Baz Luhrmann’s Incredible, Lush Short Film for H&M Feels Like ‘Great Expectations’ Set in 2017

Romantic and compelling spot

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It’s impossible to imagine a Baz Luhrmann production without some grand romanticism. His new short film, a four-minute ad for H&M touting the fashion brand’s new collaboration with Erdem, showcases Luhrmann’s eye for passion.

The spot seems to be inspired by Charles Dickens’ 1861 novel Great Expectations—an older woman in a dilapidated yet gorgeous estate introduces a younger set to desire—minus the class issues, plus a more gender-fluid look at attraction. (Or, at least, it may be inspired by Alfonso Cuarón’s 1998 film adaptation of Great Expectations.)

Luhrmann is the director of films like William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge! as well as the Netflix show The Get Down.

“I wanted the film to be like a whole movie,” said Luhrmann in a statement. “It’s a very modern love story, set in a country house that is full of its own secrets, and it’s like a metaphor for our times—it’s harsh out there in the world, but in here, the things that really matter keep growing in an eternal spring.”

The ad also debuts a new song, “Hypnotized,” from the band Years & Years. The new collection from H&M and Erdem will be available Nov. 2.

Creative Agency/Production Company: Bazmark Inq LLC
Director/Key Creative: Baz Luhrmann
Producers: Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Catherine Knapman
Designer: Catherine Martin
Editor: Jonathan Redmond
VFX Art Director: Chris Tangney

Director of Photography: Peter Suschitzky

UK Co-production Company: Biscuit Filmworks UK Limited
Post Production & VFX: Absolute Post
Sound Editing & Mix: Postworks New York

Music Arrangement: Turning Studios
Music Supervision: Earworm Music
Music Soundtrack: YEARS & YEARS
Composers: Michael Thomas Goldsworthy, Oliver Alexander Thornton, Resul Emre Turkmen, Mark Stuart Ralph
Title of music: HYPNOTISED
Music Published by: Universal Music Publishing AB, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia KB
Music Master recording: Universal Music Operations Limited

Actors: Ruby Dagnall, Dame Harriet Walter, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Tom Rhys Harris, Peter Burrows

Models: Saskia de Brauw, Imaan Hammam, Grace Hartzel, Fernando Cabral, Luca Lemaire, Neels Visser, Tony Ward

@KristinaMonllos Kristina Monllos is a senior editor for Adweek.
Publish date: October 25, 2017 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT