Paolo Nutini 'Iron Sky' by Daniel Wolfe

Paolo Nutini 'Iron Sky' by Daniel WolfePaolo Nutini 'Iron Sky' by Daniel Wolfe
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You can never be sure how likely or often a great music video director is to return once they’ve begun flexing their cinematic muscles in longer formats. Jonze makes the occasional appearance. Gondry rocks back up once in a while with something as witty as always. Wolfe?

Goddamn.

With his first video in two years, this time for Paolo Nutini’s Iron Sky, and just after finishing his already-acclaimed debut feature Catch Me Daddy, Wolfe doesn’t just return to music videos, he punches straight to the gut. 

Like what.

Nutini’s voice howls above eight minutes of unnerving, haunting images. Each shot filled with its own form of agony. A distant dystopia that feels uncomfortably familiar. Pervasive desperation. Visceral brutality. Looking for salvation through religion and chemicals in equal measure.

Wolfe manages to create a video that is as distressing as it is beautiful. Insightful. Alarming. While others take what they’ve learned in music videos to features, he’s brought it all back; an earnest cinematic poetry that’s increasingly rare in our industry.

Six minutes in, the crawling tilt down a 20th century fresco while an extract of Chaplin's The Great Dictator is heard betrays the level at which Wolfe is now creating; a shot that will no doubt be referenced on the silver screen, let alone other videos.

Like any great work of film, there’s so much to unpack. And at its core, a truth about us we’d rather not acknowledge.

Goddamn. Tremendous work.

Credits

Director
Daniel Wolfe
Production Company
SomesuchSomesuch website
Producer
Lee Groombridge
Executive Producer
Tim Nash
Executive Producer
Sally Campbell
Executive Producer
Matthew Wolfe
Head of Music Video
Tash Tan
Director of Photography
Robbie Ryan
Production designer
Robin Brown
Wardrobe
Holly Waddington
Editor
Tom Lindsay
Editing company
Trim EditingTrim Editing website
Colourist
Simon Bourne
Grading company
Framestore
Online
Framestore
VFX
Chris Parks
Production Manager
Peter Arboine
2nd Unit DoP
Deepa Keshvala
Commissioner
Dan Curwin
Label
Atlantic Records
Co-writer
Matthew Wolfe
Directors Assistant & Unit Stills
Alex Hulsey
Service company
Radioactivefilm
Executive line producer
Darko Skulsky
Line producer
Tanya Neistova
Production manager
Nick Semko
Production assistant
Egor Pogrebnyak
Production assistant
Olya Kosenko
1st AD
Anya Buryachkoba
2nd AD
Andrew Morozov
Gaffer
Sergey Svetnoy
Location managers
Borys Grishkevich, Roman Pavlenko
Stylist
Valentin Bren
Art-director
Max Halushka
Make-up
Ira Solodovskaya
Stunts
Ilya Yurchishin
Casting
Nika Bondar, Marina Kravchenko
Casting managers
Marina Svetlay, Lena Volynska, Nataliya Marchenko
Playback
Yan Vahovsky
Rental house
Illuminator

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