Clock Opera 'The Lost Buoys' by Ben Strebel

Clock Opera 'The Lost Buoys' by Ben StrebelClock Opera 'The Lost Buoys' by Ben StrebelClock Opera 'The Lost Buoys' by Ben Strebel
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After his acclaimed video for Once And For All, Ben Strebel follows up with another fine collaboration with Clock Opera for The Lost Buoys - and comes up with a sort of gothic tale with a modern resonance.

Like in Once And For All the central character is a man in his later years, but in complete contrast to the shy old guy played by Dudley Sutton in the last video, this is a portrait of a wealthy man who becomes a monster, and then pays a heavy price.

Alun Armstrong plays the plutocrat who rejects his wife and daughter - played by Maggie O'Neill and Catherine Steadman - and then starts imagining things as he starts seriously hitting the bottle. It's a powerhouse performance from Armstrong - playing nasty, brutish and mad for a change, after years starring cuddly TV cop show New Tricks...

"With the headlines constantly dominated by economical downfalls and deception, I wanted to explore the inevitable loneliness of an extremely avaricious individual," explains Ben Strebel. "A man desperate to protect his material possessions. A desperation that isolates him from those closest to him, forcing him deeper and deeper into a resolute state of withdrawal. A desperation that in the end drives him to the brink of insanity.

"It was such an honour to work with some of my all time favourite British actors - Alun Armstrong in particular who really brought this flawed character to life."


Ben Strebel
Production Company
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Executive Producer
Tash Tan
Director of Photography
Lukas Strebel
1st AD
Anna Haffers
Bex Crofton
Production designer
Blair Barnette
Production Assistant
Hannah Gracie
Hazel Baillie
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Chris Scott

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