Russell and Robert chat to leading English actor Josh O'Connor. We discuss family connections to art with his artist/ceramicist grandmother Romola Jane, the ongoing search to buy back her previously sold studio art pottery, his sculptor grandfather John Bunting who's wooden sculptures, bronzes & stone works was a contemporary of Henry Moore and teacher to artist Antony Gormley. We explore Josh's love of Modern British Art, learning to draw as taught by his grandfather, continuing to create his own drawings in adulthood which filmmaker Xavier Dolan has expressed admiration for.
We explore his experiences working with Jonathan Anderson at Loewe for numerous advertising campaigns shot by Steven Meisel, Dwayne Michaels and Grace Sorrenti in Japan. the beginning of his own art collection including an abstract painting by Max Wade (Cob Gallery), his love of craft and pots and ceramics, his respect for photographer Alasdair McLellen and artist Alvaro Barrington. Finally we discuss the power of simplicity learned during filming with director Francis Lee in the movie Gods Own Country and his challenge to do 30 wild swims in his 30th year to raise funds for Mind charity.... and we decide Josh is the male Tilda Swinton!
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