“I like to get my hands dirty. I mean, if I’m going to see my name up there on screen, I feel a real responsibility to deliver the best possible film I can.” – Baillie Walsh
Baillie Walsh came to prominence with a series of luxe music videos for bands like New Order, INXS, Boy George, Oasis, Spiritualized, and Massive Attack, whose Unfinished Sympathy was widely regarded as one of the best videos of the ’90s. His rendition of Kylie Minogue’s Slow won the CAD Award for Best Pop Video. His love of lush, atmospheric music and surroundings made for a smooth transition to commercial work within the fashion industry, where Walsh’s combination of dramatic precision and technical craftsmanship enabled him to create sumptuous spots for Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, etc.
He’s filmed Eva Mendes for Thierry Mugler’s Angel perfume, Ryan Reynolds for Hugo Boss, Anne Hathaway for Lancome, Daniel Craig as James Bond for Sony Bravia, Formula One racer Jenson Button for Johnnie Walker’s Keep Walking campaign, and Hong Kong film star Andy Lau for Cartier. Working with the late designer Alexander McQueen, Walsh filmed a photorealistic hologram of Kate Moss and projected it onto a three-metre-high glass pyramid for the Paris catwalk in March 2006. Walsh and Moss reunited four years later for KM3D-1, a 3D film portrait that premiered during London Fashion Week. Walsh’s Mirror, Mirror, a documentary portrait of New York drag queen/AIDS casualty Consuela Cosmetic, was screened at the Berlin and Toronto film festivals.
His work with Oasis led to helming their 2007 concert tour diary Lord Don’t Slow Me Down. A year later, Walsh made his dramatic feature-film debut with Flashbacks of a Fool, starring Daniel Craig and Felicity Jones, which he wrote and directed. In 2013 Walsh 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 favourable reviews, and was later broadcast on Showtime.
Walsh is currently working on developing a TV series with Tiger Aspect.