Contour - Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost 

“Paradise Lost references the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding as it is about our tendency as human beings towards destructiveness. I worked very hard to break the cycle of self-destruction that I had been locked in since my teens and yet when I finally achieved calm and happiness I found myself craving some chaos. In Golding’s story, the young men land in Paradise but then participate in their Utopia becoming a Dystopia as a result of encountering “the beast”. It’s similar to how I have observed myself doing little things to sabotage my life when it was near perfect. The beast is always lurking within. He is that internal persecutor that attacks and preys upon our vulnerabilities. It's the force that abuses us or pushes us into abusive situations, and it doesn't take well to us being brave, confident or independent. Once we meet the beast we have to acknowledge it and I've been working on integrating this part of myself in healthy and creative ways. You bite the bullet and channel it and don't let it fuck things up for you. The video shows this struggle, and how the beast can be set free in the dance. It’s a beautiful expression of that energy.” 

Director/Editor/Graphics : Paul Mahon
Story by : Anna Doran
Dancers: Lisette Krol, Sinead Doran, Anna Doran
Make-up Artist : Deborah Bux
Hair : Niav Brennan
Additional scenes hair : Deborah Bux
Styling and Bomber Jacket Designed by : Gold Magpie (Michelle Reilly Designs)
Location and special thanks to Tribe Fitness Dance (legendary pole mamasitas!)
Additional location and thanks to the Wynne family 

Song written by Conan Wynne and Anna Doran
Produced by Conan Wynne
Mastered by Ivan Jackman



Shot on Canon 7D & Microsoft Kinect


2015 / B&W / 16:9 / 1080p / 05:40