We're back with our creative women series, and this week we're thrilled to feature French-Australian filmmaker Nicole Lily Rose.
Nicole grew up in Melbourne, studying film at RMIT before moving to France where she's built a stellar career directing fashion and beauty films for Chanel, YSL & Vogue. We loved connecting with Nicole to hear about her professional journey, inspirations, insider Paris tips and more!
Tell us about your professional journey - highlights, learnings, mentors.
I began making films when I was a kid playing around with family cameras.
I studied film at RMIT, then built my experience in the industry on documentaries, a feature film,
and music videos in
many different departments; production, camera, styling, editing, sound, art direction, to finally focus on directing.
I make beauty and fashion films. Paris is a great place for that kind work and it’s been a highlight to work with big houses such as Chanel, YSL and Vogue.
Lately I’ve returned to working on
narrative films and long form projects, which is exciting. Every job has has its own intricate learning and there’s long a road ahead, it’s always an adventure.
A still from Nicole's short film Les Pâtes au Citron de Joanne Palmaro for Vogue Paris.
Describe your creative process
It all adds up, the stories I hear, the people I meet, exhibitions, films, wanderings, music, drawing; I keep a journal and take lots of pictures. When I start on a project I always do a lot of research and then I try to let it all go and just imagine, dream. Film is very collaborative process, which I love, so the team also adds their creative and technical knowledge, but it’s important to have a clear vision. Then the film is born again in post production.
What are you working on right now, personally and professionally?
Right now, I’m making a film for Paris Vogue and a film series for a French Brand, Rouje. When I find the time, I work on my short film and a documentary series.
Favourite self care ritual/s to unwind?
I love to swim, I find peace in the water.
Or a night out dancing with friends!
Favourite travel experience/s?
Italy is generally my happy place for travel, I'm currently in Capri. Last summer we stayed in France highlights being Corsica, Porqueorelles and Ramatuelle.
What makes you feel most alive?
Making films, travel, learning, love and friends.
What are you looking forward to?
A healthy planet.
Who or what is inspiring you right now?
Andre Tarkovsky, a Russian film maker. I’m reading his book, again, ‘Sculpting in Time’ again.
Insider Paris tips?
Walk. Walk. Walk!
There are always great exhibitions on in Paris but some of the smaller museums and galleries are great too, like Musee Gustave Moreau, Musée de la Vie Romantique, Brancusi’s studio, Musée Rodin, The Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Perrotin, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.
Summer is our favourite season, what’s a song, taste and place that reminds you of summer?
• song: Rum & Coca Cola - Calypso Rose
• taste: Americano!
• place: Ischia, hotel Mezzatore
Biggest take away from 2020?
No holding back! Enjoy every moment, who knows what’s around the corner.
Check out Nicole's beautiful Rose Coloured World here
and her ever-inspiring IG here.