Fortune’s Fool…The Backstory.
Hiatus and Shura have been going from strength to strength producing soulful, Melancholic music mixed with heavy basslines. Their tunes have been constantly spun on the Mint turntables…
In an exclusive for Mint and in his own words, Hiatus shows us the story behind the Fortune’s Fool video.
The director, Dan Susman, is an old uni mate. I’d bumped into him at a wedding a few weeks earlier, and told him I was hoping to put a video together. I had an unfinished version of the song on my phone at the time; he listened on headphones over dinner and decided then and there that he wanted to be involved.
We shot in the home of another friend, Neil Lambeth. It’s a terraced house in south London; a restoration project that Neil bought a couple of years back with the intention of turning a profit, but got too busy with work to complete. It’s essentially still a building site, with ladders instead of staircases and light switches hanging from wires – painful for Neil, perfect for us.
Needless to say we didn’t have much in the way of money, and we relied on a group of Shura’s filmmaker friends for assistance in terms of lighting and photography. I took care of props, picking up a double bed from a second-hand furniture place in Brixton and a chainsaw from B&Q (which we left with Neil as thanks for letting us further ruin his house).
The idea of sawing up the bed was something we’d brainstormed in the pub a couple of nights earlier – a fairly obvious metaphor for the end of a relationship. Neither Shura nor myself had used a chainsaw before, and I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t at least one moment when I nearly took my face off (mattresses, it transpires, have springs inside them), but it was a great feeling, even if I have been on the receiving end of a couple of stern messages from pros unimpressed with our lack of protective clothing.
The whole thing was supposed to be done in one day, but after viewing the rushes Dan decided that the video felt too dark and claustrophobic, so we got together and wrote an outdoor ending in which Shura and I drive to the beach, reassemble the bed as a boat and set sail. I personally see it as saying that the end of a serious relationship is also the beginning of a voyage on an ocean of memory. Tenuous, but that’s my take on it.
We shot those final scenes at Dungeness in Kent. It took the better part of two hours to cobble the remains of the bed into something resembling a boat (using an old broom handle as a mast and a pillowcase as a flag), and by the time we’d finished the tide was so far out that we had to walk half a mile just to get to the water. Did the boat float, I hear you ask? Well, that would be telling. But the pictures probably speak for themselves.
Words Cyrus Shahrad.
Fortune’s fool by Hiatus and Shura, directed by Dan Susman.