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Director Sophie Edelstein Joins RSA USA & UK

April 11, 2018
From a Vogue UK intern to an award-winning director, screenwriter & arts editor.

Pictured on set with Academy Award-nominated Cinematographer Rachel Morrison.

After a courtship that included highly praised collaborations on branded entertainment for Smythson and Charlotte Olympia, RSA and Sophie Edelstein have decided to make it official. We’re excited to announce Sophie has officially joined the company for commercial representation in the U.S. and U.K. Known best for her high-profile fashion films for Smythson, Elizabeth Arden, Gucci, Vogue, and many others, she combines strong storytelling with an artful visual style and performances that resonate with elements of actors’ true personalities driving the narrative.

“Sophie is an amazing storyteller who brings a very entertaining perspective to all her work,” says Jules Daly, President, RSA Films. “A true cinephile, her strengths as a filmmaker shine in the fashion genre, not only with beautiful visuals, sets and styling, but also fun and memorable stories. We know she’ll continue to thrive in the U.K. and Europe, and carve a niche for herself quickly in the states.”

Sophie gravitated toward RSA’s supportive leadership and reputation. She says, “RSA always works at the highest level. I wanted the opportunity to try new things, and do bigger and better jobs. I also like the idea of talking to a new market with the U.S.”

She began her career as an intern at Vogue where she pursued her first love, writing. It was Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction that made her want to work in film. “My mother snuck me in when I was very little and I didn’t blink the whole time. That energy is something I’m always searching for in film, that study of the human condition with a roaring plot.”

Other inspirations include the likes of novelist Siri Husveldt (What I Loved) and writer and quintessential New Yorker Fran Lebowitz , as well as filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Wong Kar Wai, Jean Luc Goddard and Francois Truffaut, and Woody Allen.

Her short film for Charlotte Olympia, 2017’s “An Accessory to Murder,” which she also wrote, spun out of the client and their mutual stylist, Valentine Fillol-Cordier’s love for film noir. Sophie’s own passion for the mid-century genre and her quick comedic wit translated perfectly to the screen for Charlotte Olympia’s dark stylish fashion film–a comedic murder mystery plot revolving around a gorgeous pair of shoes. “An Accessory to Murder” premiered to rave reviews last year at the Curzon cinema in Mayfair at London Fashion Week.

Sophie has a flirtatious relationship with another classic genre, surrealism, in her fashion short for Smythson, “Journey to the Wild Side,” which she acted as creative director. The short celebrates the enchantment of travel, following Phoebe Tonkin as an inquisitive tourist who comes to London to visit Buckingham Palace. The narrative alternates between reality and a dream-like state, with Phoebe’s dreams filled with wild experiences and encounters as she searches for Buckingham Palace.

More recently, Sophie just wrapped a spot for Amazon with Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison, and is currently developing a feature film and TV show.

You can see more of Sophie’s work on her commercial reel.

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