THE PERFORMERS: BOBBY GILLESPIE

Directed by
Stella Scott

The Primal Scream frontman muses on his creative hero Jean Genet

Director Stella Scott directed The Performers series as a collaborative project between Gucci and GQ - a series of 5 exploratory short films taking artists to a place that inspires their work and worldview. Act I launched with Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie in Tangier, as he searched for his ultimate creative hero, Jean Genet. Followed by the other four acts featuring Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura, Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton, Japanese architect Junya Ishigami and performance artist Zhang Huan. Shot by DOP Vanessa Whyte, Bobby Gillespie, suited in Gucci, wanders around Tangiers musing on his ultimate creative hero: French novelist, poet and playwright Jean Genet - Stella Scott reflects on the film process:

'Bobby Gillespie chose to make a film about Jean Genet - French novelist, poet and playwright, and decided to go to Tangier because Genet spent a lot of his life there. We wanted to make a film that reflected Genet's independent and poetic mind, his fiercely uncompromising work and unconventional life choices.' 

Be a stranger in a strange land. That’s just the nature of poets, they’re alone.’ Bobby Gillespie

'Jean Genet represents many things to Gillespie: an unadulterated commitment to free thought, being and self expression, a political affiliation to the suppressed and the overlooked and a deep rooted desire to understand human nature better. I wanted to make a film that captured a sense of all these things.' 

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