BUG 53

11 Nov 2016 11:09 - posted by Phil Tidy


BUG 53, our final show of the year, and it was an another packed programme of outstanding music video creativity curated by the BUG team, and hosted by the marvellous Adam Buxton. As well as great new work we had some gems from earlier in the year we previously missed and were part of the recent ukmva awards. 


We also welcomed to the stage our special guest Dawn Shadforth
who is one of the UK’s finest music video directors. Dawn emerged in the late 1990s with her groundbreaking direction and editing of dance music videos. That quickly translated into a peerless command of the British pop video, combining commercial success with cutting edge cool. From All Seeing I to Garbage to Kylie and Moloko, she made some of the classic and
videos of best lovedlate 90s and early Noughties. And now, after a time away mostly making ads, she has made a blistering return to form this year with videos for Hurts and Metronomy. Dawn will be talking to Adam later in the show.


Special Guest: Dawn Shadforth


BUG 53 programme notes.pdf


BUG 53 Directors Cut programme notes.pdf 






Capital Cities - Vowels

We start BUG 53 off with a video for American pop duo Capital Cities' song Vowels that merges language with dance. French director Remy Cayuela collaborated with choreographer Denna Thomsen to develop a routine on the street of LA that visualises the lyrics using sign language, and exhibits a charming celebration of the song's subject on the eerily deserted streets of downtown LA.

The Avalanches - Because I'm Me

The Avalanches Becuase I'm Me, a boy (very MJ circa 1972) is seeking to win the heart of a much older woman who works in the ticket booth. What follows is something special, not insomuch as what is going on but the way it is presented - an exquisitely executed homage to the influential era of musical film that preceded the ago of music video, dir by Greg Brunkalla. After this you may need to watch the blues brothers, or Fame, all over again.

Katie Melua - Perfect World

And A Perfect World is certainly in keeping with Melua’s relentlessly gentle musical style. But with Christmas on its way, this is a seasonal offering that will give any John Lewis Christmas ad a run for its money in pulling the heartstrings. It’s a beautifully achieved animation by British directors Karni & Saul, who have created the winter wonderland adventure of a mother and child, who magically appear from a spilled pot of sugar. It is a masterful job of CGI animation and almost ridiculously effective in emotional manipulation.

Coco Banana – Earthquaker (Screw Edit)

London-based French illustrator and animator Simon Landrein’s bold, retro graphic style has graced magazines like Wired, Les Inrockuptibles, and the New York Times review section. Like his other animation work, his video for Coco Banana’s Earthquake adheres to the same visual rules, with a surreal narrative of bizarre sex, violence and superheroes presented in old school comic book style, albeit influenced by Roy Lichenstein.

Bonobo – Kerala

The return of British DJ producer Simon Green aka Bonobo comes with an enigmatic vaguely disturbing video directed by Dave Bullivant (working as BISON). It also features actress Gemma Arterton playing against type, as a shrewish woman with special powers, in a narrative structured in a series of repeated and gradually advancing gif-style clips. The combination of innovative structure and story – where otherworldly elements encroach on normality, only perceived by an increasingly agitated Arterton – gives the piece a hypnotic quality.

BadBadNotGood – Lavender

Fans of Netflix hit Stranger Things will warm to the mise-en-scène of Toronto stoner-jazz combo BADBADBADNOTGOOD’s video for Lavender, directed by the Canadian director known as Fantavious Fritz. Set in a suburban garage, a game of Dungeons & Dragons gets under way – in which the band members (and holographic version of their collaborator Kaytranada) are the prisoners of a super-nerdy and possibly deranged Dungeon Master. Weird deadpan comedy ensues, with a marvellously wacky epilogue.

Kaytranada - Lite Spots

Having cameo’d in the previous video, we see more of the Haitian-Canadian DJ producer Louis Kevin Celestin aka Kaytranada in the next one, but he still gets upstaged. The video for Lite Spots, came out earlier this year and has Kaytranada as the creator and mentor of a friendly robot, who is very quick at learning the latest dance moves. Directed by Montreal-based director Martin C Pariseau, with crucial input from several Quebec-based VFX artists and animators.

Garbage – Special

We will welcome Dawn Shadforth to the stage, to talk about a career in music videos that now spans two decades. Her first video for Sheffield dance collective All Seeing I, The Beat Goes On, saw her win her first awards. That was followed by a consistent stream of work (Basement Jaxx, Garbage, Super Collider, Moloko and All Seeing I once again) which cemented her reputation.

All Seeing Eye – Walk Like A Panther

Special guest Dawn Shadforth video for All Seeing Eye.

Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head

Special guest Dawn Shadforth. At the beginning of the Noughties, Shadforth effectively revolutionised the British pop video with her visionary use of choreography and wardrobe, above all with Kylie Minogue – particularly the iconic video for Can’t Get You Out Of My Head. Since then Dawn has worked with a huge variety of artists – Goldfrapp, The Streets, Tinie Tempah, Florence and the Machine and Oasis, Hurts, Metronomy to name a few – and Adam will attempt to cram as much of Dawn’s amazing back catalogue into our guest section as possible.

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