Cat Velez - 19th Oct 2015

Stuart Birchall follows up his video for Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine's You Want A Battle? (Here's A War) with this sequel for the song Venom, in which the atmosphere is suitably poisonous.

The first video told a story of domestic abuse, which culminated in a violent man's wife and daughter setting him on fire as an act of revenge. The mystery of whether or not he was killed is only somewhat resolved in Venom, as the mother and her daughter linger about their dark, empty house warily, haunted by the man's malevolent and vengeful spirit – intercut with the band's intense performance. 


"Working with Bullet is a real pleasure, it is important for me to connect with the artist, their music and establish trust creatively. After our first video I was very keen to continue the journey of the characters we established in taking the narrative in a fresh direction. The band and management were behind this 100%. 

"We discussed taking a more cerebral tone with a darker subtext. Maeve O Connell (DOP) and myself wanted to take the cinematography in a different direction stylistically, and the cast were all very keen to continue the story and journey we had started together. We hope this video takes people back to enjoy part one, If You Want A Battle, Here's A War – and of course I left room for a finale!"

PRO Credits


DirectorStuart Birchall
ProducerJamie Whymark
Production CompanyKode Media
Executive ProducerNathan Killham
1st ADNiall Coffey
Director of PhotographyMaeve O’connell
Focus PullerDan Alexander
GafferHugh Donnelly
Art DirectorAmelia Johnson
WardrobeRuby Elkins
Make-upEvie Kelleher
Make-upClaire Addicott
EditorStuart Birchall
Lead actorThomas Thoroe
Lead actorJessica Collins, Kerstin Francis
Director's RepresentationCarrie Sutton
CommissionerRyan Richards
Other creditsProduction Assistant - James Cross Camera Operator - Rob Wilton

Cat Velez - 19th Oct 2015

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