Challenging as it was, 2020 was a big year for Colin Read. When he was not making acclaimed videos for Glass Animals - including the definitive 'first lockdown' video for Dreamland - and Doves, …
The Questionnaire: Liz Kessler
For the past six years Liz Kessler has been head of music video at Academy Films and A+ - one of the great companies of British music videos. Last year she won Best Producer at the 2013 UK Music Video Awards - testament to her ability to get the vision of directors like Nabil and Bison on-screen. And all this after being an award-winning commissioner, back in the Noughties. Now she's made fairly short shrift of our Questionnaire...
Education: Kings College London
Previous occupations: Theatre, recording studios, record companies…
Favourite music video of the past 12 months? I think it’s older than 12 months, but I love Darwin Deez, You Can’t Be My Girl.
Favourite video of all time? The answer to this question changes constantly. Last week it was Hurt by Romanek, this week it’s Teardrop by Stern. Next week it might be Song 2 by Sophie, or Rabbit In The Headlights by Glazer. Just depends which side of the bed I wake up on…
Favourite publications/websites: Sky Scanner
Favourite food/restaurant: Now I feel like I’m answering questions in a Smash Hits survey circa 1997
Favourite drink/drug: Vodka slimline with a squeeze of fresh lime. Make sure the tonic is fizzy
Last movie you saw (and was it any good)? We went to sommerset house to see 400 Blows on a big screen, 35mm projection from a print, shot in B&W widescreen. Was it good? Was it good? It was FUCKING PERFECT
Favourite directors: See fave videos and add the usual suspects to the list…
"Next Big Thing? I’d like to get the Best Video category back into the Brits. Who’s with me?"
Last gig you went to (and was it any good)? Juce. Most excellent
Favourite bands/artists: I’m old school… Stevie, Nina, Miles, Prince, Michael, Jimi, Billie, etc, etc
Currently reading/favourite book: Currently reading latest by Donna Tartt, forgotten the title (The Goldfinch - ed). Favourite book is Persuasion
What was the first music video you worked on - and what were you doing on that job? Literally can’t remember, but I was commissioning it
Favourite job of the past 12 months: I love all my children as much as each other, but shooting in the desert was pretty deep.
What’s the next Big Thing you’re working on? I’d like to get the Best Video category back into the Brits. Who’s with me?
What would most improve your life? I should probably spend less time on social networks and more time on my bike.
Best moment, or fondest memory, of your career thus far? So so many of these, that’s why we do it right? I think that meeting Chuck Jones (when I worked at WB) was my favourite celebrity moment.
Worst moment? Can’t even begin to go there.
Biggest frustration? The lack of respect to the creative process.
Person you most admire? My kid. Endlessly amazed that she’s mine.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in music video production? Get a driving license
Any hot tips on who will be the future stars in music video in the next couple of years – directors or otherwise? Check the roster
Featured in this interview
As the main man for music videos at FAMILIA in London for the past two years, Ryan Morgan has been building on the company's well-known strengths.
Alex Takacs, aka Young Replicant, has long been recognised as a master of enigmatic narrative. In music videos for the likes of Alt-J, Flying Lotus, Purity Ring and others he creates worlds …
Connor Coolbear joined the colour team at Electric Theatre Collective in 2018 and has been making big strides ever since. His grading of music videos - his credits include videos for Slowthai, …
Andrea Mae Perez celebrates the healing power of love in her beautiful promo for Josie Man.
Milo Blake creates an impressionistic celebration of London sub-cultures and a symbolic take …
Danielle Rubi directs a heartbreaking and personal expression of grief for Renee Stahl's Every …
A journey through England's capital through the eyes of the city's true pilgrim: the skateboarder.
Ben Eager directs a solemn animated promo for Oscar Scheller's Boys Cry.
Jordan Hemingway directs a very creepy short film for The Horrors' new single Lout.