Róisín Murphy 'Evil Eyes' by Róisín Murphy

Róisín Murphy 'Evil Eyes' by Róisín Murphy
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Following on from her impressive directing debut with the video for Exploitation, where she created and played a fading-star persona inspired by the actresses she loves, like Gina Rowlands and Catherine Deneuve, Róisín Murphy has now directed a startlingly good video for Evil Eyes, the next single from her first album in seven years, and created another character of intriguing depth.

Again, Róisín plays a woman who clearly has a past, and is finding it difficult to deal with the everyday present. She's a mother who's unpredictable behaviour suggests a touch of madness - perhaps more than a touch – existing within a hyperreal, surrealized domestic environment. And not only does she give a riveting performance, but its directed with real visual flair. 

No doubt she's learned a thing or two along the way, making videos with the likes of Dawn Shadforth, Hammer & Tongs, and others. And she's clearly getting great support from her production team, led by executive producer Phil Tidy. But on the basis of this she has the makings of a really good director in her own right. 

From the director

ROISIN MURPHY:

"In the video this character I have created goes mad. Of course female hysteria is a cinematic cliché of massive proportions and I was able to find multitudes of references, particularly in Scandinavian films.

"I find it interesting to create videos that don't try to look like pop videos at all."

"Nothing about the visual aesthetic is 'rock and roll' and yet there is plenty of rebellion going on. I find it interesting to create videos that don't try to look like pop videos at all.

"Hopefully this will be a mysterious and disorientating experience for the viewer as we are not dealing in anything too concrete here, just ambiguity laced with black humour."

Credits

Director
Róisín Murphy
Production Company
Squire
Executive Producer
Phil Tidy
Producer
Imogen Rigby
1st AD
Bailey Marks
Director of Photography
Benedict SpenceBenedict Spence website
Focus Puller
Louise Harris
2nd AC
Seth Sinegold
Gaffer
John Whickman
Spark
Kit Wood
Art Director
Oliver Hogan
Art Department Assistant
Bon Walsh
Stylist
Róisín Murphy
Stylist
Sarah Marie Collins
Asst stylist
Aleksandra Koposova
Make-up
Anne-Sophie Costa
Hair
Sheridan Ward
Runner
Rhi Ellis
Runner
Phoebe Henry
Editor
Warren Meneely
Colourist
Jack McGinnity
Grading company
Time Based Arts
Post
Jon Trussler
Post
Coffee&TV
Commissioner
Rob Anderson

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