Essex as a county has been historically judged by misguided stereotypes, summed up in the Spitting Image’s anthem, Essex is Crap. Radical Essex is an ongoing project dating back to 2016 that aims to uproot these malignant categorisations; it “re-examines the history of the county concerning radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture, and sheds light on the region’s vibrant, pioneering thinking throughout the twentieth century”.
Whether you like it or not, World Emoji Day is real and it exists and it falls today. While you were out at the petrol station looking for an appropriate last minute gift, the team at Apple have decided, in their infinite wisdom, to transform their senior executives into emojis. Consider it their present to you, the emoji-enjoying consumer.
“I’ve always loved watching snooker. Don’t ask me where I got it from, I’m the only person in my family who’s into it,” explains filmmaker Louis-Jack, “before I even knew the rules, I was just utterly mesmerised by it on the TV.” Based in London, Louis-Jack has recently worked with Bafta-nominated writer Kenny Emson and production company Pavilion – AKA Morgan Faverty and Jake Evans – to concept a film which explores the psychological aspect of snooker, and the toll it often takes on its top players.
Niall McDiarmid travels up and down the country to capture portraits of the people of Britain. Each image, with their pops of colour and character, beautifully summarises the mood of each place he visits. “It’s an interesting time to be a British photographer”, Niall tells It’s Nice That. “Britain, along with many other European countries, has become much more diverse, and I want to capture that in my own style”. Niall’s project, Town to Town is packed full of people of all ethnicities, sexualities and genders, truly reaching into the heart of Britain.
Animation director and It’s Nice That One to Watch from 2017 Nicos Livesey never takes the easy route on a project. His latest film, the BBC’s promotional video for the 2018 World Cup, was one of his most extravagant works to date, embarking on a mammoth task where each frame would be embroidered, and then animated.
This August sees Penguin present a radical reimagining of a cult giant of modern literature, releasing a series of redesigned Jack Kerouac books designed by Tom Etherington.
Having recently worked with clients as diverse as Lurpak, Uber, and Chaka Khan, London-based director Kim Gehrig returns to transatlantic screens this afternoon with a new commercial for American cosmetics brand Covergirl as part of a campaign orchestrated by Droga5.