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BUG 44 - the videos

BUG 44 - the videos

Some of the best directors making music videos had their work featured at BUG 44 on September 12th – including Hiro Murai, Martin de Thurah, Nabil, Daniel Wolfe and Sophie Muller - in the show hosted at the BFI Southbank by the wonderfully witty Mark Watson.

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Speed Of Snakes 'Backbone Of Night' by Stevie Russell

Speed Of Snakes 'Backbone Of Night' by Stevie Russell

Stevie Russell's video for Speed Of Snakes' Backbone Of Night - the new band comprised of Rupert Morris (BATS) and Vin McCreith (Adebisi Shank) – depicts a future Dublin where a beautiful female robot (Teodora Sutra) is programmed for prostitution. But then she acquires human consciousness - and seeks revenge upon her abusers... 

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Mighty Oaks 'Seven Days' by Paul Gerwien

Mighty Oaks 'Seven Days' by Paul Gerwien

Mighty Oaks' lead singer Ian Hooper takes a long, long walk in Paul Gerwien's video for Seven Days. Is he trying to make it back to the love of his life - or putting as much distance as possible between them?

It's a widescreen, reflective piece – shot in black and white in contrasting rural and urban landscapes in Serbia - that goes well with rolling folk-pop mood of the song.

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1eyedman 'My Favourite New Year's Eve' by Daniel Janes

1eyedman 'My Favourite New Year's Eve' by Daniel Janes

My Favourite New Year's Eve is the debut single from Japan-based British band 1Eyedman. The video, directed by Daniel Janes, is a woozy candy-coloured delight in which a man's humdrum life is rejuvenated after his visit to a mysterious neon realm - actually God's Own Junkyard in Walthamstow - where he meets the Neon Queen of his dreams, played by Margaux Billard...

 

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Calvin Harris ft. John Newman 'Blame' by Emil Nava

Calvin Harris ft. John Newman 'Blame' by Emil Nava

After the massive success of Summer, perhaps it's no surprise that Calvin Harris and Emil Nava have chosen to stick with the formula, delivering Calvin and singing co-star John Newman amid a platoon of feminine beauty in the big, sexy, sliclyounted production for Blame.

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Meridian Dan 'One Two Drinks' by Harry Cauty

Meridian Dan 'One Two Drinks' by Harry Cauty

Harry Cauty and his team set up shop in a large industrial space for this dynamic promo for Meridian Dan's One Two Drinks.

Beatifully lit and shot by DP Sy Turnbull, Harry turns the grotty shipping yard and its huge ugly containers into something magical and cinematic – driven by a maverick performance from Dan and his crew...

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Simple Minds 'Blindfolded' by Damien Reeves

Simple Minds 'Blindfolded' by Damien Reeves

Simple Minds are back making new music in the spirit of their early electronica, and Damien Reeves' promo for Blindfolded is characterised by moving landscapes split mid-screen, captured on a train journey through Europe. It's a cool effect, and added to the constant motion perfectly compliments the trucking groove of the Minds' soundtrack.

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The Questionnaire: Liz Kessler

The Questionnaire: Liz Kessler

For the past six years Liz Kessler has been head of music video at Academy Films and A+ - one of the great companies of British music videos. Last year she won Best Producer at the 2013 UK Music Video Awards - testament to her ability to get the vision of directors like Nabil and Bison on-screen.

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Mutual Benefit 'Advanced Falconry' by Allie Avital Tsypin/BANGS

Mutual Benefit 'Advanced Falconry' by Allie Avital Tsypin/BANGS

Allie Avital Tsypin of Brooklyn collective BANGS directed the fine Hundred Waters' Murmur a couple of months back, and BANGS's back catalogue is well worth checking out too. Like this well-observed, slow-burning dissection of everyday family catastrophe that came out at the end of last year for Advanced Falconry by Mutual Benefit - the indie-pop project of singer-songwriter Jordan Lee.

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