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M.I.A. 'Double Bubble Trouble' by M.I.A.

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.

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David Knight - 20th May 2014


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Juliette Larthe
Margo Mars
Production Company
Production Coordinator
Ben Larthe
1st AD
Chris Kelly


Director of Photography
Menno Mans
Focus Puller
Tony Kay


Genki McClure


Art Director
Sets Appeal


Nil Tomakan


Casting director
Coralie Rose


Tom Lock


Ben Rogers
Damien Van Der Cruyssen
Colour grade company
Gramercy Park Studios
Colour grade company
Company 3




Alexa Dedlow


Location Manager
Tom Bott
2nd AD
Jon Joe Driscoll
Clapper Loader
Tom Lane
Jay Patel
2nd unit director
Romain Gavras

Other credits

Multi-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


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


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David Knight - 20th May 2014

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