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Aside from the UKMVA excitement in the first week of the month, November brought us another rich seam of work in music videos. This included more idiosyncratic self-directed videos by unconventional pop artists, in this case, M.I.A.
Allie Avital's lighthearted pop confection for The Knocks' I Wish (My Taylor Swift) sees Matthew Koma waking up after a night out, finding that his dreams have come to life, as dozens of Taylor Swift lookalikes in negligees multiply and take over his apartment.
Oscar Hudson started out making skateboarding videos for his friends, before setting off to uni, and since he graduated he's continued to hone his skills as a filmmaker through a diverse range of projects: documentaries, fiction and non-fiction shorts, fashion films – and lately, some excellent music videos.
Having excelled with their lyric videos for the likes of Rolling Stones, Vampire Weekend and Lily Allen, Trunk Animation have been called upon to create one for Kylie's cover of Yazoo's Only You - which became a Christmas No. 1 for The Flying Pickets in the early Eighties – from her new Christmas album.
Lance Drake's slick, futuristic action video for Swedish indie pop trio Miike Snow's Heart Is Full, from their upcoming third album III, is all about a female assassin with the fierce-yet-vulnerable attitude and eyecatching dress sense of Daryl Hannah's character Pris in Blade Runner.
Coldplay's first music video from their new album, A Head Full Of Dreams (out on December 4th) sees the band reimagined as chimps, thanks to the performance-capture technology pioneered at Imaginarium Studios (co-founded by actor Andy Serkis), and turned into a fun-loving performance video by the band's longtime collaborator Mat Whitecross - who also directed Serkis in the Ian Dury bi
The final part of our round-up of MusicVidFest, the all-day music video conference held at BFI Southbank earlier this month, starts with the session that focussed on the importance of music videos and YouTube in how people consume music, and offered intriguing information about viewing trends, and indeed, the whole purpose of the music video.
Here's a new video from Brisbane singer-songwriter Jarryd James directed by Scratch, a slow-burning look at an emotional reunion of two middle-aged men in the unusual setting of a boxing ring.
M.I.A.'s back doing what she does best, merging politically-charged pop with her unique brand of hard-hitting music videos to tackle pressing issues.
Already a huge success with support from DJ's Diplo and Jazzy Jeff across the club circuit, the video for DJ Katch's The Horns - directed by Sydney-based filmmaker Josef Weber – takes on a fun twist when a group of girlfriends break into a gaming arcade to have a late-night party...
The video Alvin & Lyle's So Delicious is the intriguing story of a rich kid with an unhealthy, voyeuristic interest in older women - to the consternation of his extremely bourgeois mother. It was directed by Peter Emmanuilov, and shot on 35mm.
An absolute bobby-dazzler of a video for Tame Impala by CANADA. Sexy, funny, surreal, and very beautiful.
And there's a gorilla called Trevor...