Unionen “What Shall I Do?”
by Jesper Ericstam
by Max Vitali
16 December 2020
Max Vitali and Grammy award-winning Jamaican rap artist Koffee team up to bring us a most engaging end of year film from H&M. Koffee’s poem and Max’s film combine in a sincere and humble wish that the future will better than this shit-show of a year…
Farewell to endless days in sweats
The unmade bed, the unwashed hair
Hello encounters anywhere
Hello to life without regrets
Instil the urgency to mend
The planet and what else is wrecked
Let things we wasted resurrect
Here’s to forever, not the end
Bring on the night, bring everyone
Come rays of light across the sky
The year is fading, say goodbye
The future world has just begun
by Emilio Gamal Boutros
15 December 2020
Dino is an intimate portrait of a young man with severe visuospatial dyspraxia.
This moving and sensitive film allows Dino to explain his condition, tell the story of his life so far, and explain his hopes and his fears. Beautifully shot in Dino’s hometown of Bordeaux, Emilio demonstrates his ability to tell a difficult story life with great tenderness and unflinching honesty.
The film is made especially poignant by the fact that Dino and Emilio are brothers.
by Jesper Ericstam
Dunelm “Christmas Nap”
by Jesper Ericstam
6 November 2020
It is with a very heavy heart we at Nice Shirt must share the news of the death of one of our own. Caylee Hankins died last week after a 9-month battle with cancer – it wasn’t supposed to be this way. We all planned for her to make a full recovery and get back to riding motorbikes all over the world, taking the most beautiful pictures and making insightful heart-warming films. But, alas, this was not to be.
We first met Caylee at a motorbike flat track race. She was racing and taking brilliant photographs (in between winning her heats and getting into the final). Immediately we knew she was our kind of human and asked her to be in our gang – we are so glad she agreed.
Caylee was the most wonderful of humans, a lightning bolt of energy and fun who made everyone she met smile and want to be her friend. And there are many, many friends around world mourning her passing. Not least the children and adults of 5 villages in Gambia where she made 3 annual trips documenting the work of her favourite charity Run The Bases. They are planning a celebration of her life where the 5 villages will come together (a rare event in itself), that’s the kind of impact Caylee had on the people she met.
Our thoughts and love are with her and her family, they have lost a part of themselves.
And there, words start to fail us, we are in shock and deeply, deeply sad. We will each remember Caylee in our own ways but to all of us, she will forever be young, she will always be beautiful, and she will always be the woman with an intrepid, lionhearted spirit. Caylee Hankins. Forever 31.
(With thanks to Leonie Watkins)
Alex Simpson Arrives at Nice Shirt
14 October 2020
We at Nice Shirt Films are very pleased to announce the addition of Alex Simpson to our director’s roster.
Alex has been busy in her career to date making films for John Lewis & Partners, Barclays, the NSPCC, GHD and many more. Her contemporary style, attention to detail and innate sense of what looks good has meant a growing list of brands eager to work with her.
Alex’s award-winning documentaries also really catch the eye; Her most recent ‘The Fell Runner’ (a finalist at this year AOP Awards) is a joyful celebration of the niche sport that is a test of the mind as well as the body. And ‘Dambe’, shot on location in Lagos, is about an extremely violent world of bare-knuckle combat and follows a young Nigerian fighter called Taiwo.
She loves exploring and has a fascination with the big, difficult questions that we as humans sometimes find hard enough to understand, let alone answer. In her filmmaking she relishes human connections and delves into emotional subject matter. A celebration of the individuals who live near the edges and bold contemporary visuals are her twin passions.
Richard Martin Nice Shirt’s EP: “We love Alex’s work – she’s got a rare knack of – seemingly effortlessly – getting under the skin of her subjects and crafting films that articulate what it means to be human. She’s funny, thoughtful and fabulously self-motivated – which is helpful in these odd times. I think she’s going to do great things.”