Cat Velez - 29th July 2016

Massive Attack’s haunting new video for Come Near Me sees Kosovar actress Arta Dobroshi and British actor Jonathan Aris in an ill-fated stand-off.

Written and directed by Ed Morris, this has the sense of mystery and inevitable doom that's completely characteristic of the band and their videos. The tension is there from the start, as the couple face each other, a few feet apart, within their home. Then as he advances upon her, she retreats. And this action simply goes on, from intereior to the streets outside, thorugh tunnels, woods and finally to the sea. And we know what will happen next.

Shot in a single day in various locations around Hove on the English south coast, afficianodos of Massive Attack's body of work will note the references to the band's history, most obviously in the audio snippet of Unfinished Sympathy in arguably the video's most sinister sequence. And there are also echoes in the concept of one of the classic Massive videos of the 1990s, Walter Stern's video for Angel

Post on the video took place at The Mill in London, and as 2D Artist Nina Mosand explains, “This was a lovely project to work on, as Ed [Morris] has an eye for beautiful framing. The edit of the promo has a beat and suspense that makes you want to find out what's going to happen next. All of the effects the team added were seamless and hidden, with the intent of maintaining this element of suspense and tension.

"The biggest shot we worked on was the overhead road-crossing scene. We had to ensure our two hero characters appeared to be in the middle of the road by timing the cars from different plates so that that it felt as though they were actually there, making the cars drive behind them and matching the movement of her skirt to that of the cars."

PRO Credits


DirectorEd Morris
CommissionerJames Hackett
Executive ProducerAndy Orrick
ProducerPolly du Plessis
Production CompanyRattling Stick
Director of PhotographyFranz Lustig
EditorFlaura Atkinson
Editing companyThe Quarry
SoundSmoke and Mirrors
Sound MixScott Little
Grading companyThe Mill
ColouristSeamus O’Kane
VFX CompanyThe Mill
ProducerJack Williams
VFXNina Mosand
VFXDan Adams
VFXJeanette Eiternes
Motion GraphicsKwok Fung Lam
Motion GraphicsStephanie Dewhirst
Other creditsCast: Arta Dobroshi Cast: Jonathan Aris ​Dialogue Writer: Eve Mahoney

Cat Velez - 29th July 2016

Related Content


Ibeyi 'River' by Ed Morris

Taken from the forthcoming EP Oya, director Ed Morris' simple yet compelling promo for River by Ibeyi - French-Cuban twins Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz - sees the pair submerged under …

Jimmy Brown - 13th Aug 2014


Ibeyi 'Ghosts' by Ed Morris

Ed Morris's third video for Cuban-French sibling outfit Ibeyi follows the MVA-nominated River and Mama Says with this spookily evocative black and white promo …

Jimmy Brown - 19th Jan 2015


Estrons 'Body' by Ed Morris

Alt-rock band Estrons unveil their bareness and become intimately artistic in this experimental lo-fi mixed media video directed by Ed Morris.

Lassamie Prasimay - 26th Sept 2018


We Are Shining 'Killing' by Ed Morris

Ed Morris, formerly an award-winning advertising creative, now director of award-winning ads, now crosses into music video territory with a promo like no other for We Are …

Jimmy Brown - 31st Jan 2014

Latest News