Friday 9 March - Rising star of the Australian folk-rock scene Stella Donnelly is in high demand, inking a deal with influential US indie label Secretly Canadian, and booking dates in America for SXSW and her first US tour next month. The focus isn’t all on North America though, Donnelly chose to cross the Tasman to film the video for her scathing single ‘Mechanical Bull’ with Kiwi director Charlotte Evans, after seeing Evan’s work for Aldous Harding. Aside from Donnelly, the cast of the video is all kiwi, including Billy T Award winning comedian Hamish Parkinson and Outrageous Fortune stalwart Wesley Dowdell.
Shot in a rockabilly diner, it blends dreamy Wes Anderson colourscapes with the sort of sharp humour imbued throughout her EP Thrush Metal in a shrewd critique of the objectification of women in modern day dating scenarios. A fitting and lighthearted cut that only furthers Stella’s ability to poignantly bring the modern day women’s struggles to the forefront of her writing.
“The song, 'Mechanical Bull,' is dedicated to people who work in hospitality who have to deal with customers, especially drunk ones, harassing them and making objectifying comments,” says Donnelly. “I wrote this about my experience working in bars and it was a nice way to release some of the frustration I had!”
“After seeing Charlotte Evans' work with Aldous Harding, it was a no-brainer for me to want to work with her and her team over in New Zealand for my Mechanical Bull video idea."
“With reference to the songs lyrics, Stella devised a concept to tactfully explore the objectification of women through film,” Director Charlotte Evans says."
Stella is incredibly talented and we had a lot of fun shooting this with the team in New Zealand. I'm so thrilled with the outcome.”To coincide with the global release of Thrush Metal, Australian and New Zealand fans can pre-order a limited 12” white vinyl version of the EP which includes a new bonus track 'Talking', out June 22.
DOP: Bill Bycroft
1st AC: Grey Turner
Lighting: Fat Lighting
Editor: Charlotte Evans
Data Wrangler: Laura Tait
Runner: Aidan Rogers
Special thanks to our talent - in order of appearance:
Hamish Parkinson, Wesley Dowdell, Stella Donnelly, Zach Maio, Brad Linstrom, Zane Nathan, Fergus Fauvel
More special thanks to Metro Film & Vixen Vintage, BGT, Fourth Wall & Barefoot Casting.