What are the chances of a fledgling store like Form SE15 getting its name on the big screen? Pretty slim, at best.
But then local multi hyphenate Jack Cooper Stimpson wandered into our shop September and began to chat animatedly with me about the short film he’d written and was about to direct called ‘Alex’s Dream’. Picking out Loreak funnel neck sweaters and Baum Und Pfedergarten seperates, and vocally sketching out the synopsis, I could see we might be the perfect match. I would also be lying if I didn’t say the mention of the ultra talented actor Alex Lawther being a cast member wasn’t an extra helping hand in saying ‘yes’.
Sizes were given, a wish list handed over and the chosen pieces were wrapped and collected for the weekend shoot. It was abundantly clear that this was a real passion project for Jack and helping him bring his characters to life would be a privilege.
Fast forward 5 months and we were invited to a private screening at Picturehouse Central to view the finished film with cast, crew and supporters.
Beautifully shot with warmth and humour, the film touches on social anxiety, fledgling romances and crippling self doubt underpinned by the strength of friendships. Already feeling uncomfortable at a house party, Alex (Alex Lawther) is forced by his friend Archie (Sam Haygarth) to relay his most memorable dream to impress Jesse (Olivia Popica) and Beth (Emma Corrin). The revealed moments are surreal and uncomfortable but emotional and more importantly, open to personal interpretation. And did I mention there’s a talking dog? There’s a talking dog. And LOTS of amazing clothes.
With young and fragile masculinity and ego on show, it’s no surprise that Jack decided to team up with CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) for the first screen. CALM is a non profit organisation raising awareness on suicide being the UK’s biggest killer of men under 45 and wants men to get talking more about their mental health.
Clothing: Loreak, Baum Und Pfedergarten, Far Afield.