The Staves 'Black & White' by Jack Whiteley

The Staves 'Black & White' by Jack Whiteley
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In quite a change of direction for a video for folk outfit The Staves, Jack Whiteley has directed this very sharp comedy for Black & White, in which an '80s Australian evening news show goes into meltdown off-camera when the lady newsreader (played by Nell Mooney) discovers, as the programme starts, that her suave co-host is cheating on her with the weathergirl.

Building the tension between what the viewers are seeing on TV, and what's really going on in the studio - with the Stave girls appearing as onlooking crew - it's a delicious car-crash moment, beautifully executed by the crew in front of the camera, and the one behind it.

From the director


"I've always been intrigued by the idea of the dual lives that TV presenters, and particularly onscreen couples, lead on and off screen. That idea of contrast seemed to fit well with the title of the song, Black & White.

"The film is my attempt to guess what could be going on behind the scenes during a live TV news broadcast. I chose 1980s Australia as a backdrop to add humour and colour to an otherwise dire situation.

"My goal was to tread a fine line between the awful and the hilarious. I wanted people to be drawn in by the tension of the situation and keep them guessing as to whether Scott and Patricia would buckle under the pressure or keep it together until the cameras have stopped rolling."


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Production Company
Rattling Stuff
Ellie Fry
Executive Producer
Andy Orrick
Production Manager
Rory Macrae, Charlie Lodder, Jennifer Houlihan
1st AD
Luis Devereux
Director of Photography
Malte Rosenfeld
Art Director
Sophia Stocco
Art Director
Gini Godwin
Rebecca Hale, Aimee Callaway
Katy Gill, Laura Wisinger, Charlotte Bligh
Matt Turner
Post production company
Absolute Post
Chris Chitty
Owen Saward
Jack Farris
Sound design
Tom Heddy
Director's Representation
OB ManagementOB Management website
Dan Curwin
Nell Mooney, Luke Jaztal, Andrew Gruen, Clive B

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