If you haven’t already heard of him, meet Jordan Charles – he’s a 24-year-old model and the star of Claire Littler’s new short film, Now You See Me, which makes a powerful statement about the importance of truly representing yourself in order to feel confident and accept yourself as you are.
The video is centred on the theme of rejection and was first shown at the We’re All Going To Die Festival in Sydney on Friday. Growing up with albinism, Charles didn’t see people like himself represented anywhere – a feeling all too familiar for those who don’t fit a common idea of what’s ‘normal’. So after meeting director Littler at a shoot, the two felt inspired to fill the gap.
“Albinism is a subject that can easily coincide with a notion of rejection,” Littler says, “I wanted to flip the idea of rejection on its head and focus on completely accepting yourself and the freedom that comes with that.”
“The film is a portrait of someone who is totally cool about who they are in spite of their differences” – Claire Littler
The two-minute film, shot inside St John at Hackney church, simply features Charles dancing barefoot and alone. “What could be a more liberating thing than dancing all alone in a huge spiritual space with no one watching? The film is a portrait of someone who is totally cool about who they are in spite of their differences.”
Charles has modelled for a variety of fashion brands, magazines and in beauty videos. “My reason for doing almost anything that I do stems from not having any albino representation in the media growing up,” the model explained. “Having this feeling of alienation has driven me to make a change and it would be great to inspire people that may otherwise end up in the same boat.”
Charles comes to life with energetic, elegant dance moves soundtracked by Leisure’s “Til The End of Time” and with light pouring through the windows onto him the film’s title makes all the more sense as we see him how he wants to be seen – ultra visible but also extremely content.