Filmmaker Lisa Rovner connects the dots in her short ‘Constellations’.
Loved by some but hated by others, Rovner’s film explores what it means to be a chick with freckles from the point of view of five young women who have them + boy, what a cast – Anna Tatton, a model + aspiring writer; television presenter + fashion stylist Angela Scanlon; costume designer Amy Pollitt; Adwoa Aboah, who just finished her degree in art; + model + Chanel ambassador Poppy Delevingne.
Considered a love letter to freckles + an homage to the late American cult director Les Blank’s whimsical 1987 short ‘Gap-Toothed Women’, over a hundred women in London were interviewed, exploring social attitudes + self-esteem issues. In an age where women are constantly altering their appearance to look more beautiful according to society’s standards, prompted Rovner’s investigation. Rovner told NOWNESS, ‘In the age of airbrushed everything, the prototype of a beautiful woman seems almost unattainable by natural means. 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.’
When asked by NOWNESS what she thought about freckles, Rovner simply replied with the old saying, ‘A face without freckles is like a sky without stars.’