Fenn O'Meally is the poster-child for the multi-hyphenate generation. An award-winning filmmaker and journalist, she explores various aspects of creative culture as the UK face of Highsnobiety, the Girl on the Ground for BBC Radio 1Xtra and a producer and director of films for brands including Chanel, Paul Smith and Nike. Her portfolio also includes a roster of photography and modelling, too. Here, the Londoner shares what keeps her inspired.
‘I’m actually enjoying a lot of factual books and biography at the moment. I think it's because I'm a bit nosy and like to know people's stories and what's going on around me. I just read Graham Norton's autobiography, which was brilliant, and the very funny Humans: A Brief History Of How We Picked It All Up by Tom Phillips. I was also recently given Pam Grout's £-Squared by Reggie Yates, who's a bit of a mentor to me. It's about a series of experiments you can do to prove that our thoughts are powerful enough to create our reality.'
"'Get Down" by Nas is the track I always come back to. I love old school R&B and hip-hop like James Brown and De La Soul, and working with BBC Radio 1Xtra, I have become a big fan of urban music. My parents have always been into rhythm and blues and my brother had a massive influence over my music taste. We used to watch Top Of The Pops together and he had this huge rack of CDs in his bedroom that we listened to. I remember him playing me Kanye West's The College Dropout for the first time and dancing crazily around his room to it.'
'City Of God is such a masterpiece. As a filmmaker I aspire to create something as timeless and classic as that, but I would also like to see more female directors working today. I loved Dee Rees' films Bessie and Mudbound, which stars Mary J Blige. She directed it so beautifully. You can't beat a good cheesy movie though, and the one I would put on again and again is The Holiday.'
‘I’m a bit of a boy when it comes to clothes. I love a good, solid trouser, possibly matched with something more feminine. I was in a vintage shop last year and found this old Dolce & Gabbana pinstripe suit for my brother but it looked so good when I tried it on that I kept it for myself. It's perfectly oversized and I wear it with a Nike crop top or even just my gym kit. I'm a massive fan of Nike. It manages to create the perfect balance between luxury and sportswear.'