Rob Ulitski - 21st Jan 2020

An intense dance takes place under stormy skies in Marcus Söderlund's video for Mura Masa's Teenage Headache Dreams. 

Bleak and moody, the desolate location sets a sorrowful scene as the two dancers (Becky Namgauds and Ethan Jacobs) intermittently wrestle and grapple whilst trying to resolve their emotional pain. The video marks the return to music videos of choreographer Holly Blakey


"I have a fear of cinematic techniques getting in the way of storytelling and the emotions that I want invoke. In my process I use myself as an emotional seismograph being the harshest judge on whether a performance or an image moves me or not. This project combined many very different 'languages'. The cinematographer Daniel Takács and I have, over a long period of time, developed a language of our own.

"Through [choreographer] Holly Blakey I began to learn a new language. Listening to her talking about movement and space, with Ethan and Becky, opened up a new world and a new way to express myself, in a new language. All these different aspects could have stood in the way for my emotions, but watching Ethan and Becky in the film makes me feel a lot.

"The idea is about the hope and hopelessness you feel when being young, about wanting to leave but staying."

PRO Credits


DirectorMarcus Söderlund
ProducerGeorgina Smith
Production CompanyAcademy Films
Executive ProducerMedb Riordan
1st ADJack Meredith
Director of PhotographyDaniel Takács
Focus PullerMerrit Gold
2nd ACJames Smith (AC)
GafferPhil Penfold
ChoreographerHolly Blakey
WardrobeTaff Williamson
Make-upHolly Miller
ColouristLuke Morrison
Post production companyElectric Theatre Collective
Post ProducerHolly Tracey
VFXGiles Cheetham
DancerEthan Jacobs
DancerBecky Namgauds
Director's RepresentationElla Girardot
CommissionerRichard Grewe

Rob Ulitski - 21st Jan 2020

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