At the tender aged of just 22 Cosmo Jarvis has already made a name for himself as a young cultural chameleon. For the past four years he has been combining his talents in music and film. His YouTube shorts have been viewed over 3.5 million times and earned him a host of celebrity admirers including Stephen Fry, Brian Eno and Kylie Minogue.
This work has already made him an online phenomenon and secured Cosmo a whole host of fans who admire his originality, but the ever aspirational Cosmo has to take it up a gear. He has just finished his first ever full-length film, which he wrote, directed, shot, edited, scored and starred in – on a self-financed budget of eight thousand pounds. Entitled ‘The Naughty Room’, the film has had its premiere screening on BBC4 in August and has brought him a lot of fans within the film industry.
Cosmo comes to Southampton’s Talking Heads venue on 27th November 2012
The Naughty Room is a black comedy dealing with abuse, death, drugs, sex and redemption and tells the story of Todd, a 20 year old who has been incarcerated since he was a child in a bathroom – the Naughty Room – by his disturbed mother. When 20 year-old Subaru discovers the imprisoned Todd he unleashes a daring escape plan with unintended consequences.
In Cosmo’s words, his new film is: “Mainly about parenting, as well as taking responsibility to better yourself. The hardest part of making this film was not being older. People just don’t want to deal with you in a professional manner if you’re young. But truly the worst part was hearing Mr Spielberg was up on the Dartmoor, our local beauty spot, making ‘War Horse’ with a crew of f@%klo@ds, rather than two Volkswagen Golfs.”
November 5th also sees the re-release of Cosmo’s third studio album Think Bigger via his own music and Film label 25th Frame. The record, which has already garnered four-star reviews in Q,, Mojo and The Independent, finds Cosmo adhering to a singer-songwriter template tinged with alt- country sensibilities and a string section sourced from eBay. This is Cosmo Jarvis, though, so it’s never straightforward or predictable – everything is imprinted with his personality and imagination. This multi-skilled young talent is the poster boy for the 21st century do it yourself attitude. He’s an artist, in other words, who’s proving truly exciting to follow.
27.11.2012, Southampton, Talking Heads, http://www.midnightmango.co.uk/listings/eventdetails/27-nov-12-mad-dog-mcrea-talking-heads/biographies/cosmo-jarvis/