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Elaine Constantine (born 1965 in Bury, Lancashire) is a BAFTA nominated writer/director and photographer, globally recognized for her colourful and upbeat fashion imagery of confident young women.
Constantine came to prominence in the 1990’s due to work published in the now iconic style bible, The Face Magazine. Her energetic and honest take on young women soon attracted international interest when she was regularly commissioned by Italian Vogue editor, Franca Sozzani and US Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
Exhibitions 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 Constantine's work has been exhibited at London's 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.
Editorial Constantine has contributed to American, French and Italian Vogue. Her commercial clients have included Adidas, Alberto Bianni, Anna Molinari, Burberry, Clarins, Diesel, Gucci, Hunter, Lacoste, Levi's, Nike, Shiseido and Vivienne Westwood.
In 2000 Constantine set about learning 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. After countless rejections from producers, Constantine set up Stubborn Heart Productions and in late summer 2012 Constantine returned to the north of England to direct the debute 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 and was a surprise box office success, reaching the box office top 10 on its opening weekend despite a relatively limited distribution
Elaine’s film received nominations from both, The British Independent Film Awards, and the British Academy Awards. It also won the NME’s award for Film of the Year, which was a public vote.
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 realesed and went to the top of the soul chart.
- 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.
- 2015 NME Best film of 2014 - Winner
- 2015 BAFTA Outstanding Debut for a Writer, Director or Producer Award - Nominated.
- "The London Critics' Circle Film Section". Retrieved 28 January 2015.
- "Film in 2015". Retrieved 28 January 2015.