Never A Trend, Always In Style
8 Min Reading
On her way to the airport, an up-and-coming actress recalls an evening spent with a former co-star at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Hollywood following an awards show.
Kelsey Asbille (Yellowstone, Wind River, and recent announced lead of Fargo, Season 4) and Hero Fiennes Tiffin (After, Harry Potter, The Silencing, and a member of the esteemed Fiennes acting clan) share the screen together in a dreamy short film from Oliver Peoples’ that showcases select eyewear from their Spring 2020 Collection as well as the talent of these young actors. The sensibilities of New York City fashion photographer and director, Blair Getz Mezibov is well matched to the story, with his signature esoteric style perfectly framing the narrative. The film begins with a voice saying “We were together, I forget the rest”, a quote from Walt Whitman. The story unfolds through flashbacks from Asbille’s character in the backseat of a car as she recalls the events of an evening at the iconic Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles. The characters played by Fiennes Tiffin and Asbille, not so unlike themselves, re-connect over a script written by the former with her in mind. These events come a year after they had met on the set of an indie film in which Asbille delivered a much buzzed-about performance. Asbille’s take on a carefully put together up-and-coming actress confronting her feelings about reconnecting with a former co-star for whom she cared deeply is contemplative and nuanced. Fiennes Tiffin is magnetic as the mysterious young man who has lived beyond his years, delivering moments of joy and painful longing in short order. With little dialogue, the film leans heavily on the body language of these young actors to communicate that not only have they met before but that there is something between them. Their glances, hand movements, facial expressions and posturing speak loudly, telling the viewer the story of a relationship postponed and a connection solidified right before our very eyes. It’s a meditation on unsaid truths, stolen moments, lost weekends and individual expectations becoming unified. An underlying theme of timeless beauty permeates every frame, referencing moments from classic films that were driven by two stars who you simply couldn’t take your eyes off of. These references touch on Oliver Peoples’ mantra of “Never A Trend, Always In Style” reminding us that in life, as in cinema, longevity is the hallmark of true success and simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
INT.SUNSET TOWER HOTEL-TWILIGHT
EXT.SUNSET TOWER HOTEL-TWILIGHT
A YOUNG WOMAN in her late 20s stands alongside a YOUNG MAN in his early 20s on a terrace facing away from us towards the cityscape. Her hair is silky, long and dark, clearly well cared for. She sports a pair of glasses with dark clip-on lenses and we see her distinctive and beautiful features in profile when she turns to look at the young man. His gaze remains unbroken, all we see is the silhouette of his neatly cropped hair and the back of his button-down shirt that looks to have been ironed in a hurry earlier on.
TITLE CARD: SUNSET TOWER HOTEL LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Ms. Asbille, we are headed to the airport.
INT.SUNSET TOWER HOTEL LOBBY-EARLY EVENING
Kelsey stares out the window, her cheek resting comfortably on her right hand. She closes her eyes for a moment and allows her head to fall away from the window returning once more to her thoughts about the improbable events of the night before.
INT.SUNSET TOWER HOTEL-EARLY EVENING
Kelsey sits upright now, a hand to her chin she’s lost in thought. She shakes her head and slides her hand up to her temple as if to relieve the uneasiness of her unspoken feelings. Her memory whirrs with images of when they had first met on set the year prior and the tension that had quickly risen between them.
“We were together, I forget the rest.”
— Walt Whitman
INT.SUNSET TOWER HOTEL HALLWAY-EARLY EVENING
INT.SUNSET TOWER HOTEL POOL DECK-EVENING
Kelsey glides through the entryway to the pool deck almost as though she’s on autopilot, the Young Man in tow. His bowtie now undone, he tousles his tightly styled hair and a relaxed smile breaks across his face.
Behind his classic round sunglasses, his eyes are beaming and as they step out into the sunshine,Kelsey comes to life, both of them grinning at the wonderful absurdity of the evening.
EXT. SUNSET TOWER HOTEL POOL DECK-EVENING
Kelsey holds the script with one arm, brushing her other hand over her lips as she shakes her head and stifles the laugh no more.
EXT.SUNSET TOWER HOTEL POOL DECK-EVENING
INT. SUNSET TOWER HOTEL RESIDENCE-MORNING
EXT. SUNSET TOWER HOTEL RESIDENCE-MORNING
In the reflection of the terrace doorway, we see Kelsey seated at a table across from the YOUNG MAN. He picks up the deck of cards they used to play games with while waiting around between takes and shuffles them nervously as she takes his first script. He wonders if Kelsey will notice that the main character is based off of her. He continues to shuffle the cards in anticipation.
INT. SUNSET TOWER HOTEL RESIDENCE-MORNING
How was your trip?
Oh, it was...really wonderful.
Never a trend, always in style
Words: Andrew Maness
Photos & Video: Blair Getz Mezibov