Music and portrait photographer Dean Chalkley debuts new short film with free night out at Book Club London

Screen shot from The New Faces: A Short Film by Dean Chalkley. Photo courtesy of the photographer and the Book Club.

If you haven’t decided what you want to do tomorrow night, what not head down to the Book Club in east London for a rare, free night of film and dancing.

Dean Chalkley will be airing his new short film The New Faces (20mins) at 7.30pm tomorrow at the Book Club in Hoxton – doors open at 6.00pm. Chalkley’s short film “captures mod culture directly via those involved” and will be followed by a party until 2am. DJs include Jamie Parr, Si Cheeba (Black Cat) and Tomas McGrath, as well as Chalkley. Think rare soul, rhythm & blues, ska, Latin and boogaloo.

About the film: “The New Faces: A Short Filmsteps inside the minds of three young men captured in the enthrallment of a culture that they have fondly devoted themselves to. We are privy to their refreshingly honest, personal and polarised views, rooted in the ideology of a modernist culture.” Press release. There’s a Facebook page too.

The film will be hosted exclusively on SHOWstudio website from 9 March.

For a preview:

The New Faces: A Short Film (Trailer 1) from Dean Chalkley on Vimeo.

Chalkley launched his photo exhibition New Faces at the Book Club in 2010. See previous post on this blog about Chalkley’s debut film Young Souls. And, if you want to know more about Chalkley, read on for his biography.

About Chalkley: “Even whilst studying, Dean was already shooting for the ultimate style bible, Dazed & Confused. His big break came in the form of an advertising campaign to shoot for Levis and Ray-Ban. Dean’s relationship with NME began in 2001 and continues to this day. This collaboration has enabled Dean to work with the likes of Ian Brown, The Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, The White Stripes and Scarlett Johansson.

“His passion for music, fashion and subcultures has been unrelenting. Dean immersed himself in the Mod fashion, attitude and music as a boy and it has remained at the core of his creative energy. With several outstanding bodies of work including Southend’s Underground, The New Faces and Young Souls he has epitomised the union of art, fashion, and music in youth culture over the past decade.

“Running in parallel to his photographic work Dean has produced several moving image pieces. Previous to The New Faces: A Short Film, Dean has received critical acclaim for his other short films such as Young Souls and Strip. The former centered around Northern soul was shown at London Short Film Festival this year and won a place in Creative Review’s Photography Annual, while Strip won ‘Best Experimental film’ at the Kino festival in Manchester and was screened in various other film festivals across Europe.”


4 responses to “Music and portrait photographer Dean Chalkley debuts new short film with free night out at Book Club London

  1. There is something inherently wrong when a scene with its roots, ideals & dictionary definition as ‘working class’ flaunts a it’s pompous middle class poster boys as indicative of its ‘Faces’. These charlatans live in homes bought by their Daddy, have double barrel surnames and grew up with nannies and public school privileges; hardly authentic. Some of their naive comments make a girl wince! When I have the luxury of working part time in retail or flogging tat online in between photo shoots and spunking my trust fund on overpriced rare 45’s please pinch me! Hardly “clean living under difficult circumstances”. Welcome to post-modern irony!

    “That’s what being in the working class is all about — how to get out of it.” – Neville Kenneth Wran

  2. Not sure how qualified with the purists I am to comment. I wouldn’t refer to myself as a Mod(ernist) these days purely out of respect to the original genesis of the 60’s movement but more as an individual who appreciates the aesthetics and attitude of the movement sartorially, its ideals and roots and caught the last wave of it still in ‘motion’.

    The last time Mod had a definitive postmodern resurgence was in my teens through Brit Pop and an era I began to express that appreciation in its evolved casual form with the introduction of Adidas and anoraks to my wardrobe alongside the renewed popularity for Harringtons and Wallabees on the indie scene by bands such as The Verve and Blur. I later progressed to the more period look; possibly as its more timeless and perhaps even out of boredom through the last ten yrs of sub cultural offerings, or total lack of. Mod stopped moving forward as we knew it and that is surely integral to modernism by definition.

    I would not label those that do not play original vinyl or use laptops today as “tw*ts” or call myself “elitist”, “snobbish” or “special” as these fellows do in Dean’s film, especially if they are privileged: that would clearly be throwing stones in glass houses! Mod was working class as one even points out himself ironically!

    I found it counter intuitive that a rather opinionated character in the film bangs on about “fakes” on the scene. On what merit? Anyone doing Modernism strictly to a 60’s code without a generous pinch of salt is surely deluded and what’s good for the goose should be fair game for the gander right? Leave em’ be boys! Vanity can blind a man of all his senses if you shun the realities of the 21st century in a self satisfied little group. If only what came out of their mouths was as charming as the content of their record box/wardrobe.

    In summery a bit more humility would of shed them in a much better light. Crying shame really. No wonder so many find the scene so odious and stagnant these days. The film’s protagonists undercurrent of pride is totally unearned here, not that pride is ever attractive regardless. Lets hope these not so New Faces grow up & snap out of it

    • Thanks for your comment and thoughts. I have had immense computer problems and have been chasing my tail re freelance work, so have somewhat neglected my bog, so excuse the late reply. The holiday period coming up soon, should give me time to get back on track…

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