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Bicep ft Clara La San 'Water' by Aoife McArdle

Rob Ulitski - 14th Nov 2022

Aoife McArdle returns to music videos, teaming up with Belfast's dynamic electronic producer/DJ duo Bicep to create a breathtaking music video that echoes the stylish TV series she helped create.

Powered by signature Bicep production style of layered elements and beats in the track Water - with vocals by Clara La San - McArdle takes us on a trip where the essential drama of the scenario drifts into surrealism and eventually, existential absurdity. 

A female patient (played by Angela Nwagbo) is being transported by two hospital staff members on a hospital gurney down a pure white hospital corridor - which goes on and on. This, it becomes evident, is a journey with no end in sight - perhaps no end at all. What is the point of this journey, and apparent emergency? Is the patient, sometimes under a oxygen face mask, and then not, actually ill at all?

Rooms adjacent to the corridor reveal odd arrangements that exacerbate the sense of dreamlike unreality. As the patient gains agency and the physical scope of the film starts to expand, each new location takes the form of a different stream of her consciousness.

McArdle creates this psycho-drama through the beautifully crafted development of a visual aesthetic, which will be familiar to those who have seen Severance, the acclaimed Apple TV+ drama that she has worked on as both director and producer - and which she discussed on The Promonews Podcast, earlier this year.

As in the TV series, the pristine production design contributes to the sense of unease and dislocation. But here if anything McArdle gets the chance to break down the separation between recognisable reality and a surreal fiction even more - and play in the realm of the psyche.  

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  • Pick of the Day
  • VFX
  • Dance
  • Electronica
  • Liminal
  • Surreal
  • Severance
  • Hospital
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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Aoife McArdle
Producer
Luca Chapman
Production Company
Executive Producer
Elizabeth Doonan
Production Manager
Ondrej Lipensky
1st AD
Jakub Dvorak
Service Production Company EPs
Fady Salame, Martin Sobotka, Veronika Hajkova

Camera

Director of Photography
Maximilian Pittner
Focus Puller
Zbynek Kunc
Steadicam
Dan Vagenknecht

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Vasek Sejna
Key Grip
Michal Ralis

Art

Production designer
Ondrej Lipensky
Set Propman
Martin Danes
Animals
Michal Stovicek
Construction
Jirka Bouda, Pavel Janoska
BTS
Pavlina Buresova

Wardrobe

Stylist
Dasa Stefflova
Stylist
Dasa Stefflova

Casting

Lead actor
Angela Nwagbo
Cast
Fabo Silva, Jaroslav Jandora, Daria Pomozova

Editorial

Editor
Dan Sherwen
Editing company
Edit Producer
Michelle Corney

Grading

Colourist
George K
Colour grade company
Black Kite Studios

VFX

VFX Supervisor
Johnny Freeman
Post production company
Black Kite Studios
Post Producer
Amy Richardson
VFX
James Marshall, Bruno Fukumothi, Jack Stone, Vahur Kuusk, Venu Prasath
3D Artist
Vicky McIntyre

Misc

Service Producer
Alexandra Vondrackova
Service Company
Unit+Sofa

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