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The Essential List: Beatrice Pegard


The La Pac director is prone to kleptomania in hotels, once had a pet rescue frog and could rustle you up a mean salad Nicoise

The Essential List: Beatrice Pegard
French-Australian writer and director Beatrice Pegard has imbibed a healthy balanced diet of cultures since she was born in the French Riviera city state of Monaco. She studied writing at Harvard and trained at the Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School in New York before heading down under to the Sydney Film School, where she found her vocation as a director. She’s a ferocious eco-warrior too. Armed with an MA and a PhD in Political and Environmental Sciences, she applies sustainability to all her filmmaking endeavours.

Represented by La Pac, Beatrice’s films are wild and often avant-garde. If you haven’t seen her Grizzly Bear music video featuring “bare bums and rainbow boobs” you should make that a priority right now. Likewise her trippy surfer adventure with Parcels.

We knew she’d have a great Essential List to share and we weren’t disappointed when she sent this in. Check it out so you can steal her great tastes.


o Place of birth: Monaco

o Hometown: I’ve moved so many times in my life that the only thing I can answer is Paris, for now

o Staycation: Sydney or South of France

The South of France

o Vacation: Byron Bay, Yamba, Cunjurong Point, Ojai (if you’re into that hot springs naked in a full moon kind of thing), the Catskills, Costa Rica

Byron Bay
Byron Bay

Costa Rica

o Pet: I used to have a rescue green tree frog called Steve, but Steve is no longer with us…In Paris I often catsit a depressive 15 year old cat who sits weird but is pretty funny


Lola the sad cat

o Place of work: La Pac, my studio when I need to hide
o Place of workout: Ashtanga Yoga Paris, surfing and ocean swimming. But nothing beats swimming at Icebergs if you’re in Bondi


o Side project: I started a sustainable film production / green consulting company called Alt-F in Sydney back in 2012. It was a bit dormant for a few years but I’m now more than ever committed to shooting green
o Mode of transport: I walk the line
o Bonus Travel Essential: I have a collection of slippers I’ve stolen from nice hotels that I like to wear at airports


o Artist: Gemma Smith, Tara Marynowsky, Karine Rougier, Taryn Simon, Olafur Eliason, Mel O’Callaghan, Ernesto Neto, Vincent Lamouroux, Doug Aitken, Matthew Barney, Henry Darger, Etienne Bardelli, Sophie Calle, Tomas Saraceno, Pierre Auguste Cot, Matisse
o Musician: Grizzly Bear, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Yo La Tengo, The Sea and Cake, Big Star, Seekae, Pond, Thee Oh Sees, Best Coast, Ty Segall, Kurt Vile, Talking Heads, The Avalanches, Sufjan Stevens, Eleanor Friedberger, Connan Mockasin, Pavement, Black Mountain, The Pink Mountaintops, Johnathan Wilson, Broadcast, Deerhunter, The War on Drugs, Health, Beach House, Os Mutantes, M. Ward, Surfer Blood, Metronomy, Future Islands (side note: I’d give my digits to any dude who can dance like Samuel Herring)

o Commercials / music video director: Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, Autumn de Wilde, Aoife McArdle,  Daniel Wolfe
o Film director: David Lynch, Jeff Nichols, Kelly Reichardt, Agnes Varda, Mike Mills, Denis Villeneuve, the Coen Brothers and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman
o Photographer: Theo Gosselin, William Eggleston, Saul Leiter, Cindy Sherman, Gregory Crewdson, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Osamu Yokonami, Giuseppe Palmisano
o Film: Dreams, Badlands, Wild at Heart, Being John Malkovich, Christine, Rosemary’s Baby, Dune, Frances Ha, Adaptation, Midnight Special, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Solaris, Another Earth, Bridesmaids, Love Serenade, Gentlemen Broncos, The Year my Voice Broke, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Wendy and Lucy, Weekend, The Rules of the Game, Hausu, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Blue Valentine, Three Women, Vernon/Florida, A Ghost Story, Drowning by Numbers
o Series: Twin Peaks, Cosmos, V (the 1980s one), The Office, The Handmaid’s Tale, Glow, Broad City, Seinfeld, Atlanta, Maniac, Kidding
o Commercial: Glen Luchford’s Guccis, Levi’s - Drugstore (Michel Gondry) Apple - Apocalypse, Old Spice - Mom Song (both Tom Kuntz), 3 - Sing it Kitty (Traktor), Kenzo Perfume (Spike Jonze), Toyota - Good Odds (Aoife Mcardle), Mini - The Faith of a Few (Daniel Wolfe)

