David Knight - 22nd Jan 2019

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.


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.”

PRO Credits


DirectorIain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
ProducerHannah Bellil
Production CompanyPrettybird
Head Of ProductionHannah May
Executive ProducerJuliette Larthe
Executive ProducerTed Thornton
1st ADWill Jasper
Director of PhotographyBen Magahy
Focus PullerRan Geffen
SoundRoger Cutting
GafferBruce Magahy
Hair & Make-upEmily Newson
Production designerLibby Uppington
EditorOlly Stothert
ColouristJohn Claude
Post production companyDirty Looks
Label4AD Records
Lead actorMaxine Peake
Other creditsPerson 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.

David Knight - 22nd Jan 2019

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