Director Baillie Walsh creates visual stories best described as sumptuous. A love of lush atmospheric music and surroundings, combined with a dramatic precision and technical craftsmanship set his high-profile commercials, music videos and films apart. Baillie recently filmed Scarlett Johansson and Henry Cavill in a fun game of cat and mouse for Huawei that showcases the Smartphone’s camera features and the stars’ effusive charisma. He also captured the fast-paced life of Hong Kong star Andy Lau navigating a busy day in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, with help from his Cartier Tank watch.
Baillie has created fashion films for Yves Saint Laurent, Versace and many others. He directed Eva Mendes for Thierry Mugler’s Angel perfume, Ryan Reynolds for Hugo Boss and Anne Hathaway for Lancome. He’s also filmed Daniel Craig as James Bond for Sony Bravia and Formula One racer Jenson Button for Johnnie Walker’s “Keep Walking” campaign.
Multimedia and the arts are another part of Baillie’s repertoire. Working with the late designer Alexander McQueen, he filmed a photorealistic hologram of Kate Moss and projected it onto a three-meter-high glass pyramid for the Paris catwalk in March 2006. Baillie and Moss reunited four years later for KM3D-1, a 3D film portrait that premiered during London Fashion Week.
Baillie directed the crowd-sourced fan documentary Springsteen & I, which he assembled from over 300 hours of footage submitted by roughly 2,000 contributors. The film screened simultaneously on 2000 screens in over 50 countries to favorable reviews, and was later broadcast on Showtime. Baillie made his dramatic feature-film debut with Flashbacks of a Fool, starring Daniel Craig and Felicity Jones, which he wrote and directed.
Baillie’s roots lie in music videos for bands like New Order, INXS, Boy George, Oasis, Spiritualised and Massive Attack, whose Unfinished Sympathy many regard as one of the best, most daring videos of the ’90s. His rendition of Kylie Minogue’s “Slow” – the artist’s favorite song of her career – leaves an indelible impression of sun bathing, synchronized swimming and taking your time; it won the CAD Award for Best Pop Video.
His work with Oasis led to helming their 2007 concert tour diary Lord Don’t Slow Me Down. Baillie’s Mirror, Mirror, a documentary portrait of New York drag queen/AIDS casualty Consuela Cosmetic, appeared at the Berlin and Toronto film festivals.
He’s currently developing an original TV series called “Pussycat Lounge” with Tiger Aspect.