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Fontaines D.C. 'Favourite' by Fontaines D.C.

Rob Ulitski - 20th June 2024

Fontaines D.C.'s self-directed video for Favourite interweaves home video archive of the five band members with lo-fi footage of their recent trip to Madrid to brilliant effect.

Madrid is a city that the band have multiple personal connections to, as the place guitarist Carlos O’Connell was born and grew up in and the city the band used as a base for their first ever tour. But the recent footage of the band in the Spanish capital works as a support to even more personal content - home video footage of each of the band at different stages of childhood. 

It's an impressive document of the group showing their affection for each other, in their own unsentimental fashion.

"We worked with Gwen Ghelid, who edited the Starburster video, and did an incredible job again editing this video for us too - he nailed it first time," says Scott Wright, head of creative at XL Recordings. "The video captures something special about the band’s friendship, and their wider relationships with family, those here and departed. It’s joyful, celebratory, and enhances those qualities in the song."

Fontaines D.C's Connor Deegan, who co-produced the video with Wright, adds: “This video is a reminiscing of the past; of each other’s childhoods we didn’t know. We explore where we came from, and who on some level, still are. I see a lot of familiar faces being pulled, and the antics these lads are undertaking in their videos are so disarming and vulnerable to see. I am at times reminded of boyish mannerisms that they’ve grown out of in the time I’ve known them - and some that they haven’t.

"I feel their souls there. I would like this video to serve as a way of honouring our friendships, and moving from that, the relationships we hold dear. Our mothers, fathers, siblings, aunties and uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers. Those who we still have, and those we have sadly lost. We haven’t lost that connection to each other, and are not afraid to come of age again, holding on to romance in a sometimes trying world.”

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Rob Ulitski - 20th June 2024

Tags

  • Director's notes
  • Pick of the Day
  • Rock
  • Indie
  • Narrative
  • Home video
  • Intimate
  • Feel Good
  • Portrait
  • Childhood

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Fontaines D.c.
Producer
Conor Deegan
Producer
Production Company
XL Recordings
Fixer
Victor Alvarez, Marianela Knaus
Local Production Company
Casa 15

Camera

Director of Photography
Mons
2nd Camera
Eimear Lynch

Editorial

Editor
Gwen Ghelid
Editing company
Collectiv Paris

Grading

Colour Producer
Oliver Whitworth
Colour grade company

Commission

Commissioner
Label
XL Recordings
Label Project Manager
Tom Dani

Rob Ulitski - 20th June 2024

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