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April 24th, 2019
John Nolan had wanted to work with Ian Brown for years. Back in 2007 he even began sculpting the head of the musician and former Stone Roses frontman, with great intentions of his clay masterpiece being the centrepiece of his film. Alas, the project never happened and John ended up beating his sculpted head to death. 

Fast forward 12 years and John and Ian have finally launched a film together. It's an eight-minute, '80s-inspired short film-promo for Ian's new track 'From Chaos To Harmony' that sees him recreated as a giant Zoltar robot in a fortune telling machine which grants a wish to a boy played by Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place, Wonder, Suburbicon). Shot in a fairground and arcade in the neon-tinged British seaside town of Southend, the film also stars Daniel Peacock (Quadrophenia, Gandhi, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves) as the fairground owner.

LBB’s Addison Capper chatted with director John, whose background is in animatronics, creatures and practical effects for features and commercials, to find out more. 


LBB: How did this project with Ian Brown initially come about? Did they approach you or vice versa? 

John: I approached Ian through his agent. I've always loved his music, both solo stuff and Stone Roses, and have wanted to work with him for years. I had a similar idea for a film back in 2007 - I started sculpting his head, which I hoped was going to feature as the centrepiece like in FCTH. I blocked it out in wet clay and it was looking OK, you could see it was him but my sculpting ability was limited so there were obvious mistakes. I even took the wet clay sculpt to a local hairdresser, put a wig on it and asked them to cut it like Ian's! I originally trained as a makeup artist and then an engineer so sculpting a likeness of a head was tough and I lost all patience, resulting in punching his clay face flat! I told Ian this when we met too, ha! 

12 years has passed, I run the studio, technology has moved on - so I felt it was the right time to approach Ian with a new idea. 

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