Marked by a richly sensuous cinematic style, Emilie Badenhorst is a powerful voice in a new generation of filmmakers, whose body of work shows an intuitive understanding of the subtlety and honesty required of performance and storytelling.
Emilie’s fashion film Bubblegum and her experimental short Unsex Me, both of which she wrote and directed, quickly brought her the attention and the opportunity to work internationally, a testament to her skill and talent as a young director.
Emilie’s remarkable range in capturing emotion through evocative visuals shines through in her music videos for Lolo Zouaï, as well as for 6lack and Khalid. ‘Desert Rose’ is a sensitive rendering of Zouaï’s mixed identity, set against the backdrop of a North African coastal town, while ‘Seasons’ is an honest exploration of love caught in the details of everyday life.
Ultimately, Emilie wants to continue creating empowering work that explores intimacy and the messiness of human connection.