On the 15th of November last year, Swifties were given one of the most quotable Taylor Swift songs of all time, the 10 minute version of 'All Too Well'. Swift aired the short film made for the song at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night.
Everyone knows what comes after "you were tossin' me the car keys". Taylor Swift has been in a rerecording flow since getting the rights to her music back in 2018.
The latest of the 'Taylor's Version' albums, 'Red', included a previously unreleased extended version of her song 'All Too Well' (an indisputable tune) which she accompanied with a short film.
On Saturday night at the Tribeca Film Festival, Swift aired the 'All Too Well' short film featuring Sadie Sink as a young Taylor and Dylan O'Brien as 'him' while, according to Variety, friends Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively watched along. Of the piece, she said "This is not a music video".
Musicality was something she always had in droves, hiding Easter eggs in lyrics and experimenting with sound, but when it came to the music videos she admits "I was always curious. I started to venture into the edit and making changes and meddling… it started with meddling".
Even though she was confident with guitar strings between her fingers, choreographed to perfection in sparkly leotards, she felt a little out of her depth when it came to directing, "I had this imposter syndrome in my head saying, ‘No, you don’t do that. Other people do that who went to school to do that.'".
Despite that level of self doubt, Swift has directed some great works of visual art with her music videos for 'The Man', 'Cardigan', and 'Willow'. The best news? She plans to keep going.
"It would be so fantastic to write and direct something… a feature,” she mused. “I don’t see it being bigger, in terms of scale. I loved making a film that was so intimate".
Swift is someone who creates powerfully delicate lyrics like "And they called off the circus/Burned the disco down/When they sent home the horses/And the rodeo clowns/I'm still on that tightrope/I'm still trying everything to get you laughing at me".
So, we're pretty sure if she created a movie, the tenderness she has with words would lend itself pretty well to the big screen. Can you imagine how heartbreakingly gorgeous that script would be?
Watch Taylor Swift's 'All Too Well' short film on Youtube.