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Baxter Dury 'Aylesbury Boy' by Noel Paul

Rob Ulitski - 10th Mar 2023

Noel Paul directs a suitably uncanny promo for Baxter Dury - the first of a series of videos ffor the lugubrious singer-songwriter.

The video for Aylesbury Boy is a feverish, super-vibrant trip into Dury's subconscious. In the song, he is recounting moments from his own youth; in Paul's nightmarish approximation, he's terrorised by a devil, some goblins and a bunch of school kids. 

With cinematography by Ramzi Hibri, this has an otherworldly atmosphere, in the vein of Paul's UKMVA-winning video for Black Midi's Sugar/Tzu. Abstract imagery clashes head-on with a soft, almost romantic aesthetic, which creates an uncomfortabl yet riveting atmosphere, which seems to reflect a certain personal version of Hell.

“Wes Anderson, The Shining, Jabberwocky... Noel has made something so intuitive and beyond my expectations," says Baxter Dury of the video for Aylesbury Boy. "It reminds me of how inventive and creative video making used to be and still can be.”

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Noel Paul
Manoela Chiabai
Production Company
Executive Producer
Danny Herman
1st AD
Rose Esme Lucas


Director of Photography
Ramzi Hibri


Production designer
Charlotte Brason
Production designer
Sholto Price
Art Director
Syd Harmony


Lucy James

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