Jigsaw Falling Into Place, Radiohead, directed by Adam Buxton, produced by Garth Jennings
For music video fans,BUG, a bi-monthly event held at the BFI Southbank in London, has become a must-attend event. So much so that the show has a tendency to sell out long in advance, prompting the organisers to hold two nights in May, one on May 22 with regular host, Adam Buxton and another on May 27, with a special guest host, director Dougal Wilson. May 22 is already sold out but if you act fast you may be lucky enough to pick up some tickets for May 27. The event brings together the best of the latest music videos, alongside interviews with directors about their work.
CR talked to Adam Buxton about hosting the event and making his own videos, including a series of films for Radiohead’s New Year webcast, made in collaboration with director Garth Jennings.
Adam Buxton as Ken Korda discussing the film In Her Shoes
Creative Review: How did you first get involved with BUG?
Adam Buxton: I hosted a couple of shows at the former music video night, Antenna, in the character of Ken Korda, but when that ended and the mantle was passed onto David Knight, it became BUG and he asked me to carry on hosting, but as myself. It’s the only presenting thing I do now, apart from the BBC 6 Music radio show on Saturday mornings, which is different.
CR: Do you pick the videos?
AB: No, David Knight does that. I can lobby for stuff though. We show a combination of what would be nice
to show, what they can get hold of and what they can clear.
Don’t Make Me A Target, Spoon, fan video directed by Adam Buxton
CR: How about making your own videos – is this something you are serious about?
AB: It’s something I’m entirely not serious about. I do get offered jobs every now and then but rarely say yes, because almost all the videos I’ve done just because I’ve had a stupid idea and had time to do it. But actually I’m working on a video at the moment. It’s for an album that Joe [Cornish] and I are releasing of our songs from Song Wars on the 6 Music show. The video’s for a song based on the film The Hours, but I’m trying not to make too much of a meal of it, just plundering clips from the film. I tend to make films just for myself – it’s fun, there’s no pressure on you, there’s no record company to irritate. It’s nice when the pressure’s off.
Faust Arp, Radiohead, directed by Adam Buxton and Garth Jennings
CR: How about the Radiohead films – how did they come about?
AB: They were the same sort of thing – the understanding was that we were doing it as friends, there was no intention at the beginning that things would be used in an official way [several of Buxton and Jennings’ films did go on to be used officially by the band, however]. It was just one day and was done on that basis, with no money changing hands.
Morgan Freeman receives his copy of In Rainbows, for Radiohead webcast, directed by Adam Buxton and Garth Jennings
CR: Did you go with lots of ideas?
AB: I went with almost none. The only idea I had was the bicycle helmet head-cam that was in the Jigsaw Falling Into Place video. The only frightening moment was when we sat down for lunch and it was kind of like the Last Supper, with Thom at the head of the table saying, “So, what ideas have you got?”. He’s much more together than you would imagine – he’s very focused. So we felt very nervous, and then made a load of stuff up on the spot.
For more info on BUG, visit bugvideos.co.uk.