Some music videos focus on the performer and the song; some tell stories that bring the song to life and add a whole other dimension to it. One such is Wonderwall – not the Oasis classic, but a seven-minute film from Ukraine bursting with excitement and romance, and the sense of loss that good pop music can so powerfully express. The song the film is based on is by Ukraine’s biggest rock stars, Skai. It’s a perfect fit for the teen drama with a real-world message, and a perfect centrepiece for one of the festival’s favourite feature events – the Music Video Showcase.
Director and musician Alexander Denysenko realises his aim of combining cinematic narrative to help magnify the emotional soul of the music and to make a film that would be a “wonderwall”, something that gives strength and hope.
Wonderwall’s a candidate for BBFF 2018’s Music Video Award – but it’s a tough field, with competition from the likes of DZ Deathrays: Like People, in which red Wiggle Murray gets his rock socks on with the head-banging ‘Rays.
Also in the running is Bianca Tomchin and Mathew Harvey’s colourful and highly original Who’s A Flybird?, Jonathan Nix’s trippy – and topical – Sola, the electronic funk and diversity of Victorian Cassie De Colling’s GRRRL Wanna Dance, and many more, including our own Bunny Rackett.
It’s a strong mix, with something for everyone and guaranteed to kick off the party and keep it going at the iconic Byron Bay Brewery, home to many fine beverages.