Ian Emes, the brilliant and beautiful mind behind Duran Duran's sensuous classic 'The Chauffeur'. Emes made the first animated film for Pink Floyd (for Dark Side of the Moon in 1974) before creating this erotic masterpiece. The video was inspired in part by the film 'The Night Porter' as well as the photography of Helmut Newton, both apparent references upon viewing. And so to Mister Emes - a pioneer of music video and music visuals alike - we raise our glasses (and lacy black gloves).
Late Of The Pier are Parlophone’s hip young things, but rather remarkably the video for Space And The Woods has been directed by one of the pioneers of music video and live music visuals: Ian Emes.
Ian made the first animated film for Pink Floyd, for Dark Side Of The Moon, in 1974, was the director/animator on intriguing Eighties videos for Roger Daltrey, Linda McCartney & Wings, and also the live action erotic masterpiece that is Duran Duran’s The Chauffeur, before moving into TV, commercials and movies. So here is the directors’ cut of his video for Space And The Woods: Ian has combined live action with his lovely animation style here and the result is a highly imaginative blast from start to finish.
London - Had Walt Disney taken acid he might very well have produced something like Ian Emes’s wonderful shorts which, throughout the decade have been quietly earning him a solid reputation both here and abroad. They’re updated versions of the early 30’s Silly Symphonies – Freaky Fantasies perhaps. Instead of classical tit-bits as musical accompaniment there’s tit-bits of Pink Floyd. And like strip artist Robert Crumb, Emes has learnt the joys of taking commercial animation’s traditional anthropomorphic mannerisms and fondness for cute, cuddly shapes to crazy extremes, pitting his quaint objects and creatures against psychedelic backgrounds and pulsating perspectives. Outside the Whitney Brothers and their elegant computer patterns, Emes has few peers in the filed of visual bombardment. And the man’s British!
Reviewed at the Essential Cinema Lunchtime Shorts by Geoff Brown 5th May 1980
Montreal – Knights and Emeralds is an endearing film that places serious themes of race and class conflicts among English working class youth in an upbeat comedic context. Warner Bros could have a real speciality sleeper here, given the pic’s interracial cast, musical ambience, involving screenplay and happy ending. Hopefully, WB will increase the film’s US chances of success by having the British actors re-dub the small proportion of dialect dialog that’s virtually foreign to the American ear.
Filmmaker Ian Emes in his first feature uses this situation for a serio-comic look at an England in difficult transition to a multiracial society. The film’s musical pulse and fresh youth appeal prevent things from ever getting preachy, but the director assiduously avoids the fluff that plagues so many Hollywood teen pics. There are wonderful sub-themes on the passing of the old Brittania, the middle aging of the ‘50s rocker generation and the curious place of assimilated Anglo-Indians in modern England.
Performances by Christopher Wild as Kevin and Beverly Hills as Melissa are thoroughly winning and supported by a fine cast of players.