Ben Wheatley Is the Latest Director to Shoot a Radiohead Video
As part of their release strategy for their newest album, Radiohead has targeted some of the most influential modern filmmakers to shoot music videos or short vignettes for their songs. The biggest of these was undoubtedly Paul Thomas Anderson, whose full “Daydreaming” music video was released back in May and even played prior to movies at several arthouse theaters across the countries. And now, Radiohead has added British filmmaker Ben Wheatley to the fold with a short vignette for their song “Ful Stop”.
Wheatley joins The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos, who directed last week’s “Idendikit” short film, and Richard Ayoade, who directed the June 17 short for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief” (you can see both below). Wheatley has made his name as a filmmaker unafraid to tackle challenging and dark material; his most recent film, High Rise, was described as both his best and his least accessible by our own Britt Hayes. It’s not surprising, then, that his premise for “Ful Stop” is both simple and off-putting: the body of a man, floating face down over a rocky beach as his hand drags along the ground. While this vignette might be intended for Radiohead fans, it also helps keep people excited for Wheatley’s upcoming Free Fire, a crime thriller about a group of criminals dealing with the fallout of an arms deal gone wrong. Among others, the film stars Armie Hammer, Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy. The film does not yet have a release date.