WILD AT HEART: Is there anyone wilder than Johnny Depp, frontman for Dior’s Sauvage scent? You bet. The French house profiles four in “Tales of the Wild,” a series of short documentaries slated to debut on Vanity Fair’s French web site on Aug. 29, with ads and exposure on Dior networks to immediately follow.
The six- to seven-minute episodes focus on men devoted to extreme pursuits, starting with devoted Australian surfer Harrison Roach who “lives only for, and through, the ocean,” according to Dior. Subsequent films profile a gaucho in Patagonia, a Basque strongman and a bare-handed California climber who clings to the vertical El Capitan formation in Yosemite National Park.
Filmmakers Clément Beauvais and Arthur de Kersauson used 16-mm film, giving the images a unique grain. The duo is best known for “The Greasy Hands Preachers,” their debut documentary feature about motorcycle enthusiasts that boasted Orlando Bloom as the film’s executive producer.
A teaser video features Depp’s voiceover as magnificent outdoor vistas unfurl. The clips are to run in tandem with print ads featuring the film star, recently in the headlines over his bitter divorce battle with Amber Heard that included claims of physical abuse and infidelity.