Adele director responds to fan jokes about flip phone in ‘Hello’ video: ‘It drives me crazy’

Xavier Dolan speaks out about his work with Adele

Xavier Dolan, the director behind Adele‘s video for ‘Hello’, has said that fans reactions to his work are driving him crazy.

26 year-old Dolan, whose previous work has been low-profile indie films including 2015’s Mommy is particularly annoyed at Twitter users reactions to the use of an old fashioned flip-phone in the video. The move left many fans wondering why Adele does not have a smartphone.

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“It drives me crazy,” Dolan told The LA Times. “I could see the GIFs on Twitter. I’m like, ‘guys, get over it. It doesn’t matter.’ But the real explanation is that I never like filming modern phones or cars. They’re so implanted in our lives that when you see them in movies you’re reminded you’re in reality.”

He added: “If you see an iPhone or a Toyota in a movie, they’re anti-narrative, they take you out of the story. If I put an iPhone or a modern car in a movie it feels like I’m making a commercial.”

Dolan also said that his video is “highly unoriginal.” He said: “The lyrics are ‘Hello, it’s me’ and then you see someone picking up a phone. I’m not good at imagining super-conceptual videos. I just thought it would be nice to have her walk around the house and make phone calls and end up in a forest, with maybe some flashbacks in it.”

‘Hello’ features on Adele’s new album ’25’, which will be released on November 20. The video for ‘Hello’ was shot in the countryside surrounding Montreal, Canada.

’25’ tracklist:

‘Hello’
‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’
‘I Miss You’
‘When We Were Young’
‘Remedy’
‘Water Under The Bridge’
‘River Lea’
‘Love In The Dark’
‘Million Years Ago’
‘All I Ask’
‘Sweetest Devotion’

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Earlier this week (October 21) Adele published an open letter to fans in which she apologised for making fans wait to hear it.

In the letter Adele wrote about how she always wanted to be older when she was growing up and her regrets over not enjoying her life in the moment. Talking about her new music, Adele writes: “My last record [’21’] was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myelf. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did.”

Later in the letter Adele added: “’25’ is about getting to know who I’ve become without realising. And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.”

Damon Albarn worked on new material with Adele, but said he doesn’t think she will use it. He also referred to her new music as “very middle of the road”.

The new material is also rumoured to include a song written by Tobias Jesso Jr, as well as appearances from OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, producer Danger Mouse and pop writer-producer Max Martin, who’s best known for his work with ’90s pop acts N’Sync, Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys.

Earlier this year, producer Emile Haynie revealed he met with Adele in February to discuss potentially working together, but that the singer was “taking her time” over a new album. “We got along well as friends when we met in February and I hope we can cut some songs, but Adele is taking her time,” he said. “I’d push for it to happen, but we’ll have to wait and see.”