o Music Video: Foo Fighters - Everlong (Michel Gondry),Fatboy Slim - Praise You (Spike Jonze), Beastie Boys - Sabotage (Spike Jonze), Department of Eagles - No One Does It Like You (Patrick Daughters), Beach House - Wishes (Eric Wareheim)

o Board Game: Does tarot count?
o Book: Black Swans (Eve Babitz), Holidays on Ice (David Sedaris), It Chooses You (Miranda July), The Chronology of Water (Lydia Yukavitch), Robert Frost’s Collected Poems, The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath), Franny and Zooey (JD Salinger), All the Sad Young Literary Men (Keith Gessen), Language and Mind (Noam Chomsky), A Cyborg Manifesto (Donna Haraway), La vie devant soi (Romain Gary), The Weather Makers (Tim Flannery), Parable of the Sower (Octavia Butler), Owls do Cry (Janet Frame)
o Graphic Novel: Riad Sattouf’s The Arab of the Future 
o Podcast: This American Life (my favourite episodes are Music Lessons with Sarah Vowell and David Sedaris, and Sarah Vowell’s story about Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash), Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now, The Moth, Radiolab’s episode Home is where your Dolphin Is
o Newspaper (off or online): The Intercept, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Le Monde
o Magazine: Violet, Bad Day, Wilder, Russh, Puss Puss, The Gentlewoman, Beat, System, Jungle, Gather, Pasture
o Bonus Culture Essential: Buckminster Fuller’s work

Food and Drink

o Breakfast: Poached egg and avocado on toast, but lately it’s been more black coffee while putting my pants on before I head out the door.
o Restaurant: Jidori (Dalston), Frankies 457 (Carroll Gardens), Sunday in Brooklyn (Williamsburg), Rucola (Boerum Hill), Uptown (Montmartre), Les Resistants (11th), Porch and Parlour (Bondi), Paco’s Canteen (Culver City) Harvest (Newrybar)


o Cheap bite: I had the best sandwich of my life at Table on Ten in Bloomville
o Working lunch: Anything that I can get my hands on before my blood sugar drops and I want to cry and kill someone. If it’s a business / meeting thingy, then I love looking awkward eating shirashi or linguini
o Favourite Dish: Fish tacos
o Signature Dish: Cod brandade / Baccalà Mantecato, I also make a mean Nicoise
o Snack: CHEESE
o Guilty Pleasure: Homemade cinnamon rolls or Jidori’s ginger ice cream, miso caramel, sweet potato crisps and black sesame seeds
o Bar: Pacific Hotel Yamba, Hotel Amour, Bar Stella, Decibel, Maison Premiere, Baby’s All Right
o Booze: Beer / Primitivo
o Not Booze: Mango smoothies
o Bonus Food: Two mango smoothies in a row
o Bonus Beverage: This whiskey/sage based cocktail from Rucola called The New Rider 


o Phone: some iPhone that’s not super new but not super old either
o Computer: some MacBook pro that’s not super new but not super old either 
o TV: Nope
o Headphones: I’ve lost so many that I now buy crappy airport ones but if someone’s reading this and wanting to gift me some Bang & Olufsen I’m ok with that
o Camera: I shoot photos on my iPhone (sorry!) but when on vacation I take a Polaroid Spirit 600 and a super old 35mm. Although I dream of owning a Contax T3 and a Mamiya RZ67. For moving image, I rent what I need for shoots. I love experimenting with super 16mm but when I can’t I think the Alexa Mini is wonderful
o Soundsystem: Tivoli
o Pen / pencil: Staedtler pigment liner 0.05.
o Where you document an idea: Voice notes, Evernote, notebooks
o Casual Clothing: Jeans, Kamm pants, No.6, outdoor gear and vintage 
o Smart Clothing: The same but ironed
Having said that [stylists] Sharon Long and Maud Dupuy pulled out my ultimate dream outfits with their take on “young Jane Goodall”, the ‘“Not Bride” and Pierrot (see photos below)

o Footwear: Birkenstocks, Beatrice Valenzuela or Anne Thomas
o App: Artemis, Helios
o Work program: CS6 and Pages
o Digital work tool: Long live Final Draft
o Analogue work tool: Long live old notebooks
o Morning grooming / makeup essential: My morning routine consists of brushing my hair and my teeth. I don’t wear makeup but if i have to I’ll put RMS lippy on
o Bonus Kit Essential: Socks and beanies 
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LA/PAC, Thu, 22 Nov 2018 17:06:06 GMT