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29 November 2017

Phoebe Arnstein joins Annex.

by Syd Briscoe


Annex Films have signed London-based director Phoebe Arnstein to their roster. Arnstein began her career on the practical side of the lens, and worked in the camera department on feature film and TV projects for a number of years. This experience helped shape her visual language, giving her films both a strong vision and execution.

Arnstein has an enviable ability to elevate the everyday into something cinematic and beautiful. This talent particularly shines through her music promo work, which has been widely acclaimed.

There's a stunning emotional authenticity in her promo for Brolin's cover of Cyndi Lauper's 'Time After Time'. A nostalgic, intimate portrait of a fictional relationship, it shows off Arnstein's elevation of normality to great effect.

Commercially, Arnstein has created standout films for a slew of international brands. Her distinctive aesthetic gives her work a detailed, polished finish.

Arnstein's eye for detail can be seen in her film for Adidas's celebrity tie-in with supermodel Karlie Kloss. We see Kloss lead a workout group of ordinary women, while slow motion and creative closeups are used to highlight each person's individuality.

Most recently, Arnstein has expanded her talents into short film. Her latest work 'The Dog with the Woman' stars Martin Freeman and Amanda Burton, and is currently screening at film festivals worldwide.

The trailer below is just a taste, but the tension and sinister tone already created in that short space of time proves Arnstein is just as deft with narrative as she is with aesthetics.

Phoebe Arnstein's reel is live over at Annex Films, so go and take a look at some more visual treats.

For more information on her or anyone else on the roster, get in touch with Fred Robinson at fred@annexfilms.co.uk or give him a ring on 020 7440 1400.

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