Michael Roberts will direct the movie for Nevision Studios One Limited and sales company Content Media
Nevision Studios One Limited will produce “Manolo (The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards),” a feature-length documentary about fashion icon Manolo Blahnik that will be directed by Michael Roberts, the company announced Thursday.
“Manolo” is an in-depth portrait of Blahnik and takes viewers behind the scenes into his world, where he is regarded as a genius by some of the most revered figures in fashion. His shoes became a cultural sensation after being prominently featured on HBO’s “Sex and the City.”
The film will include a who’s who list of some of the most notable figures in the fashion and entertainment worlds, including Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, Paloma Picasso, Candace Bushnell, Charlotte Olympia, Iman, Jamie Preto, Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, David Bailey, Isaac Mizrahi, Joan Burnstein, Mary Beard, Colin McDowell, Penelope Tree, Prince of Lampedusa, Rupert Everett, and of course, Manolo Blahnik himself.
James Cabourne, Tiggy Maconochie and Anne Morrison will serve as executive producers of the documentary, which is currently in production.
Content Media has acquired worldwide sales rights to the documentary and will immediately begin introducing the film to distributors in Berlin during the European Film Market.
“Having known Manolo for over 30 years, I can say he is a multifaceted intellectual and romantic whose engaging mind and ingenious work is made for entertaining cinema,” said Roberts.
“Manolo Blahnik is an icon who continues to inspire people around the globe. We are genuinely excited to be producing this exclusive documentary showcasing his incredible lifetime of work,” said Cabourne.
“Manolo Blahnik is fashion royalty and the King of his craft. He also happens to be a wonderfully colourful and fascinating man, with a unique world view,” added Jamie Carmichael, president of film at Content Media. “Michael Roberts is a director with unparalleled access and understanding of the fashion world and the combination of both these golden elements will make for fabulous and fascinating cinema.”
The documentary comes at a pivotal time for Blahnik, whose label continues to grow. The Couture Council Artistry of Fashion honored him with an award at the Lincoln Center in New York City last September ahead of the Fall Fashion Week. Blahnik received the award as a result of his longstanding dedication to superior craftsmanship and innovative design. For more than 40 years, he has been meticulously designing his shoe line, which has attracted a cult following including the likes of Nicole Kidman, Rihanna and The Duchess of Cambridge.
Also in September, Rizzoli published a lavishly illustrated book that documents Blahnik’s influences and his life work, which features over 40 years of shoe design. The comprehensive book provides access to never-before-seen photography of Blahnik’s designs with insightful chapters devoted to his most powerful relationships.
Roberts is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, stylist, illustrator, author and journalist. He received the MTV best breakthrough video award for Bryan Ferry’s “Limbo.” His multidisciplinary fashion career commenced at London’s Sunday Times newspaper.
For three decades, Roberts worked for Conde Nast in London, Paris and New York — initially as style director and art director of Tatler, next as British Vogue’s design director, Paris editor of Vanity Fair, and contributing editor of Conde Nast Traveler. Appointed to be the New Yorker’s first fashion director in 1997, he served in the role for nine years until 2006, when Graydon Carter conceived the position of fashion and style director for Roberts at Vanity Fair. Since 2010, he has contributed to Vanity Fair as style editor-at-large.
Over the last 25 years, Roberts’ photographs and illustrations have appeared regularly in the international editions of GQ, Vanity Fair and Vogue, as well as i-D, Interview, L’Uomo Vogue, V Magazine, the Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Times. Roberts has also published six books featuring his critically acclaimed fashion illustrations. He also co-authored Grace Coddington’s best-selling memoir, which Random House published in 2012.
“Manolo” is the most recent addition to Content Media’s international sales slate, which includes the Lorenzo di Bonaventura-produced sci-fi movie “Higher Power”; Joel David Moore’s dramedy “Youth in Oregon”; Dennis Hauck’s neo-noir detective thriller “Too Late,” starring John Hawkes; the supernatural horror “Don’t Knock Twice”; the Maria Callas biopic “Callas,” starring Noomi Rapace with Niki Caro directing; the uplifting drama “Life at These Speeds” starring Billy Crudup; the romantic drama “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” starring Jason Sudeikis; Amy Berg‘s “Janis: Little Girl Blue”; the supernatural heist thriller “The Trust”; Alex Gibney‘s smash hit HBO documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief”; and Oscar Wilde’s “The Canterville Ghost” voiced by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.