Blur‘s Alex James has made his directing debut with a short film called A Slice Of Life’. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch it.
James also stars in ‘Life Is Short’, which he shot in LA while visiting California for Coachella Festival last month (2013). The two-and-a-half minute film features a brand new solo track called ‘Superordinator’.
Discussing the film’s premise, James said: “Like everything else, it starts with an idea and as music is so much part of my life, it quickly became the focus of the short. I was in LA listening to the track on my headphones. The more I listened to it, the more it chimed with the sunshine and atmosphere of the city. So I decided to make a film about being carefree and happy, with a punchline that brings it all back to earth – the concept being life is short, but music endures. I really enjoyed the whole filmmaking process, it was very accessible and a lot of fun.”
James made A Slice Of Life’ to help launch Virgin Media Shorts, a competition now in its sixth year that gives undiscovered British filmmaking talent an opportunity to have their work shown in cinemas, on TV and online. This year’s judging panel is led by Shane Meadows, director of The Stone Roses documentary Made Of Stone, and the winner will receive £30,000 towards his or her next project.
Meanwhile, James could be recording a new Blur album with his bandmates after Damon Albarn made a surprise announcement onstage in Hong Kong on Monday (May 6). “So we have a week in Hong Kong, and we thought it would be a good time to try and record another record,” the frontman told the crowd.