Cat Velez - 27th June 2016

To commemorate the re-opening of Tate Modern, director-choreographer Holly Blakey has collaborated with songwriter Mabel (daughter of the fabulous Neneh Cherry) to create this high-fashion video project for her track Talk About Forever. 

Using Gustav Metzger’s 1965 piece Liquid Crystal Environment - an immersive light display using heat-sensitive liquid crystals exhibited at the Tate Modern as inspiration - the film sees Mabel and her band of dancers channelling their inner Aaliyah around the newly created space. With some carefully considered steadicam shots and some gripping contemporary dance, the resulting video is eyecatching to say the least. 

“As a kid I adored music videos with choreography," says Mabel. "Destiny’s Child routines were often rehearsed with my sister and then we forced our family to watch multiple performances. I wanted to try to do an up-to-date version of that, using Metzger’s Liquid Crystal Environment and the incredible Tate Modern building as our setting.”

PRO Credits


DirectorHolly Blakey
ProducerArchie Hollway
Production CompanyKnucklehead
Executive ProducerMary Calderwood
1st ADGeorge Nelson
Director of PhotographyAdam Scarth
Focus PullerEira Wyn Jones
2nd ACMatt Farrant
GafferSeth Crosby
WardrobeHannah Hopkins
HairAmanda Jah
Make-upPablo Rodriguez
EditorMeg Thorne
Editing companyCut+Run
ColouristDan Moran
Grading companyCoffee & TV
Director's RepresentationNaomi George
CommissionerSofie Roberts
CommissionerSemera Khan
SteadicamTom Wilkinson

Cat Velez - 27th June 2016

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