BUG 42 - two shows on April 24th

11 Apr 2014 22:39 - posted by Phil Tidy

BUG returned to the BFI Southbank in London with a couple of landmark shows and a brand new guest host.


BUG 42, another bi-monthly round-up of the best work in global music video creativity, as curated by the BUG team. Not only is it BUG's seventh anniversary, it will also be the 99th and 100th BUG shows at the BFI Southbank.


And BUG 42 hosted by comedian, actor and presenter Jeff Leach – the second guest host to fill in for regular BUG host Adam Buxton as he takes a sabbatical from the show during 2014. A versatile character actor who writes and directs (and also has a background as a music producer) Jeff has appeared on comedy, panel game and entertainment shows on BBC3, E4 and Channel 5, including Big Brother's Bit On The Side, as well as regularly appearing on sketches on the Funny Or Die? website. He takes over from Doc Brown, who presented BUG 41 with distinction in February.




Furthermore, at BUG 42 BUG unveils a brand new BUG logo and branding designed by Paul Greeno from Limited Edition Design – with a new title animation sequence based on Paul Greeno's custom-made insect creations, produced by BUG's Phil Tidy.


BUG 42 programme notes.pdf



Skrillex ft Ragga Twins – Ragga Bomb

First comes the video for American EDM titan Skrillex’s Ragga Bomb featuring the British Jungle duo Ragga Twins – directed by South African commercials and video director Terence Neale. He has created a brilliantly stylish and energetic vision of urban dystopia on the streets of Johannesburg which features, among 60 cast members of dancers and street performers, the so-called ‘trolley surfers’ who really work in Jo’burg: they use their trollies to move massive bags of recyclable material through the city.

Peace – Money

Directed by good friend of BUG, Ninian Doff. Ninian invites us into the world of corporate power, where the route to success lies in a surprising skill – competitive handshaking. It’s a far-fetched idea executed with utmost seriousness – with handshake- choreography by Supple Nam – that highlights the macho bravado and Masonic overtones.

Carly Paradis – The Hope of a Favourable Outcome

Directing duo The Brothers Lynch – that’s David T and Keith – have combined two cinematic obsessions to create their video for Carly Paradis’ The Hope of a Favourable Outcome. Last year they learned all about the phenakistoscope disc, a pre-cinematic/animation device that thrilled early Victorians. With the original discs that had been digitised and made freely available online they created a piece involving the infinite zoom technique. Then they added it (with slight tweaking) to this rousing song by Paradis, composer of the music of their last two short films.

Triggerfinger – Perfect Match

As BUG audiences know well from his work with The Hickey Underworld, Belgian director Joe Vanhoutteghem is a master of the unfathomably weird comic-horror. Now with Belgian rock outfit Triggerfinger’s Perfect Match he’s turned his hand to the genre of sex-comedy. It’s a seaside-set tale of rampant partner-swapping, self-driving cars, and crime-movie plot. In typical Vanhoutteghem style it defies logic, but is highly entertaining.

Simian Mobile Disco and Roman Flügel – Hachinoko

The video for Simian Mobile Disco and Roman Flügel’s Hachinoko is a collaboration between Jack Featherstone and Jamie Thompson (the latter from London creative agency DesignStudio). Hachinoko is a Japanese delicacy – its baby bee larvae – which was the inspirational starting point for this highly imaginative 3D animation, rendered in black and white and resembling a dark, abstracted Toy Story – featuring the (exploding) black inflatable leatherette Mr Potato Head.

Ane Trolle – Ribbon Arms

In the video for Danish singer-songwriter Ane Trolle’s Ribbon Arms, Canadian filmmaker Kevan Funk skillfully tells the story of two lonely people – a young porn actor and a seamstress (played by Trolle) – lured into an evangelical church with cultish tendencies. With sensitive direction, and unusual framing within a square image – he was inspired by large-format photos of the early days of the Jim Jones People’s Temple – Kevan Funk provides a surprising even-handed but moving portrait of evangelicalism.

Delta Heavy – Get By

We welcome our special guest to the stage: Ian Robertson is one of the most inventive and talented young British directors working in music videos. His superb stop-frame animations, including his video for Delta Heavy’s Get By (a big favourite with BUG audiences in 2012) have garnered awards and nominations...

Duke Dumont ft A*M*E – Need U (100%)

From our special guest Ian Robertson who made an (apparently) smooth transition from animation to live action direction in the past year, with his video for Duke Dumont’s Need U (100%).

Dizzie Rascal ft Teddy Sky – Love This Town

Another from BUG special guest Ian Robertson this time for London's own Dizzie Rascal.

Bergen Kremer – Groza

BUG has teamed with the DAZED website to create some exciting new material – and we’ll be seeing that shortly. But firstly, we’re showing a video we’ve discovered by following ‘Exhibit A’, DAZED’s experimental film strand for Russian synth duo Bergen Kremer and their icy Joy Division-esque track Groza. Directed by Leila Masharipova, a director and musician from Moscow (she studied at the Moscow film school VGIK), it’s a classically surreal video, shot on 16mm film that channels the work of legendary photographer/director (and Joy Division associate) Anton Corbijn.

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