Tickets went on sale this morning, September 26th, to BUG X, the show celebrating the 10th anniversary of BUG, the regular showcase of music video creativity at the BFI Southbank hosted by Adam Buxton.
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Some may consider the following information as a series of warning signs. This is an animated video for Katie Melua for a song called Perfect World, with characters that appear they are made of sugar. If that sounds just too icky and yucky for your liking, you also need to know that this was directed by the hugely experienced BAFTA-nominated directing team Karni & Saul.
Bonobo soundtracks The Rapture in this head-spinning, hyper-detailed video by Dave Bullivant, aka BISON.
With erratic, repetitive cuts showing a panicked woman, played by Gemma Arterton, running through London during what appears to be The Ascension, you could be forgiven for thinking that the video starts and ends with this clever editing concept. You would, however, be very wrong.
Keith Schofield brings his postmodern weirdness to the fore in this bizarre, multi-layered video for Stylo G & Jacob Plant.
Playing on his own previous works in which sex and VFX intertwine in some hideously brilliant ways, Schofield brings us a video within a video within a video here that breaks the fourth, fifth, and sixth wall, and gets funnier with each development.
If you've not seen this before - and its been out for a few months - then you really should. It's a beautiful example of rotoscoping, with footage of two dancers, Althea Corlett and Simone Schmidt, transformed into of approximately 1250 paintings on paper.
John Hillcoat’s video for Massive Attack’s The Spoils combines a hypnotic, mesmerising facial metamorphosis through different mediums, with the music video debut from one of Hollywood’s biggest actresses, Cate Blanchett.
Romain Gavras makes a mindblowing return to music videos for Jamie xx, in what appears to be a dystopian, ruined version of Paris, with the climax occurring under the rusting hulk of the Eiffel Tower.
Adam Buxton introduces a fresh programme of fantastic music videos and much more besides in the next edition of BUG at the BFI Southbank in June.
BUG 51 premieres on Thursday, June 2nd at 8.45pm, with the best new work in music video on the big screen, and a special guest, at NFT1 at the BFI Southbank....
After three sell-out shows in London in February and March, Adam Buxton is taking the BUG David Bowie Special around the UK in the next few months, beginning in Manchester this Sunday, April 17th.
Details of upcoming shows of the BUG David Bowie Special are as follows: