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David Knight - 20th May 2014

M.I.A. takes the reins to direct her own video for Double Bubble Trouble, and makes something totally distinctive - and very M.I.A.  

This is M.I.A.'s version of a dystopian near-future in which youth control their technology, and run the world - wielding guns made on 3D-printers, and peace drones floating on their housing estates. Shot on multiple formats ranging from 4K to 16mm to iPhone, reflecting the multiple platforms of communication in the tech age, it's a riot of imagery, ideas, visual wit, with a trademark whiff of danger.

With guest appearances from her track collaborators The Party Squad - together with squadrons of London kids - its an extravaganza of style and tech - and London attitude – supervised by producers Juliette Larthe and Margo Mars at Prettybird. But it's that overpowering bombardment of imagery which makes this so cool, and so characteristic of the artist. M.I.A. has knocked it out of the park.

Credits

DirectorM.I.A.
Production CompanyPrettybird
ProducerJuliette Larthe
ProducerMargo Mars
Director of PhotographyMenno Mans
GafferGenki McClure
1st ADChris Kelly
Location ManagerTom Bott
StylistNil Tomakan
Art DirectorSets Appeal
Casting directorCoralie Rose
VFXWeirdcore
EditorTom Lock
ColouristBen Rogers
Grading companyGramercy Park Studios
ColouristDamien Van Der Cruyssen
Grading companyCompany 3
Production CoordinatorBen Larthe
2nd ADJon Joe Driscoll
Focus PullerTony Kay
Clapper LoaderTom Lane
DITJay Patel
CommissionerAlexa Dedlow
2nd unit directorRomain Gavras
Other creditsMulti-Rotor Engineer: Rich Burton at Hooperfly 3D Photography: Jaime Martinez Photographer: Liz Johnson Dance Troop: Steps 8 Special Appearances: The Partysquad, Whyteboi, Rylie Armstrong & Nattie Glover Smoke Trickster: Ram Malichy Production Assistant: Lana Salfiti Production Assistant: Anne-Marie Weaver Production Runner: Laura Thomas-Smith Production Runner: Will Miles Production Runner: Ollie Gregory Production Runner: Seb Braun Floor Runner: Abby Walklett Production Driver: Dave Cooke Camera Trainee: Joe Pomeroy Camera Trainee: George Telling Audio Playback: Ben Hsiung Hair Artist (M.I.A.): Philippe Mensah Make-up (M.I.A.): Celine Nonon Nails (M.I.A.): Sophie Harri Grillz: Dolly Cohen Hair & Make-up: Stephanie G-M Hair & Make-up Assistant: Jesse Walker Hair & Make-up Assistant: Hayley Campbell Tattoo Art: Skin Jacker Stylist Assistant: Michelle Jeffrey Stylist Assistant: Lizzie King Stylist Assistant: Simone Sylvester Stylist Assistant: Amy Friend Art Assistant: Jack George Art Assistant: Victor Jakubcyk Voice Over: Christopher Taylor Parrots: Barret & Jeremy at Barrett Watson Parrots Squirrel Monkeys: Jim Clubb at Amazing Animals Security: Warren Jones Security: Lee Parker Multirotor Pilot: Craig Lorking Multirotor Pilot: Nicholas Mahboubi Multirotor Pilot: John Nobbs Multirotor Pilot: Anthony Oxlade Multirotor Pilot: Tarek Saade Special Thanks to: Eliquides Sanessens, 3D Printers supplied by Ultimaker, Pixel Masks supplied by Martin Backes, Matt Collishaw, Jonny Wood, Polly Morgan, Del Jones at Arri Media, Barnaby Laws at Panalux, Rosemary Hill at The Kit Room, Haggerston School Year 9’s, The Residents of Ledbury Estate, The Residents of Coverley Point, The Residents of Haymans Point, The London Borough of Lambeth, Jennifer & Myrone Levy at Steps 8, Camelot Primary School, The Tea House Theatre, Riverbank Park Plaza Hotel, Delicious Film Catering Cast: Abdi Jama, Abigail Jackson, Adele Sproate, Alaniss Cole, Alex Fitter, Annia Truong, Asha Das, Ayodewi Oluwa, Bartek Michalski, Cathy Chung, Cei Willis, Charlotte Dobson, Charlotte Fisher, Chloe Chung, Christine Hayles, Dana Fisher, Daryon Morgan-Impey, David Li, Dylan Daly, Fred Adjei Domprah, Funkekeme Junior Solomon, Gareth McLaughlin, Georgia Goodman, Haile Blackwood, Halsz Staniewicz, Hanaa Boumenar, Harpreet Kler, Jacqueline Lipin, Jada Whitby, Jonathan Chang, Jouannay Neephmam, Joy IsaKarlos Oseh, Kwame Bunbury Lindsay, Kyel Lucktung, Kyle Williams, Lafaniel Davis-Samuel, Latisha Isa Loktung Wong, Louis Cunniffe, Manisha Das, Marcus Diamondi, Marion Junior Ragandap, Mary Keh, Mason McLaughlin, Matteo Scaglione, Megan Dobson, Merrick Ferguson, Minache Muza, Morgan Last, Natsushi David, Nicholas Magras, Nicholas Woolsey, Parveen Narovalia, Paulette Nzolani, Philip Nguyen, Phoebe Spence, Poppy Pierce, Reece Oyeleye, Rita Alaoui, Samsam Hussein, Sasha Allan, Sean Thomas, Shanai Carter, Sonal Gosrani, Tammy Bubz, Tania Mfuamba, Tina Chartizeh, Tina Mfuamba, Tyler Garner

David Knight - 20th May 2014

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