Easy Life 'Ocean View' by Greg Barth
Greg Barth's latest collaboration with Leicester indie-R&Bers Easy Life takes its cue from their excellent previous work - and one video in particular - and the cover of their just-released debut album Life's A Beach.
As always frontman Murray Matravers takes centre stage, in a fantastical scenario where his bandmates paly supporting roles - both to Murray and his giant goldfish friend.
As Greg explains below, its a surreal sequel of sorts to the animated Message To Myself video. It's also the latest in an extensive body of Easy Life work over the past couple of years by the Swiss-born and London-based director, from the video for Nightmares (featuring Jamie Demetriou of Stath Lets Flats) to the recent Gondryesque Skeletons. The work has been consistently inventive and entertaining, and this is certainly the case here.
The goldfish... has grown into a coping device Murray has started believing is real
"Riffing off Easy Life’s Message To Myself video, I wanted to develop the story between Murray and the goldfish (which is a fabrication of his subconscious / ego).
"Since it initially saved him from killing himself, the goldfish hallucination has grown into a coping device Murray has started believing is real and fallen in love with - a toxic relationship that leads to a devastating car crash.
"The film is set in the aftermath of this accident, as Murray retreats into his dream world to shield himself from the dramatic real-world consequences of his actions."
|Production Company||Common People Films|
|Executive Producer||Tony Roberts|
|Executive Producer||Ramy Dance|
|1st AD||Joe Starrs|
|Director of Photography||Stefan Yap|
|Focus Puller||Jerry Pradon|
|2nd AC||Joseph Edwards|
|Art Director||Benny Casey|
|Wardrobe||Jaime Franes Jarvis|
|Grading company||Electric Theatre Collective|
|Post Producer||Oliver Whitworth|
|Other credits||Spark: Isaac Whittingham Crane: Mike Drury Crane Assistant: Ben Reason Puppet/goldfish: Hugh Purves Puppet/goldfish: Emily Morus-Jones Art Assistants: Soraya Wright, Niall Herlihy, Hannah Vivancos-Drury Runners: Izzy Petherbridge, Mishael Obozua, Morgan Coull Catering: Sands Medic: Shaun Lee|
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