TALK TO THE INTERNET: Chloe Esslemont (Tabloid Art History)

In ‘Talk To The Internet’, we take the same 10 questions and one internet sensation to find out their loves, hates and their dream casts in the world of film.

Chloe Esslemont is the 21 year old co-creator of Tabloid Art History, the twitter account recently highlighted by the likes of Dazed Digital, W and i-D for its comparisons of figures of popular culture with high art paintings, drawings and sculpture. A student of English Literature & Art History she spends her spare time making comparisons of Harry Styles with Egon Schiele paintings and Beyonce and Botticelli, you can follow her personal twitter @chloellene

What’s your favourite film and why?

Closer, with Julia Roberts, Clive Owens, Jude Law, and Natalie Portman. I love character studies, and this film explores the four central character’s personalities and relationships to each other so interestingly.


What’s the worst film you’ve ever seen and why?

I’ve never yet walked out of the cinema part way through a film, but the 2009 remake of Fame and The Rum Diary have the joint distinction of being the closest I’ve come to doing so (the latter is however marginally saved by Amber Heard’s great performance and her character’s great costumes.)


If you could make up your own imaginary film genre what would it be called? 

I really love Moulin Rouge! and wish there were more films like it, so I would love to see “historical jukebox musical shot as if it’s a music video” take off as a genre.


If you were given the opportunity to direct, who would you cast in your dream movie?

Salma Hayek, Carey Mulligan, Eva Green, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Dev Patel, Jessica Lange, Kerry Washington, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Lucy Liu.


Who is your favourite female character from Film or TV?

It’s so hard to pick just one! However I’ve been rewatching Ugly Betty recently so at the moment I’ll say the wonderfully villainous Wilhemina Slater.


In your opinion, what is a seriously under-rated cinematic masterpiece?

Slap Her, She’s French! is so underrated and little known, but in my opinion is the Citizen Kane of American teen comedy movies. I’m praying it one day suddenly develops a cult following.


Rank your top 3 films by your favourite director (if you have one!)

One of my favourite directors is Sofia Coppola, and I’d say my top three are: 1. Marie Antoinette 2. The Virgin Suicides 3. Lost in Translation.


What was the last film you watched?

Today I rewatched  Frida, Salma Hayek and Julie Taymor’s film detailing Frida Kahlo’s life. It’s the best biopic I’ve ever seen: the way Kahlo’s artwork is threaded into the imagery of the film is amazing, and Salma Hayek’s performance is just perfect. I’ll also give an honourable mention to Devdas, because I also rewatched that today and it’s just the most gorgeous and sad film, and the music is just amazing.


Favourite movie quote?

I’m completely blanking on a good and/or ~profound~ answer to this question so I’ll just go for the always iconic “You go Glen Coco!”.


And finally, what film are you most looking forward to in the near future?

I’m really excited about Vita & Virginia. I love Virginia Woolf and Vita Sacksville-West as individuals, and also find their relationship with eachother really interesting, plus Eva Green is one of my absolute favourite actresses so having her play Woolf is an absolute casting dream for me. Also, this is TV rather than film, but I am so so excited for the final season Scandal (and will really miss Olivia Pope and her wonderful outfits when it’s finished).


by Chloe Leeson

Chloe Leeson is the founder of Screenqueens. She is 21 and from the north of England (the proper north). She believes Harmony Korine is the future and is pretty sure she coined the term ‘selfie central’. She doesn’t like Pina Coladas or getting caught in the rain but she does like Ezra Miller a whole lot. Her favourite films are Into The Wild, The Beach and Lords of Dogtown. But DON’T talk to her about Paranormal Activity. She rants about cinema screenings @kawaiigoff.

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