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Luke Bather - 10th May 2017

Here's a hell of a 'what if' scenario: what if Iggy Pop narrated a nature documentary wherein the animal essentially plays the part of Josh Brolin in the first part of No Country For Old Men?

Well, wonder no more. Casper Balslev's video for Alt-J's In Cold Blood starts off innocently enough. It's the intrepid, wily adventures of your average wood mouse, and it's beautifully shot and majestically paced like the best the BBC can offer - right up until the point where our cute little mousey pal scuttles over a still-fresh disembodied human hand and into the aftermath of what we can only assume was a deal gone very bad indeed.

As far as narrative left-turns go, this one is loaded with visual hooks and mysteries to unpack. But essentially the moral is clear: the dangers faced by the plucky mouse in the natural world, pale in comparison to the darkness perpetrated by humankind.


DirectorCasper Balslev
Production CompanyBlack Dog Films
CommissionerAndrew Law
LabelInfectious Music
Production CompanyNEW LAND
Head of Music VideoMartin Roker
Executive ProducerThor Brammer Jacobsen
ProducerMikkel Damkiær
Production ManagerNicoline Lau Edinger
Director of PhotographyNiels Thastum
EditorAnders Albjerg
Production designerAnna Gry Skovdal
Other credits1st AD: Tue Czajkowski Directors Assistent: Joacim Faugner B- Unit Camera: Niels Buchholtzer Gaffer: Martin Riello Best Boy: Jonas Madsen Focus Puller: Thue Garde, Mads Hoppe 2nd AC: Kristoffer Hoyer Key Grip: Christian Brøndum Sound Design: Martin Dirkov Mouse Whisper: Jessie Davidsson Set Build: Joshua Beckford Make- up SFX: Per Kapper Make up: Louise Bruun Wardrobe: My Ringsted SFX and weapons Hummer Højmark Car Wrangler: Søren Hvam Production Coordinator: Lea Sönnichsen Production Assistent: Linea Cramer Location Manager: Kristian Nørlyng Mouse: Syd & friends Cast: Martine Lindskjold, Jonathan Albrecthsen, Kristian Hedegaard Petersen. Brian Rodrigues, Kenneth Bøtker, Frej Levin, Rainy James, Philip Hoeg, Henrik Queitsch, Kress Bøtel, Ronni Tronborg, Axel Emil Christensen Post production: Cameo Grader: Lasse Marcussen Flame: Bjørn Munch Post production coordinator: Emma Engberg Additional Sound mix: Sylvester Holm Directors Rep Black Dog Films: Holly Wolfers

Luke Bather - 10th May 2017

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