5 Favourite Movie Directors Selected By Pinkish Blu

Pinkish Blu are an indie pop band from Adelaide. Pinkish Blu are an indie pop band from Adelaide.

Given everything COVID related, things are going swimmingly well for Adelaide indie pop band Pinkish Blu.

They've supported the likes of The Rubens and Trophy Eyes as well as performing at BIGSOUND and Groovin The Moo.

With 700k-plus streams of their music to date, Pinkish Blu are currently promoting their newest single 'Backward'.

"During COVID we felt nostalgic and were looking back on our old demos and found 'Backward'," begins band member Brice Young, "actually, four different versions of 'Backward'.

"From what it was back then to what it is now is vastly different, but the core idea of the song has remained prevalent throughout.

"Sonically we've evolved to a sound we're really comfortable with, which has given us the opportunity to be more open and wear our hearts on our sleeve."

The music video for 'Backward' was influenced by the likes of 'Twin Peaks' and 'Donnie Darko' to produce the final cut.

"Reflecting on something you may have just gone through or went through a long time ago. . . when you reflect on things that hold strong emotional value, these moments can play out in your head like scenes from a movie," Pinkish Blu's Ricky Lidell says.

"We hit up our local, small town cinema and managed to convince them to let us film a music video there for a whole day."

Ahead of a run of shows supporting Odette in May, the band list their favourite movie directors.

Chloé Zhao

I didn't know of Chloé Zhao's work until recently when I watched 'Nomadland', and holy Jesus I'm so glad I did. Zhao's work is usually put under the genre 'contemporary western' and it has to be the most raw, honest and intimate cinema being made right now.

Using a variety of little-known actors and sometimes just regular people that are not acting at all, Zhao sculpts a story that pulls at your heart strings and puts you in the front seat of the main character's mindset.

After watching a film by Chloé Zhao, you start to appreciate all the little things in life and see the natural beauty around you.

Jordan Peele

The GOAT. Peele's ability to grab your undivided attention while delivering the biggest confronting punches to the face is unmatched.

If you've been living under a rock and haven't seen anything from him go watch 'Get Out' and 'Us' – two of the best thrillers to be released in a long, long time.

Sofia Coppola

There's something about watching a Sofia Coppola film that feels slightly unconventional, but in the best way. Coppola paints a picture of a moment in time within a main character's life while tastefully avoiding the traditional Hollywood story ark.

It's this linear-like, alternate approach to filmmaking that draws me in time and time again. It began with the instant classic that was 'Lost In Translation', but really blossomed into an infatuation with 'Marie Antoinette', 'The Virgin Suicides', and last year with 'On The Rocks'.

Lee Chang-dong

His 2018 film 'Burning’ alone has made Lee one of my favourite directors. I really struggled to write about this one because it means a lot to me and everything I wrote didn't do it justice.

All I can say is this movie, from this director, changed me. Please watch it.

Charlie Kaufman

Kind of weirdly obsessed with this dude. If I got to look inside the mind of Kaufman I think I'd be part in awe and part disturbed – he can make you feel psychologically uncomfortable but in the best of ways.

If I needed an intravenous drip to survive, let the contents be these three films: 'Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind', 'Synecdoche New York' and 'I'm Thinking Of Ending Things'.

Pinkish Blu 2021 Tour Dates

Fri 14 May - Lion Arts Factory (Adelaide)
Fri 21 May - The Triffid (Brisbane)
Sat 22 May - The Northern (Byron Bay)
Sun 23 May - HOTA (Gold Coast)
* all shows are supporting Odette



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