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28 June 2021

Distorted Light Beam

by Syd Briscoe

Bastille: “Distorted Light Beam” - 3 mins 02s

'The Matrix' meets Black Mirror in this intriguing promo for Bastille's latest single 'Distorted Lightbeam'. The London quartet dive into a dystopic future in which humans can experience multiple realities via a sinister neural implant, as witnessed by a single engineer (His Dark Materials actor Remmie Milner) who understands the grim state of the physical world around them.

Director Jak Payne and cinematographer Anna Smoronova do a good job of crafting a world which feels at once futuristic and all too current, with decaying architecture occupied by residents who only truly exist within their own heads. After a year-plus of lockdowns, Dan Smith's cry of "If this is life/I'm choosing fiction" resonates big time.

Film Production: Blink Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Jak Payne Ⓦ
Producer: Rosie Brear
Production Ass'nt: Harry Hardwick
Executive Producer: Laura Northover / Josef Byrne
1st AD: Ivan Grbin
2nd AD: Kosta Ilić / Rastko Obrenov
Cinematographer: Anna Smoronova
1st AC / Focus Puller: Marko Jokić
Production Designer: Damjan Paranosić
VFX: Angus Wilson @ Blinkink Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Alex Gregory @ The Mill Ⓟ Ⓦ
Animation: Balázs Simon
Sound Designer: Kaspar Broyd @ String and Tins Ⓟ Ⓦ
Audio Producer: Laura-Leigh Smith @ String and Tins Ⓟ Ⓦ

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