David Knight - 7th July 2016

After their excellent videos for the likes of LarzRanda and Sheep, Dog & Wolf in New Zealand, Auckland-based directing duo Jordan Dodson and Sean Wallace - aka THUNDERLIPS – make an impressive first British video for the returning Two Door Cinema Club. It is a thing of grotesque, slightly bewildering beauty.

In the the video for Are We Ready? (Wreck) video, the three members of TDCC are all noxiously cheesy spokesmen for a series of terrible ads for brands with names corresponding to the song's lyrics. Two of them have been luridly transformed, by Melissa Lackersteen's makeup job, into puffy-faced, surgery-enhanced versions of themselves. But there's a battle going on between this artificiality and reality underneath, expressed through lead singer Alex Trimble's angst and slowly disintegrating face.

It's visually arresting and audacious, and after a couple of views (maybe trying to figure it out what's going on), another catchy TDCC song will be stuck in your brain.  

Credits

DirectorTHUNDERLIPS
ProducerRupert Savage
Production CompanyGood Egg
Executive ProducerJohn Hassay
Production ManagerJoshua Carter
1st ADTibo Travers
Director of PhotographyJames Blann
Focus PullerChris Pollitt
2nd ACJomar O'Meally
Camera TraineeCat Velez
GafferNick Leishman
Art DepartmentFelix Coles
WardrobeAdele Can
Make-upMelissa Lackersteen
HairBrooke Nielson
ColouristRichard Fearon
Grading companyMPC
Grade ProducerHannah Ruddleston
CommissionerSam Seager
VFXLee Watson
Other creditsRunner: Joe Salkey Runner: Wayne Bentley

David Knight - 7th July 2016

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