Film: Kylie takes on mysterious new persona in ‘Kiss of Life’ promo directed by Sophie Muller

LONDON, UK — Esteemed director Sophie Muller has collaborated with creative director Theo Adams on a beautifully retro music video for ‘Kiss of Life’ featuring Jessie Ware.

A cast of performers from the Theo Adams Company bring effervescent chaos to a nocturnal scene set in a dimly lit Italian restaurant, where Kylie camps it up incognito in an over-the top plumed hat, wig, and sunglasses. Jessie Ware takes on the persona of restaurant manager, sparring Dynasty-style with Kylie’s character as dramatic mini-dramas play are played out by an intriguing cast of characters who could be from a Fellini or Almodóvar movie.


Creative Director Theo Adams says of collaborating on the music video with Sophie Muller: “It all happened quite organically between us both sitting at her kitchen table cackling away coming up with this fever dream of chaos!”

Produced by Chris Murdoch out of PRETTYBIRD UK, the promo was filmed late at night in London’s Italian restaurant Ave Mario, with a retro camera and unique performers including London’s nightlife royalty Princess Julia lending a Studio 54 meets 80s Telenovella vibe. The video culminates with a rare music video monologue from Kylie, who reads out her 5* review of the restaurant as she types it up on a typewriter. The official video for Kylie and Jessie Ware ‘Kiss of Life’ is a veritable fashion-filled disco frenzy.

Director Sophie Muller explains how she achieved the distinctive retro 1980’s effect: “The video was all shot on an 80’s news camera – the ikegami 79D three-tube 1980’s colour portable – at a hair raising speed. And considering the hellishly late night/ early morning hours of the shoot, everyone contributed their finest performances.”

‘Kiss of Life’ was directed by multiple award-winning director Sophie Muller, who has directed several music videos for Kylie and worked with an illustrious roll call of musicians during a career spanning more than two decades, including Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, Annie Lennox, Kings of Leon, The Kills and Rihanna.

The track was written by Kylie and Jessie Ware, alongside James Ford, Danny Parker, and Shungudzo. It follows single ‘A Second to Midnight’ with Years & Years, which was released earlier this month to widespread praise-deemed ‘dazzling’ by NME and a ‘delightful disco fever dream’ by Rolling Stone.

Last month Kylie announced the new ‘DISCO: Guest List Edition’ which will be released on November 12 via BMG. The new version of her hugely successful ‘DISCO’ will feature ‘Kiss of Life’, ‘A Second to Midnight’ alongside another brand-new track titled ‘Can’t Stop Writing Songs About You’, recorded with disco legend Gloria Gaynor. The new version of ‘DISCO’ also features an array of incredible remixes from the original album and ‘Real Groove (Studio 2054 Remix)’- last year’s hit collaboration with Dua Lipa.


Kylie Minogue x Jessie Ware: “Kiss Of Life”
Director: Sophie Muller
Director of Performance: Theo Adams
Director of Photography: Franklin Dow
Cast: Theo Adams Company – Masumi Saito, Anna Lewenhaupt, Nando Messias, Jordan Hunt, Mariya Mizuno, Valerie Ebuwa, Yanet Fuentes, Adriano Oliveira, Artemis Stamouli, Meshach Henry, Kibrea Carmichael, Helen Noir, Harrison Claxton, Princess Julia, Alex Rock, Eliza Salinieka
Supporting Cast: Andrea Zambrano, Arthur Ruello, Gabriele Caucci, Thomas Texido Filmed on location at Ave Mario, Covent Garden
Production Company: PRETTYBIRD UK
Exec Producer: Juliette Larthe
Producer: Chris Murdoch
Production Assistant: Josh Collings
Production Runner: Christine Ubochi
1st AD: Chris Kelly
Runner: Emily Leggatt
Camera Assistant: Holly Smyth
Video Camera Operator: Dicky Howett
Video Assistant: Margaret Howett
DIT: Deloris Collins
Gaffer: Harry Buck
Spark: Joe Kennedy
Stylist (Kylie & Cast): Ed Marler
Stylist’s Assistant: Clementine Saglio
Makeup Artist (Kylie): Andrew Gallimore
Hair Stylist (Kylie): Christian Vermaak
Nails (Kylie): Edyta Fillary
Stylist (Jessie): Nel Kalonji
Stylist’s Assistant: Rebecca Perlmutar
Makeup Artist (Jessie): Francesca Brazzo
Hair Stylist (Jessie): Patrick Wilson
Makeup Artist (Cast): Anete Salinieka
Makeup Assistant: Martha Inoue
Makeup Assistant: Margherita Fabbro
Makeup Assistant: Sunny Cradock
Hair Stylist (Cast): Ryo Narushima
Hair Assistant: Makoto Tsunoda
Hair Assistant: Marta Martineau
Hair Assistant: Jamie Keegan
Production Designer: Alison Dominitz
BTS: Fraser Taylor
Edit: Sophie Muller & Andrew Morrow
Grade: Sophie Muller
Commissioner: Faye Purcell
Record Label: BMG
Camera provided by Golden Age TV
Lighting provided by SLV

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