The Holy Innocents and a Handsome and Pretty Film

This week, Handsome and Pretty bring you an interview, but, with a little twist.

We are very excited to tell you that we have been furiously working on a little creation which is now almost ready to be released into the world.

A Handsome and Pretty Film. Well, short film.

(Remember a little while ago we published some photos from the ‘set’?)

Created, written and styled by H&P, it is a tale of a girl whose mundane life is interrupted when she receives a mysterious letter. It leads her on a journey of release and abandon through the trees.

In keeping with the ethos of H&P we wanted the project to be collaborative. The clothing was provided by Handsome and Pretty’s Katie. She had just completed her Pure Harte 2012 S/S collection (photos soon to be available) and so it was a perfect vehicle to promote the beautiful new range.

Then the other half of Handsome and Pretty – me, Lisa. As an actor, I spend my life dressing up and pretending to be other people, so the role of ‘girl’ fell to me.

Our extremely talented friend Barry Etherson was behind the camera, and also at the computer when it came to long hours of editing. We really could not have achieved this baby without him. We had two days to get all the shots needed and he was the driving force that got it done.

The music was from band, The Holy Innocents.

“The Holy Innocents rose from the Northern Irish provincial town of Ballymena a year or two ago. Built around the twin dynamic of Eamonn McNamee (vocals, guitar, chest out, impatient) and Mark McCambridge (guitar, vocals, measured, brooding) they now divide their time between Belfast and London.”

Today we have an interview with front men Mark McCambridge and Eamonn McNamee. Their track, Wave on Wave, captured the mood we had wanted so very well. It is full of beauty, desperation, and release.

How and where are you today?

Eamonn: I am in Belfast. As to how, I would say above average. I don’t think that is a bad combination.

Mark: Hard to argue with the above.

 How would you describe the journey that has brought you to this place? And was this the destination you had in mind?

E: I don’t see this particular position as any sort of ultimate place. Change is something that everyone needs to deal with at all times. The question of destination is not something that can be answered easily.

M: Long. I’m feeling all of my age and more, but holding out for a second wind. It wouldn’t be right to have only one destination in mind, there are an implausible number that I’d be happy with. As to whether this is one of them….ahhh….possibly; it’s a halfway house at the very least.

Do you have a process to ensure you are in the right frame of mind to create?

E: Never take anything written when drunk too seriously. Enjoy what you commit to paper, it shouldn’t always be hard work. If you don’t have any faith in it, move onto the next one.

M: A “process” that guarantees a result would be nice but illusory. I have a number of little rituals or methods to get the juices flowing, so to speak; sometimes you have to ride through the self-doubt, play a song over and over again depending on where you are or how drunk you are, it may just be worth keeping. If none of that works, even at your most inebriated, then strip it of anything half-decent and move on. A blank page can be a great starting point but I never like to let a good idea get away.

How do you think your background and culture influences your creations?

E: Your background frames your initial output. Culture only influences as much as you let it; for example, you could be consumed by a different culture in a different time – that may not be the culture of the place you are living in at that particular moment and it could be argued that it isn’t your culture but it doesn’t make it any less relevant if you feel an attachment. I’m pretty sure I haven’t answered the question correctly.

M: Background, unavoidably. Culture, only if you want it to. The former will definitely influence the tone of your writing, the way you approach a subject. The latter is not something I consider as a major influence though obviously it filters through in certain ways. Most notably that I deem writing songs as a worthy way to make a living. In certain cultures I’d be beheaded.

What does beauty mean to you? 

E: If i didn’t answer the previous question correctly, i have no hope with this one. Beauty is when yearning is matched by achievement.

M: Symmetry.

If we had interviewed you when you were 11, what would you have told us you wanted to be when you grew up?

E: A footballer, no question. But just to keep my parents happy, I would have put a proper job in there, so meteorologist.

M: A missionary priest.

What advice have you received that you want everyone to benefit from?

E: Always carry a light bulb.

M: If you do nothing, nothing happens.

Thank you boys .. And if you didn’t already know, you are of course part of the Handsome and Pretty family!

Over the next week we will be showing you more photos and also some clips of our creation. Then on Wednesday 9th May we will release it here on Handsome and Pretty for all to see. We would really treasure any comments and thoughts when we do. Feedback is the only way forward!

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