Rockers rock out with The Kooples

‘Today, Tonight’ is a new short film that promotes French fashion brand The Kooples Spring-Summer 2014 collection – and Planet Sputnik‘s Rockers featured in the piece, which is set at London’s iconic Ace Cafe during its post-war heyday.

The piece was directed for Pulse Films by Grammy-nominated directors Nicolas Jack Davies and Frederick Scott. Working as Fred&Nick, together the pair create beautiful, raw and intimate human portraits across their work in film, documentary, commercial and music video. The producer was Nkem Egbuchiri.


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Our behind-the-scenes shots show how, with their vintage leather look, our guys and girls Thomas, Hiroko, Danny, Sarah, Mark, Dixie, Jake and Naomi were called upon to add authenticity to the film’s period scenes. Meanwhile, our man Troy played one of the main roles, as ‘Young Mick’s Rival’.

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As The Kooples YouTube page explains: “The Ace Cafe was a British institution heralded as a place that came to define Rock N Roll and motorcycle culture.

 ‘Today, Tonight’ tells the emotive story of a young boy racer, Mick, intertwined in a life-changing game of ‘The Coin Drop’.”

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It goes on: “During its zenith, the Ace Cafe became a mecca for biker-tribes – an extended congregation that brought riders together to race in legendary competitions. The riders were all about testing limits in every facet of their lives from the bikes through to relationships. Their chief motivation on a daily basis was all about breaking frontiers, realigning boundaries and not giving a damn wherever possible along the way. Total freedom and carefree outlook.

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“Said Fred&Nick: ‘The opportunity to create a short narrative film with The Kooples was of great appeal to us, not least as the project had the added association with the Ace Cafe. It’s rare to find a world so rich in stories and characters, and one that has played such a pivotal role in British culture. More than motorbikes and Rock ‘n’ Roll, the Ace Cafe was one of a handful of muster points across the country for the post-war teenage revolution. On our many visits in recent months, we’ve noted that the same spirit is alive and well today, and the perfect match for The Kooples’ attitude and SS14 collection. A film that gently connects two eras through memory and experience became the spark point of our script.

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“Today, Tonight is the first release from The Kooples’ new creative division, TK Foundry, set up to create original music, film, technology and art with a global network of cutting-edge creators, tastemakers and artisans.


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Photos: The Kooples, Thomas Dyton and Hiroko Murakami

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