BUG 39 & BUG 39 - The Director's Cut

29 Sep 2013 10:27 - posted by David Knight

BUG returned to the BFI Southbank with BUG 39  - another all-new show of music video creativity and so much more. We welcomed special guests, in the form of directing duo (and sometimes directing individuals) Ewan Jones Morris and Casey Raymond.

 

In the past few years Casey & Ewan have created some of the most imaginative (and some would say deranged) work in music videos from their base in Cardiff, for the likes of John Grant, DJ Shadow, the Human League and, um, Charlotte Church. We were delighted to have them as guests.

 

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BUG 39 programme notes.pdf

 

BUG 39 Director's Cut programme notes.pdf

 


Keys N Krates – Treat Me Right


Dance anthem that’s wonderfully enhanced by Toronto-based director/motion graphics artist Ohji Inoue, who has breathed new life into the covers of Mills & Boon-style romance novels.

Camera Obscura – Break It to You Gently


A video heralding the return of veteran Scottish alt-pop outfit Camera Obscura, by the talented Joseph Mann. Last year Joseph directed the award-winning video for Keaton Henson’s Small Hands, dramatising the cruelty of nature in a handmade wood populated by puppet animals. Since then he’s made an acclaimed short film (Sandy, screened at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival) and now this for Break It to You Gently, featuring an old, forgotten shopping trolley, making a break for freedom on to Hampstead Heath. It’s a comedy charmer.

MGMT – Your Life Is a Lie


On the basis of their track record to date, we can sort of expect a new MGMT album to be accompanied by utterly off-the-wall visuals, and so it’s proved, with the first video from their third self-titled album. Your Life Is a Lie, a song of almost comic simplicity, offers enough material for a director of the quality of Tom Kuntz to orchestrate a series of completely zany set-ups, calibrated to both the beats of the song and the lyrics. And this might be Tom Kuntz’s zaniest, funniest music video since his jawdropping videos for Electric Six about ten years ago, when he was co-directing with Mike Maguire.

Dear Reader – Took Them Away


Rob Savage is a young British filmmaker who has already won prizes for his short films and this year received the prestigious Screen International Star of Tomorrow accolade. And his first music video offers real evidence of his talent: a starkly dramatic yet unusually direct telling of the story at the heart of Took Them Away, by Dear Reader, which is the solo project of South African singer- songwriter Cherliyn MacNeil.

Jackson & His Computer Band - Dead Living Things


Alex Courtes’ very cinematic video for Warp artist Jackson and His Computerband’s Dead Living Things is one of those atmospheric and dynamic yet impenetrably surreal videos that have become quite popular. And the hugely experienced director has namechecked both Fellini and David Lynch as direct influences.

The Vaccines – Melody Calling


There is a delightful short film sensibility about the Vaccines’ video for Melody Calling, directed by Karan Kandhari, another up and coming British director making his debut in music videos. This falls into the very small category of promos (Radiohead’s Just being another, very well-known example) of the narrative being driven by subtitles, and as such it shows off the director’s talent for writing believable dialogue in a very recognisable situation: it’s essentially a series of phone conversations, on a summer’s day, as the band’s bass player Arni Arnason attempts to hook up with a girl he really likes.

Dizzee Rascal – I Don’t Need a Reason


Dizzee Rascal’s video for I Don’t Need a Reason, directed by French director Émile Sornin sees Dizzee ease into the part of 17th century ‘Sun King’ style monarch, with his Cardinal, courtiers and courtesans partying away like it’s 1699. But this is just the setting for the clever VFX stuff, where Dizzee performs within elaborate gif-style looped sequences... the result of Émile Sornin working with regular collaborators at Home Digital Pictures in Paris.

John Grant – Chicken Bones


BUG special guests Ewan Jones Morris and Casey Raymond have been working together for about five years, ever since they were commissioned separately to direct the same video for Cardiff band Truckers of Husk. Here we have their adventures with sensitive singer-songwriter John Grant, walking around Cardiff in a homemade superhero outfit for Chicken Bones.

They Might Be Giants – You’re on Fire


Last year Hoku Uchiyama was responsible for an extraordinary video for Amanda Palmer side-project Evelyn Evelyn involving animated steamed-up window finger drawings. Now he’s back with co-director Adam Bolt with something equally unusual for New Jersey quirky-pop vets They Might Be Giants’ You’re on Fire: singing mince. Yep.

Boom Bip – All Hands


American directing duo Ian & Cooper – actually made a few months ago but only recently coming to the attention of the BUG team, the video for Boom Bip’s All Hands is a tender and witty interpretation of the process of human reproduction. And therefore includes scenes of a sexual nature.

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