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Real Lies 'DiCaprio' by Pedro Takahashi

Rob Ulitski - 6th May 2022

Pedro Takahashi directs a slow-burning reflection on city life, exploding into a sequence of brilliant blurry colour, for Real Lies. 

In the video for DiCaprio, we see vocalist Kevin Lee Kharas take a late night taxi ride through London, reminiscing on his old hedonistic lifestyle. As we move from night to day, the camera turns on the city. We go from dark to light and from the past towards the future.

Mixing subtle, drawn out takes and a more frantic, slow-shutter dreamworld, the video reflects the binary quality of the duo's music, and the dichotomy between the past and the future.

"The video explores the fast paced, electric nature of London, and our ability to get lost in it," says Takahashi. "Thematically, we wanted to explore the idea of hedonism and excess and the inevitable need to eventually relinquish that lifestyle.

"The video also functions as a sort of ethnographic exploration of London as it is, here and now - the buildings, bridges and people that exist in the city - blurring the line between fiction and documentary."

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  • Director's notes
  • Past
  • Future
  • London
  • Performance
  • Effects
  • Taxi

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Director of Photography
Michael Demetriou


Colour Producer
Oliver Whitworth
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Rob Ulitski - 6th May 2022

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