How well does someone have to know themselves to decide, quite simply, aged 15 that school is not for them, in fact film is? Pretty damned well. For while we were trying to spell BOOBIES upside down on a calculator Molli Mills was out, with a video camera advancing quickly towards her goal of becoming a director. Before we get all ‘school of hardnocks’ and ‘university of life’ on your arses, we’re truly in awe of the now twenty-two year old director’s conviction, foresight and bravery. Right, Oprah but over.
The Hackney reared Mills is a bundle of tenacity and enthusiasm. She makes a set feel more like an evening down the pub with mates than a working environment and her casual appraoch to her own talent is what gives her work a languid and fluid finish: the camera disappears and the people she films become the focus. This might be because she’s been handling cameras since she was a wee youth. Her dad had dabbled in photography and Mollie found an out of use SLRs camera lying around the house. After comparing about her poor standard photography lessons at school her dad resolved to take her to Epping Forest to teach her about F-stops and aperture.
Mollie’s as inspired by a pop to the shops or a journey on the Overground as she is a gallery, and that's why we love her work. The subjects of her film and photography are more often than not youth sub-cultures. Wether documenting the beauty of New York subway dancers in Between 14th & Bedford, the sensitivity Puerto Rican gangs or the strain of a South African ballet dancer in motion, Mollie never tells a story predictably. She’s also created shorts for London’s zeitgeist; Nasir Mazhar, Red Bull Records and WAH Nails.
Naturally, you don’t go around creating with such prolificacy without recognition. She won the title of Best Young Videographer in Nike's global creative competition 'The Chance' that was hosted by Spike Lee in Barcelona. The Wall Street Journal ran a piece on her and last year created a series of bespoke films to document the fast-paced and creative lives of some of SUPRA’s ambassadors that saw her travel across the globe. The best thing about Mollie? She continues to work with all her friends and marks them as her favoured collaborators. Just don’t forget us when you’re polishing you Academy Awards Mills. We’ll polish them for you.