Brothers Quay: The Ultra Surreal Filmmakers

Brothers Quay are two of essentially the most authentic extremely surreal filmmakers of the previous decade. They are equivalent twins born in Pennsylvania and dwelling in London in a low profile method. They have made their distinctive and revolutionary animated movies in Koninck Studios.

The Quays are characterised by like to element. The imaginary, the paranormal and the fairytale, all possess of their motion pictures a haunting relationship with coloration and texture by way of their particular use of focus and digicam motion. They are masters of miniaturization and on their tiny units they’ve created an unforgivable world, suggestive of a panorama of long-repressed, nostalgic childhood goals.

With Institute Benjamenta they made their first motion in the direction of a live-action feature-length filmmaking. The Quays' curiosity in esoteric illusions finds its good realization on this fascinating animated lecture on the artwork of anamorphosis. (De Artificialia Perspectiva or Anamorphosis, 1991, 15 minutes, Color, 35mm & 16mm) This creative method, typically discovered within the 16th and 17th century work, makes use of a way of visible distortion which performs mischievously with the connection between the attention and what it sees .

The Quays have additionally directed pop promos for His Name is Alive, Michael Penn, Sparklehorse, 16 Horsepower, and Peter Gabriel (contributing to his "Sledgehammer" video).


Nocturna Artificialia (1979)

The Falls (1980) — they "act" on this Peter Greenaway movie

Punch and Judy (1980) – a documentary

Ein Brudermord (1981)

The Eternal Day of Michel De Ghelederode (1981)

The Unnameable Little Broom – Epic of Gilgamesh (1981)

Igor, The Paris Years Chez Pleyel – documentary about Igor Stravinsky

Leos Janacek: Intimate Excursions (1983) – documentary

The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer (1984) – documentary

The Street of Crocodiles (1986)

Sledge Hammer (1986) Contributing dancing chickens and fruit to Peter Gabriel video

Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (1988)

Still Nacht (1988) – MTV spot

The Pond (1989)

The Comb (from the Museums of Sleep) (1990)

De Artificiali Perspectiva or Anamorphosis (1991)

Are We Still Married? (Still Nacht II) (1992) – music video for "His Name Is Alive"

Look What the Cat Drug In (Long Way Down) (1993) – music video for Michael Penn

Tales from the Vienna Woods (1993)

Can not Go Wrong Without You (1993) music video for "His Name Is Alive"

The Institute Benjamenta (1995) Live-action function movie

Black Soul Choir (1996?) Music video for 16 Horsepower

The Quays even have achieved promotional movies / advertisements for Honeywell Computers, Skips's Crisps, ICI Woodcare, BBC2, Coca-Cola, and Slurpee!

Source by Mary Vareli

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