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Natasha Khan is a director, singer / songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist, best known for her musical incarnation Bat for Lashes, one of the most unique British songwriters of the last decade.

A music and visual arts student at the University of Brighton, it was here where Khan explored painting and began experimenting with sound installations, animations and visual performances before creating Bat For Lashes in 2006.

Khan has since been carving out a name for herself as a visionary director with a distinctive & considered aesthetic inspired by auteurs and artists such as Ingmar Bergman and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Khan’s short film ‘I Do’ premiered in 2016 at Tribeca Film Festival, as part of the International Narrative Competition. Khan wrote and directed ‘I Do’, which forms part of the feature film ‘MADLY’, a collection of six 15-minute contemporary love stories with a global list of directors including Gael Garcia Bernal, Mia Wasikowska and Anurag Kashyap.

Khan already has a rich catalogue of directorial work including the video for the song ‘Garden’s Heart’, a track she co-wrote with Jon Hopkins for the soundtrack of Kevin Macdonald’s 2013 feature film “How I Live Now”.

Bat for Lashes entered the musical lexicon with her darkly fantastical album ‘Fur and Gold’, which was nominated for the Mercury Music Award in 2006. Khan’s 2009 album ‘Two Suns’ won an Ivor Novello Award for ‘Best Contemporary Song’, and ‘The Haunted Man’ in 2012 was also critically acclaimed earning her a Brit Award and Ivor Novello nominations.

Her highly anticipated 2016 album ‘The Bride’ earned Khan her 3rd Mercury Music Prize nomination, and was written as the soundtrack to a feature film, currently in the process of being realized.

As a fully-fledged artist Natasha now leads the creative on all her projects; from her hauntingly rich music video visuals and film soundtrack collaborations, to honing her unique vision through scriptwriting and directing.

Creative Review exclusively launched the trailer for Natasha's short film 'I Do' this week! Calling it a confident debut, noting this is perhaps not surprising considering she has been working towards this point for a couple of decades. Check the article out here.

"Madly assembles a group of short films with rare tonal consistency, keeping the viewer on edge throughout as the idea of love is tested in shocking, somewhat disturbing ways." writes Film Misery. Read the full review here.

New signing! Natasha Khan AKA Bat for Lashes talks to LBB about joining B-Reel Films, the power of myth, and why filmmakers are modern day wizards.

The Guardian gives Bat for Lashes fourth album big thumbs up saying "Natasha Khan is exceptionally good at dream worlds" Read the full review of 'The Bride' here.

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