We are excited to be part of the conceptual artwork process for Martha Fiennes’ upcoming film, a sexy biopic of Dutch temptress and accused spy, Mata Hari.
Kiss The Frog’s latest endeavour with film director Martha Fiennes involves being part of the creative process for her forthcoming film Mata Hari, a biopic of the exotic dancer of the same name. Always a pleasure to work with Martha, we are happy to be involved so early in the project and value the importance of the production process. We were initially given a brief to create a moody, sensual concept which, at the same time, conveyed feminine power and performance, akin to the Mata Hari character. We combined mood lighting on the subject with the abstract visual of textured backdrops and stark uplighting to blend a provocative figure with the mood of the era and enhance the message of intrigue and performance on a large scale.
Martha’s first choice to play the lead role is sexy star and Academy Award winner, Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose, Inception) and brother Ralph in the role of Bouchadon.
The project is based upon the Julie Wheelwright biography “The Fatal Lover; The Myth of Women in Espionage” which Martha considers to be one of the best, most intelligent and contemporary of the many biographies written about Margaretha Zelle McCleod (Mata Hari). She has already been working closely with the writer and journalist Julie Wheelwright.
The movie will recount the true story of the ‘World’s Greatest Female Spy Seductress’ – and reveal little known facts, uncovering the truths behind the myths and taking us on a journey through her life revealing the fascinating circumstances which have caused her persistent mythologisation since her execution by firing squad in Paris during World War I. The intention is for the movie to have an overtly musical bias with the drama giving way to exhilarating music sections for the dance and strip/performance scenes. Not intended to be musically dominant but instead to be fundamentally a narrative/drama with powerful music sections.