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 Lisa Leinen
01 April 2016, 1:30pm

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 behavioural 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, 8 April.