Elaine Constantine

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Elaine Constantine
Born1965 (age 56–57)
Known forPhotography, film directing

Elaine Constantine (born 1965 in Bury, Lancashire) is a BAFTA nominated writer/director and photographer, globally recognised for her colourful and upbeat fashion imagery of confident young women.



Constantine came to prominence in the 1990s due to work published in The Face magazine.[1] Her energetic and honest take on young women attracted international interest when she was regularly commissioned by Italian Vogue editor, Franca Sozzani and US Vogue editor Anna Wintour.


Constantine's first solo show was at Marion de Beaupre's Gallerie 213, Paris, in 1998. In 2002 Constantine exhibited Tea Dance, a show that documented the elderly tea dance culture of Northern England. Tea Dance has toured Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam and Moscow.

Art collections[edit]

Constantine's work has been exhibited at London's The Photographers' Gallery, Tate Britain's Look at Me exhibition, curated by Val Williams, and the V&A's Imperfect Beauty exhibition, curated by Charlotte Cotton. A series of Constantine's prints are held in the photography collection at the National Portrait Gallery.[2]


Constantine has contributed to American, French and Italian Vogue.[3] Her commercial clients have included Adidas, Alberto Bianni, Anna Molinari, Burberry, Clarins, Diesel, Gucci, Hunter, Lacoste, Levi's, Nike, Shiseido and Vivienne Westwood.

Feature film[edit]

In 2000 Constantine learned to screen write in order to create the feature-length screenplay for a film that would tell the story of her music and cultural obsession, Northern Soul.[4] After rejections from producers,[5] she set up Stubborn Heart Productions and in late summer 2012 Constantine returned to the north of England to direct the debut feature film, Northern Soul.

The film tells the Story of two Northern DJ's whose worlds are changed forever when they discover black American soul music. The film was released in October 2014 by Universal[5] and reached the box office top 10 on its opening weekend despite a relatively limited distribution.[6][7]

The film received nominations from both, The British Independent Film Awards, and the British Academy Awards (BAFTA).[8] It also won the NME's award for Film of the Year, which was a public vote.[9]

Constantine's book, of the same title, Northern Soul (An Illustrated History) was published by Random House' Virgin Books and co-edited by Gareth Sweeney, a factual and oral account of northern soul culture. The soundtrack, released by Demon Music, also of the same title, entered the top ten when released and went to the top of the soul chart.

Short film[edit]

Constantine directed the 9 minutes length 9 Kisses short film. The film was released in 2014.[10]


  • 1998: John Kobal Foundation's Award
  • 2002: Creative Review's Award for Best Up and Coming Promo Director
  • 2005: Royal Photographic Society's Terence Donovan Achievement Award
  • 2015: London Critics Circle Breakthrough British Filmmaker Award — Nominated.[11]
  • 2015: NME Best film of 2014 - Winner[9]
  • 2015: BAFTA Outstanding Debut for a Writer, Director or Producer Award — Nominated.[8]
  • The National Portrait Gallery's collection includes a portrait of Elaine Constantine by Immo Klink.[12]


  1. ^ Cochrane, Lauren (17 October 2014). "Northern Soul: 'We gravitated towards each other when we clocked a like-minded girl at an all-nighter'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 3 July 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  2. ^ "National Portrait Gallery, search the collection, "Elaine Constantine"". www.npg.org.uk. Retrieved 6 April 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Hickling, Alfred (29 April 2002). "Elaine Constantine, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 3 July 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  4. ^ Stanley, Bob (31 August 2011). "Britain's got talcum: Northern Soul, the film". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 3 July 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  5. ^ a b Gant, Charles (5 February 2015). "Elaine Constantine: 'You may have a shit job, but you iron your clothes and polish your shoes'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 3 July 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  6. ^ Gant, Charles (21 October 2014). "Northern Soul is a surprise top 10 hit at the UK box office as the Turtles roll in" – via www.theguardian.com.
  7. ^ Khomami, Nadia (11 October 2014). "Niche northern soul film set to hit big time as social media fuels demand for screenings". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 3 July 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  8. ^ a b "Film in 2015". Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  9. ^ a b Desk, NME News (18 February 2015). "The full winners list at NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas revealed". NME.
  10. ^ "9 Kisses (2014) 9min | Short | 11 December 2014 (USA)". www.imdb.com. Retrieved 7 April 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "The London Critics' Circle Film Section". Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  12. ^ "National Portrait Gallery, search the collection, portraits, "Elaine Constantine"". www.npg.org.uk. Retrieved 6 April 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

External links[edit]