Phebe Schmidt signs for representation in Australia
Director Phebe Schmidt has signed to Sweetshop's Director roster in Australia.
With a background in stylised character-based photography that draws on the surrealism of glamour and consumption, Schmidt moved into film direction bringing her eye for singular and fun imagery to the screen. Inspired by science fiction and a culture of online self-performance, Schmidt has the rare ability to approach complex topics with a playful sense of humour and a cutting-edge sense of style. Her unique visual language has seen her work for esteemed national and international publications from Vogue to Vault Art magazine and direct multiple music videos for artists such as Banoffee.
Says Edward Pontifex, managing director of Sweetshop Australia: “I’m really excited about what Phebe can offer our creative agencies here in Australia. She has such a unique voice, evident in her visual language and how she translates surrealism of glamour and stylised characters. Her work is super fun and irreverent.”
Says Schmidt: “Since I started talking to the team at Sweetshop, it’s always felt like exactly the right place for me to take my next challenge. Their commitment to and culture of craft is inspiring, and I know I’m going to be in the safe hands of some very accomplished humans – they are all total pros. To be working alongside their impressive Director roster is also really exciting and I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone.”
Says Wilf Sweetland, global CEO and partner at Sweetshop: “Phebe has a special talent that pulls viewers in through her unique approach to fashion, hyper-realism, youth and street culture. Her work is absolutely curious and aesthetically confronting. I can’t wait to see what we’ll make together.”
To watch Phebe’s work, click here.