Our first collaboration with Kenzo Perfume and creative director Patrick Guedj took place in Far North Queensland. We found the location that Patrick had dreamed of at Mossman Gorge, on the edge of the Daintree rainforest. This is the land of the Kuku Yalanji tribe, so we negotiated the right to film there.
Next we went on a mission to find the raw ingredients of the perfume – to be delivered fresh to the set each morning! Working with our local florist/botanist extraordinaire, Narda Reichl, we sourced yuzu fruits, pink peppercorns, bamboo and… fresh wild lotus blossoms. They were growing in a billabong in the mountains behind Port Douglas. Narda braved crocodiles and wild pigs to collect them each day.
Once we had all the ingredients and put them in the water with Zoe, our model, we discovered that the gentle flow of the river would carry her out of shot as she floated, dancing on the surface. Quick thinking was required… We designed and had fabricated a clear perspex support which dug into the sand of the riverbed and had a Zoe-shaped platform which sat just below the surface of the water, invisibly supporting our nymph. Within 24 hours we were filming. Mission accomplished!
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