Three cheers for directorial duo Stephen Ledger-Lomas and Phoebe Arnstein for their work on Jamie Isaac’s new song, She Dried. Together they take us to a stark, monochromatic room where we are third wheel to a curious dinner date between Jamie and a fascinatingly beautiful older woman. This peculiar little love story is spliced with shots that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end – a lightbulb in a vice, white thread (or hair?) dragged between rusty nails, dark liquid dripping on to a calloused hand – the stuff of short, sharp nightmares or the more bloodcurdling scenes in Twin Peaks. What’s so refreshing about this video is the simplicity of it, as it serves as a reminder that for a great video all you really need is a few props and two very, very talented filmmakers.
We caught up with Phoebe and Stephen about the making-of. “We were totally inspired by this beautiful and haunting track. Jamie sings of loss and we wanted to deal with the female presence in a way that was completely ambiguous. The narrative between the characters is juxtaposed with still-life scenes depicting creation, and then ultimately destruction, to illustrate the climax in the track.” They told us. “We loved working together, and the dynamic on the shooting day (with Phoebe behind the camera) meant that we were able to create an exact match to our original concept.”