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7 August 2020

Better

by Andrew MacGregor


Jack Garratt: “Better” - 4 mins 16s

One of eight - count ‘em - promos released to coincide with Jack Garratt’s ‘Love, Death, and Dancing’, this lively effort finds Garratt trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare-cum-strobe-light reverie. Think Kafka meets Nineties rave and you’re in the right ballpark.

Both dimensions are vividly drawn by director Tom Clarkson, who uses blinds, clocks, and desk lamps to create an oppressive, paranoid atmosphere. It’s no wonder that a jittery Garratt goes all out in the later dance scenes.

Yet there is also darkness in Garratt’s lyrics, as the singer-songwriter grapples with anxiety and self-esteem: “Oh, if I can swallow something/Then people might like me better when I choke it down”. Call it introspection you can dance to.


Director: Tom Clarkson Ⓟ Ⓦ (Darling Films Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Cinematographer: Paul Kirsop
Art Department: Miles Roberts
Choreography: Olivia Lockwood
Colourist: Toby Tomkins / Jack McGinty @ Cheat Ⓦ

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