"I've got one dinosaur fact. It's not even a fact or anything, it's just that someone told me once that a dinosaur called Iguanadon had big thumbs, so that they could go like – "
" – that, and kill someone. And that's the only thing I know about dinosaurs."
In this 4play film for the UK's Channel 4, we get an intimate and endearing look at the calm, quietly frank and enormously talented Orlando Higginbottom.
Following his path from his home studio in Oxford through to Melt! in Germany, this is a beautiful and warm short, directed by David Terranova in his first commission for television. And incidentally, I caught the producer's name at the credits, and it turns out that a friend I'd thought was lost in the wilds of Japan was responsible! Hey you, Corvin Dhali! Nice work!
Shot through various nostalgic filters and curious angles, the beauty of this film is that it makes you feel like you're discreetly poking through Higginbottom's musical life, with him quietly narrating over your shoulder as you do it. But I think the nicest thing for me is how open and welcoming Higginbottom's attitude is towards making, listening and enjoying music in general.
If this doesn't make you excited for his debut album (on top of everything we've posted about him on this blog, and everything we haven't), then Halloween must've come early and just...taken your soul. And your heart. AND YOUR EARS. In the meantime, feast your eyes: