Simon Lane

Simon started out directing live performances, music videos, and music docs, working with some of the biggest stars around, including: Foals, Rudimental, Metronomy, Disclosure, and Justice.

He’s maintained his passion for live music films , while also focusing on making intimate character driven documentaries. His recent film Borderlands was accepted into the 2019 Aesthetica Short Film Festival and his performance video for Daughter’s All I Wanted was nominated for a UKMVA. 

Over the last few years he has worked on commercial projects for Guinness, Nikon, Visa Levis and Adidas.

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Alewya X Moses Boyd / Because music

The first film in a series of live sessions from Alewya X Moses Boyd. Each film embraces a tribal aesthetic both musically and visually. The pandemic has delayed Alewya performing live, so this is the first time the world have ever seen and heard a fully live performance from her. Moses Boyd on drums brings a raw and hypnotic musicality to the collaboration.

 

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OUTCAST

The documentary began when Simon’s sister Crystal Lane-Wright a two time Paralympian invited Simon to her training camp in Calpe, Spain in 2018 to film her and her team mates riding in the Spanish mountains.We met Blaine Hunt who displayed so much hunger to achieve success we were completely enamoured by his relentless pursuit. He truly wears his heart on his sleeve, which we later realised was much to his detriment.

The finished film is a deep dive into the psyche of an athlete who is fast enough to be competing at the highest level yet has not yet been accepted into the elite. This film is a story for anyone who’s ever felt like the underdog.

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Douglas Dare – Heavenly Bodies

Douglas Dare performs a haunting rendition of Heavenly Bodies in St John of Jerusalem in Hackney, London. Captured in one continuous take on Kodak super 16 mm film. Douglas is accompanied by the London Contemporary Orchestra.

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Bob Marley / Punky Reggae Party / Universal Music

Bob Marley’s Legacy documentary series continues with ‘Punky Reggae Party,’ an insightful look back at Bob’s time in and impact on London and the rest of the United Kingdom. Dating back from the mid-’70s to this present day, ‘Punky Reggae Party’ explores how Bob’s music and ethos captured the Zeitgeist, detailing his signing to Chris Blackwell’s Island Records, and the welcomed arrival of his sound and the impact he had in the United Kingdom, especially the London-born children of the Windrush generation.

Featuring interviews with music aficionado Don Letts, MP and former shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, award-winning British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason MBE, and Chris Blackwell as well as journalist and broadcaster, Chris Salewicz, British-Nigerian women’s rights activist Seyi Akiwowo, the daughter of a Rasta AKA Marika, Hak Baker and photographer Adrian Boot. This compelling new 22-minute short touches on a post-war, multi-cultural Britain, the rise of punk, and how Bob Marley, the ultimate rebel, fitted into all of this and helped unite a country through his music.

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People of Angola

Whilst in Angola for three weeks capturing the people and places for Euronews, Simon produced eight TV commercials to promote everything from tourism to trade. The scenes captured in this film did not fit into the TVC format so Simon decided to make this anthropological film.

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Tag Heuer / Aquaracer

Tag Heuer launched a new campaign #dontcrackunderpressure to introduce their new watch the Aqua Racer. We followed six influencers to the Scottish Highlands as they take on physical challenges whilst taking time to reflect on the pressures of modern life.
Filmed across two days in the most remote part of the UK we see Reggie Yates, Sophie Everard, Wayne Bridge, Damson Idris, Amiee Fuller and Andrew Cooper in this documentary-style social campaign.

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Black Saint / Day Drinking

Black Saint have enlisted Icelandic vocal sensation BrÍet for Day Drinking, and in the video by Simon Lane, we see BrÍet and friends enjoying day-to-day life amid the rugged landscapes of Iceland.

They take a road trip, on a day where the sun never truly sets. The scenery looks magical, and the simple narrative invites us to focus on the natural beauty on-screen. There is an air of calm to the whole visual, not only in the setting, but also in the slow, deliberate camera movements, and hypnotising performance from BrÍet.

The organic feel of the majority of the video is juxtaposed nicely with a more stylised, fashion-inspired performance setup. And Simon Lane’s video finds greatness in small moments – whether it be a sweeping drone shot of the gorgeous scenery, or holding a take for a couple of seconds between lyrics, allowing us to see fleeting snapshots of BrÍet’s vulnerable side.

A lovely video that is elevated by its unique location and considered artistry.

 

 

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Borderlands / CHANNEL 4

A personal project, inspired by Simon’s trip to the Norwegian arctic.

It involved taking a Super 16mm film camera to the Arctic to shoot one day on the Russian side, and another on the Norwegian side. Separated by 25 miles of white nothingness they reveal two contrasting perspectives, as well as an intriguing insight into the surprising normality of arctic life.

The film was broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK and selected for the Aesthetica film festival 2019

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DAUGHTER “ALL I WANTED” LIVE / 4AD

A one-shot live version of Daughter’s ‘All I Wanted’, which finds the lead singer Elena Tonra not joined by the usual guitars and drums that accompany the track, but by string and vocal quartets in the Asylum Chapel in Peckham, South London.  

The chapel provided the perfect backdrop for a performance of real intimacy, and no editing was required for the final film. It was nominated for a UKMVA in the Best Live and Interactive category.

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