During the 1990s Richard Ayoade — a name you’ll recognise as the director of The Double and Submarine the presenter of Channel 4’s Travel Man, or Moss from the I.T Crowd — was a teen living in Suffolk’s creative metropolis, Ipswich. One day he travelled to London to buy The Breeders’ 1990 debut, Pod. Years later, and following a career that’s seen Richard make us laugh, and make music videos for the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Vampire Weekend, Richard has directed The Breeders’ latest music video, Spacewoman.
Richard’s interpretation of the song is an eerie depiction of the subject matter, and one The Breeders’ Kim Deal describes as “a sci-fi thrill with the soul of Harlan Ellison”. The short appears to be filmed at some kind of deserted leafy area in England, where Kim enters the camera frame in a spacesuit clutching an acoustic guitar; encountering the rest of her band mades Jim Macpherson, Josephine Wiggs and Kelley Deal, also in spacesuits, clutching instruments in similar states of distress.
Shot in just one take using 35mm film, Spacewoman sees Richard Ayoade back behind the lens directing cinematic, if slightly ambiguous films once again.
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