Mystical kisses from the sun or an embarrassing pigmentation? Filmmaker Lisa Rovner’s short Constellations takes a close look at what it means to be a female with freckles from the point of view of five young women who have them: Anna Tatton, a model and aspiring writer; television presenter and fashion stylist Angela Scanlon; costume designer Amy Pollitt; Adwoa Aboah, who just finished her degree in art; and model and Chanel ambassador Poppy Delevingne. Shot in London after a challenging casting search, Rovner’s film pays homage to the late American cult director Les Blank’s whimsical 1987 short Gap-Toothed Women. Blank explored social attitudes and self-esteem issues by interviewing over a hundred women and Rovner’s love letter to freckles similarly unpacks a genetic quirk from a playful perspective. “In the age of airbrushed everything, the prototype of a beautiful woman seems almost unattainable by natural means,” says the director. “Are the so-called ‘flaws’ that are driving women to do almost anything to change their looks really flaws? I wanted to make a film to investigate that question.”
Where did you find your freckled muses?
Lisa Rovner: "Believe it or not, casting women with freckles in London was hard. I tried everything: Facebook, casting directors, art schools, Oxford Street. I ended up finding these incredible freckled faces with a little help from my friends."
What’s the connection between the girls, the freckles, and the novels they are carrying?
"I asked the girls to bring the books they were reading with them on the day I interviewed them. It was my way of asking, 'Who are you?'"
Was there a common trait among these freckled women?
"The film reveals more about their differences than their similarities. In a way, the film becomes a kind of celebration of difference."
Who do you think of when you think of freckles?
"I think of constellations. As the saying goes: “A face without freckles is like a sky without stars.”"
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