Saudi-British actor Aiysha Hart is styled by Gemma Deeks in Gucci’s Fine Jewellery Collection for images by Lucia O’Connor-McCarthy for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia December 2018. Interviewed by Emily Baxter-Priest, Hart reflects on her newly-released film ‘Colette’.
Cast alongside Keira Knightley who plays the title character, it tells the biographical story of author Gabrielle Colette who agrees to ghost-write novels for her husband – at first to critical acclaim and then to devastating effect. Aiysha plays the role of Polaire, a divisive, eclectic and hugely successful French/Algerian singer and actress who embodies the most famous of Colette’s characters, Claudine, on stage. With myriad side narratives, the film’s core centres around these two women who stand up to the pre-existing circumstances of their time, their urgency for freedom of expression and the challenging of societal constraints, and whilst set in the late 19th century, its complexities very much resonate today.