Rob Ulitski - 4th Nov 2019

Mura Masa explores the state of our youth in No Hope Generation, directed by Yoni Lappin. 

Shot in Belgrade, Serbia, the striking visual explores society's obsession with nostalgia, and its abilities (and limits) in helping us frame our emotions and memories. Focusing on a series of different characters, the video opens with two girls on a bed talking to each other. One girl shares her fear of getting old and dying, pouring her heart out, followed by the other asking "Can I post that?". 

This reflection on the lack of empathy and complete chaos that the digital age has ushered in is represented through various vignettes. In another scene, an older woman is bringing tea and biscuits to her family, a traditional memory for many of us. However, the family in this household are completely ignorant to each other's presence, some of them playing with VR headsets, other glued to the desktop computer.

Beautifully shot by Jake Scott, the emphasis on raw, daylit footage creates a dreamlike vibe, the overblown highlights in many scenes contributing to the washed out, hyperreal footage. In comparison to many dystopic concepts, which utilise dark, dreary cinematography, this project is much more natural. This helps create a feeling that this reality isn't far off at all, and if we were to blink we could miss its inception. There isn't a huge leap between our lives now and the scenarios on screen, and Lappin's emphasis on this fact makes it truly disturbing. 

PRO Credits


DirectorYoni Lappin
ProducerKaren Sauri
ProducerDavey Ahern
Production CompanyCANADA
Executive ProducerOscar Romagosa
Executive ProducerMarta Bobić
Head Of ProductionAlba Barneda
Head Of ProductionJulia Carrasco
Assistant ProducerSophie Williams
Director of PhotographyJake Scott
1st ADDusan Popovic
Production designerTeresa Montanuy
StylistAhida Agirre
Casting directorLane Casting
ChoreographerKeron Sirproverbs
Location ManagerNemanja Stojanovic
EditorFouad Gaber
Editing companyTrim Editing
ColouristJason Wallis
Grading companyElectric Theatre Collective
PostÁlvaro Posadas
Post ProducerMarina M. Campomanes
Service CompanyCyber: Few Good Men
CommissionerRichard Grewe
SteadicamRichard J Lewis
Focus PullerNikola Jovanovic
Make-upJovana Vukosavljevic
Make-upDejan Mladenovic
Service Co Exec ProducerVuk Marjanovic
Service ProducerMilos Marjanovic
Line ProducerMarija Popovic
Other creditsCasting Agency Secondaries: Studio Pajper Production Managers: Branka Ilic & Ema Vejic Dancers: Benji, Dreya Mac, Remi Black, Tanaya Martin-Clarke, Zhané Samuels Cast: Andjela Sulic, Radmila Apostolovic, Radica Marinkovic, Jagodina Petric, Kosta Zivanovic, Dusan Grujic, Lana Lakovic, Arijan Terovski, Sabrija Iljaz, Mihajlo Savic, Andjela Apostolovic, Katarina Popovic, Leylon J, Aleksandra Jevtovic, Nina Vulovic, Ivana Milutinovic, Desanka Vilic Desa, Ljiljana Rakic

Rob Ulitski - 4th Nov 2019

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