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Chris Cunningham is a British filmmaker and video artist, best known for his 1990s-early 2000s music video work for artists ranging from Aphex Twin to Madonna. He's also recognized for directing short films and commercials, especially the infamous Rubber Johnny.


Selected videography

Music videos

  • "Second Bad Vilbel" by Autechre (1996)
  • "36 Degrees" by Placebo (1996)
  • "Come to Daddy" by Aphex Twin (1997)
  • "Only You" by Portishead (1998)
  • "Frozen" by Madonna (1998)
  • "Come On My Selector" by Squarepusher (1998)
  • "All Is Full of Love" by Björk (1999)
  • "Windowlicker" by Aphex Twin (1999)
  • "Afrika Shox" by Leftfield feat. Afrika Bambaataa (1999)
  • "Sheena Is a Parasite" by The Horrors (2006)

Short films, commercials, and other works of note

  • "Engine" Nissan commercial (1999; featuring music by Boards of Canada)
  • "Mental Wealth" PlayStation commercial (1999)
  • Advertisement:
  • Flex short film/video installation (2000; featuring music by Aphex Twin)
  • "Quiet" commercial for Telecom Italia (2000; featuring music by Boards of Canada)
  • Monkey Drummer short film/video installation (2001; featuring music by Aphex Twin)
  • Rubber Johnny short film (2006; featuring music by Aphex Twin)


Tropes

  • Body Horror: Between the "Mental Wealth" girl with a perfectly symmetrical face, the "Africa Shox" man with shattering limbs, everyone in Aphex Twin's videos gaining his face...
  • Chiaroscuro: One of his trademarks; almost all of his works take place in a setting that's mostly dark with the subjects being illuminated in stark white/blue light.
  • Creator Couple: He was married to Warpaint bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg for a period of time.
  • Production Posse: As shown above, several of his works either revolve around or feature Aphex Twin's music.
  • Advertisement:
  • Surreal Music Video: His other trademark.
  • Unnaturally Blue Lighting: When not pure white, his lighting often has a blue tint.

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