David Knight - 17th Nov 2014

Sing J Lee explores the boundary between love and lust in a set of intriguing scenarios set in an apartment block, in his video for Years & Years' very catchy Desire.

But the real focus of the video is the band's charismatic frontman Olly Alexander, who plays both struggling writer in an apartment block and performs with the band. Perhaps not surprisingly, as Olly is also an actor, who's appeared in Misfits, the movie The Riot Club and upcoming musical feature God Help The Girl, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian.


"After getting hooked on the track, the boys sent a note through about the meaning of the song, a cyclical conflict of being a slave to desire and the blurring between the lines of lust and love.

"This in mind, I wanted to create something sensual and surreal, and it felt right that we should visit a strange world set within an apartment block and fleetingly peer into the lives of characters as they voyeuristically and hungrily fantasise over watching each other, with Olly playing the enigmatic raconteur."

PRO Credits


DirectorSing J Lee
Production CompanyChief Productions
ProducerNick Crossley
Production AssistantKate Brady
Production AssistantMargot Douglas
Director of PhotographyAdam Scarth
1st ADChristopher Caddy
Focus PullerEsther Vardy
SteadicamAndrew Fletcher
Camera AssistantCarl Noble
Hair & Make-upRoxanna Gillani
StylistColine Bach
Art DirectorMarc Ingham
Art DirectorClaire Molloy
EditorIan McLaughlin
EditorRyan Beck
Editing companyFinal Cut
ColouristLewis Crossfield
Grading companyElectric Theatre Collective
Director's RepresentationAlexa Haywood at Free Agent UK
CommissionerEmily Tedrake
Other creditsLighting: Chris Sarginson, Howard Dean, James Braodfoot & Mike Hogan Art Department: Hannah Williamson, Simon Stannard, Tom McGuire & Dan Gubber Production Team: Matt Green, Tim Keegan, James McIntosh

David Knight - 17th Nov 2014

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