Ex:Re 'The Dazzler' by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
Maxine Peake plays a woman who retreats to her hotel room to sink into alcoholic despair, in Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's new video for Ex:Re, the solo project of Elena Tonra, lead singer of Daughter.
While Tonra appears on the room's TV screen, watching her as she performs her song The Dazzler, Peake - brilliant in so many TV dramas and movies, from Shameless to the David Slade-directed Black Mirror episode Metalhead – gives a characteristically powerful performance as a woman apparently driven to self-destruction.
The video was shot at the Town Hall Hotel in East London - which becomes The Dazzler depicted in Tonra's lyrics. It's a reunion with the singer for the directing duo, who created a triptych of videos for Daughter's second album Not To Disappear. Forysth and Pollard were inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic movie Vertigo, infusing this piece with a muted colour palette to reflect their character's spiralling inward journey. And then ending on a jolting moment of surrealism.
IAIN FORSYTH & JANE POLLARD:
Our hotel room Is a kaleidoscopic vision of a world stuck in an endless loop. Swimming in regret and drowning in thick alcohol.
“Elena told us The Dazzler was a real place, but we wanted to transform it into a hotel of the mind. That lost, sedated limbo you get stuck in when you can’t get over your last relationship. With a colour palette borrowed from Hitchcock’s Vertigo, our hotel room becomes a kaleidoscopic vision of a world stuck in an endless loop. Swimming in regret and drowning in thick alcohol.
"Elena appears in the video filtered through the ubiquitous hotel television. This isn’t the first time we’ve boxed a ghostly Elena inside a screen. This idea is a gentle but knowing nod back to the first ever Daughter video, which we directed in 2013. It’s still a real treat to be providing a visual accompaniment to Elena’s dazzling words and music.”
|Director||Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard|
|Head Of Production||Hannah May|
|Executive Producer||Juliette Larthe|
|Executive Producer||Ted Thornton|
|1st AD||Will Jasper|
|Director of Photography||Ben Magahy|
|Focus Puller||Ran Geffen|
|Hair & Make-up||Emily Newson|
|Production designer||Libby Uppington|
|Post production company||Dirty Looks|
|Lead actor||Maxine Peake|
|Other credits||Person in the corridor: Alfrun Rose Production Assistants: Benji Landman & Chris Murdoch Runner: Enrique Da Silva, Mark Bleziri, Ellie Taverner, Eloise Fleet Electrician: Steve Dredlock Production Design Assistant: Joshua Douglas Bagley Special thanks: Sophie Brooks and Town Hall Hotel.|
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