Rob Ulitski - 12th Aug 2020

Huse Monfaradi directs a splendidly vibrant, and wittily retro live visual for Declan McKenna's Be An Astronaut. 

With a single line of silver glitter drawn on his face, the indie-rock prodigy sets aside the more heavy surrealism seen in his official videos, and goes all-in with a dynamic live performance of old school glam rock. 

Paying homage to iconic artists in the genre - particularly Hunky Dory-era Bowie and early Elton - the track is visualised through a lively and unabashed performance from McKenna, backed up by a handful of equally animated, and appropriately styled musicians. 

The location is excellent too, toeing the line between derelict and palatial. And Monfaradi's canny use of camera and lenses seals the early '70s vibe, and works well in the themes of dreams vs reality that run through the lyrics. 

PRO Credits


DirectorHuse Monfaradi
ProducerHannah Wainwright
Production CompanyKode Media
Executive ProducerNathan Killham
1st ADChris Kelly
Director of PhotographyBen Magahy
Focus PullerJeremy Fusco
2nd ACJasmin Anderson
GafferPaul Toomey
Art DirectorTerry Palamara
WardrobeMicahael Darlington
Make-upJackie Tyson
EditorNick Ellis
ColouristVic Parker
Grading companyRaised By Wolves
Director's RepresentationCarrie Sutton
CommissionerMichael Lewin

Rob Ulitski - 12th Aug 2020

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