When: 14th October 2010
Where: BFI Southbank
Details as follows:
54th BFI London Film Festival event...The director Mark Romanek of our joins the BFI to discuss his stunning music video work and his thought provoking feature films.
54th BFI London Film Festival event...
As a music video director, Mark Romanek seized the opportunity to create visually stunning and highly original works that challenge and provoke the audience, encouraging us to open our eyes wider. Among such videos as Michael and Janet Jackson's 'Scream' and Red Hot Chilli Peppers' 'Don't Stop', two music videos stand out from the rest for their sophisticated references to contemporary and historical art. Nine Inch Nails' 'Closer' pays homage to photographer Joel-Peter Witkin and Madonna's 'Bedtime Story' nods to female surrealist painters such as Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo. It is testament to the artistic merit of these music videos that they have become part of the permanent collection at MoMA in New York. Romanek admits to being heavily influenced by visionary directors such as Scorsese, Cassavetes, Fassbinder, Herzog, and Fellini, but above all by Stanley Kubrick and with his features Static (1985) and One Hour Photo(2002), Romanek joined the ranks of talented music video auteurs who have transitioned into the world of feature filmmaking. In our brilliant Opening Night Film Never Let Me Go, the beautifully subtle colour palette compliments the melancholy of the story and enhances the impeccable performances that Romanek has drawn out of his talented cast. His masterful handling of Alex Garland's script (from Kazuo Ishiguro's novel) has resulted in a haunting and delicate film that lingers in one's memory long after viewing.