David Knight - 6th Oct 2020

Jordan Stephens, once of Rizzle Kicks, plays Tiger, the inveterate stoner who finds himself on a weird, weed-related voyage of discovery in Jamie Whitby's marvellous short film to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a landmark Warp Records release - Nightmares On Wax's Smokers Delight

When Tiger discovers he has been locked out of his flat after a night of serious toking with his mates, it triggers a series of increasingly outlandish episodes - which moves from stoner-noir to full-on acid trip when our hero tumbles into full 2D animation.

Music from Nightmare On Wax's classic 1995 album is an unobtrusive motif throughout the film, written as well as directed by Whitby. It is something of a departure from his largely conceptual work in music videos, but it shows that comedy-drama, mixed with a splash of pure surrealism, is his forté. He gets great performances from a talented cast, led by Stephens - possibly channelling Jeff Bridges in Lebowski - and has been rewarded with a nomination at this year's UKMVAs, in the Best Special Video Projects category, for his efforts.

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorJamie Whitby
ProducerScarlett Barclay
Executive ProducerHayley Williams
Executive ProducerMyles Payne
Lead actorJordan Stephens
LabelWarp Records
Production ManagerHarry Chambers
Production ManagerRachel Bashford
1st ADTy Hack
Director of PhotographySpike Morris
Focus PullerRob Hawkins
2nd ACBulman Arshehit
GafferHélio Ribeiro
GafferFionn Hutton
GafferJamie Hitchens
Art DirectorDavid Hamilton
WardrobeGeorge Buxton
Hair & Make-upNatasha Lawes
EditorJack Williams
EditorEdward Coope
Editing companyAssembly Rooms
ColouristAlex Gregory
VFXDavid Horsburgh
Other creditsStandby Art Director: George Stocks Prop Master: George Gunn Graphic Designer: Magdalene Lepri Construction: Caspar Philips, Leo O’Brien Scenic Painter: Laura-Louise Cottle Art Department Assistants: Ella Willbraham, Paola Kossakowska, Sophie Wall, Josefine Lindmark Stylist Assistant: Bella Russell Flint Make Up & Hair Artist Trainee: Amy Welch Sound Recordists: Louis Innis, Charlotte Homeshaw Post Production: Assembly Rooms Edit Producer: Daniel Breheny Sound Producer: Tatyana Sound Designer: Seb Bruen @ Trim Music: Nightmares On Wax... VFX Artist Eammon @ Agile VFX Arist Seb @ Agile BTS: Fraser Thorne Cast: Theo Barklem-biggs, James Thackeray, Dee Stephen, Corey Weekes, Portia Ferrari, Michelle Mcmahon, Pierre Gorbanevsky, Ewens Abid, Abdul Salis

David Knight - 6th Oct 2020

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