If you’re out to thrill, to chill, or to kill (literally), Bret Easton Ellis is the name of the game. If you’ve not heard of the oft-controversial author, you’ll surely be familiar with the screen adaptation of one of his classics, the bloody axe-wielding behemouth that is American Psycho. Easton Ellis has been a pretty busy man of late: he penned last year’s The Canyons, starring Lindsay Lohan, has teamed up with Kanye West for a top-secret cinematic project, has signed up for the Rob Zombie-directed Fox series about the haunting Manson murders, and continues to work on his next novel Tranquil Reflections.
However, between all of that, he’s somehow managed to find the time to script a malificent little short entitled Are You Okay?for the band The Dum Dum Girls. These showbusiness types, they’ve clearly never been sucked into a Netflix black hole. Working in co-ordination with Sub Pop, VICE, and MOCAtv, it’s an interesting step forward for the increasingly narrative world of music videos, seeing the Dum Dum Girl’s new single Are You Okay? (taken from their new album Too True) forming only a small part of much larger cinematic peice. Starring frontwoman Dee Dee Penny, the short sees the surreal journey of a woman haunted by an alter-ego during a session of hypnonsis. Directed by the enigmatically named directing duo Brewer, winners of the Young Director Award for Alt J’s Something Good video, Are You Okay? is a chilling, hypnotic work reminiscent of the fluid identities and detached glamour present in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive.
By Clarisse Loughrey
Clarisse Loughrey is a film journalist and actress whose written for Grolsch Films Works, Vérité Magazine, and Flickfeast. You can catch more of her spiky take on contemporary film culture at http://thesilverliningclub.blogspot.co.uk/ and follow her on Twitter @clarisselou.