Tuesday, 6. November 2012 - 11:15 am
Shot in and around the Pembrokeshire countryside in Wales, Golden Globe-winning actor Idris Elba marks his directorial debut with this beautiful and compelling short film to accompany Mumford & Sons’ Lover Of The Light.
Powered by a narrative that merges together two separate ideas that originally came from both the band and Idris, the actor – in a co-direction with acclaimed scriptwriter Dan Cadan and produced by @radical.media UK – appears on both sides of the camera to deliver a gripping snapshot of a man dealing with disability in his own idiosyncratic fashion.
Mumford & Sons have already stated their own pride and enthusiasm with the resulting video: “We are, quite obviously, huge fans of Idris Elba’s acting work, as pretty much anyone can agree he’s the most badass British actor since Richard Briars. So we trusted him as the director for our latest video.
“We’ve been fortunate to work with some great directors in the past, but we’ve always been uncomfortable with the process of making music videos. We’ve never really enjoyed being in them, unless they involve live performance.
“Talking to Idris and Dan about making a video that we’re not in made it a lot more fun to think about. They went off and wrote the treatment after our ale-infused conversation in a pub in London, and what they directed, we are proud to present as: Lover of the Light.”
Mumford & Sons
Lover of the Light (Island Records)
Director: Idris Elba & Dan Cadan
Production Company: Radical Media
In Association with: Green Door Pictures
Produced by: Leopoldo Gout & Ben Schneider
Executive Producers: Leopoldo Gout & Ben Schneider & Jodie Brooks
DP: Michael McDonough
Editor: Julia Knight @ TRIM
Grading: Paul Harrison @ Finish
VFX: Fasa & Lee Pavey @ Electric Theatre Collective
Commissioner: Mike Mooney