Who // Suzanne Kim, Director & Producer
Locale // Sydney
Personal Mantra // "We must, we must, we must increase our bust..."
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN FILM MAKING?
My family used to watch a lot of films together when I was growing up so I’ve always considered filmmaking to be a craft that has the ability to bring people together - on and off set. I studied Arts and Media at Macquarie University and majored in film studies and I started directing promos and titles for community television. I've always appreciated the storytelling aspects of filmmaking, so I took a few short courses in directing, scriptwriting, interviewing, and even acting etc. at the University of Technology and AFTRS to hone the craft and also meet new people who share the same passion and create stories together. I haven't stopped since!
TELL US ABOUT THE PROJECTS YOU ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON
I've just completed a short film about people's obsession with Hello Kitty. I've never understood the phenomenon and I was fascinated by the psychological attachment to a figure, which supposedly represents nostalgia, identity and devotion. On the other end of the spectrum I travelled to India last year to learn more about human trafficking and met some courageous survivors who had been exploited in cotton mils in Tamil Nadu. When I asked them what I could do to help in such dire situations, their request was simple - to tell their stories. I was honoured to use my craft to bring their experiences to wider communities.
I'm now working on another documentary on human trafficking in the tea industry and children in bonded labour.
On a lighter note, I'm brainstorming a few ideas for a few content pieces for fashion brands and a couple music videos. I’m fortunate I can combine all my passions together!
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR REFERNECES WHEN MAKING THIS INSPIRATION CLIP FOR WEST 14TH?
I worked closely with the creative director, Violeta, on creating this clip for West 14th. I wanted to make sure I was capturing the essence of the Wunderlust collection, what the inspiration was behind each design. I know Violeta loves to travel so naturally her travel stories became the main references and inspiration for this particular clip. Additionally, I love what i-D Vice are doing with their content work, in fashion, music and film so I drew on a few pieces from their body of work to create what I hope is an engaging and inspirational story of how the Wunderlust collection was born.
WATCH The Inspiration Clip >
WHAT ITEM FROM THE WEST 14TH AUTUMN/ WINTER 2015 COLLECTION WOULD YOU LIKE TO WEAR NOW?
The Nolita Drape Shearling Vest. Hands Down.
DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE IN 3 WORDS.
Casual, comfortable, personal.
WHAT’S CURRENTLY ON REPEAT ON YOUR PLAYLIST?
Caribou "Our Love", Odesza "Memories that you call", Haim & Calvin Harris "Pray to God", Megan Washington "My Heart is a wheel", Leela James Ft Anthony Hamilton "Say that"...I could go on...how long do you have?
FAVORITE DESTINATION YOU HAVE FILMED IN & MOST DIFFICULT TO FILM?
My most favourite place to film will have to be New York. Maybe that's a cliché but it's a cliché for a reason. Every corner you turn, you can feel the struggles and the passion of artists and their fight to express their creativity and the city has been the backdrop for so many films and this history encapsulates the very spirit of filmmaking. I'd love to film in Iceland one day though. I don't know why but I'm drawn to the idea.
The most difficult place I’ve filmed to date is in Tamil Nadu, India. I was filming a documentary on human trafficking in the cotton industry and it was difficult not only because of the geography but the context of the story.
READING ANY BOOKS YOU CAN’T PUT DOWN?
"Not that kind of girl" by Lena Dunham, "How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found" by Doug Richmond, and "Inherent Vice" by Thomas Pynchon
SHARE A PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHT.
Meeting Ben Doherty who is a Walkley Award winning journalist at a launch for my documentary on human trafficking was a huge professional highlight. I'd been an admirer of Ben's work for a long time so to have him come and praise my work in a speech after the screening was very humbling.
WHAT’S HOMETOWN'S BEST KEPT SECRET?
Redleaf Beach and Lady Martins Beach are two of my favourite low-key spots, but it's not so much a secret now!
WATCH The Inspiration Clip >