Two-times Ivor Novello nominees The Leisure Society enlist Tom Haines - fresh from his Walking On The Walls ad for The Barbican Gallery - to direct the promo for This Phantom Life, the first …
UNKLE feat. Nick Cave's Money And Run by Tom Haines
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."
|Production Company||The Hobo Film Company|
|Executive Producer||James Lees|
|Director of Photography||Steve Annis|
|1st AD||Marko Fuchs|
|Production designer||Richard Hudson|
|Producer||Veronica Saez & David Wieder|
|Sound design||Jack Meadows|
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