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.    

PRO Credits


DirectorDuncan Loudon
ProducerAyo Davis
Production CompanySomesuch
Executive ProducerEmory Ruegg
Executive ProducerAndré Reid
1st ADKole Onis
Director of PhotographyOliver Ford
Focus PullerMilo Brown
Clapper LoaderElisa Spigariol
GafferBen Millar
Art DirectorKate Parnell
WardrobeAlicia Ellis
Hair & Make-upMel Szabo
Lead actorSteve Stamp
ColouristConnor Coolbear
Grading companyElectric Theatre Collective
Other creditsRunners: 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

David Knight - 30th July 2021

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