The Staves 'Black & White' by Jack Whiteley
In quite a change of direction for a video for folk outfit The Staves, Jack Whiteley has directed this very sharp comedy for Black & White, in which an '80s Australian evening news show goes into meltdown off-camera when the lady newsreader (played by Nell Mooney) discovers, as the programme starts, that her suave co-host is cheating on her with the weathergirl.
Building the tension between what the viewers are seeing on TV, and what's really going on in the studio - with the Stave girls appearing as onlooking crew - it's a delicious car-crash moment, beautifully executed by the crew in front of the camera, and the one behind it.
"I've always been intrigued by the idea of the dual lives that TV presenters, and particularly onscreen couples, lead on and off screen. That idea of contrast seemed to fit well with the title of the song, Black & White.
"The film is my attempt to guess what could be going on behind the scenes during a live TV news broadcast. I chose 1980s Australia as a backdrop to add humour and colour to an otherwise dire situation.
"My goal was to tread a fine line between the awful and the hilarious. I wanted people to be drawn in by the tension of the situation and keep them guessing as to whether Scott and Patricia would buckle under the pressure or keep it together until the cameras have stopped rolling."
|Production Company||Rattling Stick|
|Executive Producer||Andy Orrick|
|Production Manager||Rory Macrae|
|1st AD||Louis Devereux|
|Director of Photography||Malte Rosenfeld|
|Art Director||Sophia Stocco|
|Art Director||Gini Godwin|
|Post production company||Absolute Post|
|Sound design||Tom Heddy|
|Director's Representation||OB Management|
|Other credits||Cast - Patricia Harding: Nell Mooney Scott Harding: Luke Jasztal Paul the Sports Presenter: Andrew Gruen Bruce the Director: Clive Brill|
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