BUG 44

19 Sep 2014 12:56 - posted by Phil Tidy

We returned to the Southbank for BUG 44 with another eclectic collection of stunning creativity, astonishing craft and baffling weirdness curated by the BUG team – including work by some of the finest filmmakers working in the medium. Hosted by none other than Mark Watson who was back in London after a barnstorming run at the Edinburgh Fringe with his new stand-up show last month.


And we were also delighted to welcome a special guest who’s made a big contribution to British music videos over the last few years. Nez Khammal – or simply Nez – has directed videos for Lily Allen, Kid Cudi, Paolo Nutini, Rudimental, Disclosure and many more, and as this born-and-bred Londoner is about to move lock, stock and barrel to Los Angeles, it seemed like a good time to reflect on his impressive career thus far. 


BUG 44 programme notes.pdf 



Chet Faker – Gold

We begin with the Hiro Murai-directed video for Aussie soulman Chet Faker’s Gold. The latest of several fine videos by the Japanese- American director this year, it’s set on a deserted LA road at night. But out of the Lynchian gloom comes a sight more suited to Venice Beach – three girls on rollerskates. The girls proceed to seemlessly combine night time skating with dancing in a mesmerising promo choreographed by Ryan Heffington.

Royksopp & Robyn – Do It Again

A video to set the pulses racing (and possibly the brain spinning) that’s also a great pan-Scandinavian collaboration. It’s Danish director Martin de Thurah’s multi-stranded narrative for Do It Again by Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp and Swedish singer Robyn. De Thurah has done something like this before for Feist – taking disparate storylines and tying them loosely together. But here he’s added a distinctive theme to his sprawling, epic style. The scenes reveal the various passions and desires of different characters – political ideals, art, love, sheer escapism – and the forces that frustrate them.

Rich Aucoin - Yelling in Sleep

In Canadian rock musician Rich Aucoin’s delightfully loopy animated video for Yelling in Sleep the conflict is between an ex-lumberjack (literally in love with that groovy chick Mother Nature), and a mutant 8-bit digital wasp who’s about to annihilate the forest and our hero’s animal buddies. This project was directed by Toronto-based animation director Joel Mackenzie, and has already become an award-winner (at Animation Block Party 2014).

Mutual Benefit – Advanced Falconry

Our next video is for Mutual Benefit, a music project of lush indie-pop created by singer-songwriter Jordan Lee, and the collaboration with director Allie Avital Tsypin at Brooklyn-based collective BANGS for the track Advanced Falconry which actually came out at the end of last year. Essentially it’s a fraught family scene, unravelling like a slow motion car-crash, as a multi-generational gathering for a photo portrait in an autumnal backyard degenerates into disaster. Most parents will fully identify.

Philip Selway – Coming Up For Air

A video for Philip Selway, the much-loved drummer with Radiohead. The video for Coming up for Air, from his second album Weatherhouse, is directed by Spanish directing collective NYSU, which deconstructs a series of in-camera filmmaking tricks and visual effects, and then stitches them back together into the narrative of a noir-like thriller.

Cyriak - Malfunction

Cyriak Harris is the creator of uniquely imaginative, subversive, technically brilliant animations. He has now made several music videos, for the likes of Flying Lotus and Bloc Party, but his latest is a personal piece called Malfunction which continues in the vein of his video for Bonobo last year in continually reworking a clip of 1950s public information footage into something very bizarre indeed.

Rudimental ft Ella Eyre – Waiting All Night

BUG 44 special guest, Nez video for Rudimental’s Waiting All Night. Nez told the true story of American BMX rider Kurt Yaeger’s fightback from terrible injury and amputation.

Disclosure ft London Grammar – Help Me Lose My Min

Nez’s video for Disclosure’s Help Me to Lose My Mind makes no bones about the use of drugs by a group of friends to extend their big night out – but despite the obvious connotations in the song title, on its completion the band themselves decided they did not want it shown anywhere – until tonight.

Ten Walls – Walking With Elephants

Nez's latest video. Ten Walls’ Walking with Elephants is a live action video with an air of abstract mystery, as a group of costumed runners spread across the Kent coast, and then take to the sea – turning into human dolphins, arcing through the water. And Nez will explain how he turned his cast into flying fish.

Timber Timbre – Beat The Drum Slowly

A video directed by Canadian musician and artist Chad VanGaalen, A singer-songwriter of haunting songs himself, and a brilliant surrealist artist and animator, he has now applied his beautifully- rendered stream-of-consciousness psychedelia to Canadian alt-blues outfit Timber Timbre’s Beat the Drum Slowly. Arguably it’s a roadtrip through Chad VanGaalen’s version of American suburbia – starting in a Hollywood with skull- studded palm trees. Mostly it’s just unclassifiable.

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