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Jan Vrhovnik is Slovenian-born, London-based cinematographer and director. Way before he was behind the camera, he was in front of it, acting in award-winning feature film ‘Class Enemy’, back in the day in Ljubljana. Picking up a pair of drumsticks at the age of twelve led to 6 years of touring with his band. Laying hands on his grandpa’s 35mm camera at the same age shaped his life.
At 18 he made his way to London to study contemporary music but the drumming turned into filming and this led to so much work, the degree was ditched in favour of shooting films. The percussive background was all about flow, structure and feel - the approach he carried across to his visual storytelling which ended up attracting commercial and fashion clients with the likes of The North Face, Gucci, JW Anderson, Dunhill, Vogue, British GQ, Sennheiser, Haig Club, Bacardi, Dyson, Aston Martin...The big names don’t stop there. He’s worked with the likes of Sir Ian McKellen, Tom Felton and Rosie Huntington.
Jan’s curiosity in narrative storytelling has led him to making his recent short film ‘Paradiso’ which premiered on Nowness, shortlisted at Berlin Commercials, 1.4 Awards, picked up numerous awards across the film festival circuit and was spotted by the director Jamie Adam, leading Jan to lens his first feature film ‘She Is Love’ (2021) starring Haley Bennett and Sam Riley.