David Wilson has directed a short film for Arcade Fire, co-written by the director and the band, and co-starring actor Toni Collette. A teaser for Money + Love is available to watch below, and the full film is out 16 March. David has worked with the band before, directing the video for We Exist starring Andrew Garfield, which was nominated for a Grammy and the UK Music Video Awards in 2015.
On Money + Love, David has worked with the same executive producer Sue Yeon Ahn and producer Jason Baum as on We Exist, together with producer Richard Ostiguy and director of photography Christophe Collette. The teaser appears to echo a similar dramatic tone, and draws narrative from the song Put Your Money On Me from Arcade Fire’s Everything Now album, released mid 2017. Clips shows Toni Collette and the band in a casino, while another scene shows lead singer Win Butler in the desert setting that featured in the dystopian video for the album’s title song, directed by The Sacred Egg.
The band explains that Money + Love “opens in the aftermath of Arcade Fire’s 360-degree deal with global media and e-commerce platform Everything Now” and will feature a story that unfolds over the course of full performances of tracks Put Your Money on Me and We Don’t Deserve Love. Singer Win Butler refers to the film as a double music video, following the traditional format of an A and B side track.
David commented: “The ambition and scale of the this piece was huge from the outset. I adore working with Arcade Fire – reacting to their vision and scale is a beautiful thing to creatively respond to. The belief and trust in me from the band made this one of the best experiences of my career. It’s an as-close-to-perfect collaboration that I can think of with me and Win hitting emails backwards and forwards continually over the formation of the script. The connection, communication and enthusiasm from the band on the multiple shoot days led to an extremely tight bond. I’m super excited for this to be out in the world.”
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