Rob Ulitski - 21st Nov 2019

Baxter Dury stars as the degenerate Slumlord in Tom Haines hedonistic new visual.

Opening in a sickly yellow-hued studio set, Dury has his back turned towards the camera as he takes a leak in a prop toilet. And this pretty much sets the tone for the whole video. 

Smoking cigarettes as he wades through a mountain of 1p and 2p coins, the charismatic Baxter is the King of his rundown slum - represented by spartan but clever art direction. He's assisted by a handful of group of artfully shambolic and groggy dancers. Whether they are propped against dirty mattresses or performing a choreographed dance among kitchen chairs, this group lend a grimy edge to the proceedings. 

Lensed by David Foulkes, the unusual choice of coloured lighting, including hues of yellow and nicotine brown, creates a surprising aesthetic that gets under your skin. It's not always a comfortable watch, and you may feel a bit grubby by the end - but it's well worth it. 

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorTom Haines
ProducerCraig Dixon
Executive ProducerHayley Williams
1st ADTy Hack
Director of PhotographyDavid Foulkes
WardrobeThomas Liam Davis
Hair & Make-upJojo Copeman
Production designerMimi Winsor
EditorNick Armstrong
ColouristRichard Fearon
LabelHeavenly
LabelPIAS

Rob Ulitski - 21st Nov 2019

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