Whistles women: Ivana Bobic
London based Ivana Bobic is a director and writer whose award winning work encompassing short films, music videos and live visuals, has been show cased at film festivals around the world. A firm favourite with fashion brands for her striking imagery and dream like use of colour and light, she’s also directed shorts for Stella McCartney, Philip Lim and the b Store.
It seems fitting then that she lives at The Barbican, the city’s performing arts centre and cultural landmark, which celebrates art, music and film – all elements of her work. Her apartment, a calming and organised space flooded with light from floor to ceiling windows, is a quiet haven above the city. Clusters of objects – vintage lamps, potted plants, art books and framed pictures – add a homely, personal touch to the otherwise clean and modern design. We caught up with Ivana to discuss her work, daily routine and inspirations.
Where are your favourite shoot locations?
Belgrade was a beautiful setting for my last short film, In the Night, because of the great light and haunting atmosphere. You could almost point the lens anywhere and find something interesting. I'd love to shoot in California or Wyoming next - the scale and drama in the landscape is incredible.
What do you do to relax, how do you spend your downtime when you're not working?
I don't have much downtime but when I do, I love getting to see family and friends. I also watch a lot of movies.
What's the best thing about living at the Barbican and why?
The architecture is imposing and I love it for that reason. The resident hawks patrol the towers and do bird-of-prey cries in the morning. I never tire of waking up to them.
Do you have any favourite cinemas to watch films in London?
I love the Curzon Mayfair and the new Barbican cinemas have really good sound. The BFI have an incredible programme, which is always worth checking out.
Describe a typical day for you
I usually watch the news when I get up and swim when I can. My days are not so typical as I'm either pitching, meeting, shooting, running around post houses or lecturing. I'm not particularly suited to routine, so it works well.
Who inspires you?
Stanley Kubrick's work reminds me that films should be ambitious and precise. Larry David is a comic genius with amazing perception for human failings.
What is your favourite feature film for inspirational fashion and style?
The Hardy Amies space suits in 2001: A Space Odyssey are amazing. For personal style I like Kids, My Own Private Idaho or Twin Peaks.
Does your background in fashion and graphic design inform your work as a director and if so how?
Fashion taught me to work fast and about the pace at which those type of films can be consumed: if you are promoting a collection, the films can have a big audience but a short shelf life. Graphic design has a lot of relevance with aesthetics and composition, particularly in terms of shooting.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I'd love to make my feature-length thriller, which I'm currently in the process of writing. I'm also dying to make a high-octane car commercial. The two seem to work together in my mind.