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Jimmy Brown - 26th Jan 2015

In quite a change of direction for a video for folk outfit The Staves, Jack Whiteley has directed this very sharp comedy for Black & White, in which an '80s Australian evening news show goes into meltdown off-camera when the lady newsreader (played by Nell Mooney) discovers, as the programme starts, that her suave co-host is cheating on her with the weathergirl.

Building the tension between what the viewers are seeing on TV, and what's really going on in the studio - with the Stave girls appearing as onlooking crew - it's a delicious car-crash moment, beautifully executed by the crew in front of the camera, and the one behind it.

JACK WHITELEY:

"I've always been intrigued by the idea of the dual lives that TV presenters, and particularly onscreen couples, lead on and off screen. That idea of contrast seemed to fit well with the title of the song, Black & White.

"The film is my attempt to guess what could be going on behind the scenes during a live TV news broadcast. I chose 1980s Australia as a backdrop to add humour and colour to an otherwise dire situation.

"My goal was to tread a fine line between the awful and the hilarious. I wanted people to be drawn in by the tension of the situation and keep them guessing as to whether Scott and Patricia would buckle under the pressure or keep it together until the cameras have stopped rolling."

Credits

DirectorJack Whiteley
Production CompanyRattling Stuff
ProducerEllie Fry
Executive ProducerAndy Orrick
Production ManagerRory Macrae, Charlie Lodder, Jennifer Houlihan
1st ADLuis Devereux
Director of PhotographyMalte Rosenfeld
Art DirectorSophia Stocco
Art DirectorGini Godwin
WardrobeRebecca Hale, Aimee Callaway
Make-upKaty Gill, Laura Wisinger, Charlotte Bligh
ColouristMatt Turner
Post production companyAbsolute Post
VFXChris Chitty
FlameOwen Saward
SoundJack Farris
Sound designTom Heddy
Director's RepresentationOB Management
LabelAtlantic
CommissionerDan Curwin
Other creditsCast: Nell Mooney, Luke Jaztal, Andrew Gruen, Clive B

Jimmy Brown - 26th Jan 2015

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