As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to prepare for the inevitable family drama that always unfolds when elevated amounts of wine are knocking about. Luckily Stella Donnelly is giving us a slight taste of what madness could unfold with the brand new visuals for ‘Beware of the Dogs’ cut ‘Season’s Greetings’.
“From the moment I wrote ‘Season’s Greetings’, I could visualise a video concept for it,” she says. “I wanted to try and exaggerate the sometimes-nuanced atmosphere of a blisteringly hot, Australian Christmas lunch. Working with Nick [McKk] and Julia [Jacklin] on this made the day so much fun because they were able to actually manifest my ideas into a reality. Getting to assign characters to my friends and dog was the most joyful experience, especially when we were all cast as fucked up versions of ourselves. Once we were in our costumes and makeup it was really easy to let the story tell itself and Nick and Julia captured this so well. No dogs were harmed in the shooting of this film!”
Director Nick continues, “I love my family very much, but I did have a little bit to pull from my own experiences for the clip. I think I’ve been half the characters in there already! I wholeheartedly resonated with the nuanced digs prevalent in a ‘traditional’ Anglo Australian Christmas. It was really bloody fun to ramp up the drama and create some well-earned chaos, started by grandma no less.”