David Knight - 2nd June 2011

The combination of UNKLE with Nick Cave demands something special, and the video for Money And Run by Tom Haines does not disappoint. It grabs you by the throat with its portrayal of moneyed thugs on a weekend jolly in the country - and leaves the sense of how sickeningly unfair life can be.

"The video takes Nick Cave's mantra of "I took the money" and uses the self-aggrandising, first person sermon as the narrative start point," says Tom. "Coupled with UNKLE's layered, psychedelic treatment of the track its a re-imagining of a weekend romp, where a group of toffs act-up, cause havoc and generally have their way, unimpeded by the rule of law."

"The idea was to present a world that is once removed from reality, a sort of exaggerated reality in the vein of JG Ballard, Will Self - or even more pertinently Anthony Burgess, in that it's a gang who are essentially amoral sociopaths, ready to fight or fuck whoever they see fit, echoing the infamous Droogs.

"It's not intended as a direct broadside to any particular politician, though borrows from the iconography and styling of the Bullingdon Set - who now reign supreme. I suppose it's a crude allegory, but in that sense it allows us to have a lot of fun with the scenarios and settings. The kind of fun that makes you feel uneasy in hindsight."

Credits

Art DirectorN
DirectorTom Haines
Production CompanyThe Hobo Film Company
Executive ProducerJames Lees
Director of PhotographySteve Annis
1st ADMarko Fuchs
Production designerRichard Hudson
ProducerVeronica Saez & David Wieder
StylistSaffron Hunt
SoundAndy P
EditorFinal Cut
ColouristJames Tillett
Sound designJack Meadows
EditorEd Line
ColouristPrime Focus

David Knight - 2nd June 2011

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