Joy Division have unveiled the fourth video commemorating the 40th anniversary of their debut LP Unknown Pleasures. The latest video for “Candidate” continues the collaborative project “Unknown Pleasures: Reimagined”, which is helmed by the band’s visual coordinator, Warren Jackson, and Control’s producer Orion Williams, seeing 10 directors create a “filmic re-imagining of the music in 2019” for every track on the record that was originally released 40 years ago on June 15th, 1979.
The campaign is similar to the one initiated in 1988 along with the Substance compilation, that saw director Anton Corbijn create the video for “Atmosphere”, a single whose re-release at the time marked eight years since the end of Joy Division.
The video for “Candidate” is directed by No Wave film auteur Amos Poe.
“Amos Poe is a writer, producer and described by the New York Times as a “pioneering filmmaker”. Poe is regularly referred to as the father of modern American independent cinema. A prominent exponent of the No Wave cinema movement (1975-1985, which also included Jim Jarmusch, Abel Ferrara and Richard Kern) that grew out of the music and art scene of New York’s East Village. No Wave was driven by a DIY ethic, combining B-movie and Avant Garde genres to create new and vibrant American art films. Selected works: ‘The Blank Generation’ (1975 with Ivan Krall – the first punk film, featuring Patti Smith, Richard Hell, Iggy Pop and Talking Heads); ‘The Foreigner’ (1978 – featuring Debbie Harry); ‘Empire II’ (2012). His film ‘A Walk In The Park’ opened the Rome Film Festival in 2012. Amos Poe is currently painting robots.”
The video stars Morgan Connellee swirling in slow motion against a cream coloured background overlayed with intermittent flashes of typography.
Watch the video for “Candidate” below or directly on Youtube.
Joy Division recently released a limited edition 40th anniversary version of Unknown Pleasures, almost forty years to the day after the album’s original release. The re-release has caused the LP to enter the UK Top 5 album again, even though the record failed to chart upon its original release.
The album is available to purchase online and in-store at retailer Goodhood.