Cat Velez - 30th Oct 2015

The third in a series of videos for Róisín Murphy's latest album, the Mercury Prize-nominated Hairless Toys, that have been directed by the artist herself, Unputdownable follows the utterly distinctive and idiosyncratic style that she established with Exploitation and Evil Eyes.

Once again, she's been influenced by the work of a late 20th century auteur, and dispensed with the conventions of music video, to make something refreshingly unique. Lipsync? You're having a laugh.


"Unputdownable is the third instalment in the 'Hairless Saga'. All the videos have been structured as trailers for something larger, some unseen total. So three trailers for three different films but starring the same actress, each time we see a woman in turmoil. 

"Exploitation, where we started, she (I know I sound mad!) plays an actress, the major reference being John Cassavettes. Evil Eyes, is about a housewife and mother, and for this I immersed myself in the work of Ingmar Bergman. Unputdownable is about a cabaret performer, a fallen woman. For reference I joyfully delved into Fassbender's bent and beautiful world.

"And so lip-sync is not appropriate in any of these videos. The fact that Unputdownable is about a singer/performer means that the  character is seen singing, but again you would have to watch the non-existent film to catch what she is singing.

"This time the trailer idea is taken further with a voice over and the text inserted like quotes from fictitious reviews. It's like an Italian trailer for a German film, hence the languages, German subtitled in Italian. The translation of the title is 'the art of the incapable'." 

PRO Credits


DirectorRóisín Murphy
ProducerImogen Rigby
1st ADBailey Marks
2nd ADJosefina Jacobs
Director of PhotographyMatthew Emvin Taylor
Focus PullerLukas Demgenski
2nd ADRaul Menendez
GripRay Cook
GripDavid Marquez
GafferKilian Drury
ElectricianHarry Gay
ElectricianSunny Singh
ElectricianAntti Janhunen
Art DirectionBon Walsh
Art Department AssistantJack Short
StylistRóisín Murphy
Wardrobe AssistantBryde Gordon
HairLouis Byrne
Make-upAnne Sophie Costa
Make-upKristina Vidic
Executive ProducerPhil Tidy
Production CompanySquire
EditorJamie O'Donnell
Editing companyCut+Run
ColouristJack McGinity
Grading companyTime Based Arts
CommissionerRob Anderson
Other creditsRunner: Liam Green, Abbie Davies, Theo Sowerbutts

Cat Velez - 30th Oct 2015

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