To celebrate a decade of award-winning films, NOWNESS – the digital video channel launched by Dazed co-founder Jefferson Hack in 2010 – has asked friends and family to select their favourite films on the platform. Kate Moss, Gus Van Sant, Beth Ditto, Kelsey Lu, and Honey Dijon are among the names who contributed.
Moss selected Great Gardens: Las Pozas, directed by Toby Amies as part of NOWNESS’s “Great Gardens” series, which captures beautiful green spaces from sub-tropical landscapes to coastal retreats. Amies’s film highlights a haven hidden in a Mexican mountainside. “Las Pozas is such a magical place,” Moss said. “I can lose myself in this film, it makes me want to live among intense nature.”
Gus Van Sant also picked the film, saying: “My favorite NOWNESS visit is to Edward James’s subtropical mountain garden in Las Pozas. With Surrealistic structures that resemble poppy plants, it was built in the last century, taking over forty years, and rivals stone temples in Asia. It also has a 'staircase to heaven’.”
Kelsey Lu highlighted Andrew Thomas Hwang’s Kiss of the Rabbit God, describing it as a “beautifully visceral film that merges mythology, folklore and vulnerability while exploring queerness and a deep-seated respect for ancestry”.