Generator, NFM and J6 Films launch SBTRKT music video

Posted: 11th January 2013

Generator, Northern Film & Media and J6 Films are proud to present the stunning new music video for SBTKT’s ‘Trials of the Past’.

Directed by Ross Anderson the video stars Caitlin Lumley as a troubled girl running from her past in a post-industrial dystopia. Her hands are blooded, her eyes red from crying and she clutches her bag like it contains the most valuable thing in her life.

As she enters a little dusty barber shop she is greeted by the strangest little man - a little man who knows what she wants. The girl sits and pensively stares at her own reflection in his mirror, barely able to contain her grief as the barber proceeds to cut her head open with a circular saw. The girl is not human, she is something different entirely.

Generator and Northern Film & Media teamed with Young Turks and XL Recordings for ‘Transmission’, an innovative music video project that offered a rare opportunity to make a music video for the pioneering electronic artist and producer SBTRKT.

Filmmaker Ross Anderson (Dustfarm) fought off stiff competition to work closely with SBTRKT’s Young Turks label and became only the third person to direct a music video for the London-based artist/producer who released his debut album last year to critical acclaim and has remixed acts such as M.I.A, Modeselektor, Radiohead & Basement Jaxx.

Through the haunting sounds of ‘Trials of the Past’ and marrying the cinematic styles of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's nightmarish Delicatessen and Ridley Scott's classic neo-noir Blade Runner, the music video explores themes of past and future, superstition and technology, along with anonymity and personas.

“Generator and Northern Film & Media have a strong history of teaming musicians with music filmmakers and to be able to offer Ross Anderson the chance to work with the XL Recordings family was amazing,” said Joe Frankland, Generator’s artist development manager.

“SBTRKT is one of the most exciting artists and producers of recent years and Ross’ vision of a dystopian future perfectly conveys the mood and imagery of ‘Trials of the Past’.”

Since premiering the video in autumn last year, Anderson has joined the roster of Newcastle-based production company J6 Films.

"We were totally blown away by Ross’ SBTRKT video at a screening and knew immediately that his distinctive, boundary-pushing style would complement J6’s existing roster,” added James Baxter, Films’ J6’s managing director.

“Thankfully, our move was successful and we are excited at the prospect of further collaborations.”


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