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Jon Hopkins 'Collider' by Tom Haines

Second in the series of videos for the music of Jon Hopkins is Collide, directed by Tom Haines. Frighteningly aggressive and fitful, the main character forms a disturbing mockery of sexualized dance. Appearing to relive a rave night gone wrong in an abandoned factory, she spasms and contorts in motions resembling the ballet ‘The Rite of Spring’ by Stravinsky, a renowned classical piece in which a young woman dances herself to death. There’s a compulsion here too, she appears to be a prisoner to death, to drink, to fuck, to dance. Is she escaping? Or is she trapped?

It’s a powerful film, seeming to draw influences from Gaspar Noé and Fincher. The song is described by Hopkins as ‘the end of the world’, it’s easy to see apocalyptic tones, the girl, a frantic Nero, dancing in that ruined industrial complex as the world burns.

Director: Tom Haines



What are we seeing here? I’ve scoured the reviews of Daniel Wolfe’s evocative music video of Paolo Nutini’s Iron Sky and most explain it as repression incarnate, and consequent freedom, an ambiguous statement of freedom against non-specific enemies.

From which we’ll rise over love,
Over hate,
From this iron sky,
That’s fast becoming our minds.
Over fear and into freedom.

Clinically cold poverty in faded pastel hues and images of intense drug dependency serve to show a tightening grip of desperation and pressure experienced in the modern metropolitan landscape. I’m reminded of the prison of the mind, shown in a similar palette of Marshall’s Awakenings. Blood trickles from an alabaster white face, a crucifix necklace draws against a taut neck, a motorized boat carries far-looking passengers. I don’t think this film is expecting definition in the same way the CTA Blue Line ever stops running – it shows life as motion and suffering as normal. Beautiful work.


Directed by: Daniel Wolfe


Using mixed media, including oil, two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, this melancholy story is woven from the story of two boys, drawn to different paths, violently re-connected. Its bleak tones reminded me of The Snowman by Briggs, and contained a timeless noir akin to Program, directed by Kawajiri from the Animatrix series. The fourth film by Hisko Hulsing, I’ll be following his work closely.


Written and Directed by Hisko Hulsing

Released: 2014