My new video for Irish artist David Turpin. Shot last year in Dublin.
Concept: David Turpin | Dir/Ed: Gareth Stack | DOP: Siobhán T. Rose Madden | Prod: James Galvin | BTS: Anthony Kinsella Feat: Xona, Lorcan, Dmitry, Michal, Pablo, David, Emerson and Bonnie Take from the album ROMANCES.
Directed this last year for Irish artist David Turpin. It’s from an album called Romances, featuring his songs performed by a variety of Irish artists, in this case Jordan from the band XOMO.
The idea for the video was a kind of audition / tarot reading before a pair of jaded libertines. Visually we tried to create the feeling of a Robert Mapplethorpe photograph, or some of the effects pioneered by John Maybury in his biopic of Frances Bacon, ‘Love is the Devil’. This combined in camera effects with a good amount of post grading, like chromatic aberation and depth of field effects. Using Davinci, Film Convert and Red Giant Universe.
I spoke with David Turpin for No More Workhorse about the making of ‘The Wall in the Mind’, and the real historic incidents that inspired the programme.
The Wall in the Mind is a historical drama series, dealing with the consequences of an Irish woman’s imprisonment in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. What attracted you to this subject?
I made a documentary a couple of years ago about the Irish experimental music scene. One of the highlights was an interview with Ewan Hennelly (HERV / ZPG), who’s this under appreciated genius of Irish electronic music. He told me this incredible story about narrowly escaping arrest when climbing in the foothills of the Grunewald forest outside Berlin. There’s a mountain there called Teufelsberg, literally built from the rubble of the Second World War. The allies had a listening post on top of it – part of the old CIA ECHELON system they used to spy on the Eastern block. Ewan made the place sound almost magical, this forgotten ruin of the early days of the modern surveillance state. That was the seed I think, this image of an abandoned outpost of empire looming over the east, churning in my head.
Your monthly dose of lowbrow comedy and middlebrow culture with Gareth Stack, hosted by Andrew Booth. May’s guests are three of the most flabbergasting Irish musicians at work today. Myles Manley has been described variously as Mick Jagger meets Alan Partridge, and as ‘whitesploitation’. Chanteur Dr David Turpin is an expert in mid-twentieth century American poetry (although his botany leaves much to be desired). Gamepak’s Andrew Edgar creates a melange of child noise from his beastly machines live in the Radiomade studio. Join the ‘lads’ as they discuss the arrest of top tweeter Gerry Adams, Richard Ayoade’s Dostoevsky derived ‘The Double’, and why super producer Ronnie recently saw fit to swim around Ireland. This month’s murderer is Sid Vicious.