David Knight - 9th June 2021

Greg Barth's latest collaboration with Leicester indie-R&Bers Easy Life takes its cue from their excellent previous work - and one video in particular - and the cover of their just-released debut album Life's A Beach.

As always frontman Murray Matravers takes centre stage, in a fantastical scenario where his bandmates paly supporting roles - both to Murray and his giant goldfish friend. 

As Greg explains below, its a surreal sequel of sorts to the animated Message To Myself video. It's also the latest in an extensive body of Easy Life work over the past couple of years by the Swiss-born and London-based director, from the video for Nightmares (featuring Jamie Demetriou of Stath Lets Flats) to the recent Gondryesque Skeletons. The work has been consistently inventive and entertaining, and this is certainly the case here.    

GREG BARTH:

The goldfish... has grown into a coping device Murray has started believing is real

"Riffing off Easy Life’s Message To Myself video, I wanted to develop the story between Murray and the goldfish (which is a fabrication of his subconscious / ego).

"Since it initially saved him from killing himself, the goldfish hallucination has grown into a coping device Murray has started believing is real and fallen in love with - a toxic relationship that leads to a devastating car crash.

"The film is set in the aftermath of this accident, as Murray retreats into his dream world to shield himself from the dramatic real-world consequences of his actions."

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorGreg Barth
ProducerGhandi El-Chamaa
ProducerRamy Dance
Production CompanyCommon People Films
Executive ProducerTony Roberts
Executive ProducerRamy Dance
1st ADJoe Starrs
Director of PhotographyStefan Yap
Focus PullerJerry Pradon
2nd ACJoseph Edwards
GafferJasper Clarkson
Art DirectorBenny Casey 
WardrobeJaime Franes Jarvis
Make-upMaya Man
EditorGreg Barth
ColouristConnor Coolbear
Grading companyElectric Theatre Collective
Post ProducerOliver Whitworth
CommissionerLaura Clayton
Other creditsSpark: Isaac Whittingham Crane: Mike Drury Crane Assistant: Ben Reason Puppet/goldfish: Hugh Purves Puppet/goldfish: Emily Morus-Jones Art Assistants: Soraya Wright, Niall Herlihy, Hannah Vivancos-Drury Runners: Izzy Petherbridge, Mishael Obozua, Morgan Coull Catering: Sands Medic: Shaun Lee

David Knight - 9th June 2021

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