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Young Guns 'Speaking In Tongues' by Favourite Colour: Black

David Knight - 4th Mar 2015

Chris Turner - aka Favourite Colour: Black - draws the viewer into his story of corruption for Young Guns's Speaking In Tongues, in much in the way that Young Guns' lead singer Gus is lured into the maelstrom: by an exciting encounter with a girl in suspenders, stockings and a very short fur coat.

But its never as good again for Gus as that first time - in fact, it gets a whole lot worse – in a stylish visual demonstration of the law of diminishing returns. 

FAVOURITE COLOUR: BLACK (CHRIS TURNER):

"The brief was to make a film which was initially benevolent but takes a turn for the sinister. Something character-driven which included the band but wasn't conventionally performance based.

"I'd recently seen something about a 'photography club' where amateurs go to shoot glamour models posing for them. It sounded creepy, but a great metaphor for corrupted beauty if we gave it a visual twist to reflect the lyrical content of the song. The end result was a cyclical narrative which followed a guy who - after seeing an ad in a newspaper which read 'Do you want to dance with the Devil' (a line from the end of the song) - goes to a derelict location to photograph a model who embodies a typical kind of male fantasy version of sexuality. 

"As the narrative repeats, the man (played by Gus - the lead singer) revisits this place multiple times, but the more he goes the more he sees the ugliness of the situation. In the end, Gus is confronted by a twisted, distorted version of an ideal he once desired. During the edit, we removed the exterior 'real world' scenes to give the final film a more abstract feel and stylised aesthetic."

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Favourite Colour: Black
Producer
Thalia Murray
Production Company
Stable London

Camera

Director of Photography
Luke Scully
Focus Puller
Rees Lipscomb
2nd AC
Rich Savage

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Maarten Alexander

Art

Art Director
Chris Turner

Choreography

Choreographer
Lucie Pankhurst

Casting

Lead actor
Hayley Ku'unani

Editorial

Editor
Mark Whelan
Editing company
The Quarry

Grading

Colourist
Adam Clarke
Grading company
Absolute Post

VFX

Post production company
Absolute Post
Post Producer
Belinda Grew

Agent

Director's Representation
Alexa Haywood

Commission

Commissioner
James Hackett
Label
Virgin EMI

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