David Knight - 4th Mar 2015

Chris Turner - aka Favourite Colour: Black - draws the viewer into his story of corruption for Young Guns's Speaking In Tongues, in much in the way that Young Guns' lead singer Gus is lured into the maelstrom: by an exciting encounter with a girl in suspenders, stockings and a very short fur coat.

But its never as good again for Gus as that first time - in fact, it gets a whole lot worse – in a stylish visual demonstration of the law of diminishing returns. 


"The brief was to make a film which was initially benevolent but takes a turn for the sinister. Something character-driven which included the band but wasn't conventionally performance based.

"I'd recently seen something about a 'photography club' where amateurs go to shoot glamour models posing for them. It sounded creepy, but a great metaphor for corrupted beauty if we gave it a visual twist to reflect the lyrical content of the song. The end result was a cyclical narrative which followed a guy who - after seeing an ad in a newspaper which read 'Do you want to dance with the Devil' (a line from the end of the song) - goes to a derelict location to photograph a model who embodies a typical kind of male fantasy version of sexuality. 

"As the narrative repeats, the man (played by Gus - the lead singer) revisits this place multiple times, but the more he goes the more he sees the ugliness of the situation. In the end, Gus is confronted by a twisted, distorted version of an ideal he once desired. During the edit, we removed the exterior 'real world' scenes to give the final film a more abstract feel and stylised aesthetic."


DirectorFavourite Colour: Black
ProducerThalia Murray
Production CompanyStable London
Director of PhotographyLuke Scully
Focus PullerRees Lipscomb
2nd ACRich Savage
GafferMaarten Alexander
Art DirectorChris Turner
WardrobeGemma Carmichael
HairKrystle Gohel
Make-upKrystle Gohel
EditorMark Whelan
Editing companyThe Quarry
ColouristAdam Clarke
Grading companyAbsolute Post
Post production companyAbsolute Post
Post ProducerBelinda Grew
Lead actorHayley Ku'unani
Director's RepresentationAlexa Haywood
CommissionerJames Hackett
LabelVirgin EMI
ChoreographerLucie Pankhurst
Other credits

David Knight - 4th Mar 2015

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