Entering The World Of Walker
Three hundred yellow canaries were used in Tim Walker’s first short film, The Lost Explorer, but for Harry Potter fans anxiously awaiting installment seven, the real draw may have been Lord Voldemort. “He’s my neighbor,” Walker told us last night about actor Richard Bremmer. “I saw him walking outside and I thought, ‘There’s my lost explorer.’ ” The photographer-turned-director was in town for a special screening of the short hosted by Mulberry and Stefano Tonchi at Soho House, and an appreciative crowd of friends and colleagues, including Audrey Marnay, the French actress who’s the new face of Longchamp, and her fellow ginger Grace Coddington, turned out on the chilly Monday night.
Using a story by Patrick McGrath as backbone, the 20-minute film revolves around a young girl (played by Olympia Campbell, in her acting debut) and her coming of age—one that quickly goes from fantastical to macabre. There’s a tent, a mysterious lost explorer (Bremmer) within, and some talk of the African bird trade—hence the canaries. Those birds didn’t get the invite to the dinner Stefano Tonchi hosted for Walker afterward, but the tent did, complete with traveler’s trunks, utilitarian mugs, and campside forks and knives. “This is the closest I’ll ever get to camping,” Michelle Trachtenberg joked.
No rest for the budding filmmaker, though—he’s already planning his next flick. “We’re working on a feature length now,” Walker said. “We haven’t found our script yet, but we’re looking and it’s going to be the same team. The cinematographer, Robbie Ryan, he’s amazing. He gets the vision. He gets my world.”
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