Cat Velez - 10th Dec 2015

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.

PRO Credits


DirectorLisa Gunning
Production CompanyGood Egg
Executive ProducerJohn Hassay
Executive ProducerJulia Reed
ProducerTiernan Hanby
Production ManagerLana Salfiti
Director of PhotographyPatrick Meller
Art DirectorBlair Barnette
EditorLisa Gunning
EditorIain Whiteright
Director's RepresentationAlexa Haywood at Free Agent UK
Costume designerMichelle May
CommissionerFiona Glyn-Jones
LabelBella Union

Cat Velez - 10th Dec 2015

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