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Bad Bad Not Good 'Signal From The Noise' by Duncan Loudon

David Knight - 30th July 2021

Steve Stamp plays a lonely guy compelled to rebel against authority - in the form of a bumptiously self-important security guard - in Duncan Loudon's delightfully absurd accompaniment to Signal From The Noise, the first release from Canadian jazzers Bad Bad Not Good's new album.

Over the track's psychedelia-influenced nine-minute duration, Stamp finds imaginative ways to rile his small-minded arch-nemesis - played by Michael Armstrong - in a Docklands-style open space where definition of private and public is notably blurred. His piece de resistance is the accurate puppet version of the guard to the space, provoking a predictably furious reaction.

Shot on 16mm, with a natural grade of Oliver Ford's cinematography by Connor Coolbear at ETC, Loudon has applied a very contemporary look to a film that's really in the ballpark of classic silent comedy.

Steve Stamp channels something of both Chaplin and Jacques Tati in his performance as the deadpan rebel railing against small-minded officialdom. It's great - and inspiring.    

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Duncan Loudon
Producer
Ayo Davis
Production Company
Executive Producer
Emory Ruegg
Executive Producer
André Reid
1st AD
Kole Onis

Camera

Director of Photography
Oliver Ford
Focus Puller
Milo Brown

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Ben Millar

Art

Art Director
Kate Parnell

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Alicia Ellis
Hair & Make-up
Mel Szabo

Casting

Lead actor
Steve Stamp

Grading

Colourist
Connor Coolbear
Colour grade company

Misc

Clapper Loader
Elisa Spigariol

Other credits

Runners

Micheal (Elvis) Scanlon, Guilia Balsamo, Talia Beale

Camera Trainee

Bridie Bennet

Electrician

Joey Rogers

Covid Supervisor

Nick Middleton

CAST

Lonely Man

Steve Stamp

Security Guard

Michael Armstrong

Businessman

Moses Hardwick

Businessman

Brian Tynan

Mother

Sasha Zik

Child

Gil Zik

Background

Kamsidi Ejikeme 0, Mark Taylor

Special Thanks To Maddy Perkins

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