HTRK ~ “Venus in Leo”
For us, travelling down to Australia from NY, literally the other side of the world, with only demos of the song and a few photos of possible locations they’d sent, even the most practical ideas seemed to exist in a fantastical realm. We started shooting with them immediately, through the haze of jetlag and Spring mist. Slow shutter suited the rhythm of the song; a Wong Kar Wai inspired blurrr to immortalize time.
Jonn’s lyrics paint a cosmic and mythical realm - which led us to this storybook, Garden of Eden like park in the rainforest. Nigel created his character as a kind of gangster, street shaman, roaming the back alleys of a consciousness…representing the great spirit to whom Jonn is pleading.
The costumes fell into our hands so naturally. All the colors lined up. Jonn’s Venus/Rose colored dress representing love/Venus and Nigel’s Lion colored cape as Leo.
There’s a bit of a plot twist in the middle. They’re just human. The ending, we’d rather not explain, a bit of hitting you with the hee where the two paths merge; soft yearning and perpetual motion on the Rainbow Road.
Film gods hooked it up, Give Thanks.
Directed by Nathan Corbin and Tony Lowe
A Video Dub Production
Filmed in Melbourne, Australia