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Róisín Murphy 'Unputdownable' by Róisín Murphy

Cat Velez - 30th Oct 2015

The third in a series of videos for Róisín Murphy's latest album, the Mercury Prize-nominated Hairless Toys, that have been directed by the artist herself, Unputdownable follows the utterly distinctive and idiosyncratic style that she established with Exploitation and Evil Eyes.

Once again, she's been influenced by the work of a late 20th century auteur, and dispensed with the conventions of music video, to make something refreshingly unique. Lipsync? You're having a laugh.

 

ROISIN MURPHY:

"Unputdownable is the third instalment in the 'Hairless Saga'. All the videos have been structured as trailers for something larger, some unseen total. So three trailers for three different films but starring the same actress, each time we see a woman in turmoil. 

"Exploitation, where we started, she (I know I sound mad!) plays an actress, the major reference being John Cassavettes. Evil Eyes, is about a housewife and mother, and for this I immersed myself in the work of Ingmar Bergman. Unputdownable is about a cabaret performer, a fallen woman. For reference I joyfully delved into Fassbender's bent and beautiful world.

"And so lip-sync is not appropriate in any of these videos. The fact that Unputdownable is about a singer/performer means that the  character is seen singing, but again you would have to watch the non-existent film to catch what she is singing.

"This time the trailer idea is taken further with a voice over and the text inserted like quotes from fictitious reviews. It's like an Italian trailer for a German film, hence the languages, German subtitled in Italian. The translation of the title is 'the art of the incapable'." 

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Róisín Murphy
Producer
Imogen Rigby
Production Company
Squire
Executive Producer
Phil Tidy
1st AD
Bailey Marks

Camera

Director of Photography
Focus Puller
Lukas Demgenski

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Kilian Drury
Grip
Ray Cook
Grip
David Marquez

Editorial

Editor
Jamie O'Donnell
Editing company
Cut+Run

Grading

Colourist
Jack McGinity
Grading company
Time Based Arts

Commission

Commissioner
Rob Anderson

Misc

2nd AD
Josefina Jacobs
2nd AD
Raul Menendez
Electrician
Harry Gay
Electrician
Sunny Singh
Electrician
Antti Janhunen
Art Direction
Bon Walsh
Art Department Assistant
Jack Short
Wardrobe Assistant
Bryde Gordon

Other credits

Runner

Liam Green, Abbie Davies, Theo Sowerbutts

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