Rogue’s newest director Joe Connor directs the latest Rolling Stones video 'Living in a Ghost-Town', with post-production by Black Kite
The video for the latest Rolling Stones song 'Living in a Ghost-Town' has been released, directed by Joe Connor at Rogue Films. Drawing inspiration from the undiscriminating and global impact of Covid-19 on our cities and towns, Joe had the idea of using his spherical fisheye lens as a metaphor, both for ‘home’ - the goldfish bowl we all now find ourselves living in – and as a way to represent the now empty-looking planet.
Shooting the world’s deserted spaces, particularly those that are usually heaving with humans, and then connecting them through underground systems, doorways and stairways emerging somewhere new but strangely identical, it seemed to reinforce how every country, regardless of politics, culture, religion, race, geography and wealth, is now bound by the same rules and disorientating atmosphere. With the 180-degree lens avoiding the pretence of framing or staging and the stop-frame photography technique adding a hand-made charm to the experience, Joe gives us a unique, human point of view of our surreal new ‘norm’, edited together by Black Kite.
Mick Jagger comments: "So the Stones were in the studio recording some new material before the lockdown and there was
one song we thought would resonate through the times that we’re living in right now. We’ve worked on it in isolation. And here it is – It’s called ‘Living in A Ghost Town’ - I hope you like it”
A striking collection of images from London to LA, Toronto, Oslo, Cape Town, Osaka and even Margate, it’s possibly one of the most comprehensive, artistic documentations of the crisis from across the globe. The music video launched live globally yesterday - Thursday 23rd April 2020 - on The Rolling Stones YouTube channel. Also featured on the BBC and ITV's news at 10 on the same day.