Rob Ulitski - 7th Aug 2020

Director duo Grandmas present a bold, surreal vision for Hurts, with a striking juxtaposition of human emotion and exotic birdlife. 

Hurts frontman Theo Hutchcraft is a wild, overwrought presence, striding purposefully through a city at night, thrown into shapes and distortions by the track. The city is mostly empty, apart from the sporadic appearance of spectacular ornothology: flamingo, vulture, and stork.

The birds represent the themes of toxic love and regrowth described in the passionate track Somebody: the carrion-pecking vulture embodies the idea of parasitic love; the flamingo, represents the colourful and limitless vision of what could be on the horizon; and the stork, displays the opportunity for a new beginning.

At some points Hutchcraft seems to be taking on the mannerisms of the birds, in a stand-out, intense performance, as he powers through the night. And the cinematic feel of the piece is elevated by striking cinematography - care of DoP Nick Morris - and off-kilter choreography, perfectly encapsulating the painful transition from a toxic past to an optimistic future.

PRO Credits


ProducerManoela Chiabai
Production CompanyBlack Dog Films
Executive ProducerMartin Roker
Production ManagerHarry Morgan
1st ADJames Dyer
Director of PhotographyNick Morris
Focus PullerPhil Heron
GafferPeter Bishop
Art DirectorVicente Ben
Make-upNatasha Lawes
EditorJohn Holloway
ColouristMatthieu Toullet
VFXBen Stonehouse
Lead actorTheo Hutchcraft
CommissionerJohn Hassay
Label7 Seven Management

Rob Ulitski - 7th Aug 2020

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