video premiere: adolescent, 'mutter'

London producer Adolescent releases his debut EP 'Mutter' next week. Directed by filmmaker Maddalena McNicholas, we are pleased to present you with the accompanying short film.

by i-D Staff and Lisa Leinen
01 April 2016, 2:15pm

The word "mother" is one of those that everyone knows the meaning of and yet everyone has a different understanding of it. If you google "mother" you get over a million results, including a Rammstein video and a summary of Gorki's 1906 novel. But Rammstein and Gorki aside, musician Adolescent and director Maddalena McNichols have made a short film in which maternal feelings are stirred up and a young family is put to the test. A young boy is missing and with him, the hope of his parents. The story is told only through music, strong imagery, and the movement of the protagonists.

Adolescent, aka 25-year-old Alex Parish, wrote Mutter during a time in which he experienced behavioral changes as result of his anti-epilepsy drugs. "Maddalena and I have worked together for over a year on this project. She carried out a series of interviews with people experiencing similar seizures to my own, and developed a storyline in direct response," he tells i-D. "The concept is discussed in a sympathetic and delicate manner, depicting the sensations of seizing through considered film direction, editing, and art direction, rather than by the characters themselves. The team was incredible and it was a very personal project for all of us. For me, it was something almost therapeutic."

Mutter is out on Friday, April 8.