead, as nominated by the cultural forces of now. This editorial appears in the pages of V117, our Spring Preview 2019 issue, on newsstands today!

“I make films because I don’t like the way women are represented in film; I am bored of seeing the world through the eyes of men,” says director Rei Nadal, who stumbled into directing films by accident, through a digital-era discovery. “It sort of happened without me pursuing it. Nick Knight found me on the Internet six years ago. I used to take stills of videos I would make of myself with my webcam and post them online.” The two have since collaborated on three fashion films, including a joint project for the British Fashion Council.

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“[I’m most excited] by stories and identity,” she explains. In an exclusive film crafted for V, Nadal explores the male gaze with a predominantly female team featuring stylist Ellie Grace Cumming and actress Esme Creed-Miles. “The male gaze plays a role in this film as The Stalker; that insistent need to look at a woman and how it turns against them,” while the character arc ranges “from inspiring the traditional on- screen desire to provoking disgust,” Nadal says. “Fashion is such a new genre in filmmaking—there is so much to discover.”

Credits:
PERFORMANCE    Esme Creed-Miles
DIRECTOR     Rei Nadal
STYLIST    Ellie Grace Cumming
MAKEUP ARTIST    Jenny Coombs
HAIR STYLIST    David Wadlow
PRODUCTION     PRETTYBIRD
EXECUTIVE CREATIVE PRODUCER     Juliette Larthe
HEAD OF PRODUCTION     Hannah May
PRODUCER     Hannah Bellil
DIRECTORS ASSISTANT     Alex Komarov Reinisch
STYLING ASSISTANTS    Jordan Duddy, Bella Kavanagh
PRODUCTION RUNNER    Mark Bleziri
MUSIC    Matthew Heywood and Tim Garratt (Inchindown)
SPECIAL THANKS
Ellie Grace Cumming
PRETTYBIRD
V Magazine
Devin Barrett
Goran Macura
Nicki Van Gelder, Conway Van Gelder
Birgitta Toyoda, Paula Jenner and Rosie Cartwright (Streeters)
Raquel Couceiro
Nick Knight

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