BUG 40 & BUG 40 - The Director's Cut

28 Nov 2013 18:17 - posted by David Knight

BUG returns to the BFI Southbank tonight (November 28th) with the premiere of BUG 40 – another round-up of the latest in music video creativity - including a focus on the latest interactive vids.


We also have a special guest - it's Ian Pons Jewell, the British director has had a remarkable year directing videos from his base in La Paz, Bolivia. 


And we're back with two editions of the Director's Cut version of BUG 40 a week later, on Thursday December 5th.


Adam Buxton hosts the whole shebang – the final all-new BUG show of 2013...

Jake Bugg – Slumville Sunrise

We start with a video for Jake Bugg by one of this country’s finest directors, Shane Meadows. He’s directed the latest for fellow East Midlander Jake Bugg’s Slumville Sunrise – essentially an unruly chase sequence wrapped in a very Meadowsian comedy-drama, featuring Jake as a shell-suited scallywag and This Is England regular Ros Hanson as his very pregnant girlfriend.

Devendra Banhart – Für Hildegard von Bingen

The title of Devendra Banhart’s Für Hildegard Von Bingen refers to a remarkable nun and scholar from medieval times recently sanctified by the Catholic church. The song’s very stylish, dreamlike video – conceived by Banhart and director Isaiah Seret, and beautifully photographed by the impressively named Wyatt Troll – also revolves around the story of a nun, played by model Jodie Smith.

Atoms For Peace – Before Your Very Eyes

Andrew Thomas Huang, who won the best new director award at the UK Music Video Awards 2013 last month. That honour came largely as a result of the remarkable video Andrew made for Bjork’s Mutual Core, and, similarly, this video for Before Your Very Eyes is a brilliant use of in-camera and computer effects, merged to create his vision of a landscape in constant flux.

Kaly Live Dub – Allaxis

The soundtrack quality of Allaxis provides the ideal accompaniment for a wonderful animated video in classic cel style, where the driver of a classic American car finds himself with a passenger who is constantly changing their identity. It’s the work of Wasaru – that’s Thomas Fourniret, a director/animator from Lille in northern France.

The Paper Kites – Young

Darcy Prendergast’s latest video for Aussie indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites echoes classic videos that have focused entirely on the human face – like Godley & Creme’s Cry – but manages to achieve something new, by virtue of having a relentlessly rapid flow of faces, photographed in the same portrait position, perform the song. Over 350 people, mostly Melbourne residents, appear in the video, cut into over 3,000 frames.

Bored Nothing – Let Down

Fergus Miller, aka Bored Nothing, whose track Let Down is the basis for an appealing tale of one-way puppy love by West Coast-based director Abteen Bagheri. The main character is an all-American, slightly precocious 10 year old infatuated with his attractive, grown-up neighbour, and this is a dreamy, almost Spielbergian piece shot in Burbank with a cool indie soundtrack.

Landshapes – In Limbo

We welcome special guest to the stage Ian Pons Jewell. Ian relocate to Argentina earlier this year, only to be invited to make a video for Landshapes (previously known as Lulu and the Lampshades) about the female wrestlers of La Paz in Bolivia. The resulting video for In Limbo was just the start of Ian’s whirlwind romance with this intriguing country, taking advantage of the remarkable locations and local talent. These include his video for Naughty Boy’s massive hit La La La.

Naughty Boy ft Sam Smith – La La La

BUG 40 special guests massive hit for Naughty Boy. Ian Pons Jewell has created a Bolivian version of The Wizard of Oz, referencing local myths and legends, and featuring a winning performance by Franco Miranda, the little boy who puts his fingers in his ears. It has become one of the videos of the year, recently won the VEVO New Artist award at the UK Music Video Awards.

Tyler, The Creator – Tamale

The latest from the Odd Future production line by Wolf Haley, aka Tyler, The Creator. Tyler’s latest for Tamale (from current album Wolf) is another eye-popping cocktail of cartoon zaniness, juvenilia and on-screen confessional. As with IFHY, featured at the last BUG, it’s stuffed with Wolf’s visual wit – and Tyler’s baleful charisma.

Jackson & His Computer Band – G.I. Jane

Warp electro-pop artist Jackson and his Computerband’s video for GI Jane is nothing less than a taboo-busting, sex gore castration fantasy by French illustration/animation team Mrzyk & Moriceau. In the duo’s distinctive Manga comic book style, a sexy heroine, cast in silhouette, lays waste to a succession of very phallic nemeses. A lot of sexual content, and arguably, violence, that some may find offensive – and probably the most Freudian music video of all time.

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