Thursday, November 12, 2009

NEWS: Richard Ayoade Goes Underwater With Submarine...


So, I am a big time fan of music video directors becoming film makers. Just look at some of the best like Mark Romanek, Spike Jones, and of course, Michel Gondry. Now, one of the hottest young music video creators is looking to take that jump to the big screen, and is joined by one hell of a lead cast.

Richard Ayoade, director of such music masterworks like the videos for Vampire Weekends “Oxford Comma”, The Last Shadow Puppets “Standing Next to Me” as well as the video for Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Heads Will Roll”, which I think may be his best, and is embedded below, is that director. His debut feature, an adaptation of Joe Dunthorne’s novel, Submarine, has begun filming about a month ago, and with a cast that includes Noah Taylor, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine, and newcomer Craig Roberts in the lead.

Here’s the scoop from The Playlist, who had this story a while ago, I just happened to miss it, and this is too good of a story to skip:

The novel, published when author Dunthorne was only 25, is a coming-of-age story, following 15-year-old Oliver Tate, as he tries to save his parent's marriage, and lose his virginity to his pyromaniac girlfriend Jordana. Other than Roberts, there's no official news on who's playing who, but, taking an educated guess, we'd say that Taylor and Hawkins will play Tate's parents (Taylor replaces Michael Sheen, who was previously attached to the project), and Considine will probably be Hawkins' Capoeira teacher, who Tate is convinced his mother is having an affair with. Doing a little digging, we've also found information suggesting that Yasmin Paige, star of the "Doctor Who" spin off "The Sarah Jane Adventures," is playing Jordana.

I haven’t read the book, but after seeing his work in the above videos, as well as with buddies The Mighty Boosh, I can’t help but be overly interested in this project. He’s a fantastic director, with a distinct style, and one that I think will translate well to the big screen.

Here’s his video for the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Heads Will Roll”. Enjoy!



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