London designer Grace Wales Bonner has teamed up with photographer Harley Weir for an experimental film.
The film follows protagonist Leroy Mokgatle, a 17-year-old ballet dancer from Pretoria, South Africa through various collage scenes as he dances across Johannesburg and Cape Town wearing Wales Bonner’s FW17 collection. Soundtracked by Blood Orange musician Devonté Hynes, the 11-minute film was shot entirely on Kodak 16mm stock.
“Film feels like a rich medium through which to expand my world, opening up new possibilities for collaboration, research and communication’’ says Grace Wales Bonner.. “Harley’s eye and Dev’s intuition really brought this to life. I have been so motivated and inspired by the team, and the dancers I met along the way. The film is a testament to them.”
“It was an honor to work on this film, which involves many aspects of life that mean so much to me, and to work with Grace and Harley in this regard just adds to the experience,” adds Dev Hynes.