Whoever You Are

A cinematic adaptation of Walt Whitman's seminal poem 'Whoever you Are Holding Me Now in Hand'.

  • Javier De Frutos
  • Walt Whitman
  • Javier De Frutos
  • Tim Mountain
  • Paul Chantry
    Executive Producer
  • Rae Piper
    Executive Producer
  • Paul Chantry
    Key Cast
  • Rae Piper
    Key Cast
  • Charles Hagerty
    Key Cast
  • Javier De Frutos
  • Catherine Mountain
    Production Manager
  • Tim Mountain
  • Shan Chupraditom
  • Gabriel Mountain
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Art Film, Narrative, Dance, Poetry, Black and White, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 13, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    9,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Super 35mm, 4K DCI
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Javier De Frutos

Javier De Frutos, Spanish Director, Choreographer and designer (born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1963) was named by the Evening Standard as one of 2016 most influential people in the UK. He is one of only three artists in the history of the Olivier Awards to have received nominations in all of the dance categories. His awards include the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography for Cabaret, The Evening Standard Award for The Most Incredible Thing in collaboration with Pet Shop Boys, Critics’ Circle Awards for Milagros with Royal New Zealand Ballet and Elsa Canasta with Rambert and Scottish Ballet, The South Bank Show Award for Grass and The Time Out Award for Sour Milk with Candoco Dance Company. Further credits include the National Theatre production of London Road – winner of the Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and for which he received an Olivier nomination for the stage version and The 2017 Chita Rivera Award for best choreography in a feature film for the screen adaptation. His work Fiction for BalletBoyz was named Best of Dance by The Arts Desk and Top 10 by the Guardian in 2016. From Here to Eternity, the Tim Rice musical which he premiered on the West End, was nominated for the WhatsOnStage award for Best Choreography and The Anatomy of a Passing Cloud for Royal New Zealand Ballet was nominated for both an Olivier Award and a National Dance Award.

He has received further recognition in the field of music video with a nomination for best choreography in the UK music Video awards for his collaboration with Jake Nava in Delilah’s Inside My Love and also received the Prix de Auteur in the 1996 Concours de Seine-Saint Denis in Paris.

His work has been the subject of several documentaries. The South Bank Show in 1998 dedicated an hour king feature. Only a handful of Dance Artists have received that Honour. In 2011 the BBC broadcasted in prime time The Most Incredible Thing in collaboration with Pet Shop Boys, and the US premiere took place in Charlotte North Carolina in March 2018. He was invited by the McColl Center for Arts and Innovation to be the same years’s Artist in Residence. Their first Choreographer and Director in their History.

in 2000 De Frutos became one of the first Fellowship recipients The Arts Council of England, through which he studied extensively the works of Tennessee Williams for more than two years. He also represented Britain at the internationally prestigious Venice Biennale in 2006.

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Director Statement

Walt Whitman’s deeply personal poem “Whoever You Are Holding Me Now In Hand” was written in the mid 19th Century and yet it feels and sounds as relevant and fresh today as it did then.
My personal task in creating this film is to invite the viewer to “listen” closely to what they watch and in doing so using every frame and every second of edit with the same care and intention as if I was writing each word, each syllable, on the most delicate paper.
It is both a love for American literature and the moving image that compelled me to conceive and direct “Whoever You Are”.