John Grant 'Down Here' by Lisa Gunning
Lisa Gunning has directed this resonant, heartening story for singer-songwriter John Grant's Down Here, which follows a young man going through a difficult process of self-identification with considerable dignity - for which he's ultimately rewarded in delightful fashion.
It opens on a distinctly British scene - the young man looking out the window into some typically grim, grey weather. Then he begins to leaf through a catalogue of womens' swimwear - the start of his journey which leads to him confronting social stigma, buying a sequinned swimsuit, and then heading for a local pool, where a synchronised swimming practice is in session. Then he musters up the courage and walks right into the deep end...
Lisa Gunning, already a respected features film editor (her credits include Nowhere Boy, Seven Psychopaths), directed an impressive series of videos for the Goldfrapp album Tales Of Us last year. But this is the first time she's shown a confident command of narrative in a music video, dealing with the subject with both sensitivity and humour. And then delivering an excellent punchline.
|Production Company||Good Egg|
|Executive Producer||John Hassay|
|Executive Producer||Julia Reed|
|Production Manager||Lana Salfiti|
|Director of Photography||Patrick Meller|
|Art Director||Blair Barnette|
|Director's Representation||Alexa Haywood at Free Agent UK|
|Costume designer||Michelle May|
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